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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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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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