Keeping It Simple

In this day and age of excess it's easy to become overwhelmed and consumed with too much. We try to do it all, have it all and make it seem like we have it all figured out. It's so easy to get caught up with complicated and all-consuming workout regimes that lead to burnout because they're unrealistic. We also see so many things that tell us we need to count calories, restrict and put all of our attention on complicated methods of nourishing our bodies. In my effort to simplify my life and focus on what's most important (my joy

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Women and Weights- Myths Busted Part 3

So far we've covered the myth of "toning" and how wrong it is for women to just lift light weights for high reps, as well as the results of too much cardio. What's next? Myth # 3- Spot Reducing ( Especially the Abs!) Believe it or not, everyone has six pack abs! They're just hidden under layers of insulating bodyfat. Get your bodyfat down to where you can see them, and then decide if you want to work them to make them rounder and more pronounced. If you're exercising properly you should have pretty great abs by the time you

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Women and Weights- Myths Busted Part 2

Last week we spoke about how wrong it is that trainers and health clubs push women using only light weights for higher reps  so they don't get bulky and manly. After a basic science lesson we realized how impossible it is that these things occur, and honestly, if your trainer or club has you lifting the same light weights without progressing you, or doing the same workout for longer than 8-12 weeks at a time, you need to get out of there! They are just taking your money. The next thing we hear a lot is that women are mistaken

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Dealing With Setbacks

We've all been there - a solid workout routine, working hard, feeling great, making progress towards our goals - and then BAM, life hits us with a curveball and we stop dead in our tracks and we sink into bad habits. It might be an injury, a death, a breakup, a family emergency or a myriad of other possibilities. This summer there was a week during which I was at the studio once - sad face. This is because we had some friends visit and stay with us from out of town. It was a great week, but it was

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Weight Does(n’t) Matter

My eyes open and I take a giant breath in. I slowly release the air as my arms and legs reach away from the rest of my body. I feel the amazing type of tightness and soreness in all areas of my body (but especially my triceps - thanks Jamie) that comes from a killer workout the day before. I lift myself out of bed and head toward the hot shower that my muscles crave. Before I hop in I pass by the mirror to check out my physique - the hard work is paying off. It's the moment where

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Getting Into A New Routine

The kids have returned to school! Yay! Wait a minute, I'm a teacher! That means back to routine and structure in my life. This might sound crazy but I have to admit, it's as good for the teachers as it is for the kids. I would love to spend all of my days waking up without an alarm clock, but the reality is that I am much more productive when I have a busy schedule. The key to that productivity is good planning and preparation. As much as summertime can be a time when families can relax, it can also

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Making Exercise and Good Quality Sleep a Priority

Okay, so we all know we should exercise regularly, eat nutritious foods, balance work and play, keep a perfect lawn, always have our hair perfect and...Are you feeling stressed out yet? How can anyone possibly get it ALL done? Stop for a second and breath - air in and air out. There's good news when it comes to exercise and stress.  Any form of exercise can act as a stress reliever! Relieving the day's tensions through movement and physical activity can help you focus on a single task. The resulting energy and optimism can also help you remain calm and

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Pushing The Limits

In today's busy world we often find it hard to make time to exercise. I can relate to this statement by adding the word 'everyday'. Working in the fitness industry has led me to feel a need to sweat it out each and every day of the week. I used to refer to myself as a "weekend warrior" because if I missed a workout during the week I would double up on the weekend to make up for it. It makes sense, right? Wrong! This week I have pushed myself as hard as I have pulled myself back. I have

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What’s Stopping You?

We all WANT to be great. We all WANT to be successful at whatever we do. No one really likes to fail. Let's face it, failing feels terrible. There is nothing worse than that feeling of falling on your face in complete failure. Since we all want to be great, and we all want to be successful- why are such a small percentage of us actually able to do it? What is stopping us? Many of us have great ideas with world changing or at least, lifestyle changing potential, yet few of us act on those ideas. Others achieve small

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