New Year, Fresh Start

What I like most about the 1st of the year is the sense that I have a clean slate, as if I have a chance to start again. I love it. For me it brings things into a sharper focus and it helps me see what I like in my life and what needs to […]

No Excuses.

It’s hard to feel motivated and dedicate time to regular training sessions. Even the most motivated person can struggle from time to time. The holidays make things even worse by pulling us in so many different directions. Family, work, social obligations, etc… the holidays are hard. This means that in order to stay on top […]

Grit: The Power to Persevere

It’s easy to assume that successful people are highly talented. No matter what the level of ability, those who’ve succeeded are those who’ve put in the work. To quote Michael Jordan, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed […]

Question of the Month: What is a good low impact cardio option?

Question: I have battled lower back problems off and on. I have realized that doing the high impact workout that I love – boxing – seems to aggravate it. Is there anything that I can do that gives me the same sweat session and calorie buster that I love but lower impact? Answer: I have a […]

Question of the Month: How do you best manage fatigue within a workout cycle?

Question: How do you best manage fatigue within a workout cycle? Answer: I have 4 tips to help you manage your fatigue. Number one: Adequate sleep is one of the keys to recovery. Making sure you get a good night of Z’s. Hydration is another critical element to managing fatigue. The Extra Cellular Matrix is […]

Getting the Bounce Back in Your Step, When You’re Bouncing Back

Whether you teach exercise for a living, or you just love your workouts, having an injury can be a major setback! This isn’t just a physical setback, but also an emotional one. Regular exercise has benefits beyond having a hard body, although that’s a nice side effect! Studies show that moderate to vigorous exercise completed […]

The Injured Working Fitness Professional

Nothing is quite like being sidelined with an injury, especially if you make your living as a trainer or group fitness instructor! Unlike many other professions, it’s almost impossible to get ‘sick’ pay in the fitness industry; the harsh reality is that if you aren’t leading, you’re not earning. So how can you continue to […]

Bolder Shoulders

Nothing adds symmetry to the body better than a great set of shoulders! Unfortunately, people tend to train only the part they can see: the front and the side. This causes you to neglect the important posterior and deep stabilizers (rotator cuff). You need to have good muscle balance for proper function and injury prevention. […]

Awesome Arms

I’m always so flattered when people compliment me on my arms, especially since I feel that I look like a Sharpei, with my skin too big for me! My response? Tell them that my arms are purely decorative! Of course, that’s not entirely true since a strong upper body is incredibly useful. Being strong gives […]

Question of the Month: Are pre- and post-workout snacks important?

Question: Are pre- and post-workout snacks important? If so, what should I eat? Answer: The need of a pre- and/or post-workout snacks depends on a lot of different variables. If your workout is 60- 75 minutes, you may not need anything. If your work out is longer than 90 minutes, then a small snack is […]