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Pam Running

Have Strength and Hope for the Future

In reflecting upon my 14 years as a personal trainer, the most significant memories are those about people sharing their stories with me.  I am always humbled when people invite me into the most vulnerable areas of their lives. And I am always amazed at their courage to do so.  The stories of others can […]

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Simplify Your Life

Over the 4th of July holiday, I dug out my copy of the book, Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things that Really Matter (by Elaine St. James).  While I chuckled my way through the comments about “planners” and “yuppies” (the book was written in 1994), the book’s message remains […]

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What You Can Do NOW to Lose Weight

Awareness is a vital tool if you want to lose weight Being self-aware connects us to what is happening in our bodies, how we feel when we eat certain foods, and what triggers our overeating. Awareness leads to objective data on what is and isn’t working for us. It also provides clues on where we […]

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Greg Running

Where Your Mind Goes, Your Fitness Will Follow

Roadblocks in your fitness journey When I hear a client share they have been wondering why they’re not reaching a fitness goal, I pay attention to what they say and think about themselves and their fitness journey. Their words are clues to where they are focusing their attention.  And I have learned that where the […]

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My Favorite Activities to Keep My Body (and Mind) Moving

The Quieter Side of Fitness While I love my workouts – challenging my muscles and cardiovascular system- lately I have spent a great deal of time exploring the quieter side of fitness and wellness. This quieter side takes me on a path to discover the benefits of massage, deep relaxation, stretching, and soft tissue work. […]

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Being Overweight – The Roller Coaster Ride & What To Do About It

Weight Gain Woes The other night I was ricocheting between the intense feelings of frustration and defeat over having gained 40 pounds over the last 3 – 4 years. I was so mad at myself and frustrated that I was, once again, significantly overweight. I didn’t know whether to throw something or just sit down […]

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What to do When Exercise Hurts

Crunches, Creaks and Rice Krispie Crackles One of my personal training clients will tell me that she brought her symphony with her to a workout when she hears the noises her joints make when she exercises! We laugh at her joke and commiserate about our slightly older bodies. But we do not let the humor […]

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Feel Energized by Learning to do Nothing

Nothing but Shavasana! One of my favorite ways of improving my mobility and reducing my everyday aches and pains is to do nothing! Yep, nothing, nada! Well, actually, I am doing something – I am laying on the floor relaxing my body and my mind. It’s a perfect way to release pent up tension and […]

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Creating More Energy for Fitness and Life

Over the years of working as a personal trainer, I have learned that success during the fitness journey has almost nothing to do with physical ability, and everything to do with your mental game. It’s what goes on inside our heads that keeps us in the game – regardless of what is happening with our […]

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Move With Better Balance

Why Care About Balance? Working on balance is a top priority of many of our Strand Fitness clients. They want to maintain or improve their balance as a way to prevent falls and avoid injuries. They also want to work on their balance so they can perform well in their physical activities and active lifestyles […]

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