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3 Ways to Improve Your Balance

Since many of our clients’ goals include improving balance, I wanted to share with you three exercises that you can do at home without any gym equipment. Leave any questions in the “reply” section below! Get rid of the stiffness that makes you feel so old! Call Pam (630-653-8152 or email pstrand@strandfitnessllc.com) to schedule your complimentary, […]

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4 Stretches/Exercises to Relieve Neck Pain

If you are experiencing neck pain or stiffness (the basic every day kind), watch this video. Poor posture and sedentary lifestyles can cause our chest muscles to become tight and our back muscles to become weak. These four stretches and exercises will help strengthen the back muscles and open up the front side of the […]

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Our Vision – A Place To Make Meaningful Change

Strand Fitness was borne out of a vision to create an inspiring place for people who want to make meaningful change in their health and fitness. Whether it is to lose weight, be strong, have more energy, or feel better about themselves, Strand Fitness is a special place where people can focus on the task at hand, […]

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Interview with Lynne, Strand Client For 12 Years

Lauren: When you started working with Pam in 2004, did you ever imagine you would work together for this long? Lynne: I was so happy with the variety and challenge of my workouts with Pam, that the passing of time never crossed my mind. The birthdays and holidays passed on an annual basis and here we are now… […]

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The Coaching Method

Coaching Method One reason why Strand Fitness stands apart from other fitness facilities and fitness programs is our coaching method. Instead of providing strict and rigid nutrition plans and workouts, we coach our clients to discover the skills, methods, and habits that will specifically work for their bodies and their lifestyles Because we all have […]

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Take Care of Your Injury Sooner Rather Than Later

The following post was written by Dan Czajkowski a Physical Therapist from Athletico Physical Therapy, Wheaton East. We’ve all been there at one point or another. Dealing with daily pain can be a constant ritual of our day just like eating breakfast or combing your hair. It can be easy to accept that getting older comes […]

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Loving Your Goals Past January

Yes, setting resolutions or goals is awesome. It drives us to evolve and lights the fire. But sometimes, we get so caught up in the destination, that we forget to fully engage in the present. We can get frustrated when we are here, but want to be over there. If we keep focusing on what […]

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A Rant on Fitness at 56 years old

The Fitness Stereotype I am a 56 year old personal trainer and believe that my industry and the fitness media do such a disservice to those of us who are “slightly older.” The images suggest that you have to be young and ripped to participate in fitness. The marketers tell us we must get in […]

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Whoa – what did you just ask me?

Productivity in Life Recently, I read an article that reminded me of the beauty and power of a well-placed question that can change the course of your life.  The subject of the article was productivity tips from young entrepreneurs.  It was filled with some great, expansive ideas on how to be creative, focused, and energized […]

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Being Happy and Being Fit

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton Over the past few weeks, I have been reflecting upon this quote.  It speaks to me on so many levels. If I think about fitness, it tells me that happiness is not about “how hard I get after […]

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