Summer Tips

It’s summer . . . Finally! WooHoo! Time to pack up and head to the cabin; soak up the sun at the lake; camp with the family; and take the kids to swimming lessons, ball camp, and soccer. Oh wait! It’s also time to mow the lawn; plant the garden; Read More

Take the “Do I Need a Trainer?” Quiz!

Do you complete 4 workouts per week? (2 of which are strength based and 2 that are cardio based.)              Yes         No

Are you strength training?           Yes         No

When you are doing your strength training, is it well-rounded? (Meaning, are you hitting all of the muscles in your upper and lower body in every plain of motion while working on balance, core strength, stability, and muscle strength?)               Yes         No

Do you practice good form while strength training? (Without proper form you increase you have a heightened chance for injury).              Yes         No

If you have an injury, do you know how to strength train all muscle groups without causing further injury?            Yes         No

Do you know how many calories you need to consume to reach your health goals?        Yes         No

Do you know the proper percentage of protein, carbs, and fats that you need to consume to reach your health goals?               Yes         No

Have you been consistent with healthy eating and exercise for the past 12 months?         Yes         No

Have you maintained a healthy weight for the past 12 months?       Yes         No

Are your workouts ALWAYS fun and do you look forward to every workout?     Yes         No

If you answered NO to any of these questions, you would see improvements and measurable results by working with a personal trainer!

Many times people don’t know all of the ways a personal trainer can assist them with their health and wellness goals.  Unlike most trainers I have additional specialties in adaptive training, injury recovery and muscle interaction. YOU NEED ME! I am qualified to help you reach your health goals in a safe way while keeping you consistent and having fun! Summer is here and it is the perfect time to do this.  Don’t put it off, call me today. Your health depends on it!

Bring on Spring!

Ahhh . . .. The birds are chirping, the grass is green, and the snow is gone! It’s now time to start exercising outdoors and maybe even participate in a few local 5Ks. You may think, Ah! I can ditch that gym membership and exercise outdoors! Well, I agree . . .  kind-of. Get outside, but don’t quit strength training. The exercises you do at a gym are important!  Read More

The “Julia” Challenge

I don’t know about you, but this time of year is hard in Minnesota. We’ve hibernated for six months and are itching to see the sunshine, bask in it, and throw our coats in the storage bin! With this comes the rolling of emotions: the “I don’t care about my food intake” mentality, and a Bah-humbug attitude. Don’t get caught up with this depressive mentality! We are Minnesotans! We are tough! The sun is rising earlier than before, and we ARE seeing glimpses of warm weather! We should work toward removing that belly bulge that’s been hiding under those sweatshirts!   Read More

Are Your Muscles Broken? Part 2


In my last article, I shared my story about how I came across MAT (Muscle Activation Technique), a revolutionary approach to assess a client’s muscular system to determine what muscles are not working correctly and fix the problem. I have completed my course and am officially certified as an MAT lower body specialist! I am now able to help correct many of the painful issues many individuals experience: IT band syndrome, runner’s knee, repetitive ankle sprains, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, patella femoral syndrome, knee issues, hip issues, bursitis, etc. How is this possible? Let me explain:   Read More

Are Your Muscles Broken? Part 1

For years, people have been coming to me to work out because I know how to guide them through a workout that produces results without causing further injury. I know what exercises you should do and shouldn’t do if you have problems with your knee, shoulder, hip, etc. Upon watching people working out with these injuries, I see many interesting movement patterns. For example, if someone has a knee injury, they might limp; one hip might hike up higher than the other; the foot might point in; or the torso might twist incorrectly.   Read More

Is Body Fat OK?

Did you know it’s ok to have some fat on those bones? Your body was designed to carry a bit around your muscles and organs. It is beneficial for energy storage; keeping us warm; protecting us from trauma; delivering nutrients to the body; for skin, hair, and nail health; fertility; and mental health. While fat has its benefits, most of our population needs to lose fat, not increase fat.Read More

Peace or Chaos for the Holidays

I don’t know about you, but this time of year is crazy! So many parties, get-togethers, shopping trips, and concerts! Life is usually full without these events—now we need to add more? Yikes! It’s easy to get caught up in the madness. We over-extend, over-commit, and over-eat! We want to go to all the events, help those in need, and enjoy the scrumptious treats. We say, Love . . joy. . . peace to all, but do we really experience this in our personal life? Or do we allow ourselves to become angry, discontent, and annoyed along the way.    Read More

Key Workout Ingredients

Have you ever gone out to eat and left saying, Wow! That was an amazing experience!” What made it fantastic? Maybe it had all the essentials nutrients to keep you healthy. Maybe the meal had a variety of textures and flavors to keep you guessing. How about the presentation? Maybe there were several colors to make for beautiful presentation. Maybe you left energized by the healthy options and appropriate portions instead of leaving bloated and lethargic. Or, the people you ate with could have been the reason the meal was so enjoyable!   Read More