Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 Tips for a Successful Fitness Plan

5. Find Inspiration.
What motivates you? Figure out what gets your engine revved. My personal inspiration is to feel good about working out. Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes working out sucks. It hurts, it burns, and sometimes it can even nauseate you. But have you ever NOT felt great when you are done? Focus on that as well as the sense of accomplishment instead of how you look or how much you weigh. “Wow, do I regret that workout.” Said no one, ever.

4. Consistency is key
You can get fit from pretty much any activity you enjoy. Try stepping out of your comfort zone and sample some classes you like. Rent a bike. Take a jog. Take a dance lesson. You never know what you don’t like until you try it! Once you find an activity you enjoy, stick with it and you will find results come quickly with consistency in as little as 2 weeks! If fitness is important to you, you will find a way to exercise daily. If it is not, you will find every excuse in the book to prevent yourself from doing it. Hashtag JUSTDOIT.

3. Switch it up
Take a look back at what you’ve been doing for exercise in the past year. Have you seen the results you wanted? If not, chances are you’ve been doing the same thing over and over. Your body will adjust to whatever you subject it to, and you’ll stop seeing results if you don’t switch it up. If you aren't out of breath, sweating, or fatigued you are not going to get results. Try adding in a new exercise or activity all together.

2. Buddy up
Talk to some people you work with, friends, or even family members. I assume most people like to be healthy, so ask around and see if you can find some like-minded people who want to get or keep in shape as much as you do. Then find an activity you both like to do and hold each other accountable for your workouts! Look for a fun run, they are all the rage across the country right now. Google these: Electric Run, Color Run, Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder. They are all great fun… they each have their own quirks to distract you from actually running, and I promise you won’t regret doing them once you cross those finish lines!

1. Call in the Pros
We went to school for this stuff. We eat, breathe, sleep fitness. We have seen what works and what doesn’t. We peruse through fitness articles, you tube videos, and professional journals just for fun in our free time. (Well, maybe that’s just me) I get a kick out of using my fitness degree to create new exercises that will change my client’s bodies. Find someone who challenges you and makes you feel great after every workout! Now go get moving, you are the only one stopping you.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

5 Ways to Spring Clean your Fitness Routine


Although the temperatures still reflect winter, spring is just around the corner! It's that time of the year when you may be rearranging your closet... you should make it a time to restructure your fitness goals as well. Stop dreading your workout every day and get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Don't just clean out your wardrobe this spring, kick up your fitness routine too! Here are some tips to help you do so:


1. Buy a new workout outfit
Preferably something that fits now and makes you feel good rather than something you will feel good in once you lose that winter weight.


2. Download some new music

Nothing motivates more than a new batch of songs! Stimulate your brain as well as your body by discovering new artist to enjoy.


3. Don't just think about ramping up your fitness routine... Do it!
You can't plow a field by turning it over in your mind


4. Give your attitude a tune up
Work on staying positive no matter what life throws at you.


5. Hire a personal trainer
Let a degreed and certified personal trainer take the guesswork out of your fitness routine. We live and breathe fitness; we are always finding challenging and fun new ways to improve your body. We hold you accountable. All you have to do is show up!




*Before starting any workout plan, verify with your physician to make sure you are ready to pursue rigorous exercise.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2014: The Year of the Pedometer

Hello and Happy New Year! Here we are, just a few weeks into January... I am wondering how everyone's New Year's resolutions are going? Have you fallen off the workout wagon yet? If not, good for you and keep it up! If you have, don't fret... there's still plenty of time to hire a personal trainer or get motivated by any one of the great new fitness gadgets that are out there! These activity trackers that have been recently introduced into the fitness industry far surpass the technology of previous classic pedometers. They are well worth the investment and will keep you motivated until spring and warmer temperatures. Do your research, purchase one that best fits your needs, and get moving! Here are my top 3 picks: Number 3: Nike+ Fuelband SE ($149) Positives: Tracks Steps, Calories, and Sleep Water-resistant to sweat, and shower Comfortable to wear during most athletic activity Negatives: Uncomfortable to wear during daily activities such as typing at a desk Non-compatible with Android Number 2: FitBit Flex ($99) Positives: Tracks Steps, Calories, and Sleep Water-resistant to sweat, and shower Comfortable to wear during both athletic activity and during sleep Compatible with both iOS and Android Negatives: Although it’s compatible with both iOS and Android, I found it difficult to set up and sync on a client’s Samsung Galaxy III phone and PC (but that may be because I am an iPhone user) There is a tiny piece you need to take out of the bracelet to plug in and sync… easy to lose track of And the winner is: Number 1: Jawbone UP ($129) or Jawbone Up24 ($149.99) Positives: Tracks Steps, Calories, and Sleep Water-resistant to sweat, and shower Comfortable to wear during both athletic activity and during sleep Blue-tooth (automatic syncing with the Up24) Compatible with both iOS and Android Goal tracking Food tracking Easy to set up, easy to charge, and easy to plug in. Easy to read charts on your phone to measure progress Negatives: I have yet to find any! Please keep in mind this has only been my personal experience and simple opinion of these three activity trackers. There are many more on the market and the only bad activity tracker out there is the one sitting in a box and not purchased by you! Get out there and get moving! *Before starting any workout plan, verify with your physician to make sure you are ready to pursue rigorous exercise.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

SUMMER SWAG

Summer Swag
WELCOME SUMMER! Finally, the days of summer are here! Hot sun, high humidity and lots of sweat… all these things should get you thinking about how to dress appropriately in order to maximize your workouts during the summer! Now is the time to be proactive in preventing heat stroke and heat exhaustion. You can do this by investing in some workout wear instead of just grabbing that comfy, go-to t-shirt. Gear your workout attire towards dry-fit materials that help wick moisture away from your body, keeping you both cool and dry. Sunglasses and hats are a necessity for workouts during peak sun hours. And lastly, don’t forget the sunscreen!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Incredible views of fitness, diet, and life in general

My new inspiration! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLogFAbTlDI&sns=em

Friday, January 18, 2013

Finding the Right Shoe

Hello and Happy New Year! It's officially 18 days into the New Year; hopefully you are sticking to your health concious resolutions! (If you made one) If you are reading this please take a second to think about what condition your athletic shoes are in... If it's been a while it's time to invest in some new ones! Here are some tips for finding the right shoe: 1. Shop at the end of the day. Pressure on your feet all day makes them swell so you may find they’ll be too tight if you purchase them in the morning! 2. Wear your current athletic shoes to the store when you go shoe shopping. If you wear heels (ladies) or dress shoes (gents) all day, almost anything you slip your foot in will feel comfortable. If you wear your current shoes, you’ll be able to gauge a more accurate feeling. 3. Don’t wait until your shoes are falling apart to buy new ones! Instead, buy a pair before you actually “need” them, and rotate them into your workouts.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Team Advocare!

I've been in the personal training industry for over 15 years and I have never really believed in anything but the wholistic approach to health and fitness. I always turned my cheek to any sort of supplements or products up until recently. Exercising regularly and eating mostly foods that come from the earth and not out of a box, carton, jar, etc. has always been a good rule of thumb to follow. I started training a highly fit individual at my health club who eventually introduced me to a few Advocare products. I was very skeptical at first, but agreed to try them since he was never pushy about it. I've found that these products truly enhanced my fitness, and pushed me to a whole new level! I have started recommending them to my clients, and they are raving about the results! https://www.advocare.com/120716808/