I’m not a big fan of contests, actually despise them for the most part, but this Spine Venom Challenge from Under Armour, peaked my interest. I own tons of Under Armour clothes and I have joked in the past that I would be their perfect “poster child” as your average middle-aged woman who makes time for some exercise each day. The fact that I had my spine fused on the L5 S1 25 years ago, also made this challenge seem like the perfect fit. My back surgery was a huge success! After many years in a back brace and 4 months total in a body cast, I wear my scar proudly now!

Kind of cool that I was handpicked as one of 500 in the nation to enter because of my social media influence (an honor). Let’s see…why else would I bother to make a video: love to work out, used to make viral videos, mentor the online media for my son’s high school robotics team and this was an awesome opportunity for the videographer for the team, and hey…free shoes!

The video is judged on creativity, intensity and views. In other words…let’s throw my video into the mix and see how it fairs. And ugh – I HATE seeing myself on video but it was a good lesson for me in humility and vanity, and will make me work out a lot harder this week!

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