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Maximize Results with Eccentric Training

Lose weight, build muscle, and gain strength! These are among the top fitness goals many of us are working towards achieving. A focus on Eccentric Training can help! From my experience, I have often noticed that exercises are performed rather quickly with no regard of tempo for each repetition completed. As you exercise, each muscle moves through one of three phases of movement known as the…

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Seasonal Spotlight: The Health Benefits of Winter Squash

It’s that time of year – all things pumpkin spice! Just typing those words has me dreaming of changing leaves, boots, pumpkin spice lattes and cozy nights in. With changing seasons comes a whole new crop of seasonal produce, including my favorite winter squash. Is butternut squash the same thing as winter squash? Yes and no. Butternut squash is a…

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Step-by-Step Guide to Conquering Chin-Ups

In my time as a trainer I can’t count how many times I’ve heard a member say, “Are you kidding me, I haven’t done a chin-up since I was a teenager, I can’t do that!” The reality is that you can, with the right coaching and progressions! Below are the reasons I love incorporating chin-ups into almost every upper body…

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Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana Pops

It is hot outside and time to cool down with a sweet treat! These chocolate covered frozen banana pops are fun to make and a healthier version than the kind found at the grocery store. They are also kid and adult-approved to please everyone in the family! If there’s one thing most people have in common, it’s that they have…

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Best Moves to Target Your Core!

“What is the best exercise to work my core?” As a Fitness Trainer, this was one of the top 10 questions I was most often asked. I am a firm believer in including a variety of exercises in a core workout routine. Variety is important to ensure best results are achieved and to keep your workouts fun and interesting! We…

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School Lunches

Healthy Back to School Lunchbox Ideas

The new school year is just around the corner! Chances are, you’re filling your cart with school supplies and a few new outfits, but what about healthy food options for those new lunchboxes? My approach towards building a healthy lunchbox is the same as when talking about a balanced plate. A combination of protein, healthy fats and fiber (aka, the…

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Should I buy organic?

It can be confusing with all of the different labels out there to know when to buy organic, conventional, local, all-natural (the list could go on!). The question of organic versus conventional is one of the most common questions I get asked and the answer isn’t exactly black and white. My first response is that if you can afford it,…

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Reach Your Summer Fitness Goals

Goal setting is not just for January. Summer is a great time to revisit goals you may have made earlier this year or set new ones for yourself!  Here are four tips to help guide you to success this summer in health and fitness! 1. Set realistic fitness goals and find tools that will help track your progress:  When setting…

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Summertime Classic Made Healthy: Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe

When you think of summer foods, what comes to mind? There are so many delicious things to look forward to about the season, including watermelon, backyard barbeques and frozen treats. However, no summer party would be complete without a delicious pasta salad! Pasta salad can go from being a light side to weighing your plate (and body) down if you aren’t…

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Summer Shoulders

Sculpted Shoulders for the Summer!

Summer has officially arrived and it’s time to show off those shoulders! In addition to having your shoulders look good, it’s important that they move well! One of my favorite moves to target shoulder mobility and build strength are halo exercises. A halo movement takes a weight of your choosing up around your head in a circular direction putting your shoulders through…

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