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This stunning transformation was posted by PumpUp member lykadeleon. Her goal for 2014 was to get fit.

Since January, she has lost a total of 20 lbs and continues to aspire towards “fitness, not thinness”. Congrats Lyka, you’re AMAZING! Remember to tag your pictures with #TransformationTuesday today, PumpUp fam! Your progress matters to us, no matter how big or small. 

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Today’s Saturday Spotlight goes to PumpUp member gillianmicah!

Gillian is a dedicated runner who amped up her workouts since February and has since made stunning progress! This week, she achieved a new personal record: running a 7:50 minute mile! We’re proud of you! Great job Gillian!

Thank you #TeamPumpUp for updating us on your outstanding progress, you are ALL winners! 

The first of our spotlights from #transformationtuesday goes to rougealevre, whose ruthless determination gives us something that we can all be inspired by. She explains, “I said I would never [look back] but I should! A healthier me never looking back only [goes] forward from here.” We agree wholeheartedly! Don’t look back, keep moving on up! You look great rougealevre!

The next Tuesday spotlight gleams upon PumpUp member jordanbutters. Says Jordan, “I have been many ‘shapes’ in my life but ‘IN shape’ was never one of them. My highest weight was 300 lb with a 50 in waist and no muscle…Now I’m 219 lbs with a 35” waist and some muscle…My journey has just begun”. Great job Jordan for making the #transformationtuesday spotlight! #TeamPumpUp will be with you every step of the way :)

Join the PumpUp app and follow blog.pumpup.co to be inspired by the brilliant progress of our healthy and active wellness community every Transformation Tuesday!

While we all can’t be Mister Fantastic from the Fantastic Four, think of your muscles like you would a rubber band—they are easy to stretch when warm, but cold ones break more easily.

PumpUp member elizabethmaria points out from the literature that stretching after is “the most productive and safest time because the muscles are warm and pliable.” This will help to minimize stiffness, aches, and pains later on—helping you to recover faster and prevent injury.

Jeremy Duvall from Men’s Fitness explains that muscles contract after exercise, leaving them in a shortened state after workouts. He elaborates, “Stretching helps to reset your body to a natural posture and position.”

However, dynamic warm-ups are still important before you exercise! Thank you annakowaleski for sharing us a pic of your post-run stretch and congrats elizabethmaria for answering “C” and winning the pump up swag challenge!

Be sure to follow PumpUp’s account on Facebook, Instagram, and the PumpUp app itself for more chances to cinch yourself some PumpUp tanks and bracelets!!

Spotlight Series: Krystina P.

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Today’s spotlight beams brightly upon PumpUp member Krystina P., who cultivated her love for lifting with the help of PumpUp.  As a newcomer to the world of weights, Krystina was galvanized to join the PumpUp community in order to learn proper form and technique. “I was in need of something to show me how to do certain lifts because I had no previous experience,” explains Krystina. “I have accomplished so much using the PumpUp fitness app. Really! I started off not knowing how to do any kind of weight lifting exercise and now I find myself doing exercises that some would call advanced!” Intrigued by how this PumpUp member did it? Read on to learn about how Krystina ‘lifted’ her way to achieving her fitness goals!

Already a fairly active runner prior to joining PumpUp, Krystina felt that learning how to lift would add an extra dimension of satisfaction to her workouts. “I didn’t know how or where to start,” Krystina expressed. “PumpUp’s pictures and descriptions taught me from the get go and really showed me which lifts work [which specific parts] of your body.”

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Weightlifting fuels the fire in her workouts, as Krystina admits with a grin that, “As far as exercise [goes], I like to lift weights. No—I love to lift weights. I section off my days to work various parts of my body and rotate through them. I also do some cardio but I admit I have been slacking a bit on it!”

She has impressively integrated at least 5 visits to the gym per week into her busy summer work schedule. “These days I’ve been working between 30 and 40 hours a week before school starts up, so it’s been quite the challenge to make it to the gym!” admits Krystina. “[It’s] challenging when I’m working outside in the heat on top of the gym. I manage to get it done though! I didn’t think [that it] could be but I’ve learned it IS possible!”

Krystina was able to transform her weight lifting ambitions into reality with few inhibitions, particularly when she started out as a beginner. “I love that PumpUp shows you how to do the workouts as well as give descriptions as to what you’re working (as far as muscle) and what level it is,” elaborated Krystina. “This helped me out quite a bit when I first started learning how to lift weights. It helped win my gym confidence too! Now I can walk into any gym and know exactly what I need to do or what variations I can do.”

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Her streak of confidence is as unwavering as her resolve to reach peak fitness and form, as she hopes to take her healthy active lifestyle to the next level through competitions . “For now I’m going to keep learning as much as I can but in the long run I would really like to train for a bikini competition!” says Krystina.  “I’ve been interested in them for almost a year now but with my last year of college it could be tricky so we shall see!

Key to Krystina’s success is a mindset that does not overwhelmingly compare her personal progress with that of others. “Not everyone is in the same stage of their journey,” Krystina emphasizes. “Be proud of who YOU are and the changes you see in YOUR body! And remember that for everything there is a first time and whether you’re on day 1 or day 100, you’re doing it and that’s all that matters!”

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Biggest Inspiration

It may be a tad cliche but my biggest inspiration is my boyfriend Ryan :) He has known me from the start of my journey and has been nothing but encouraging and supportive. He’s a baseball player and has been training for years so I know I can always go to him for help with lifting. It’s super contagious and now we’ve even starting lifting together!! For the past three months we have been able to workout together at least once a week. He pushes me and forces me to recognize that I’m stronger than I think.

Motivational Mantra

“If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful”

ET (or Eric Thomas) is the best motivational speaker. He really engages you and strikes a chord in you to get moving and get motivated. I would recommend him to anyone looking to find some motivation or inspiration or for simple entertainment! Go check him out!

Routine routine on PumpUp

My favorite workout is anything involving legs! The lower body pump is especially great because it has a lot of squat variations and dead lift variations. 

Softie for sports

I’m a born and raised Dodgers fan and Royals fan, Sporting KC fan, KC Chiefs fan, and KU Jayhawks fan. I absolutely love them all! I kick butt in my fantasy football leagues and so far I’m first in one of my fantasy baseball leagues! 

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Want to keep tabs on Krystina as she achieves her health and fitness goals? Follow her on PumpUp @krysfit and on Instagram @krystina.fit!

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Feeling a little down today, maybe you aren’t all that pumped to get up off the couch and workout or you might be tired after a long day at work? Well stop making excuses and get your butt moving! Your motivation for today: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Work hard, and you’ll go places

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#QuestionOfTheDay time folks, and it’s a good one. We want to know what your best tip to someone else looking for advice on their fitness and health journey is? Maybe it is something motivational or a tip that helps you? Whatever it is comment with your advice on living a healthier and fitter life! #TeamPumpUp Thanks to PumpUp Member sammysaid for this rad pic!

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Coming your way is your special PumpUp dose of #MotivationMonday, “Set a goal so big you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.” Unknown. Don’t settle for anything less than what you want to achieve! Hope you all had a great workout today!

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