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 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.


  2. 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!


  3. 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! 🙂


  4. 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!


  5. 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! 🙂


  6. 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.



  7. 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!


  8. says

    The fitness goal I’m most proud of is completing a half marathon 🙂 I’m still not fully recovered from it (I hurt my knee), but once I am.. I’d love to do it again and try to beat my previous time!


  9. 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!


  10. 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.


  11. 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?



  12. 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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