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Exercises that are Harder than they Look

I’ll be honest.  I love a sneaky exercise.  You know….the ones that look so simple, but are surprisingly difficult. When my clients say, “Wow! That was hard!,” I know it was an unexpected challenge:) Here are some of my favorite exercises that are harder than they look. 3D Plank I’m a fan of all exercises ... Read More
 

What is Rib Flare and Exercises to Help

Rib boobs. That’s what I’ve heard them called. When your ribs are sticking out, they’re out of alignment. They should lay flat inside your torso. This rib flare is a sign that your core muscles aren’t doing their job. Specifically, the deep core stabilizer, the transverse abdominis, and obliques. If the external obliques and/or transverse ... Read More
 

Strength Workout Template

Have you ever wanted to dive into the brain of a personal trainer?  How do they design their workout programs for their clients?  Why is a particular exercise included in the workout? I’m going to let you in on my thinking.  There is a method to the madness!  Here is a sample strength workout template. ... Read More
 

Master the Basics First

Have you seen the Pixar movie, “Up?” If you have, you probably remember the cute scene with Doug, the talking dog, who gets distracted by a squirrel. Like Doug, it’s so easy to get sidetracked by a shiny new object dangling nearby.  There are thousands of fitness products and diets to help you achieve your ... Read More
 

One Common Technique Mistake

I’ve been teaching group exercise classes and personal training for over a decade.? One of the most common technique mistakes I see occurs in the?staggered stance position.? Most of the time, you use staggered stance for one-arm rows, lunges and?tricep kickbacks. Many people will stand in staggered stance like this: ? Notice my foot on ... Read More
 

The Death of Personal Trainers

Coming from a personal trainer, that title should raise some eyebrows.? My eyebrows were raised a couple times in the past few weeks by the actions of a couple personal trainers.? The first story is based on a conversation I overheard while in a buffet line at a networking event.? I happened to be in ... Read More
 

New Year, Same Resolution

January is rapidly approaching and exercise is now a conscious thought for many.? It’s funny how we suddenly have time to exercise in January.? We’re far too busy in the other months of the year to work on our fitness and health.? (Not!)? Here’s the thing:? you MAKE time to exercise when the new year ... Read More