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 […]

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 […]

Trainer Tips: What Weights Should I Use?

Last time I gave you some trainer tips, we were talking about how many sets and how many reps you should be doing in the gym. Today, I’m going to share some advice and tips for another common question about strength training – what weights should I use? If you’re a beginner to strength training, […]

5 Reasons Runners Need to Strength Train

If you’re a runner, particularly if you’re a long-distance runner, running takes up most of your exercise time. Maybe you fit in some yoga, or a spin class as a form of cross training, but when you’re in the middle of a training schedule for a race or event, are you prioritizing lifting weights? From […]

Got Goals? My Plans for the New Year.

It’s that time of year when everyone starts looking forward to the calendar flipping over to a whole new year, a new number, a fresh start. Whether your 2015 has been magical, or you’ve advised it not to let the door hit it on the way out, a new year feels like a good time […]

15 Minute Strength Workout for Runners

It’s easy for runners to slack off on strength training, especially in the middle of a training cycle for a big goal event. I get it, life’s busy and you only have so much time to work out, so if you’re a runner, you want to run, right? Don’t forget, though, that strength training doesn’t […]

Trainer Tips: How Many Sets and How Many Reps?

It’s so weird not training people. I had a core group of clients back in Brooklyn and worked three mornings a week and a couple of evenings. It was definitely part-time, but of course you get invested in your clients’ lives and goals and ambitions. In fact, many of my friends back in Brooklyn are […]