9/11 In Gander



September 11th was a Tuesday. I remember this because at the time I was insanely into wrestling and I was watching a WWF VHS tape from the night before – an incredibly dated sentence. My mother came home and asked me to change the channel. The gravity in her tone made it obvious I…

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Ashley Murphy of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ebony Williams of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Misty Copeland of the American Ballet Theatre cover the June / July 2014 issue of Pointe magazine to voice their struggle of achieving notoriety in the dace world as professional ballerinas of color.

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It’s Finally Here! <3

The much anticipated 22-week challenge post has arrived, just in time for the new fitness resolutions of 2014 (:

I designed this strength routine challenge for beginners, and it is a simple, at-home, equipment free routine. This program also only calls for 4 strength exercises per day, with one rest day per week! That said, you can make it as challenging as you like by adding more exercises, adding more sets and reps, and pushing yourself to take on a new challenge!

The official start day of the 22-week challenge is Sunday, January 5th, 2014. That’s when I’m going to be starting my own modified version of this challenge, and I’ll be posting update on my progress starting then, too! However, you are free to start whenever works best for you (:

If you choose to take part, awesome! Print out these sheets and put them somewhere you’ll remember, like posting them on your wall. I’m not sure about you, but pretty colors really motivate me to work out :D There are checklists so you know when you’ve done the workouts and when you’ve missed them, and a progress chart for tracking your measurements.

If you have any questions, shoot me a message here and I’d be happy to help! Want to submit progress pictures or stats, or anything regarding the challenge? Feel free, my submit box is here! You can also post updates with the tag #brandnewmaddy or #22weekchallenge for me to see and like or reblog your post!

By the way, 22 weeks is about 5 months of working out, imagine the progress you could see after that much time! I encourage you to try, good luck! <3

Love, Maddy (brandnewmaddy)

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