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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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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 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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Strand Fitness Announces: New Mobility and Movement Solutions

As we get older, doesn’t it feel like we wake up one day and suddenly our bodies are creaky and our joints don’t move like they used to? If you are like me, this seems to happens overnight. But in reality, that is the aging process. As we get older the saying – “use it […]

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I Want to Age Less This Year – How About You?

“I want to work on being fit so I can age less as I age!” This studio visitor nailed it! Those words are what many of our clients tell me. They want to work with our personal trainers not because they want to be younger. But because they want to age less as they get […]

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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 are older – Part 2

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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Total Body Fitness

Four Ways to Make Fitness Motivating and Engaging

The most engaging and satisfying workouts are full or total body workouts.  At least that is what I have discovered in my 14+ years as a personal trainer.  And since an engaging and satisfying workout is one that will keep you coming back; a total body workout means SUCCESS!!!   For me a full body […]

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Read This Before You Skip Your Next Workout

Even the most dedicated-to-fitness person experiences a slump and loses interest in their workouts. That slump is a normal part of the fitness journey.  But the next time you feel like skipping your workout, read this post first.  Hopefully this will speak to you and give you the little push needed to get yourself to […]

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Fitness Team

Who’s on your fitness team?

Create a Support Team There are many ways to create a team of support for your fitness program. Some of the most popular: Ask a friend to be a workout partner. Join a fitness class at the park district or at a fitness center. Hire a personal trainer or fitness coach. Join a running or […]

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