Crossfit Kicked My Butt and I Loved It!

I haven’t had a workout really kick my butt and leave me wanting to go home and soak in epsom salt for a very long time. Last month, I got to experience a very intense (to me) 30 minute workout at River North Crossfit here in Chicago. And let me tell you, it was SO awesome! I’ve done Crossfit “type” workouts where the same concepts of functional movement, intervals and basic strength and conditioning are involved. But I’d never been to an actual Crossfit gym (or “box” as they call it) to complete a workout led by Crossfit instructors. I was so eager to learn and sweat, but I had no idea it would kick my butt the way it did. Continue reading →

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New on Nike Training Club – Serena Williams Core Power Workout

If you’re not already familiar with Nike Training Club, one of the best fitness apps out there, you definitely need to hurry up and climb aboard, considering it’s newest addition. If you are, you’ll be happy to know that you can earn even more badges and burn even more calories working out with one of the best athletes in the world. Continue reading →

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What’s That Thing Do?: A Beginner’s Guide to Conquering the Gym

I can not tell you all the horror I experience every day, watching people walk into the gym lost and uninformed. Not because I’m a know-it-all, but because I just want to help them all figure out what their doing so that they can effectively meet their goals. But also realize that their not knowing how to work a machine, or wandering around to different areas aimlessly isn’t entirely their fault.  The idea of joining the gym and taking charge of their fitness life is always such an exciting thought. It’s taking a step in the right direction and most people feel like their finally getting it together. But, raise your hand if you’ve ever walked into a gym, looked at all the machines, and just stood there for a moment wondering “where do I start?” “what kind of machine is that?” “wow, that lady’s body looks amazing.” (raising my hand) …the gym it can be extremely intimidating and for some folks a deterrent to actually working out. Have no fear (no, really, get rid of that F word), I’m here to help guide you to making the gym your friend. You conquer the gym, don’t let it conquer you. Continue reading →

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The Never-Ending Quest to Find Some Kind of Motivation

Just about any and everything we do from day to day requires a certain amount of motivation to begin. We all know this and we all seek it to get ourselves jump-started into a task. I’m sure most of us have uttered the words (or some variation of them): “If I could just find some motivation to get this done.” And me being the sometimes extremely analytic person I am, I’ve gotten into some deep conversations with myself about where motivation comes from, and why it’s different from person to person. Continue reading →

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Did You Stretch?

Have you ever worked out and the next day you wake up so sore you can barely move? Or how about when you’re in the middle of your workout and you feel something in your leg pull really tight? I’m sure most of us can relate to these experiences. My first question when anyone says they’re hurting or sore is: Did you stretch? Most of the time, I get a “No.” When I ask why, most people can’t give me an answer I’ll accept. As a trainer, I’m also guilty of assuming that everyone I train already knows that they should stretch, and how to do it. I should never assume, and you should never neglect stretching. Continue reading →

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