This week, Dr. Kate talks with Mandy DiMarzo, life-long athlete and creator of Burn by Mandy. The discussion focuses on Mandy’s story as a life-long athlete, along with her path to building a thriving fitness community. Dr. Kate and Mandy dig deep into the power of movement and the ways we can make exercise opportunities accessible to everybody, while helping people to define their best within their own unique context. Dr. Kate and Mandy also discuss the power of routine and the power of why and the reasons why it is important to focus on progress not perfection in exercise and in life.
Mandy DiMarzo is an athletic powerhouse from New York. She’s been a passionate athlete her whole life. As a former division one soccer player who later transitioned into distance running and triathlons to keep her competitive juices flowing, she knows a thing or two about pushing the body’s limits.
After enduring countless overuse injuries, as well as overcoming an eating disorder, Mandy made a conscious decision to stop striving for the unattainable and unhealthy, and instead shifted her focus to embracing her body and inner strength by giving both the love and nourishment they deserved.
Her extensive athletic background propelled her to create BURN, a challenging 45-minute HIIT-style workout that strengthens, sculpts, and leans out your entire body. She wanted to create an efficient, challenging, exhausting full-body workout that condensed as many of her favorite workout movements as possible into one. She structured BURN so that she would continue to challenge her entire body without hitting any lull or plateau.
In BURN, her main goals were to continually strengthen and lean out her muscles, include spurts of cardio throughout to hold an elevated working heart rate, and focus on invaluable core work. These all work in conjunction to maintain a strong physique while also avoiding boredom and prevention of injury from overuse doing the same continuous motion that most workouts tend to do.
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