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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spring Cleaning

The Habit Cleanse By the time April arrives, many New Year’s resolutions have come and gone all by disappeared; This makes April the perfect time to do a habit cleanse. While I don’t personally like dietary cleanses, I do like cleaning away the things that no longer work in my life, like the behaviors that […]

Habits that Help

When my clients come to me with a long list of goals, especially resolutions at the beginning of the year, the goals usually involve huge upheavals of behavior. This is the number one mistake of people who are trying to apply willpower to stubborn habits; it’s wrong not because the goals aren’t good, but because […]

The Willpower Dilemma: Part 2

The holiday season is possibly the hardest time of the year to maintain resolve when it comes to balanced eating and working out regularly. It’s easy to find you’ve gained some unwanted pounds in January. In the Willpower Dilemma Part 1,  I discussed the rider and the elephant, with the rider being our willpower and […]

The Willpower Dilemma: Part 1

Self-control, restraint, willpower; whatever you call it, it is a limited resource. I would go so far as to say it’s rare! So many people don’t have enough of it, yet this is so critical if you want to move forward in the world. Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, get to bed earlier, […]