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Expanding Beyond Just Personal Training And Coaching

After attending the Club Industry Show in Chicago last October, I came home pumped to add some new classes to Personal Fit Fitness’ offerings. The conference had given me just the confidence I needed to implement some ideas that had been swirling around in my head for just over a year. Prior, other than one-on-one personal […]

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The Older We Get, The Quicker We Lose It

Let’s face it, no matter how old we are, it seems to take a lot longer to get into shape than it takes to lose our fitness level. At the rate sarcopenia (natural muscle loss that occurs with aging) attacks our bodies, it’s no surprise that we find we have to work harder just to maintain […]

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You! Call 911 And Bring The AED!

    Part of keeping my personal training, weight loss management, and run coaching certifications up to date includes keeping current CPR and first aid certifications; and last night I took care of that for two more years. For the second time, I joined Allison for her Heartsaver (American Heart Association) CPR, AED, and First Aid class. Allison, of Safety […]

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Seven Tips To Help Reach Your Fitness Goals

Sometimes no matter how hard we work, we just can’t seem to pull it all together and our fitness goals fly out the window. Today’s post focuses on seven tips to help reach your fitness goals. Most are common sense, but are easily forgotten when the busyness of life takes over.   1. Set your goals in writing […]

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Becoming A Stronger Runner Workshop – Strength Training For Runners

Yesterday afternoon members from my local MRTT chapter took over my basement when I hosted, Becoming A Stronger Runner, a strength training for runners workshop that I held just for them, and today I’m happy to share the workout with my readers. After having my attendees introduce and tell a little bit about themselves, I […]

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I Give You:  The Finished Project

It’s been a long time coming, but our basement remodel is complete!  Gary, our awesome general contractor, and his crew started tearing down walls in the gym on September 3rd, and the last step in the process was the gym floor getting installed on December 27. A special thank you goes to my clients for […]

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Gold Medalist!

I ran across these pictures a few weeks ago while digging through old marathon pictures.  The follow story still makes me smile whenever I think about it… Ginger had never been a runner, but decided that she would like to add that to her exercise routine.  She was a big fan of Jazzercise, which she […]

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My Version of Boot Camp and Random Ramblings

The weather has been pretty perfect for taking many of my clients outside for boot camp style workouts.  This particular client and I met at 6:45 this morning for a walk/run strength training session.  We power walked for 1/2 mile while stopping along the way to do lunges, push-ups, squats, jumping jacks, chest presses, rows, […]

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My Not-So-Memorable Quotes

Last week in Becoming A Runner, Part 2, I mentioned a phrase that I often use with my clients. We are going to trick your body into adapting to your new exercise routine by making the routine a little more difficult each time we meet.   After I wrote that, I started thinking about some […]

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Training Minions, or You

I am so incredibly jealous of Jillian Michaels… not because she is the world’s most famous personal trainer and makes a ton more money than I do, but because she gets to train these three guys! If Dave, or Keith, or Stuart or any of the other minions wanted me to train them, I would […]

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Client Follow-Ups

Today is all about giving a shout-out to three of my newest clients and the hard work that they have done to reach their short-term goals in the three months that we have been working together.  When my clients hire me, I tell them that it’s a team effort and that we need to work […]

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I Love My Job!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much I enjoy my job, and wanted to write about it in a similar manner to my I AM A RUNNER post honoring the running community after the Boston bombings.  After my post, A Day In The Life Of A Trainer, I didn’t want anyone to think that […]

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A Day In The Life Of A Trainer

THIS GUY ran all around my face BEFORE I knocked him off and stomped him with my foot!  My only regret is that I didn’t get a video of him running around in circles and me screaming!  Actually, I think my client screamed louder than I did.  She could see the spider.  I couldn’t…  BUT […]

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Annie, Are You OK?

Part of keeping my personal training and weight loss management certifications up to date includes keeping a current CPR certification; and today was the day I took care of that for two more years! Thanks to the fine folks over at CrossFit for letting this independent trainer join their Heartsaver (American Heart Association) CPR, AED, […]

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You Saved My Life

Every Saturday the Cruisers meet for our weekly group run on the W&OD Trail, a very popular trail in our area. It is a narrow 45-mile-long multi-use park that consists of an asphalt trail and a parallel gravel path. It was built on the old railroad bed where trains ran from 1859 to 1968. We […]

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Following A New Client

Since I’ve overslept the past two mornings (normally I NEVER oversleep), last night I set two alarms to make sure I would wake up in time for my first client at 7 AM. It worked and I had time to spare! I met a new client today that I have great expectations for! I’m going […]

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Training With Cake

I contract for a wellness center and most of my clients that I see there are weight loss patients. Who do I work for? A wellness center! Today at about 30 minutes into one of my sessions, my client and I could hear happy birthday being sung to one of the members of our staff. […]

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