Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You…

Do one thing every day that scares you. I’ve read or heard this so many times (as has anyone who’s ever gone home clutching a Lululemon shopping bag) and sort of vaguely thought, “Yup, good advice.” But like all advice I think sounds like a good idea without actually thinking too hard about, when I […]

Bedtime Stretch Routine to Help You Sleep

When you stretch, you’re signaling to your muscles, “Okay, we’re done here. No need for the heavy lifting anymore, it’s time to wind down.” This is why I always tell clients to warm up using cardio and self-myofascial release like foam rolling, rather than doing static stretching before working out. (Here are 6 dynamic warm […]

Favorite (FREE) Fitness Apps to Stay On Track and Motivated

Apps make life simpler. They’re like shortcuts for daily life. While staying fit and strong always requires hard work, at least we have apps to make tracking, motivating and pushing ourselves easier. I use a handful of fitness apps regularly and I thought it would be fun to give you a peek at what I […]

3 Awesome At Home Workouts

Sometimes it’s just tough to get out of the house for a workout. This weekend was the first time since winter took hold up here in Vermont that I looked around out on my run and thought, “It’s time I could take Baby T out for some stroller running.” The snow is finally melted and it […]

The Top 3 Misconceptions About Strength Training for Women

Even if you’re perfectly at home working out and strength training (and psst, if you’re not, you should check out my beginner’s guide to navigating the gym!), there are always a few misconceptions about fitness that come up over and over again, especially when it comes to women. As a personal trainer, I’m used to clients […]

Why Social Media Fitness Challenges Work

Last summer, I took part in an Instagram yoga challenge. If you follow enough fitness-based accounts, I’m sure you’ve seen these social media fitness challenges on your feed. It’s usually a challenge for a specific number of days and you’re asked to document you doing the daily move with a photo on Instagram. My parents […]

How to Navigate the Gym (When You Have NO Idea What You’re Doing)

When I was first started working as a trainer at a gym years ago, for the first couple of months as I built up my client list, I spent some time as a ‘floor trainer’. If you belong to a bigger chain gym, you’re probably familiar with the floor trainer. From a member point of […]

Free Strength Training Journal Printables

I have always written clients’ workouts down on with pen and paper. I know plenty of trainers who use online training apps, or bring their iPad or tablet along to sessions and keep track of their clients’ progress that way. I suspect I’ll always be a written-down-on-paper type of trainer – there’s something about being […]

4 Steps to Choose the Best Personal Trainer for You

When I worked in a fitness club, personal trainers were assigned randomly to people newly signed-up to the gym – every new member received a consultation and one session as part of their membership package. Needless to say, the number of people who continued on with a trainer after that free, random session was way less than […]

What Does ‘Listening to Your Body’ Mean, Anyway?

Every time I send clients their training program for the week, I find myself telling them, “Don’t forget to listen to your body!” Since I’m doing online training, I’m not usually able to monitor my clients’ form or identify whether something is particularly challenging for them. I’m also not able to intuit quickly whether their […]