Let’s Talk About Stretch, Baby – Stretching Tips from a Personal Trainer

“I really should stretch more…”   If you’ve ever uttered these words, then you can join the club of most of the population, who vaguely know they should be stretching, just not how, why, when, or for how long. Stretching is one of the areas of working out that many people feel totally at a […]

What’s Coming Up – Strength Training, Stretching, and Nutrition Tips

Well hello there, readers, I have been MIA! October was a busy, exciting month for me, and I’m excited to share what’s been going on with you guys.   First up, I taught a small group training program I have been working on for a while now, which is very much tied to my area […]

Full Body Stability Ball Workout – Challenging and Effective!

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of stability balls? (You know, the giant inflated balls in the gym, also called Swiss balls or exercise balls.) Most people would say crunches, or if you’ve ever been pregnant, you might remember bouncing on one to try to relieve back discomfort. It’s actually […]

Get Your Workout Mojo Back With These 8 Tips

Even those of us who truly love working out can find ourselves in a rut with fitness. Whether it’s your mind that gets bored, or your body that’s so used to your workout routine that you see NO results, sometimes you have to do a little reassessing and get your workout mojo back. If you’ve […]

10 Glute Activation Exercises to Keep Your Butt Strong

Recently I’ve been working with two athletes who are recovering from injury. We’ve been incorporating glute activation exercises into each of their warm-ups, to prepare their muscles for the session, and ensure they are using their glutes as effectively as possible during their workout. Maybe you’ve used some of these glute activation exercises yourself, if […]

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 […]