Monday, October 29, 2012

DARE Team Training!!

Synergistic Effects is thrilled to announce the all new DARE TEAM TRAINING!!  What is a DARE Team??

This is a team of 4 women who are Dedicated Athletes Reaching Excellence together through a small team approach.

The minimum fitness requirement to join a DARE Team is the ability to run 2 miles.  We will be hitting outdoor athletic team style workouts full of track drills, parachute runs, agility drills, plyometrics, sports drills and so much more!

This is YOUR opportunity for semi-private athletic style personal training sessions with the motivation of teammates and the accountability you need from a coach!

It is AMAZING the perseverance, dedication, motivation, and determination you have when training with a team.  Push yourself to the next level.  Get the workout you have been missing.  Train the athlete in YOU!

DARE Team Alpha SESSION 1:

When:  Mondays 10-10:50am

Dates:  11/5, 11/12, *No Practice Thanksgiving Week*, 11/26, 12/3

Cost:  $100  (An over $180 savings from a private personal training package!)

DARE Team Bravo SESSION 1:

When:  Wednesdays 10-10:50am

Dates:  11/7, 11/14, *No Practice Thanksgiving Week*, 11/28, 12/5

Cost:  $100  (An over $180 savings from a private personal training package!)

Don't wait!  Contact me today to join your team!  Please indicate session preference for Team Alpha, Bravo, or join both!  Email Kari at to sign up.  I MUST receive payment within 24 hours of your verbal commitment to join a team.  Space is LIMITED.  First come first serve.  Teams must have exactly 4 members.  Grab your friends and join or come and meet new motivated women on your team!  It's time...DARE to train the ATHLETE IN YOU!!

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Try these delicious AND nutritious seasonal muffins packed with vitamins and antioxidants!  This is a much healthier way to do dessert or a quick breakfast on the go!



2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
2 c. whole cranberries
Juice and zest of 1 orange
2 T. Canola Oil
Warm water
1 egg well beaten
1 c. nuts (I like walnuts!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift first 5 ingredients.  Zest orange peel and put into measuring cup with oil, juice, and enough warm water to make 3/4 cups.

Add egg, nuts, and cranberries to dry ingredients.

Add remaining ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon stirring well.

Spoon batter into lightly sprayed non-stick muffin pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Do not over bake.

Yields  approx. 16 muffins.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Strong is the new Skinny...

I will preface this article by fully admitting I am a girl who has ALWAYS loved a strong looking physique...if I am completely honest I will let you in on a little secret about myself.  Growing up I probably spent more time than not when I was in front a mirror flexing my muscles instead of fixing my hair, seeing just how ripped I could make myself and how many veins I could get to pop out of my biceps and forearms instead of worrying about my make up...(You can ask my sisters if you don't believe me). got me, I still do.  I think my husband thinks I'm a nut.

This being said, I know I am different than the average girl.  But I'm hoping that a shift is occurring towards my direction.  I grew up in a generation that idolized the unhealthily thin and wispy woman giving girls and women unrealistic standards to hold themselves to.  Now don't get me wrong, I do not want to look like a body builder on testosterone, but I do want to be a strong athletic woman proud of my genes and not ashamed that I can do a one armed push up. Why fight what I was born with?  My arms are NEVER going to be little strings hanging out of my shirt, so I might as well rip them up and be proud of them.  That is why I absolutely LOVE the phrase, "Strong is the new skinny."

I encourage women to be strong.  Lift weights, hit the gym.   Take care of YOUR body.  Let it be the best that IT can be whatever shape that is.  Don't do it to look like a certain body type or celebrity. Go for the strong you.  You won't regret it.  I can promise you that.