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Simplify Your Life

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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The Times They Are a Changing and So Are Our Bodies!

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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Fitness – A Work in Progress

Waiting for Results Patience and fitness are two peas in a pod. We live in such an instant gratification world these days where an answer to a question or problem is a mere finger tap away on a cell phone. We have become accustomed to getting what we want, how we want it and when […]

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Got a Case of the “Blahs” in Your Strength Training?

Having a blah day We all have those days when motivation is tough to find. You may have had a tough day at work, you might be getting bored of your current routine or you’re simply having a blah day. So, what can you do when your body and mind just don’t feel like working out? […]

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Take the Fear out of Weight Loss

Trainers are Human Too “Trainers – they’re just like us!” I like to joke with my friends that health magazines should do a section on personal trainers like they do the celebrities in tabloid magazines, with the token page of Celebrities, they’re just like us. The article shows celebs pushing a shopping cart, drinking a […]

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Find Your Motivation to Workout and Be Fit!

Fitness is a journey While the weather may variably suggest otherwise, spring is here! And this is usually the time of year when the motivation to get your workouts in begins to fade. The crowds at the gyms are now becoming more and more sparse as individuals begin to put their resolutions on hold. Work […]

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Greg Ready to Run

5 Benefits of Adding Running to Your Strength Routine

Running? No Way! Okay… As someone who was primarily focused on strength training, running was the last thing on my mind. In fact, this was something I would avoid at all costs. The idea of going out and pounding the pavement was about as appealing to me as a root canal. It was not going […]

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Want Injury-Free Fitness? Read This Now!

Injury-Free Fitness One of the top 5 reasons that someone hires a personal trainer is to avoid injury. Personal Training clients want to make sure they are lifting and exercising with the proper technique. Fitness clients also want to make sure they are doing exercises appropriate for their body and age. Both proper technique and […]

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Strength Training Tips for Runners

(Disclaimer: Be sure to always seek medical advice before starting a fitness program. Be sure to only perform exercises that align with your fitness and skill level.) Strength Training for Runners Winter can be a hard time for runners. Cold temperatures, ice and snow make it hard for runners to hit the pavement safely. With […]

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A Healthy Body – The Best Outfit You’ll Ever Wear

The Influence of Society & the Media “Get six pack abs by doing these exercises…” “Bikini body in 3 weeks…” “Build those biceps…”  Observing various magazine covers in the supermarket checkout line, it’s apparent that these headlines bombard me on a regular basis. On the covers, I always see amazing, smiling, “healthy” models looking as thought […]

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