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Top 5 Reasons to Take a Barre Class before Running the 5k Foam Fest

Top 5 Reasons to Take a Barre Class before Running the 5k Foam Fest

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people working out in a barre class

Obstacle races are definitely a fun way to get out, have fun, and stay active. But preparing for them often leaves people stumped. How do you train for something that involves running, climbing over walls, and crawling through mud?

While there are many different training techniques and prep programs, here’s 5 reasons why we feel a barre class is a great way to prep for getting filthy clean:

1.     Barre workouts are high intensity and low impact. For those unfamiliar with barre workouts, they’re basically an hour long, full body workout combining exercises from ballet, pilates, sports conditioning, and stretching. This type of workout is perfect for someone looking to prevent injury while training for a 5k. The high intensity will help you build the stamina and strength needed to conquer obstacles throughout the course, without the risk of injury that other high impact workouts provide.

barre class helps build your upper body that will get you ready for the 5k foam fest

barre class helps build your upper body that will get you ready for the 5k foam fest

2.     They help with upper body strength. When you’re facing your first set of 8 foot walls on the course, you’ll want to make sure you have the strength and stamina to climb up and over. Most barre workouts incorporate some light weights to help with building and maintaining upper body strength. Not only will this help on the course, but it’s a great way to achieve those toned, sexy arms we all want!

3.     They help work out those inner thighs. At the Foam Fest you’ll be using your legs a lot! From running to leaping over those 5 foot walls, leg strength and endurance is a must. Most barre classes offer an “Inner Thigh Intensive” class that will get your thighs in mud run shape!

4.     They build core strength, flexibility, and endurance. Core strength and flexibility will both come in handy conquering some of the obstacles on the course. And with 3.1 miles of trail in front of you, endurance is a definite must!

barre workout will help strengthen your core that will get you ready for the 5k foam fest

barre workout will help strengthen your core

5.     You’ll make friends with similar fitness goals. One of the first things we’ve learned about fitness in general is that it’s funner to do with friends! Whether you’re facing the 50 foot slip n’ slide or sweating it out in the gym to get rid of the baby weight, it’s super helpful to have someone at your side to give you motivation when you need an extra push.

So before your next Foam Fest, get out to a barre class and try it out. You’ll definitely get a workout, and you might also find some new friends as willing as you are to dive face first into foam!

5 tips on a tailgate party that rocks

With football season in full swing there are few things better than a tailgate party that rocks. It can make the wins even sweeter and the loses more than a bad memory. All the memories of hanging out with your fellow fans with never a shortage of meat and drinks. We are sure that at some point you have spotted a die hard tailgater that brought along their 72″ plasma and others that even sported a hot tub. Of course the most important thing that you can bring to the tailgate scene is your friends. And friends go with the group that has things dialed up to make it rock. In order to always make the game an awesome experience here are 5 tips on how to throw a tailgate party that rocks!

1) Good food starts the night before

There are plenty of things that taste better when they have been soaking in some savory juices all night. Marinate your meat. Slice it up so all you gotta do is put it on the grill and throw away the bag. Here is a link to all the meatiness that your heart could desire: Meat madness

To have a rockin tailgate experience you should pack, slice, separate before hand. Cut up your topping for burgers if that is what you are grilling. Slice up the veggies for steak fajitas. Put all the utensils, cups, plates etc where you know they will make it in the car.Make sure that you have coolers and ice ready to go. Here is a picture to pack those coolers the right way:

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2) If it doesn’t have tunes or TVs it isn’t a tailgate party

Who has got the playlists and do you have the cords to make it happen whether it is through car speakers or from a portable system. If you don’t have jumper cables we would suggest a portable stereo. Here is a link to get you started on a rockin tailgate party mix: see tunes here

Ever thought about packing the big scree with you? You can route the image through your computer but this would be a killer way to keep track of the other games going on that day or even watch the one you are at. If at all possible have a 4G card for the computer you hook up. This can give you some HUGE props.

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3) Bring everything that you need and then double that

Have you thought about utensils, trash bags, water bottles, drinks, toppings, propane or charcoal, ice, warm clothes, jumper cables, lighter, newspaper to start fire, games to play to kill time, chairs etc. There are plenty of things to miss so don’t be that guy! You also have no access to more unless you bum off the other people around you so bring more than you need so you can be the hero and save the day for someone else. Chicks dig heroes.

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4) The one time you should care about decorating

This is the place to show your true colors. Don’t mess around with the painting your chess stuff. Make it look like your car exploded the colors of your team. Did you think about a flag pole. One to show your pride as well as make it east for your friends to find your car. Don’t sweat the cut stuff.

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 5) Now that you packed it in how are you going to get it all out?

This would be a good time to have those trash bags. Depending on the time of the game and when it gets over this would be a good time for the dessert that you planned ahead for to kill time till the parking lot clears out. Smoores are an easy one but you should follow this link to get some more ideas They are going to be the same thing that you would make as if you were camping so here they be: bomb desserts.

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Austin 5k Foam Fest has arrived

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We are coming to you this weekend Austin. We have make the trek and brought our obstacles with us to make the last 5k Foam Fest of the year one of the best. There is plenty to look forward at stunt ranch! Check out some of these pics of us hard at work.

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Here is the moon walk obstacle. Check these out on our obstacle homepage.

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If you are running and haven’t checked out all the info so you can know before you go come by the website 5kfoamfest.com. There are still two days till the race so if you havent signed up for it find out how by going here. We are pumped for you to know what it is like to get filthy clean.

3 Simple and Healthy Recipes for Energy

Doing the right things are very seldom going to mean choosing the easiest thing. But with some diligence the best things for you can become the clearest choice. Simple and Healthy should be the mantra of your lifestyle. With plenty to juggle, eating healthy could easily go by the wayside. But if you are to make premeditated choices and plan ahead some you will find the food you eat can give you all the energy you need to train for the 5k Foam Fest or any run for that matter.

We want to share with you 3 simple and healthy recipes that can give you energy. Some of these items you may not already have so plan ahead. Remember that left overs make the best lunches so double the recipe if needed. Also, you increase the life of a salad by having each person put the dressing on individually so it doesn’t sit and soak. Also, whenever possible, use home made dressings. They are much better for you.

1.) Chicken Gyro with Almond Couscous

This is a great meal to have the next day. Also, cook extra couscous because it can be added to virtually any meal and is a fabulous source of grains.

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Tender chicken gyro is coated in tzatziki sauce and tucked into a warm pita, served with delicious Moroccan couscous.

Chicken Gyro:

  1. Preheat oven to 320F; place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Bake for 13 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 165F is reached.
  3. Spread Tzatziki sauce on each warmed pita bread, top with shredded romaine lettuce, and thinly sliced chicken breasts.
  4. Divide the tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and feta evenly and place on top of the chicken.
  5. Sprinkle each Gyro with lemon pepper seasoning.

Almond Couscous:

  1. Bring water to a boil over heat.
  2. Place couscous in a pan; drizzle oil to coat couscous evenly.
  3. Add almonds, raisins, cinnamon and salt to couscous mixture; and combine thoroughly.
  4. Pour boiling water over couscous mixture, stir to combine and immediately cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  5. Allow couscous to steam in the covered pan for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Remove plastic and “rake” couscous with a fork to combine and separate any clumps.

Chicken Gyro:

  • 5 each Greek pita bread
  • 1/4 cup tzatziki sauce
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 5 each 4oz chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • 2/3 cup tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onions, slivered
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning

Almond Couscous

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Moroccan couscous
  • 2 tbsp. slivered raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup seedless raisins
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. green onions, thinly sliced

 

2.) Berry Chicken Salad

Remember not to mix all the dressing with the entire salad so that you can eat it the next day. It is always a good idea to have mixed fruit around to add into your cereal or make a smoothie.

The fresh dark greens and mix of delicious berries in this salad are a quick and easy hit for a busy day.

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  1. Preheat oven to 320F; place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Bake for 13 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 165F is reached; cool chicken.
  3. Place 2 cups of lettuce mix on each plate or bowl.
  4. Slice each chicken breast on a bias; place on top of lettuce.
  5. Top each salad equally with feta cheese, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and chopped cucumber.

Citrus Dressing:

  1. In a bowl, combine the lemon and lime juices, and sugar.
  2. Gradually whisk in olive oil to emulsify.
  •  15 oz. Baby Green Lettuce Mix
  • 5 each 4 oz. Chicken Breasts, Boneless, Skinless
  • 1/4 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1 cup Fresh Red Raspberries
  • 1 cup Fresh Blackberries
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Cucumber, Peeled and Chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 tbsp. Granulated Sugar

3.) Avocado BLTs

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Remember that you can cook the bacon in the microwave and it wont smell up the entire house. Just heat up the bacon in the microwave the next day and you have your lunch.

Ingredients
1/2 pound bacon slices
4 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
Kosher salt
1 whole-wheat baguette, cut into 4 pieces and split open
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic
Freshly ground pepper
2 avocados, halved, pitted and thinly sliced
1 cup frisee or other salad greens
Directions
Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Season the cut sides of the tomatoes with salt.

Heat a grill pan over high heat. Brush the cut sides of the baguette with the olive oil and grill, cut-side down, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Rub the grilled sides with the garlic. Rub just the bottom halves of bread with the tomatoes until most of the juice is absorbed, then top with the tomato skins and season with salt and pepper.

Layer the avocado slices on top of the tomatoes, then add the bacon and frisee. Close with the bread tops.

5k Foam Fest Kansas City Charity

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Huge thank you to the Kansas City Foamsters for signing up and helping donate towards our charity! The Kansas City 5K Foam Fest racing team is happy to be able to help a worthy cause out, and we’re grateful to know our contributions will reach those in need. We are helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City.  Please check out their website here and if you’re feeling generous, you can donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City through their website or when you register for the 5K Foam Fest!

Denver 5k Foam Fest Charity

Another great event that we are able to contribute to an noble cause at the Special Olympics

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Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) annually serves more than 13,000 athletes throughout the state of Colorado.  Athletes have the opportunity to compete in 22 sports year-round at more than 100 area and state competitions; as well as at national and world competition events

SOCO’s Project UNIFY program is gaining particular recognition in Colorado schools.  Project UNIFY is about bringing kids, with and without disabilities together through  unified sports, through youth leadership and through whole school engagement.  This year over 52,000 Colorado kids will be impacted by Project UNIFY.

Some of the Athletes that have excelled with the SOCO include Cody Field who was a Wold Games medalist in snowboarding.

5k Foam Fest Sacrament Charity

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Thank you for the good you are doing in the world! The Sacramento 5K Foam Fest racing team is happy to be able to help a worthy cause out, and we’re grateful to know our contributions will reach those in need. We are helping Special Olympics Northern California and are eager to donate part of our proceeds to their cause. Please check out their website, www.SONC.org, and if you’re feeling generous you can donate to Special Olympics Northern California when you register for the 5K Foam Fest!

 

Special Olympics Northern California is a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  There are 16,000 athletes who compete in 152 competitions throughout the region in 11 sports.  This requires the extraordinary support and time of 15,100 volunteers and volunteer coaches.  Financial support comes almost exclusively from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations.  For more information on Special Olympics Northern California, visit www.SONC.org or join us  Facebook/SONorCal and Twitter @SONorCal.

Salt Lake Foam Fest Charity- Huntsman Cancer Institute

It is very likely that you or someone you know has been affected by cancer. There is still plenty that we don’t know about the thousands of types but it is wonderful to know that the Huntsman Institute is working to give the doctors a better answer to their patients questions. Here are a couple of the lives that this wonderful organization has affected for the better.

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Important things to know for a 5k obstacle run

Now that you have signed up for the Foam Fest we can guarantee you that some of these questions are running through your head:

What do I bring?

The first thing on your list should be all the friends that you can round up. Bring some extra change for parking and any kind of merchandise that you can sport for your family and friends that missed out. Bring and extra change of clothes and a old towel to clean off afterwards. Finally, do not forget your signed and printed wavier. Unfortunately you cannot pick up you bib without a fee if you don’t have your wavier.

What to wear?

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If you consider the fact that everything you are wearing will be dirty and wet then you probably won’t go astray. Remember to wear an extra layer over whatever you don’t want others to see since you will want to change after the race and you may not want to rinse off in your underwear. Wear shoes that you can secure tightly and you don’t mind getting caked in mud. As breathable shoes as possible is preferred so as to allow for the water to seep out the sides so you aren’t running with pools tied to your feet.

Should I get a team together?

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5 people is all that you have to get in order to qualify as a team. As far anything larger than 5 there is no limit. The largest teams we have had have been more than 70 people! Each member of the team gets a $10 discount to our merchandise store. Given that we sign up in waves, it is important that you get your team together early if you all want to be in the same heat. The later that you sign up the more likely that the earlier wave times will be full.

 

Reno 5k Foam Fest Charity

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Yes, there is one thing that you can predict about the 5k Foam Fest and that is where ever we go we are going to team up with the Special Olympics whenever we can. Nevada is no exception to this. Please come out to support them with part of registration fee being donated to them.

 

If you haven’t come by the site to have all your questions answered then you are one click away.