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 […]

Why Massage is so Important for Athletes (plus a Deep Recovery Massage Track Giveaway)

When you work out, it’s not the exercises, or the weights, or the effort that makes you stronger. In fact, what you’re doing when you’re strength training, or going on a long run, is breaking your muscles down. You’re causing micro tears in your muscle fibers. Sounds awful, right? Well, the good news is that […]

Looking for the Magic Bullet – Magazines and Weight Loss

Recently, I got invited (okay, I invited myself, but I was accepted!) to a Facebook group called Women Prioritizing Fitness. I was looking for some accountability and also just to connect with a community of women fitting in their workouts around life, kids, career, etc. It’s been a great source of motivation for me  – […]

A Week in New York City in Photos

What a wonderful, emotional, nostalgic, much-needed week in NYC. I saw and did so much more (and so much less) than I planned. It felt like home again and it felt like a foreign place, all at the same time. I laughed, ate, cried, ran, drank, walked (and walked and walked), reminisced and explored. The […]

9 Fitness Charities to Inspire You

Giving to charity makes you feel good. And like I mentioned in my post of ways to reduce stress in your life, it’s hard to succumb to tension and stress when you’re feeling good. There are a TON of charities worthy of your donations, of course, so where do you even start? You can’t go wrong […]

Making Goals About Addition, Not Subtraction

I’m not good at New Year’s Resolutions. It’s funny, because I love the idea of the start of a new year, when anything seems possible and new opportunities seems stretched out in front of you, just waiting to be discovered and experienced. But thinking about what I want those opportunities and experiences to be? Not […]

Fitness Gift Guide

It’s officially holiday season and I’m bringing you a fitness gift guide for the best gifts for all the fitness lovers on your list. And even though we’re fast approaching Christmas and Hannukah, these are gifts you can bookmark for special occasions throughout the year, for birthdays or to congratulate someone. You can also send […]