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

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

Wow! That’s expensive!

Recently, I was talking with a client who expressed how important it has been for her to train with me. While personal training is not expensive, she explained that the accountability, support, and education she receives for her health is worth any expense she might pay. Personal training has helped her and many of my other clients improve and correct their health. I pondered her statement and decided to research the cost of being unhealthy. Wow! It’s expensive! Here’s what I discovered:   Read More

Get S.M.A.R.T!

Get S.M.A.R.T!

August! It’s the last month to cram in as much summer fun as possible before school begins! It’s also a great time to reflect on your health and determine what you would like to accomplish in the Fall. I encourage you to take time this month to set S.M.A.R.T. goals for your health. Even better, sit down with your kids, significant other, or best friend and make these plans together. You can help, support, and encourage each other along the way!Read More