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Boost Your Confidence and Succeed at Fitness

“Motivation is the desire to achieve and the confidence to do so. “ –Lavery & Associates Motivation is a tricky thing in life, particularly on the fitness journey.  A lack of motivation can feel like an insurmountable obstacle to accomplishing fitness goals, whether that be to build strength, lose weight, or look and feel better.  […]

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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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Strong the Strand Way!

Strong muscles and bones keep you moving with confidence! By far, keeping their body strong, injury-free, and moving as they age is the number one goal of our personal training clients.  Taking off a few pounds is also important, but strength is most important.  While they might not use these words, I believe they are […]

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How to Get Results From Your Strength Training Program

If I’m being honest with myself, I feel a little lost in my fitness. Those who know me and see me work out at Strand Fitness may be surprised to read that statement. My personal trainers may also be surprised to see these words, as I work out with them four days a week like […]

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Did you know being strong is fun?

The other day I was catching up with a new personal training client at Strand Fitness. Even though she had just started working with us, she said she already felt stronger and then added a smile. We exchanged a knowing look and said together, “Who knew it would be so fun to be strong!” The […]

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Have Strength and Hope for the Future

In reflecting upon my 14 years as a personal trainer, the most significant memories are those about people sharing their stories with me.  I am always humbled when people invite me into the most vulnerable areas of their lives. And I am always amazed at their courage to do so.  The stories of others can […]

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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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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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You Can Benefit from Strength Training at Any Age!

Why I like strength training About a year ago, I wrote about why I like strength training. These were my reasons: Helps me stay young and in control It enhances my overall health It translates to more ease and stability in my life Builds my confidence, resilience, and determination Creates satisfaction and gratitude It’s fun […]

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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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