Fitness Goal Ideas

Quite a few of you out there seem to be sharing my summer slump attitude when it comes to recent work outs. There are also a bunch of you who are totally in the work out zone, which is awesome. Thank you to everyone who offered up some great workout programs and possible fitness goals in the comments section of my morning blog post!

Since quite a few of us seem to be in need of a fitness goal for a little extra exercise motivation, I figured I would highlight some of the recommendations you guys provided to me, as well as a few fitness goal ideas I’ve had in the back of my mind for a while.

  • Train for a sprint triathlon
  • Train for a duathlon
  • Barre3 Challenge
  • Create a yoga challenge (Example: Take x-number of yoga classes a week/month)
  • Insanity DVD
  • P90x DVD
  • Train for an open-water swimming event

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Lots of awesome suggestions!

I am most intrigued by Jess’ Summer Shape Up Plan and training for a triathlon or duathlon. My only hang up when it comes to training for a triathlon or a duathlon is the biking! Though I love spinning, I don’t own a road bike and do not want to invest any money into a bike since I’m not really into biking outdoors. Plus, it kind of freaks me out! I’m on the lookout for a race that incorporates only swimming and running but they’re really hard to find. If anyone knows of any in the Central Florida area, please let me know!


With all of your awesome work out suggestions rolling in, I felt 10 times more inspired when it came time to do my own workout today.

I ended up completing Day One of Jess’ Summer Shape Up, which included a legs and core workout. (Just FYI – Jess will be giving birth to a baby girl any day now! Very exciting!) I did a 30-minute workout on the treadmill to start before I completed Jess’ workout. The leg workout was short, so I completed an extra round before moving onto the core workout. I loved both components and am looking forward to the next workout tomorrow!


By the time I made it home, I was more than ready for lunch.

healthy egg salad

I fixed myself a plate of egg salad with pita slices for dipping and served it with a side of fresh strawberries and almonds for some healthy fats.

healthy egg salad recipe

It was a very satisfying lunch!

Question of the Afternoon

  • What is one fitness-related goal that you have achieved that made you feel like a rock star?

When I finished the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in under two hours, I was really proud of myself. I was also really proud when I passed my NASM personal trainer exam.


  1. says

    I definitely felt like a rockstar the first time I ran 8 miles. Running did notttttt come easy to me at first, but I kept going and now I love it. And I totally agree with the duathlon! I almost did one back in March (1/2 mi swim and 5k) but I didn’t want to do it alone. Now I seriously regret it…still sounds like so much fun!


  2. says

    Well, sheesh…I don’t know that I have any real rock star moments. Hmmmm. Maybe when I ran my first 5K just a few months after having my baby boy. I know that sounds pretty lame but I was NEVER a runner even though I had tried numerous times. Finally, something clicked(maybe the couch to 5K plan) and I was able to run and actually enjoy it. I was never a fast runner but when I ran a 5K in 28 minutes, I was definitely proud. Like I said…pretty lame, lol!!


  3. says

    I did the Insanity workouts to get toned before my wedding last year and they were AWESOME! I especially loved the first 5 discs! But the best part is how great I felt on my wedding day! Definitely recommend those!


  4. Laura says

    You can use any working bike for a sprint triathlon so don’t feel like you need an expensive bike! Lots of people are on the course using mountain bikes, etc. If you don’ have a bike, you could probably just borrow one from someone!


  5. says

    My rock star moments were finishing an ironman 70.3 and my first marathon in under 4 hours!
    Don’t get too hung up on the bike. As Laura said above borrowing one is a great option. Outdoors isn’t too scary either! I’m sure there are many gorgeous trails in the Ocala area that would be a safe way to get more comfortable in the saddle. :-)


  6. says

    Love the Barre3 challenge and Jess’s Shape Up ideas. Thanks for sharing. I accomplished completing a 5k in under 35 minutes after just casually training for a year.


  7. Carly says

    Last year I set a goal that I would run a half marathon before I turned 30 and I accomplished that in April of this year. Now I am training for a full marathon this September! I’m excited because it will definitely be a challenge “) Aside from that I had set a specific number of miles I wanted to run this year and training for this marathon will help me accomplish that goal too!


  8. says

    You should totally do a triathlon!! You don’t need to go out and buy a road bike. You can always borrow someone’s bike or use a hybrid or mountain bike if you have one. Aqua runs are coming more popular these days, but still seem far and few between. I couldn’t tell you about any in Florida, but check out or even the USAT website for events.


  9. Kelley Fernbacher says

    This post is exactly what I needed to read today! I am good at achieving fitness goals if I have a plan and concrete goal in mind. Right now, I am waiting to to see if I get picked for a half marathon in October. Until then it is important for me to have fitness goals. I really like the idea of committing to a yoga and fitness class. My goal for the next four weeks is to go to 1 yoga class, 1 spin class, and one long run each week.


        • Robin says

          I heard it’s the end of June. I signed up with my co-worker. I ran through my entire pregnancy and the first month post-partum and got totally burnt out. 5 months later I need a reason to start again so this post about setting goals resonated with me. Nothing like a ridiculously hilly half to get you motivated, but at least we’d have firefighters, Tiffany necklaces, and Godiva chocolates waiting for us at the finish line. Good luck getting in!!!


  10. dee says

    This couldn’t have been more perfect timing! I really needed that list to kick me back into the working out spirit..once it starts heating up, I tend to fall off the “lets work out and get sweaty!” wagon. The most recent fitness-related goal that made me feel like a rockstar, or should I say, warrior, was completing a half marathon and a warrior dash on the same day :) I was definitely feeling like a weekend warrior that day!


  11. Elena says

    On Sunday I completed my first triathlon! It was an all women’s sprint triathlon, and the swim was in a man-made beach, so it was a bit easier than open water. Perfect for a first timer! It was super fun… And I have a feeling I’m going to get addicted! Looking for more to sign up for this summer!


  12. says

    I really want to complete a triathlon but the biking holds me up as well!! I have a couple of friends who have been in nasty biking accidents during triathlons, which completely freaks me out! PLUS I don’t own a road bike either. The tough mudder and spartan races sound super fun and I really want to do one of the two in the near future!


  13. says

    Love that Tough Mudder is on your must do list! I just finished mine a week and a half ago. And it was TOUGH. But I was so proud to have finished! If you sign up for any New England ones, be prepared to climb multiple mountains multiple times, by far the hardest “obstacle”! I’d really love to do a sprint triathlon too. I’m toying with the idea of doing one in the late fall. I need to practice my swimming and biking a lot though! Might be more of a springtime goal for me.


  14. says

    I’m sort of with you on the whole triathonlon thing- but for me, I would want a race that is just running and bikinig! Haha. I have never really been good at swimming- I never really learned “the right way” to do it so I feel as though I would struggle with that part of the race for sure! Maybe you could organize a dual-athon with just running and swimming somewhere in your area?


  15. says

    Actually, my yearly fitness goal happens this week: do a fathers day 15 K…..Win a plaque for placing……sign it with kind words..give to dad for fathers day! Gotta do good, gotta do good Saturday- or dad will be presentless.


  16. says

    I think when I did my full marathon. I felt like poop after and didn’t really love the time I finished, but now being able to tell people I did one makes me proud.


  17. Beth Pierce says

    The other day, I noticed our gym schedule listed BodyPump as one of the classes offered, and my husband and I decided to try it last night (we usually just hit the weightroom and/or run on the treadmill). It was AWESOME! Thanks for the recommendation!


  18. says

    I will NEVER forget finishing my first race. It was only a 5k, but I was literally 10 years old and had never trained for running in my life. It was strictly sports conditioning. But when I was invited to participate, I fell in love with running and, cheesy as it sounds, I’ve never been the same. Hope you find a new fitness goal just as satisfying! :)


  19. Josette says

    This morning I did my first spin class. I thought it was going to be cake (because I have been trail running a lot lately) but it was not! So it is now my goal to spin twice a week. Nailed it!


  20. Samantha says

    Hi Julie!

    I’m in a bit of a slump too (if that’s what you wish to call it) as about a month ago, I fractured my foot. I’ve been in a boot since then, and my health journey has been lacking since I can’t seem to exercise. So, my question to you: do you have any exercises routines or ideas that I can do with an injury? I miss working out!

    Thanks in advance! :)


  21. says

    A fitness related goal I have had that made me feel like a Rockstar is;
    I joined a Hockey League again, so I had something to train for during the week…
    I progressed every week, and I eventually lead the league in stats, so I moved up to a tougher league… etc… Seeing results in the game makes me feel like a Rockstar.



  22. Stephanie Clement says

    Why not make your own swin-run duathalon! Plan it yourself and invole your co-workers and clients….nothing huge, but something to do!


  23. Jenn says

    I’m so interested in the Summer Shape Up Plan. I’ve been looking for ways to shake up my routine and try new exercise combos. I also love Body Pump (which I take Mondays and Wednesdays). How would you recommend combining the two programs??

    Thank you for sharing! You’re so optimistic and real about what it takes to exercise!


  24. Haley says

    I’m a competitive swimmer. I would recomend going to a swim meet, if you’re looking for a just swimming race. There are a lot of short events, but also longer ones, if thats more what you’re into. I would sugest doing a 500, 800, 1000, or mile swim(1650/1500 depending on the course of the pool). You can do more than one race in a day, and meets are super fun.


  25. AJ says

    I have done 2 Tough Mudders and they make me feel like SuperWoman when I’m done! They are SUCH a challenge but you and Ryan would love it. Also, you might be able to sign up for a tri as a team with someone and have them do the biking and you do the other two? Or maybe you can rent a bike?



  26. Kayla says

    I have done Jillians 30 day shred and you will feel accomplished after completing it! I also love a cardio dvd Bob Harper has….I’m ready to break them back out again!



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