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All in with the Nike Training Club – Week 4 – and win some free stuff

Week four of Nike Training Club is in the books.  This week’s workout, appropriately titled the “Fire Drill” was a whopping 45 minutes (in contrast to the 30 minute workouts I’d grown accustomed to). The Fire Drill started off the same way as previous workouts with a five minute warm-up, except for some reason the Fire Drill had me guzzling a water bottle seven minutes in…However, my spirits remained high as I powered through walking lunges, medicine ball push ups, and squat arm curls.

Alex and Nike Training Club

This week my bedroom was piled high with clothes, make-up, shoes and bags. For those wondering, I’m normally NOT a messy person and I’m a firm believer in using a closet to hold these items, but I just so happen to be moving to the Big Apple to start the Fall semester  and packing has consumed my week. Anyway, I opted to do this week’s workout in my backyard so I could have plenty of room and enjoy my last moments of LA weather. I really enjoy working out outside (always sure to wear sunscreen) but the one drawback was I didn’t have a mirror to perfect my moves. I never really realized this until today, but working out in front of yourself is EXTREMELY beneficial. It allows you to correct and tweak exercises far more easily. Luckily, the Nike App does shout out reminders “Keep toes pointing forward,” and “Line up shoulders with body,” to ensure you really are getting the most out of the workout.

This week’s workout featured many different jumping exercises – Tuck Jumps, Squat Jumps, Ski jumps, Split Jumps, Two Feet Lateral Hops, and Froggers. I remember when I was on Varsity Soccer in high school, our trainer would always have us complete jumping exercises to improve our balance on the field. I learned that improving balance strengthens your core, and nothing beats a strong powerful core. Who says you need weights to become ” … stronger, better, faster, stronger”? In fact, The Frogger was one of the most challenging exercises I had to do – and no weights were required.

I’m still working out with the “Get Lean” intermediate routine. Most of the exercises this week were repeated three– four times throughout the workout. Naturally, the latter exercises were much harder. Repeating these exercises and having the workout 45 minutes as opposed to 30 required a mental toughness that previous workouts didn’t really require. The combination of both physical and mental toughness couldn’t be more rewarding.

And the best part of this week’s workout is that I unlocked the “Destroyer” Badge. This means I completed 120 minutes of working out.

Whether you just have 15 minutes to spare or want a 45 minute killer session like the one I did, you can pretty much tailor the app to your exact needs. The videos demonstrate each exercise, a Nike trainer talks you through it, each exercise is timed and your progress is all recorded. It really is like having your own personal trainer in your pocket.

So, take the challenge with me as I head into my final weeks –  download the Nike Training Club app on your iPod or iPhone today! You can save workouts and easily track your progress. Oh, and did I mention the app is free !

And be sure to click on this link for a chance to win an iPad2 complete with the Nike Training Club app and COOL Nike gear including the Legend Pant, Victory Bra, and Free XT Motion Fit+!

You can get fit and score some fab swag at the same time. Let me know how your workout is going in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @am0rency.

**The Nike Training Club App is a full-body functional training app designed for you to make yourself whatever you want to be. Whether you’re looking to get lean, toned, or strong, NTC takes every workout to the next level. Download it here.**

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike Womens via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike Womens”


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