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Keep on Striving

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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How to do Cardio as You Age

As we get older, “cardio” becomes less about “fat and calorie” burn and more about overall health and fitness.  If I had to explain this shift, I would say that the benefits of cardio become more real and more practical when we get older. Worry about cardiac function and preventing cardiovascular disease in our youth? […]

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Where Your Mind Goes, Your Fitness Will Follow

Roadblocks in your fitness journey When I hear a client share they have been wondering why they’re not reaching a fitness goal, I pay attention to what they say and think about themselves and their fitness journey. Their words are clues to where they are focusing their attention.  And I have learned that where the […]

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Fitness – A Work in Progress

Waiting for Results Patience and fitness are two peas in a pod. We live in such an instant gratification world these days where an answer to a question or problem is a mere finger tap away on a cell phone. We have become accustomed to getting what we want, how we want it and when […]

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Find Your Motivation to Workout and Be Fit!

Fitness is a journey While the weather may variably suggest otherwise, spring is here! And this is usually the time of year when the motivation to get your workouts in begins to fade. The crowds at the gyms are now becoming more and more sparse as individuals begin to put their resolutions on hold. Work […]

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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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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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Understanding the Role of Nutrition and Maximizing Its Benefits

We have all heard that proper nutrition is important for our health and well-being, but what exactly is it? While nutrition is defined as the sum of all food consumed by a person, that doesn’t tell us much. Adding further definition to the word nutrition, we all know that nutrition plays a major role in […]

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Benefits of Full Body Training for Your Busy life

In our work as personal trainers, many people ask,  “What is the best way for me to lose weight and gain muscle? And do it in a way that makes sense for the older body.” With all the changing fitness trends, it can be hard to keep track of where to start or what to […]

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Here is What I Have Learned in the Last 15 Years of My Fitness Journey

Aging Up I am going to be 58 years old in a few weeks.  And instead of freaking out that I am getting older, I find that I am actually feeling good about “aging up.”   I feel like I have learned a great deal over the past several years on how to keep my […]

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