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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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Trading in Expectations for Trust

My yoga practice has taught me that something awesome and kinda magical happens when you show up with all you got, accept where you are at, and make choices out of honor and respect. When I step on my yoga mat, I let go of any expectations and any judgments. There are no goals in […]

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Fear of Rest Days

I’ve jumped on and off the health and fitness train all of my life. I have ups and I have downs, but consistency was always something I struggled with. Enter my fear of rest days. When I was on, I was on. I pushed hard and fast. I remember I would workout hard every day […]

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When Your Workout Is… Meh

Pumped Up Down… Last week, I walked into the gym ready to rock. It was leg day and I had myself all psyched up. See, it’s not that I like squats. In fact, I’m usually cursing my way through them, but I love the way they make me feel when I’m done. I feel strong, […]

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The Road to Unconditional Self-Love

In college, I started a terrible relationship with my body and food. Looking back, there were several factors that contributed to it: My body changed since I wasn’t as active as I was in high school. I lived on my own since my roommate moved in with her boyfriend. I lived in the same dormitory […]

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Struggling to Eat Well? How Engaged Are You?

For some people, improving eating habits is one of the most difficult aspects of a fitness journey. And don’t even talk about keeping the changes intact – IMPOSSIBLE!!! Why is that? The Challenges of Eating Well Knowing what to change can be a huge obstacle. Having enough time to plan meals can also be a […]

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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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7 Essential Mental Skills for Fitness

Every once in awhile, I play a game with myself. I try to identify the ONE limiting factor for clients in their quest for fitness. While I am never able to land on one constraint, I do usually end up with a relatively short list. And my list typically includes the key aspects of the […]

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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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I Belong

Everyone has the right to better his or her body, and to feel strong, capable and confident regardless of where they are in their fitness journey. So why, when I walk in to the gym, the mecca of people seeking to become better versions of themselves, don’t I feel like there is a place for […]

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