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Train for the LOVE of your life

When we first set out on this journey of training for life, we can barely skip a rope, push-ups are our nemesis & daily aches and pains have us believing we are to be prisoners of it. Then we consciously choose to make the effort to stay with it. We choose to make our training a ritual habit. We begin to understand that training is no longer a societal “have to,” it’s an internal & authentic WANT TO. We learn that honoring our bodies exercise and challenged movements  makes us stronger at every layer. It’s beautiful. It’s an evolution   …

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But First…

…Mobility! All of our training sessions begin with nourishing our flexibility and mobility. In this house, your awesome body isn’t going anywhere near those weights until… First, Foam Rolling.Second, Static Stretches.Third, Active/Dynamic Mobility Why? Well, let’s make it simple. We want to recruit more muscles fibers to work for us, but if they are all bound up in traffic jams, AKA “knots,” how the hell are they gonna get to work? Chances are they probably won’t, and then their colleagues and fibers from other departments start doing their job for them, (not as well of course…because IT’S NOT THIER JOB), …

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New Year. New You. No Thank You.

I’m not gonna do the whole “new year, new you” thing. Not even close. Instead, I offer this reminder… Every moment of every day entitles us to make our own decisions, no matter what four digits follow the month & day. We are our present, not our past & our present decisions craft our future. I welcome us to embrace our ability to craft that future, moment by moment. Choose to immerse ourselves into what makes us happiest. Choose to fill our body with nutritious fuel. Choose to activate our bodies daily so we can experience longevity & optimal well-being. …

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I have been prescribed naps.

I have been prescribed naps. This mom, wife, business owner, personal trainer, athlete, overall energetic & excited human being has been prescribed “naps.” (among other things) Sounds pretty fucking fantastic, doesn’t it? Doctor’s orders: I have to sleep a FULL 8+ hours every night AND “nap” for up to 2 hours during the day. Who wouldn’t want this lifestyle?  Who wouldn’t want to just sleep? Well, let me tell you, not me, not you, not anyone. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, because in this case, all my body wants to literally & physically do IS sleep. After a little over 1 month …

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Yeah…These Will Never Work…or Will They?

It doesn’t matter if you are training for a bodybuilding competition, an obstacle course race, a planned cruise to Jamaica or promoting an overall healthy lifestyle for yourself, nutrition and supportive nutritional choices will be a definitive point of your accomplishment. As a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist, I have the opportunity to work with many folks aspiring to physically and mentally improve themselves on a daily basis. Whether they are new to training or have spent many years living an active lifestyle, one common theme among many clients is the action taken when they get to this …

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Live From Within –

The moment had arrived. It was 13 challenging and character building weeks after I officially and suddenly decided to compete in my 1st figure competition. There I stood, pumped up, “glam”ed up and “bling”ed out, in line with some of the most amazing woman I had ever had the pleasure of sharing time and space with. The line was shortening as each brilliant woman stepped on stage to show the audience and judges what their personal commitment had created. For some this was a bucket list check off, for some this was a way of life. For me it was …

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Puzzles

Puzzles. I used to always do them as a child, especially with my grandma. She was the queen of puzzles. I would sit alongside of her for hours in her house in Queens, NY with 1,000 pieces of “whoa” laid out before us on a cutting board the size of a stovetop.  As we would devote our focus and patiently search for the right pieces, we would eventually get into a groove and exceptionally beautiful pictures of landscapes, homes, horses, kittens, cities, etc. would start to emerge. Once we were in that groove, we just couldn’t stop. We were dialed in. We looked forward …

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Kim’s Ass or Jen’s Arms. Neither.

How many times have we seen the titles, “Have Legs Like These,” “So & SO’s Ab Routine,” “Get This Person’s Ass,” “Tighten and Tone, just Like (insert A-List Airbrushed Celeb’s Name Here)” It’s everywhere. Magazines, Billboards, TV, Internet, Radio, Social Media Ads! AHH! It is no wonder why many of us lose sight of our “self.”  It is because we are being heavily bombarded by information telling us, we should want to look “like this.”  I couldn’t possibly say how many times, as a personal trainer and coach that when I ask a new client what their Fitness Vision is, I am met …

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