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Podcast Ep 69: Replay of Our Olympic-Sized Interview With Mary Lou Retton!

The Olympics are here and we can barely contain our excitement! In fact, “Woot!” is the common shout you will hear from us when talking about the games in Pyeongchang. So what better way to celebrate the occasion than to record a fun, new, Olympics-themed preshow and replay one of our favorite interviews ever with […]


The Olympics are here and we can barely contain our excitement! In fact, “Woot!” is the common shout you will hear from us when talking about the games in Pyeongchang.

So what better way to celebrate the occasion than to record a fun, new, Olympics-themed preshow and replay one of our favorite interviews ever with the amazing Mary Lou Retton? Not only was she the first women to win a gold medal for gymnastics, but also she’s managed to remain a legendary representative for women in sports for three decades, which is no small feat.

These days Mary Lou is a busy mom to four sporty daughters who are pursuing gymnastics and competitive cheerleading. She talked with us about how she keeps her energy going with a busy family life, plus her own personal goals on self-improvement. (And, spoiler: a person with five medals in a super competitive sport can still feel insecure!)

Our favorite quotes from Mary Lou in this ep are …

Podcast Episode 69 Highlights With Mary Lou Retton

  • How even Mary Lou Retton has her off days (really!)
  • Her inspiration for getting into the sport of gymnastics
  • Her work with Nature’s Bounty to help people achieve their healthiest lives
  • The fact that when she first appeared on the scene, her muscular body was described as “fat” by some of the press
  • Her tips for raising strong and confident daughters
  • Where she kept her Olympic medals for years (it’s a doozie!)

Also in this episode, we each talk about favorite Winter Olympic sports and how we all watch the games. (Kristen, in particular, has it all nailed down!)

Get the replay episode with Mary Lou Retton here or below!

Get more info on our podcast here and be sure to subscribe on iTunes so that you never miss an episode!

What games will YOU be watching during the Winter Olympics? —Margo

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Podcast Ep 47: Duathlete Kristen Hetzel

Talk about a busy life! Kristen Hetzel is is the world’s No. 7 duathlete (run, cycle and run events), a professional cyclist, an actress and a physical therapist. We invited her on the podcast to talk about how she became a member of Team USA and how she manages to fit in all of her […]


Talk about a busy life! Kristen Hetzel is is the world’s No. 7 duathlete (run, cycle and run events), a professional cyclist, an actress and a physical therapist. We invited her on the podcast to talk about how she became a member of Team USA and how she manages to fit in all of her interests and responsibilities … like training twice a day on a regular basis. Whoa!

Kristen has a degree in biochemistry from Wheeling Jesuit University and a masters in physical therapy, so she knows her stuff, both as an athlete and expert. She was kind enough to share her best advice on how to avoid injury (including the four most important stretches you should perform after your workouts). And that’s not the only good info you’ll get from our conversation!

Some of our favorite takeaways from Kristen in this ep include …

Podcast Episode 47 Highlights With Kristen Hetzel

  • How she was introduced to duathlon
  • How her work as a physical therapist helps her to avoid potential injuries
  • The workout schedule she keeps when training for race season 
  • How she manages her three busy careers when she is in training
  • The visualization techniques she incorporates into her workout schedule
  • The paralympic athletes who inspire her to achieve greatness
  • Her best nutrition advice to stay healthy and remain focused

Also in this episode, Jenn, Kristen and I each discuss the logistics of planning our busy lives.

Get the episode with Kristen Hetzel here!

Get more info on our podcast here and be sure to subscribe on iTunes so that you never miss an episode!

How do you find time for your workouts? —Margo

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How a Professional Snowboarder Strengthens Her Core

Professional snowboarder Spencer O’Brien is a six-time X Games medalist, Olympian, FIS World Champion, TTR World Champion, Winter Dew Tour Champion and five-year veteran of the Canadian National Team. Whoa, that’s quite the resume, right?! But get this. She first learned to snowboard at age 11, and then turned pro just five years later at […]


Professional snowboarder Spencer O’Brien is a six-time X Games medalist, Olympian, FIS World Champion, TTR World Champion, Winter Dew Tour Champion and five-year veteran of the Canadian National Team.

Whoa, that’s quite the resume, right?!

But get this. She first learned to snowboard at age 11, and then turned pro just five years later at the age of 16. Her career hasn’t been without hardship though. In 2013, O’Brien was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis — just two months before the Sochi Winter Olympics. While dealing with pain and overcoming obstacles to identify the right course of treatment, O’Brien has kept kicking butt in the sport of snowboarding.

And today, we have the workout that helps to keep her core strong and her snowboarding tricks ON POINT.

Spencer O’Brien’s Core Workout

  1. Diagonal plank matrix, 3 x 12: Start in forearm plank position,. Reach out with your left hand, then your right, keeping your torso square. Then push up to full plank and do two mountain climbers. That’s one rep!
  2. Plank arcs, 3 x 6: Spencer’s tip: “Keep your torso square and your bum down.”
  3. Stability ball V-ups, 3 x 12. If you don’t have a ball, you can do these on the floor.
  4. TRX diagonal mountain climbers, 3 x 10: Make sure to do 10 on each side!

Spencer’s Core Workout Video

Kick-ass, right?! Right now Spencer is training to represent Canada at the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Games Olympics in 2018 in the Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air disciplines. We wish her so much luck! —Jenn



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The Badass Workout This Pro Figure Skater Does Off the Ice

Do you know figure skater Ashley Wagner? You should. As the 2016 World silver medalist, three-time U.S. champion and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist (team event), she is the definition of badass. And while you can assume that she does some serious training on the ice, she also kicks so much booty in workouts off the […]


Do you know figure skater Ashley Wagner? You should. As the 2016 World silver medalist, three-time U.S. champion and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist (team event), she is the definition of badass. And while you can assume that she does some serious training on the ice, she also kicks so much booty in workouts off the ice. And she’s sharing one with us today!

As a member of a military family, Ashley moved nine times growing up — but the ice rink always provided her with a sense of home despite all the change. Her family settled in the Alexandria, Virginia area, but Wagner relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her training in 2011. Since then, Wagner has represented Team USA since 2006 and is now working toward her goal of making her second Olympic Team in 2018. And with training like this, we totally expect her to do it! Here’s one of her HIIT workouts, in her own words.

The Badass Workout Ashley Wagner Does Off the Ice

Courtesy U.S. Figure Skating/Jay Adeff

In addition to on-ice training (three to four hours, five days a week), stretching, massage and a balanced diet, HIIT training is a crucial part of my conditioning and my preferred form of off-ice training.

HIIT is a guaranteed way to kickstart my season, then help me maintain endurance throughout the long and intense figure skating season. Plus, it is so much easier to wrap my head around the idea of quick intense bursts of energy, rather than long drawn-out workouts. Work through the pain and be out of the gym in about an hour — I love it!

The HIIT Workout

My HIIT training sessions start with 2 minutes of light jogging to get warmed up and into my body. Then I head over to the stairs (or stairmill) and run them for 1 to 2 minutes. Now I’m ready to start my HIIT series.

For my in-season workouts, I do 2 minutes of high-intensity followed by 1 minute of light active rest. Feel free to modify the timing so it works with your fitness level and goals! Repeat the circuit up to four times. Have fun and perform each interval all out!

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Photo Courtesy U.S. Figure Skating/Hans Rosemond

 

 

Don’t forget to cool down and stretch when you’re done!

A huge thanks to Ashley for sharing her killer HIIT workout! —Jenn



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