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There is still time to donate and make a contribution to rare cancer research. If you want to you can do so HERE. 

HUGE thank you to all of you who donated time, energy, and dollars to make this year’s Cycle for Survival the BEST year yet! The world is a better place thanks to YOU!

Looking forward to next year!

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Running makes me feel like an athlete. It makes me appreciate different aspects of different seasons and the beauty of the world we live in. It makes me aware of things I never was aware of before. It has taught me more about myself then I ever thought “exercise” would. I have pushed my limits. I have found some limits. I have learned I am not a quitter and that I can do anything I put my mind to. It gives me structure and helps relieve stress, but mostly it just makes me happy.

In the spirit of running and this weekends’ San Francisco marathon,  I thought it would be fun to do a post ALL about the sport. Included below are workouts, playlists, and upcoming SPECIAL EVENTS to celebrate running health and happiness. Even if you’re NOT running in a marathon (or ever plan to!), I hope these links entice you to make running/walking a part of  your fitness regimen.

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Running SPECIAL EVENTS with lululemon athletica Grant Avenue and Caroline Jordan Fitness: 

What: San Francisco Marathon Shake Out Run

When: Saturday July 28th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm

Who: lululemon athletica Grant Avenue and the San Francisco Marathon

Where: Justin Herman Plaza 1 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94101

Details: Stretch, shake-out your legs, and get ready for the San Francisco Marathon! On Saturday July 28th, at 9:00am at the Justin Herman Plaza, the lululemon athletica team will be there to get you PUMPED for the big race! SF Marathon Ambassadors will be there to answer any and all questions about the race and lululemon Ambassadors will lead 1, 2 and 3 mile runs along The Embarcadero, and help shake off any last minute race jitters. Any and ALL are welcome.

More Info: Click HERE for more details on the event and to connect to other community members who are participating. 

What: lululemon Grant Avenue Inspiration Station

When: Sunday July 29th 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Who: lululemon athletica Grant Avenue

Where: 22nd St & Indiana St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Details: We’re back for another year of cheering and motivation for all the runners racing the San Francisco Marathon on Sunday, July 29th!  Invite your friends & family, wear your BRIGHTEST yellow, bring some cow bells, show us your dance moves and prepare to do some serious yelling and cheering! We’ll be suppling breakfast all morning to keep you energized because cheering is hard work too!

More Info: Click HERE for more on the event and to connect with other community members who are participating! 

Are you a “love to runner” or an “anything but” gym go-er?! Leave a comment below with your fun experiences with or thoughts on the RUNNING sport. I hope some of the links above inspire you to mix up your workout routine or rediscover your love of running. For those of you running the San Francisco Marathon, have a great race! Hope to share a workout with you all soon. Till then, keep shining 🙂

Caroline

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HAPPY SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! Are you ready for the BIG GAME? This year, don’t let football festivities sideline your fitness routine. Prepare a game day plan that gets you off the couch and MOVING before the commercials begin. I’ve created a special football themed workout to help you work up a “sporty sweat” before the action starts. This challenging all-levels circuit works the entire body, doesn’t require any equipment, and includes the perfect mix of strength and cardio exercises. It’s a winning combination – you’ll feel like such a rockstar when you’re done you might need your OWN halftime show. Now get focused, put on your game face, and get ready to “BRING IT”. Im positive you’ll WIN in this workout challenge. TOUCHDOWN!

“Get in the Game WORKOUT CHALLENGE” 

Fuel your SuperBowl Sunday with POWER. The below drills are designed to work on your strength, speed, stamina, and agility while burning calories and boosting energy. It’s a challenging series – as always, please check with a doctor before beginning any new exercise routine. And note: *You DO NOT need a football or access to a football field for these workouts. Just a positive attitude, a bottle of water, and some space! ; )

Running/Jogging Warm Up Drills. 10 minutes.

  • Easy jog 5 minutes
  • Walking Lunge. 20-30.
  • Butt kicks (kick your heel towards your butt)
  • Squat with side shuffle 1 minute
  • High Knees 1 minute
  • Plank with mountain climber knees 1 minute

“Make a Tight End”

Do 20-30 reps of each move. Work on keeping good form and strengthening your legs, core, and balance.

  • Basic Hip bridge. Laying on back bridge hips up into the air.
  • Squat with straight arms out in front of you. Focus on keeping shoulders down and core engaged.
  • Forward single leg lunge with knee raise (add hop if feeling feisty!). Do reps on one leg and switch.
  • Single leg side lateral lunge. Lunging one leg to the side keeping the other straight. Option to add a knee raise towards chest.
  • Plie squat with inner thigh slide. Squat with legs wide and toes pointed outward, bring heels together when you stand and separate legs wide to squat again.

Penalty ABS.

Perform each move for 1 minute with 15 seconds rest in-between.

  • V Ups.
  • Bicycle Crunch
  • Plank
  • Superman
  • Pushup

Cardio BURST: TOUCHDOWN 

Do each move for 1 minute with 30 seconds rest in-between.

  • Burpees. Feel free to add a pushup or squat jump!
  • “Football” run. Also known as “fast feet” : shake your booty and move feet out and in.
  • Squat hops with “touch down” arms. Squat and jump off ground reaching your arms up in the air in a “touchdown” signal.
  • Suicides. Sprint out 10-20 yards, squat and touch ground, sprint back ( you can also use distance measure like light poles, street meters)

Once through the circuit is GREAT – you can also repeat the above 2-3 times and go home with a WINNING workout.

When you have completed the above challenge, leave me a comment below and let me know how it went. Cant wait to congratulate you on your efforts!

On another note, I wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU all of you for your donations in this past weekend’s CYCLE for SURVIVAL fundraiser. This years ride was emotional and inspiring. Equinox Pine Street was packed with over 400 enthusiastic Cyclers working together towards an end to all rare cancers. The event was a tremendous success. So far, Cycle 2012 has raised over $6.1 million! This accomplishment would be impossible without your generosity. These efforts will have a lasting impact on every person touched by rare cancers. I want to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for supporting me in my ride and helping make a difference in the lives of so many. Keep your eyes out for an upcoming blog post filled with stories from this years ride and LOTS of fun pictures!

Hope you have a fun, safe, and healthy Super Bowl Sunday. Looking forward to seeing you soon for a workout in the gym or ONLINE! 

Caroline

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As many of you know, this weekend, Feb. 4th 2012, I am participating in CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL at Equinox San Francisco.

This event will raise funds for pioneering research into rare cancers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

100 % of the money raised goes to the cause. Cycle  For Survival 2012 will be an incredibly inspiring event.

Through this fundraiser, we will have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of people affected by rare cancers.

If you’d like to help me and contribute to this AMAZING cause and make a DIFFERENCE in the lives of others, please visit the link  below go to my fundraising page, where you can make a tax-deductible online donation. 

Click HERE to visit my personal page.

Or view the team page for my team, FEARLESS FITNESS San Francisco

Id also like to invite you to join us at the event. We will need all the cheers we can get!

Here are the details:

CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL.

Saturday February 4, 2012

8 AM – 12 PM

EQUINOX Fitness Club

301 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA

Click HERE to read about last year’s event and see the impact of our cycling efforts. 

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Cant make it out to SF but inspired to get fit while giving back? Here are my tips on how you can”exercise your charity muscle” 

Combining a charitable event with your fitness goals is a great way to stay motivated and contribute to the world. Fitness themed charity events are an awesome way to mix fitness and fundraising and connect to other active folks within the community. Here are my top reasons you should give BACK while you sweat:

1. Be part of something bigger than yourself. By participating, you are joining hundreds and thousands of others who have the same goal of helping people—and that just feels good! Many participants would probably tell you that they wouldn’t have just signed up for a race on their own, but knowing they would be helping others motivated them to do so.

2. Be part of a team. Anyone who played sports in high school or college will tell you that when their “career” ended, one of the biggest things they missed was being a part of a team. Participating in an event with a charity group puts you on a team of other  runners, walkers,  cyclists, and fitness enthusiasts who have a united goal and purpose. You even get to wear the same shirts or jerseys in most cases. If you’ve always longed to be on a team, or miss the team energy, this is a great opportunity to get back to it.

3. Build special relationships. I believe NOTHING brings people closer than MOVING together. Sharing in the training experience and encouraging one another builds bonds and friendships that last long after the event is over.  Friends that SWEAT together stay together – by participating in a charity event, you’ll gain friendships that last forever :)

4. Get the tools you need to accomplish your goal. You may have had a lifelong dream of completing a marathon or even a triathlon, but there was one problem: You didn’t know how to train to get there. Groups like the Leukemia Society’s Team In Training provide coaches who will give you weekly schedules so you know exactly what to do and when to do it. They also provide other tips for training and fundraising. Their goal is for you to succeed in your event and fundraising and to have a great overall experience. There are even local groups with these teams that meet for weekly runs or walks.  Most charity fitness events provide you with all the tools you need to GET FIT while working towards your fundraising event.

How  do you get involved in a charity race? It works like this:

  1. A charity group identifies an event, such as a half or full marathon 5K or 10K run/walk, bike tour, or triathlon.
  2. The charity then recruits participants who agree to raise money for the charity and personally participate in the race itself.
  3. Participants typically pay a race entry fee (which can range from $10 to $40 on average). This money usually goes directly to the charity group, but also reserves a participant’s spot in the race.
  4. In the months or weeks leading up to the event, participants are asked to raise funds, and are often encouraged to meet a minimum fundraising goal, as set by the charity. Participants will ask their friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers to donate money to the cause on their behalf.
  5. In turn, the charitable organization often provides support, coaching, encouragement, and training to help participants reach not only their fundraising goals, but also the level of fitness necessary to participate in the race.

There are many charity fitness teams out there like the well-known Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program, which offers various events all over the country. (If you have ever seen a lot of people in purple tank tops during televised marathons or races, those are the folks!). Theres also the  Tour de Curebike ride for the American Diabetes Association, The AIDS LifeCycle, or the Cycle For Survival. With THOUSANDS of  races, causes, and fundraisers going on, you can ALWAYS find a way to get fit and give back.

 
A charity fitness event is a win-win scenario. But more accurately, it’s a “win-win-win” scenario! You win by completing a dream or fitness feat. The charity wins by receiving the funding they need to fulfill their mission. And the people helped by the charity win by benefiting from the research, services, education and support that the charity provides. How much better can it get? These organizations  give you the tools, coaching, and motivation you need to make it happen, no matter what your fitness level. (And trust me, there are people of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels training and completing these events.) Why not go for it and do something you never thought possible? Get FIT to GIVE BACK to something.

If competing in an event really isnt your style, sign up for the PLUS 3 Network. You sign up (its FREE), log your exercise, and every mile on the treadmill or lap in the pool is translated into points. The site’s corporate sponsors then convert those points into dollars and donate them to your favorite nonprofit. So far over 16,000 participants have stretched, jogged, and danced their way to more than 450,000 for great causes and groups, including local food banks, Greenpeace, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Check them out and give back: http://www.plus3network.com/

Choose a charity that is close to your heart, something you really believe in, and make your dream—and the dreams of others—come true!

Have you ever participated in a fitness fundraiser or charity? What was your experience?

Hope to see you this upcoming Saturday for an incredible chance to GIVE BACK! Looking forward to sharing a workout with you soon. Till then… keep shining 🙂

With Gratitude,

Caroline

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To My Fearless Fitness Family,

On February 4th, I’m TEACHING and riding at Cycle for Survival at EQUINOX San Francisco. This national, indoor relay-style team cycling event that has raised more than $9 million in support of life-changing research on rare cancers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world’s premiere cancer research institutions.

I will be riding with over 10,000 other cyclers from across the country and around the world to make a difference in the lives of millions of people affected by rare cancers. Rare cancers include cancers of the brain, ovarian, pancreatic, leukemia, lymphoma, sarcoma, all pediatric cancers, and countless others that all desperately need our attention and help.

Every dollar I raise goes directly to MSKCC to fund research on rare cancers. In just the past five years, Cycle has funded a total of twenty-five new clinical trials and research studies with the promise of so many from the success of Cycle 2012.

Watch this VIDEO to see just how powerful  Cycle For Survival Events have been in the past.  This progress — and the hope it brings to patients and their families — is only possible because of thoughtful contributions from people like you! I hope you’ll make a gift to support my ride against cancer. The link below will bring you to my fundraising page, where you can make a tax-deductible online donation.

Click HERE to visit my personal page.

Or view the team page for my team, FEARLESS FITNESS San Francisco

Id also like to invite you to join us at the event. We will need all the cheers we can get!

Here are the details:

CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL.

Saturday February 4, 2012

8 AM – 12 PM

EQUINOX Fitness Club

301 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA

THANK YOU for all of your support! Check out all the fun photos from last year below….. Ill see you FEBRUARY 4th and we will make more!

With LOVE and GRATITUDE,

Caroline

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center | 275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065
www.cycleforsurvival.org | Questions? Call 888-72-CYCLE cycleforsurvival@mskcc.org


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The long road from New Year’s to Easter is relatively holiday-free. Of course, depending on where you’re reading this from, you may be blessed with a long weekend or two, but overall it’s pretty sparse. The weeks run long. The weather is less than appealing and leaves you dreaming of an elusive getaway and warm, sunny days.

Getting away doesn’t necessarily mean searching for your passport and hoping your carry-on shampoo bottle will make it through customs. You can escape from the day-to-day with an amazing yoga class, a beautiful run, or a night spent with good friends. No, you don’t have to travel to get away from it all…but who doesn’t want to travel? Making time for a vacation is good for your body, mind and SOUL. This year, prepare to leave winter behind and escape to Hawaii for a unforgetable wellness retreat.

I am gearing up for an inspiring fitness getaway in Maui Hawaii in February. Join me and escape to Hawaii for sunshine, surf, and healthy food. Wake up your days with invigorating workouts, hit the surf, soak in the sunshine, or relax on the beach and sip fresh coconut water. Its the retreat you have been waiting for. Read below for details and sign up NOW. I can’t wait for our memorable island time together. ALOHA!

“Follow Your Bliss: HAWAII RETREAT with Caroline Jordan Fitness!”

Join Caroline Jordan Fitness & Julie Bennett Yoga for a rejuvenating fitness retreat to Maui, Hawaii! The experience will be grounded, playful, and inspiring. Four days of invigorating fitness activities and goal setting workshops to MOTIVATE your spirit, tap into your INNER strength, and energize you like nothing else. Start 2012 off in a balanced, blissful state with Caroline Jordan Fitness in HAWAII!

Our journey will include two fun fitness classes each day, as well as luxurious accommodations and vibrant local cuisine. There will be ample space for rest, reflection, adventure and community connection. Explore the land and culture through hiking, water sports, biking, whale watching and much, much more. Relax and soak in the sun at the world-renowned Kaanapali Beach hotel – Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa.

Space is limited and this sweet retreat deal will sell out FAST. To reserve your space and get the best deal on an ocean view room (and free breakfast buffet – WOO!) contact,  Kay Ryan kay@mauikay.com (808.669.0451) and mention Caroline Jordan Fitness when booking. Prices will change as we get closer to the date—so confirm now to lock in best rate!

Single Occupancy

February 23 – 27, 2012

Round trip airfare for 1 persons on United Airlines, SFO direct to Maui

4 nights at the Hyatt Maui, Partial Ocean view room

includes daily breakfast buffet for 1

Trip protection plan

Resort fee

Total cost including taxes is $2776.00

Same package with flights on Hawaiian out of Oakland is $2661.00

Double Occupancy

February 23 – 27, 2012

Round trip airfare for 2 persons on United Airlines, SFO direct to Maui

4 nights at the Hyatt Maui, Partial Ocean view room

includes daily breakfast buffet for 2

Trip protection plan

Total cost including taxes is $3543.00

Same package with flights on Hawaiian out of Oakland is $3313.00

To secure your space $400 is required as a deposit. Check and Pay Pal options are available for all retreat attendees. This covers all your organized activities and events with Caroline & Julie. Please pass on the info to your friends as well. Who doesn’t need a little sunshine in their New Year?

Explore Further at: 

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa: http://maui.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?null

Caroline Jordan Fitness: http://www.carolinejordanfitness.com/

Julie Bennett: www.facebook.com/JBYoga

JUST GO FOR IT! Follow your bliss 🙂

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Close friend and Informed Body Studio Owner, Jill Harris, is hosting an incredible fundraiser this week. I hope you take the opportunity to get involved, enjoy a great workout, and GIVE back to your world (and to all the bunnies in it ;). During the week of November 28 – December 3, Informed Body will donate $5 from all training sessions plus 100% of the proceeds from all buns classes and ticket sales directly to SaveaBunny.org

Why?
Working your buns off and helping shelter animals has never been so fun

How?
Sign up for 1 or more booty-centric workouts. RSVP by calling 415-626-1111

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BUNS DAY CLASSES:
Cost is $30/single class.
Buy 3 classes for $75 and get 1 raffle ticket.
Win amazing health, beauty and food prizes by purchasing 1 raffle ticket
for $5 or 5 for $20

Monday, November 28 7am Ballet Buns
Wednesday, November 30 7:30am Bend, Bitch & Buns
Friday, December 2 5:30 pm Beverages & Buns
Saturday, December 3 10am Breakfast & Buns
Saturday, December 3 711am Bend & Buns

RAFFLE ITEMS:
$5/1 ticket
$20/5 tickets

Omala – yoga/pilates outfit
www.omalausa.com

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Balanced Body – Magic Circle
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Pure Envy Spa Bar – Mani/Pedi
www.pureenvyspabar.com

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Informed Body Private Pilates Session

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Informed Body Private Gyrotonic Session

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Informed Body Private Pilates Session

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Kettlebell Session with Cecilia Tom

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Lucid Beauty – Facial
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Modern Appealing Clothing – Gift Certificate
387 Grove St.
San Francisco

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Diana Slavin Womenswear – Gift Certificate
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Starbucks Coffee – Gift Certificate
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DeeVine Wines – German Wines
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Blue Bottle Coffee – Gift Certificate
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Renee’s Tasty Treats – Healthy Cookies & Baked Goods
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Nutritional Consultations and Kitchen Cleanout with Amber Zuckswert
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You can check out Informed Body online at:http://www.informedbody.com/index.html or give them a call at 415. 626. 1111 . Hope to see you this week at their studio:  389 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102! BUNNIES AND BUNS – Lets GET SOME!

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