Five Things I Am Digging Now

Happy Holiday Season, everyone! I am sure you are running on all cylinders right now, going from event to the store and back again. So I will try to make this blog post short, sweet, and holiday oriented. 1. Momentum Chrome Extension: This extension is super simple but incredibly effective. After you download the free […]

FLOW Friday: November 17th

At some point in our lives, we begin to think that it is our job to set others right. This may have started at 30, 45, or 6 years old. We think that our knowledge, our experiences, and our confidence is best for everyone when really, our thoughts don’t pertain to their lives. But since […]

Three Circuits for Small Spaces and Short Timeframes

For decades, the one-hour workout has been considered the only way to workout. How many times have you decided not to workout because you didn’t have a full hour to dedicate? It wasn’t until the last few years that people gave thought to a 30-minute workout. But if you look at the latest research, health […]

Three Ways Your Ego Covers Your Message on Social Media

Check your ego, amigo. It really couldn’t be a more necessary action to take prior to posting something online. Whether you are running a personality-based brand or simply having fun on social media, be wary of overly posting photos of yourself or content that screams for pure-attention (more on this later); sure, you may find […]

FLOW Friday: November 11th

Interruptions are a part of life. As I am sure you have experienced, there are no perfect 15 minutes. Sometimes when you are trying to focus, your phone is going insane, a dog is snoring loudly, or unexpected visitors appear. Sometimes when you are trying to meet a deadline, your husband interrupts, your health takes […]

Three Habits to Break on Social Media

Social media…for many of us, we can’t live without it. We are on it all day, every day, while ignoring other responsibilities. And for many of you, your social media accounts are your business. So let’s talk about three habits to break on social media; these are annoying habits you may be doing that is […]

FLOW Friday: November 3rd

One of the side effects of doing too much is developing monotone minds. We spend so much time in our work and in work-related activities that our awarenesses and our perceptions become narrower and narrower. We reach a point where we can’t talk about anything but our work and, if the truth is known, we […]

FLOW Friday: October 27th

The holiday season is funny. We ask and expect gifts; material items typically. We assume we are to also give material items as gifts to others. But if we honestly look at our lives (or closets, jewelry boxes, or storage units), we see that our lives are already full of material items. Overly full.  In […]

Trainer Tuesday: Alison Galvan of EnergyX Fitness

I had grown accustomed to being the youngest master trainer in most of my circles (eh…not so much anymore), and then I met Alison (Smith) Galvan. Her resume reads like this: a group ex instructor, personal trainer, health advocate, Lululemon ambassador, studio owner, and Master Trainer for BOSU.  Seriously, is there anything she doesn’t do? This […]

Three Tips for Social Media for Fitness Professionals

Social media has changed drastically over the past decade. From Friendster and Myspace to Facebook and Instagram, the platforms are constantly evolving; within those platforms, algorithms and features are updated monthly. And let’s face it, we can barely keep up. Just as you think you have “it” figured out, “it” changes. As a social media […]

FLOW Friday: October 20th

When I am stressed, I feel it in my stomach first. I am immediately grumbling, tossing, turning, and talking. I know that I need to relax, breathe, and sit alone when this starts to happen. And over the past few days, it has been happening a lot. Between family experiences, work deadlines, selling 1 of our […]

FLOW Friday: October 13th

We can only find happiness in ourselves. No one else and nothing else can give it to us. No amount of material items purchased or savory/sweet treats can create happiness for us. We try to find things outside of ourselves to fill us up and make us happy, but this feeling is short-lived. We think […]

FLOW Friday: Oct. 6

There is a quote from Leslie M. McIntyre that I have carried with me for years: “Nobody objects to a woman being a good writer or sculptor or geneticist if at the same time she manages to be a good wife, good mother, good-looking, good-tempered, well-groomed, and unaggressive.” A work occurrence that happened last week […]

Technology for Interval Training

Right now, interval training is everywhere you look! Yes, we have been saying this for the better part of a decade, but this statement still rings true. Interval training protocols are included in everything from individual workouts to group fitness classes to personal training sessions. But what exactly is interval training? By definition, interval training […]

FLOW Friday: Sept. 29th

Sometimes we fail to see how important our practical actions can be. We long for the great inspiration, the important recognition, or the big breakthrough. Yet all of our lives are made up of common simple tasks that should and need to be done. When something is ordinary, we frequently fail to see its real […]

FLOW Friday: Sept. 22nd

We live in a society that praises material items. We are constantly told to buy more, even when we already have enough. Right now, advertisements are geared towards convincing kids they need more toys and adults that they need more clothes. But there are people in our communities who don’t have enough clothing to stay […]

Five Things I Am Digging Right Now

It’s fall. People are losing their minds in college football, boots, and PSLs. And while I try to deny it; I freaking love this “sweater weather” time of year. It may bring more painful sensations to my extremities and I may have to dress like it’s winter and not fall, but I do have some […]

FLOW Friday: Sept. 15th

So many of us live from one crisis to another; we are running from putting out fires all over our lives. We have become so accustomed to this lifestyle that we feel the most in control when we are “handling the situation.” But this habit is exhausting. Dealing with the crisis may be exhilarating but […]

FLOW Friday: Sept. 8th

When I sit to write a blog, I have a direction. I know what I want to share and why. But for my new FLOW Fridays, I want it to be more organic and become a space where I can just let my ideas flow…plus, an actual FLOW song for you to use at the end […]

Families that Move Together, Stay Together

It’s important to acknowledge that we need to change the way that we think about exercise. Gone are the days of the singular 1-hour workout per day. Instead, we should be focusing on movement throughout the day, from when our feet hit the floor until our heads hit the pillow. As parents, we are busy! […]

My Favorite Low-Impact Cardio Drills that You Can Do in Your Office

When you hear the word “cardio,” what do you think? Most people immediately think of running, burpees, HIIT, or other high-impact, high-intensity workouts.  But according to the American College of Sports Medicine, cardio, (cardiovascular exercise) is any activity that increases heart rate and respiration while using large muscle groups repetitively and rhythmically. And new research is […]

Two Easy Brussels Sprouts Recipes

I joke around a lot about eating Brussels sprouts and only Brussels Sprouts for my “single-mom” dinners, but in reality, it’s not a joke. Cut them in half, toss them into a steamer, and my dinner is ready in less than 10-minutes. Does it happen every time the hubby leaves for work? No, but it […]

Four Cardio Moves with a Bender Ball

While I am a group fitness instructor, I am a huge advocate of at-home workouts. I am actually just a huge advocate of working out where ever you feel the most comfortable. Sometimes getting to the gym, or finding daycare, or the idea of being around other people can be off-putting. And while I adore […]

Five Things I Am Digging Right Now

I will admit it; After creating newsletters and blogs for my clients, the idea of blogging for myself seems so daunting. I feel the same about social media and website upkeep. After spending “working hours” creating for others, I don’t want to practice what I preach. I spent the first half of the year, stepping […]

BOSU® Push-Up Pandemonium

Originally posted on BOSU.com Push-ups. Some people dread the word while others want to do 100 the minute their hands hit the floor. Push-ups are surprisingly functional as they challenge your entire upper body, while engaging other muscles in the body to act as stabilizers. In other words, push-ups give you a lot of bang […]

Trainer Tuesday: Lisa McNett

I first met Lisa McNett at the opening of a friend’s studio in Utah. I had heard about this Zumba loving girl who was also a Utah-transplant, but the person that I met exceeded my expectations. She was so full of energy and honesty, that I immediately gravitated to her. Five years later, I am […]

Millet is My New Jam

It’s official; I am in love. No, I am not leaving the hubby, but rather really enjoying Millet lately. Like a lot. What’s millet? Well, it is most often associated as the main ingredient in bird seed, it is not just “for the birds.” It’s a whole grain that is gluten-free, easy to make and […]

The Power of Slowing Down

Over the past year, I have been running. No, not hitting the pavement, but rather racing from deadline to deadline. Most of these projects were thrown haphazardly on my plate with unrealistic finish dates. I tried in full honesty. I stopped blogging (as you can see), I didn’t send newsletters as often, and I didn’t […]

5 Tips to Create Your Own Fit Pro Career Path

I like the idea of sharing where we started as fitness professionals. I have been asked (so many times) where, when, and how do you get started in this insane industry. I understand the need to have a reference point for people who want to begin teaching group fitness. But I have tried to write […]

Experiences

I don’t post political statements on social media anymore. I don’t post beliefs, but rather experiences. I haven’t posted about my political experience since sharing that while voting for President Obama, I was harassed at the voting center by a man who told me that he could smell the evil on me and Mitt Romney […]

Get Out of Sticky Situations and Survive Horror Shows

We have all had that dream. You know. You show up to teach your packed class and your music won’t play, your cycling shoes aren’t in your bag and you’re naked. A few months ago Summer shared ways to survive those nightmares by always having your “instructor survival kit“, but what happens when even that […]

Trainer Tuesday : Amanda Mercer

When I first met Amanda Mercer at a Lebert Fitness summit, I was amazed at her energy level. She was just vivacious! Over the past few years, I have watched her continue to grow and prosper as she added studio owner to her resume that already included personal trainer, group fitness instructor and health coach. […]

ThankFLOW

It is that time of year again. The time where we forget about ourselves in order to make the holiday season perfect for other people. We forgo our workouts for dinner parties. Stress levels reach the roof as we forget to breathe. In a time where we should be reflecting on being thankful, we worry […]

Trainer Tuesday : Katie Benson

Most fitness professionals start their careers in the same fashion; they graduate from fitness fanatics to professionals. Usually, the fitness fan finds a class that speaks to their inner fire, they get certified, and begin teaching; but generally, that is where their journey ends. Not in this case. Katie went far past the ordinary. She went […]

Top 5 Mistakes When Creating Virtual Fitness Programs

For years now, I have been a huge advocate to coaching virtually and offering online programs. This isn’t just to create residual income, but because I believe you can positively influence a larger number of people by reaching them via the internet. I have had the privilege of creating numerous programs for other companies, fitness […]

Trainer Tuesday : Jennifer Lenzendorf

In the small town of West Bend, Wisconsin, there is a building that was built in the early 1970s. Originally it was built to accommodate an expanding lawn mower/snowmobile/motorcycle shop. Two decades later, it morphed into a successful real estate and construction business. Now, Jen Lenzendorf has remodeled the building to be the home of […]

What’s Your Niche?

Let’s face it. As humans, we can’t do it all. There is no way to be perfect, knowledgeable, and practiced in every form of group exercise possible. Just as Olympic athletes, you must find your niche as a group fitness instructor. Now don’t freak out, I’m not saying you should be a one-trick pony. There is no […]

Core Galore Updated

Last summer, one of my most successful workout posts was Core Galore. In that post, I shared 6 exercises that you can do to strengthen the core, while staying away from the do-nothing crunches that people stuck in the 90’s still do. Today for Workout Wednesday, I want to share Core Galore Updated! It’s no […]

Center Floor Barre Moves : Plie Squat

Center Floor Fitness Barre Movements

Right now, fitness barre is hot. It is everywhere! There are hundreds of new barre franchises opening every month, and fitness barre is making a strong debut in fitness clubs, as well. Personally, I teach Barre Above and I love center floor fitness barre movements. But a lot of my students question what barre fitness […]

Trainer Tuesday : Stephanie Meyers Boone

Sometimes you meet people in life that affirm your belief in humanity. Those people have this brightness that shines through during all circumstances. Stephanie is one of those people. She just has … it. No way to fully explain. Her energy is contagious. I met her at a Tabata Bootcamp training and I knew instantly […]

Keep Cardio Drills Simple on the BOSU

It is very easy to keep cardio simple on the BOSU, but trainers and videos on YouTube and Instagram tell a different story. In the past few weeks, I have seen a guy stack a BOSU on three steps for box jumps. A trainer pushed/yelled at/guilted a very deconditioned participant to conduct 10 burpees on a BOSU in […]

Two Oil-Free Bean Salad Recipes

So, I am getting a little obsessed with these two oil-free bean salad recipes. I shouldn’t say “salads” I know, because neither of these recipes contain any lettuce. But that’s the word I like to use, so get over it. If you want to see salads that are lettuce based, check out my 30-days of […]

Three Summer Drink Recipes

It’s Tasty Thursday! Today, I want to share with you three summer drink recipes, two of which have no alcohol and one has naturally occurring but minimal alcohol. Plus, I have quickly highlighted the benefits of these drinks, so you know why you are drinking them. I love wine. Everyone who knows me knows that a bottle […]

Trainer Tuesday : Jenn Koscelnik of Epic Ascent Fitness & Training

I wasn’t always a fitness professional by trade. I have always taught fitness classes and was a personal trainer, but it wasn’t my full time job. I have worked in the entertainment world, radio, and as a paralegal. I have two degrees, neither of which are directly related to fitness. But I am glad I am […]

Oil Free Bean Salad

I have been doing some research lately on oil and have been shocked at the latest research studies coming from various universities and scientists. This isn’t a science post. This isn’t really about education. This is about the recipe. So don’t worry if you aren’t interested in oil research. This is about an oil free […]

Science Is Key In Group Fitness Classes

SCIENCE IS KEY IN GROUP FITNESS CLASSES ALIGNMENT.  EQUIPMENT. CLASS DESIGN. How many times in the last year have you heard someone say “I hurt myself while doing _____________(insert fitness activity here)”? From running to indoor cycling to Crossfit to Zumba, people seem to injure themselves at some point during their fitness journey. As group […]

5 Tips for a Fun Filled Class

5 Tips for a Fun Filled Class! 5 TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PARTICIPANTS AND HAVING TONS OF FUN! Many group exercise instructors do not realize the full influence they can have on their students. In some cases, your class could be the best part of their day. But why?What about a […]

4 Tips to Create Freestyle Dance Choreography

Originally posted on GXUnited.com CREATE EASY AND FUN DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY! 4 TIPS FOR SUCCESS KEEP THE CHOREOGRAPHY SIMPLE TO ALLOW FOR FUN AND SUCCESS IN DANCE CLASSES. Within a lot of the dance formats currently offered in the group exercise world, you have the ability to freestyle choreograph your own dances to include in your class. […]

Trainer Tuesday : Gym Junkies Fitness

In my travels, I have encountered some AHmazing fitness professionals. Not just amazing instructors, but genuinely wonderful people. People who go above and beyond for their clients as well as for humanity. Trainer Tuesday is about turning the spotlight on the people who we should all try to be more like. Often, I complain about […]