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Keep on Striving

Thanks to Grace Schwanda for contributing to our blog and writing this post. Grace Schwanda has her personal trainer certificate from W.I.T.S (World Instructors Training Schools). She is actively exercising and working on her own fitness level at this ‘slightly older’ time of life. Grace is the soccer referee trainer for the  Wheaton Park District and […]

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Get Your Life Back After an Injury

Recovering from an injury and getting back to normal can be complicated.  Not to mention, it can be filled with uncertainty. When it comes to working out, you may wonder how to incorporate limitations and modifications going forward. You may be concerned about pushing yourself too hard and re-injuring yourself. And your mind may be […]

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What you need to know to keep your shoulders healthy

Our shoulders are the most mobile joint in our bodies and because of that, they are also the most unstable. This combination leads to shoulder issues for many people. In fact, I read recently that 67% of the adult population has some sort of shoulder injury.  Strengthening and stretching our shoulders is important to their […]

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Did you know being strong is fun?

The other day I was catching up with a new personal training client at Strand Fitness. Even though she had just started working with us, she said she already felt stronger and then added a smile. We exchanged a knowing look and said together, “Who knew it would be so fun to be strong!” The […]

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Read This if Weight Loss is Important to You

Lately, for two reasons, I have been thinking about weight loss a lot. One is my own personal journey. The second reason is because I see my clients struggle with losing weight and keeping it off. And I am searching for tools and insights to help support their journey (and mine too!).   I have come […]

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How to do Cardio as You Age

As we get older, “cardio” becomes less about “fat and calorie” burn and more about overall health and fitness.  If I had to explain this shift, I would say that the benefits of cardio become more real and more practical when we get older. Worry about cardiac function and preventing cardiovascular disease in our youth? […]

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Your Ankles Are Important, Too! Who Knew?

When you think about stretching, how often to you think about stretching your ankles? If you’re like me, probably, um… never! Occasionally, I will stretch my calves. But even when I stretch that part of my leg, I am thinking about my calf muscle and not what’s going on in my ankle. I am not […]

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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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