Amanda Nyx Selker

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Head to the new blog!

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

As I've thought about updating this blog over the past month or so, I've realized most of the posts are about running, and only a handful of potential posts have been Zumba Fitness content - so I've launched a new standalone blog for all my fitnessing!

Check out Adventures with FitNyx for future updates!

Foam Fest 2014

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A few weeks ago I traveled two hours to the FAR south end of greater Chicago - so far I don't think it's really Chicago anymore, honestly - to participate in my second mud run, the Foam Fest 5k.  This time, I got muddy.  Really, really muddy. 

I had loved the Zombie Run as a lower-intensity intro into the world of obstacle course racing, but I loved the Foam Fest for amping up my experience just enough that I no longer felt like a beginner but still felt like ...

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Run or Dye!

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Now that I'm getting into competitive running, my father, who has been training religiously for almost a decade now, was itching for the chance to run with me!  We carved out an opportunity over Memorial Day weekend in the form of a fun run - the Run or Dye color run! 

Neither of us was too sure what to expect.  I'd registered for it somewhat last minute, just to see what these "color run" things are all about, and it just so happened to be the best weekend fo...

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I'm back!

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)


I'm sorry I've been away so long!  My computer's power supply fizzled, and it has taken a couple weeks to get the part replaced and work out any other system damage.  I'm now back up and running - and boy do I have some stories to tell! 

In the next few days I'll be making some "catching up" posts, including three run recaps and the 411 on my exciting new ZUMBA job!  Stay tuned for updates, check out the Classes tab to see w...

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I <3 Momma!

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy Mothers' Day! 

Yesterday, in honor of the holiday, I participated in the I <3 Momma 5k trail run, hosted by Chicago's own Muddy Monk!  Though I'd done last week's Zombie Run Extreme obstacle course, I had never run a 5k straight up, so I went in a little nervous.  By the end, though, I realized it doesn't really take that much to run a 5k, and finished with a sprint and a big smile!  Muddy Monk will be posting times later this week, so I'll know ...

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SORE. Or, how I (re)learned to love my body!

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The title of this post might say it all, but allow me to expand a bit. 

I have always been an athlete.  From kindergarten through grad school and beyond.  But last year after my wedding, I finally took a break from high intensity sports and fitness, due in large part to a spinal injury from which I was uncertain I would ever fully recover. 

With luck (and some excellent rehab) on my side, I'm almost as mobile today as I was a decade ago ...

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Zombie Run: Extreme!

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I tackled my first mud run obstacle course today - with great success!  Though it wasn't a timed race-like event, I did finish in the top ten from my 100 person heat, which for a first timer, feels pretty good.  The experience taught me a few things, and I'd like to share them with any Zumba fanatics who might be looking to expand their workout fun! 

1. You don't have to wait in line if you're the first one to reach an obstacle.  One of the things ...

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Week 1 in the Life of a Budding Zumba Instructor!

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Well here we are. 

One week in on this adventure called "ZUMBA instructor"!  What do I have to show for it? 

First thing worth mentioning - I lost about four pounds last weekend at the training class.  I don't really have that much weight to lose so quickly, and you can be sure I'll keep eating enough to put that cusion back on, but that just goes to show the incredible power of the ZUMBA "workout in disguise" formula.  I danced my ...

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Licensed to teach:

  • Zumba BasicZumba Basic
    License to teach regular Zumba® classes.
  • Zumba StepZumba Step
    License to teach lower body workouts using a blend of Zumba® routines and step aerobics.