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How to get rid of that stiffness that makes you feel so old

There are many things that make me feel old.   When I look in the mirror and see my mother’s face and wonder when did that happen. (My mother was beautiful, don’t get me wrong.  It is just surprising when you see that you looked like she did when she was 60). When I go […]

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How to lift weights when you are older – Part 2

In a recent blog post, I began a conversation about “how to lift weights when you are older.”  Today, I want to add to that conversation with two additional points that will help keep you injury- and pain-free as you progress in your strength training program.    Personalization is key; older bodies have their idiosyncrasies. […]

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How to lift weights when you get older

One of the most intimidating factors in the weight room is the potential of injuring yourself, especially if you have never lifted weights before.   Add in the “high intensity” mantra – go hard and heavy – that seems to be prevalent in our fitness culture, and I can see why many people avoid the […]

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Here is what I have learned in the last 15 years of my fitness journey

I am going to be 58 years old in a few weeks.  And instead of freaking out that I am getting older, I find that I am actually feeling good about “aging up.”   I feel like I have learned a great deal over the past several years on how to keep my body strong, […]

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Spinal Mobility Exercises Video

Relieve neck and back tension with these simple spinal mobility exercises

In this video, I’m going to show you 2 things our clients absolutely love to do. We save this for the end of the workout, and it is  like the equivalent of Shavasana in yoga. You have time to just be quiet on the floor and to let your body process the changes that happened […]

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Four fitness tips that will have you feeling less old

Most of us, over the years, have become pretty set in our movement patterns.   We simply move the way we do out of habit.  We lean forward most of the day as we sit at our desks and at our computer screens.  Our heads are looking down for hours at a time as we […]

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We’re all resistant to change

Sometimes it just doesn’t seem fair. You got yourself going on a great fitness and nutrition regime that is working for you and then CHANGE happens! Darn it! What you are doing doesn’t seem to work anymore. Or maybe you hired a personal trainer to design a fitness program for you. But in your first […]

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Yoga – what a wonderful way to enhance your life!

I fully intended to write a blog post about the benefits of yoga for the slightly older body.  And more specifically, I wanted to write about how yoga can help alleviate every day aches and pains.  And I wanted to share how it helps eliminate much of the stiffness we feel as our bodies age. […]

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Why I Love Strength Training

I love to exercise and to move my body; I swim, I practice yoga, I ride my bike, I walk and hike, I like to dance.  And I love to lift weights. All of these activities hold a special meaning for me above and beyond the physical results.  But there is something extra special to […]

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Total Body Fitness

Four Ways to Make Fitness Motivating and Engaging

The most engaging and satisfying workouts are full or total body workouts.  At least that is what I have discovered in my 14+ years as a personal trainer.  And since an engaging and satisfying workout is one that will keep you coming back; a total body workout means SUCCESS!!!   For me a full body […]

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