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A Personalized Strength Training Program is the Way to Go

Thanks to Gail O’Connell for contributing to our blog and writing this post. Gail is a fitness enthusiast and a role model for healthy and fit living… in your “slightly older” years. Though, you’d never characterize Gail as “slightly older.” It’s hard to keep up with her. She’s always on the go – hiking, working […]

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Who needs a personal trainer? Not me!

The following post was written by Gail O’Connell. Gail is a fitness enthusiast and a role model for healthy and fit living in your “slightly older” years.  You would never characterize Gail as “slightly older.”  It’s hard to keep up with her.  She is always on the go – hiking, working out, meeting up with […]

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Keep Colds & Flus At Bay With Inversions

As we approach cold and flu season, including inversions in your self-care practice is an excellent way to boost immunity. Inversions are yoga poses that bring your head below your heart. And don’t be scared, even though handstands and headstands are considered inversions, there are plenty of other options that keep your feet on the […]

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Interview with Lynne, Strand Client For 12 Years

Lauren // When you started working with Pam in 2004, did you ever imagine you would work together for this long? Lynne // I was so happy with the variety and challenge of my workouts with Pam, that the passing of time never crossed my mind. The birthdays and holidays passed on an annual basis and here we […]

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Q&A with Expert Trainer, Monica Dzarnowski

I interviewed one of Strand Fitness’s trainers, Monica Dzarnowski on healthy habits, exercise, nutrition, and how she motivates her clients to success. My favorite comment from Monica is: Lauren // What are your own personal motives for exercising, eating well, and general self-care? Monica // My motive for exercising is simple, I love the way I feel during and after […]

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5 Free and Easy Solutions for Plantar Fasciitis

The following post was written by Dave Heidloff from Athletico Physical Therapy, Wheaton East. Plantar fasciitis can be a real pain in the foot. Plantar fasciitis is the medical term for inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. If you’ve ever had pain in […]

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The Coaching Method

One reason why Strand Fitness stands apart from other fitness facilities and fitness programs is our coaching method. Instead of providing strict and rigid nutrition plans and workouts, we coach our clients to discover the skills, methods, and habits that will specifically work for their bodies and their lifestyles. Because we all have different bodies, […]

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Trading in Expectations for Trust

My yoga practice has taught me that something awesome and kinda magical happens when you show up with all you got, accept where you are at, and make choices out of honor and respect. When I step on my yoga mat, I let go of any expectations and any judgments. There are no goals in […]

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Hip Pain: So you Literally Have a Pain in your Butt

The following post was written by Adam Muehler from Athletico Physical Therapy, Wheaton East. I’m referring to the ache in the back of your hip that’s been there for a few weeks. First, you thought it would just go away. Next, you talked to a family member or friend, who recommended “rubbing this cream on […]

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Take Care of Your Injury Sooner Rather Than Later

The following post was written by Dan Czajkowski a Physical Therapist from Athletico Physical Therapy, Wheaton East. We’ve all been there at one point or another. Dealing with daily pain can be a constant ritual of our day just like eating breakfast or combing your hair. It can be easy to accept that getting older comes […]

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