Greetings Healthy People!

The “Trainer’s Corner” updates with Candice Maria are BACK!!!!!! Most of you I have been able to stay connected with via Facebook and other social media avenues, and others I may have lost touch with over the past several months as a lot has changed in my personal and professional life since the last “Trainer’s Corner” update in February!

So I am ecstatic to share with you what’s new for August and beyond, just in time for back to school!

Radiant Balance Yoga

A mobile and virtual yoga studio, owned and operated by yours truly, currently serving the Tuscaloosa county community. The following picture outlines our current live class schedule and locations, class styles and descriptions follow:

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Flow #BacktoSchool this Fall with Ease! 📚📝📖📏📎📐📊📋📑📒

Join me in one or several of my #yogaclasses this August!

Several options, class styles, locations, and times to choose from across @tuscaloosacity :

Mondays: 10:30 am #YinFusionFlow and
5:30 pm #AshtangaBasics @yogablisstuscaloosa
7:20 pm #YogaBasics @BamaCheerXtreme

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:30 am #YinFusionFlow @BEWellNaturallyWellSpa

1st & 3rd Saturday ( August 2nd & 16th): 8 am – #GentleFlow @northridge_fit
9:30 am – #YogaandYogurt #OntheRiver @OrangeLeafTuscaloosa

Sunday August 17th 4pm: #YogaSunday #OpenAshtangaFlow @northridge_fit

CLICK HERE for Location addresses and Pricing!

Private yoga lessons available per request! CLICK HERE for Pricing.***

Personal Training Updates:

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Hanging out with Torch Fitness co-founder, Ty and the staff of The AVE Tuscaloosa

I have been recently selected to join a national fitness training and nutrition team called Torch Fitness and Nutrition,  based out of Atlanta!

Through this organization I will be teaching yoga, spin and boot camp classes along with training clients at the following 2 residential locations in Tuscaloosa beginning in late August and early September:

The AVE Tuscaloosa – Highway 69 Tuscaloosa

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2700 Capital Park – Downtown Tuscaloosa

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Yoga and Fitness Classes are complimentary to residents and their personal guests at either property!

Pricing for any Personal Training or Private Yoga Lessons will be announced soon! ***

Personal training sessions and Private Yoga Lessons for non-residents of either facility will be held at The AVE Tuscaloosa fitness gym only.

***Pricing for Private Yoga Lessons subject to vary per length of sessions, number of sessions and location. Starting rate for private yoga is from: $40/hour. Personal training pricing will be determined by the Torch Fitness organization.

Competition Update:

This month marks my official return to the stage. I have 2 shows lined up that I have been aggressively preparing for:

August 23 – NANBF Trojan Classic – Troy, AL

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September 27 – NANBF Global Cup Championship – Atlanta,  GA

Social Media Update:

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Urban Obstacle Race Company

City Challenge Race Team: As an Ambassador Trainer and Team Leader for an urban obstacle race company called City Challenge Race, I am hosting month long FREE training on Instagram and Facebook to help people find simple ways to stay fit as well as prepare for the race on October 5 in New York City. Follow either my Instagram or Facebook page to see each day’s work out and participate in the challenge! I will be giving away a FREE Race Entry to the person who demonstrates that they have completed all of this month’s challenge workouts!

Also for those interested in joining me for the race in October, please visit the following LINK to register for the team named “LIVING FIT” with the promo code: IAMFIT to receive a $10 off discount.

Kaiteki Sandals

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As a Brand Ambassador for an up and coming yoga clothing and accessories company I will be offering exclusive giveaways, contests, and discounts to friends,  family, clients and students.  Be sure to visit the LINK to check out their recent product launch!

This concludes your Trainer’s Corner Update for August! Stay tuned to my blog for fitness and nutrition tips throughout the month! Until next time Eat Clean – Train Dirty because Excuses Don’t Burn Calories! ~ The Fit Life

~ I AM CANDICE MARIA ~

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The Transition Phase: From Running to Bodybuilding

This weekend marks the official turning point in the transition phase of my amateur adult athletic endeavors, see post called Phases of an Athlete for an overview of my annual plan for road racing and female bodybuilding.

a girl who lifts

I ran in my last endurance event of my 2013-2014 run season this weekend, the Tuscaloosa Half Marathon, had a chance to catch up with some great friends old and new, and wore myself out….lol! This month also marks my Runnersversary as it was a year ago this month I ran my 1st half marathon. I plan to continue running through out my bodybuilding season, just in shorter distances for fat burning and cardio. It’s time to build and maintain muscle!

better me

So back to the transition phase. As of today we are officially 13 weeks out from the first planned Figure Competition for this year. I had already began transitioning my diet around week 14, and boy could I tell a difference during my half marathon this weekend. I fatigued rather quickly and dehydrated fast, hence why I don’t do late Spring/Summer road racing, cause this race and my marathon last month got HOT, and it was still technically winter at that time! Crazy Southern Weather! I love my Region!…LOL! Plus, the diet change from eating like an endurance runner to eating like a bodybuilder is two totally different beasts in and of themselves and out of some mild anxiety about my upcoming competition season, I started cutting back on carbs and calories a little too soon! :-/

 thm14 TTC Peeps Stephs 1st Half

But we live and we learn! The joy is in the journey not the finish line or the trophy! So let the countdown to the stage officially begin! 13 Weeks and Counting!……

Until Next Time

~ I AM CandiceMaria ~

fitness model photo opp