I want to start doing a monthly blog post where I feature a friend of mine who is dedicated to fitness. For my first post, it had to be my old college room mate and track & field team mate Jessica! This girl and I shared an obsession for working out and Gilmore Girls and have remained good friends ever since.  She has managed to hold onto that fit body from college track that I said goodbye to a LONG time ago!

What motivates you to stay fit?

My motivation to stay fit is all of the activities that I do, wakeboarding, hiking, skiing and paddle boarding. Staying in shape makes doing all of these activities easier and helps me become better at them.

How often do you work out each week on average?

On average I work out 5 days a week, I love having my weekends free to sleep.

What is your favourite type of workout?

My favorite work out right now is spin class with a hard lift session after. Kettle bells are also a big thing for me right now. I love switching up how I lift weights because I’m normally not that into lifting. I feel like it’s a good version of interval training as well, cardio with a little bit of lifting.

What is your go-to healthy snack?

My go to snack is a handful of almonds and pink lady apples.

GREAT back Jess!
GREAT back Jess!

What is your favourite brand of runners?

My favorite brand of running shoes is Asics because I pronate when I run and they have so much stability.

How do you motivate yourself to get out and be active on dark, cold, rainy Seattle days?

On cold, rainy days and most of winter in Seattle I load up on classes at my gym, spinning is my favorite but I really want to try the kickboxing class. Having a variety of classes and ways to work out help me not get bored during the winter.

Having a work out buddy also helps on the cold days, so I can’t just go home curl up under the covers. Another motivation is that the summers here are really warm and I figure that winter is a great time to get a head start on looking good.

What is the most physically challenging thing you have ever done? 

The most physically challenging thing I’ve ever done is college track and doing two a days. Having to stay in top shape for so many months is always hard and challenging.

Any other fit tips you would like to share?

The best tip I’ve ever gotten is not to weigh yourself every day, it’s only a number. The best thing to do to is to take measurements of key areas, like thighs, hips, chest and arms. Also take a bunch of pictures along the way, pictures never lie. Always do a little bit of lifting, I hate it but it works.

I have to do what she's doing! Check out those abs!!
I have to do what she’s doing! Check out those abs!!

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