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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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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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5 Stages of Change Towards Smart Fitness

5 Stages of Change The New Year often comes with a lot of personal self inflicted expectations and often unrealistic goal setting. How many times have you given yourself a deadline that was so overwhelming that you don’t even know where to begin? For me, the task of organizing my closet and getting rid of […]

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A Personalized Strength Training Program is the Way to Go

Thanks to Gail O’Connell for contributing to our blog and writing this post. Gail is a fitness enthusiast and a role model for healthy and fit living. It’s hard to keep up with Gail. She’s always on the go – hiking, meeting up with friends, hosting book clubs, traveling here and abroad. She attributes her […]

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How to Lift Weights When You Get Older Pt. II

In a recent blog post, I began a conversation about “how to lift weights when you are older.”  Today, I want to add to that conversation with two additional points that will help keep you injury- and pain-free as you progress in your strength training program.    Personalization is key; older bodies have their idiosyncrasies. […]

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How to Lift Weights Throughout the Years

One of the most intimidating factors in the weight room is the potential of injuring yourself, especially if you have never lifted weights before.   Add in the “high intensity” mantra – go hard and heavy – that seems to be prevalent in our fitness culture, and I can see why many people avoid the […]

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