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Stress – can’t live with it and can’t live without it!

I have been pondering stress over the last several weeks, especially the kind that leaves us either feeling frantic and running scared or the kind that tempts us to give in and give up.  As an owner of a small “mom & pop” fitness studio, I experience my share of stress.  It is quite a […]

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Read this if you are struggling with fitness

I am struggling with this blog post.  My chosen theme this week is about how fitness helps us stave off the physical effects of aging.  I don’t know what to say that hasn’t been said before.  Many clients enroll in our personal training program because they want to tone their bodies, get a good workout, […]

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If you want to be strong, read this!

Strength is about being alive and enjoying life!  I love being strong!  It makes me feel capable, especially as I get older.  And I know it is one of the best ways to keep my body young.  And I love speaking with our clients here at Strand Fitness (my personal training studio in Downtown Wheaton, […]

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Getting more out of your workouts

Bringing your “A” game to your workouts.  Being more consistent.  Going harder. Lifting heavier.  These are all strategies for getting more results out of your workouts.  But there are other strategies for improving results too.  These aren’t as “jazzy,” but they are equally important.  In fact, you might say that they are more important because […]

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How to be more confident about exercising

The one-on-one approach builds confidence and trust Working with a personal trainer is an excellent way to find your confidence for exercise.  Whether you are concerned if your body can handle exercise or have a pre-existing condition that makes you hesitant, an experienced personal trainer will know how to fit your exercise program to your […]

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How to develop a fitness mindset

Your body can stand almost anything; it’s your mind that you have to convince (unknown author) A person’s mindset predicts the quality and essence of their fitness journey.  No matter what their goals, it is their mind that paves the way for the type of success they will or will not achieve.  In my work […]

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The Best Things Some Times Come in the Smallest Packages

When I was little, I remember my parents telling me that the best things sometimes come in the smallest packages.  A partner to that lesson was the one about how as you get older, your gifts will come in smaller boxes.  How true that is today, especially as you consider your fitness routine.   I know […]

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Be Strong, Be Inspired, Be Confident

Need some inspiration to be strong?  Take a listen to this video and hear how inspiring and empowering being strong is! I love listening to this video as it speaks to how important being strong is to people.  You can hear it in their voices and see it in their faces.  Being strong is inspiring […]

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Fitness Takes Courage, Conviction and Faith

We are aging.  We can’t change that fact.  But we do have a choice: we can take responsibility for the condition of our bodies, or we can let time whittle away at our strength, mobility and stamina. Almost every one of our clients here at our personal training studio have chosen to take responsibility.  They […]

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Ready for More Fitness in the New Year?

Ready, get set, GO! It’s the New Year, so let’s head to the gym, hire a personal trainer, and throw away all of the junk food. Whoa! Not so quickly if you are really interested in long term success. I am sure you know the statistics.  About 92% of New Years’ resolutions fail (most of […]

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