6 Surprising Reasons to Develop Your Core (That Aren’t a 6 Pack)

I just got back from our weekend retreat a few hours ago. While I promised myself that I’d spend more time relaxing than working, I did find time to read in my new core anatomy book while staring out at nature. Ever wondered why you should worry about working your core, beyond getting those ever-elusive … Continue reading 6 Surprising Reasons to Develop Your Core (That Aren’t a 6 Pack)

Why You Don’t Need to be Buff, Bulky, or Cut to Hit the Gym

I used to want six-pack abs. Back when I first started my weight loss journey in February 2011, I thought that a washboard stomach would be the final goal on the way to my perfect body. I thought that I got pretty close to that goal, too. After losing 100 lbs and getting down to … Continue reading Why You Don’t Need to be Buff, Bulky, or Cut to Hit the Gym

Carrying on the Fight After Personal Training

Leaving your trainer behind is a tough gig. Needs change. I’ve had people leave me for various reasons: moving away, increased workload, career change, and the standard issue of money. Life happens! Here’s what else tends to happen, though. When we stop our training, we tend to fall off our plan. Even I ended up … Continue reading Carrying on the Fight After Personal Training

HIIT Me with Your Best Shot

Remember those 90’s infomercials about 8 minute abs? Of course you do. I recall how they offered that holy grail of exercise programs: stellar results with minimal effort. What a dream! Like many fitness fads (I’m looking at you, ThighMaster), the product faded while the question remained. How can I get better fitness results in … Continue reading HIIT Me with Your Best Shot

Why “Toned” Muscles Don’t Exist but FAILING Still Gets You There

“I just want to get toned. I don’t want my muscles to get all big and bulky.” I used to hear this all the time as a new trainer, especially from my female clients. There’s this misconception that lifting heavy weights will make someone bulk up, while lifting lighter weights a whole bunch of times … Continue reading Why “Toned” Muscles Don’t Exist but FAILING Still Gets You There

Facing First Day Gym Jitters

Feeling intimidated by getting started at your new gym? You’re not alone. A regular gym—the kind with weight machines, free weights, cardio equipment, the whole nine yards—can feel like a lot to take in when you first sign up. It’s loud, with lots of big spaces and confusing equipment. It seems like everyone else working … Continue reading Facing First Day Gym Jitters