The Top 3 Misconceptions About Strength Training for Women

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 and gym members asking … [Continue reading]

8 Inspirational Running Quotes

8 Inspirational Running Quotes

Maybe I'm alone in this, but I'm the type of person who loves to read inspirational running quotes, or really anything about running in general, after I've gone for a run. When I get back from a good run and have that tired, achy feeling in my body, but my soul feels amazing, it's refreshing to me to read what magic other runners find in their … [Continue reading]

Run It – The Best (and Worst!) Running Advice

Run It - The best (and worst!) running advice. 6 running coaches and bloggers share the best and worst advice for racing and running they've heard.

Ever thought to yourself after a race, "Well, let's just call that one a learning experience..."? In this month's Run It series, my fellow running bloggers and I share all the best and worst running and racing advice we've received - what worked, what didn't, and why. When it comes to advice, what works perfectly for one person may be a fail for … [Continue reading]

High Five Friday

High Five Friday - Spring! Sharing positivity and some great reads from the week.

Happy almost weekend! This week saw the first day of spring and I am so happy about it. Spring is definitely my favorite season - it means winter is finally (finally!) on its way out and there's the promise of a long summer ahead. Of course, it's snowing here again, but that's crazy Vermont weather for you. I'm following Angela's lead again … [Continue reading]

Why Social Media Fitness Challenges Work

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 happened to be visiting from … [Continue reading]

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

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 view, they're there to offer you towels, advice, help with equipment, … [Continue reading]

Free Strength Training Journal Printables

Free Strength Training Journal Printables from Fine Fit Day - save and print these pdf blank strength training journal printables for your workouts!

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 able to hold it in your hand, … [Continue reading]

4 Steps to Choose the Best Personal Trainer for You

Want to know how to choose the best personal trainer for you? Check out this trainer's advice on making sure you're working with the right person!

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 for members … [Continue reading]

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

What Does 'Listening to Your Body' Mean, Anyway? Personal trainer tips on how to read your body's cues when you're working out.

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 physical or mental … [Continue reading]

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

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 it's when you're resting after your … [Continue reading]