What Are You Training For?

CrossFit Box Jumps

Like most of the country, I’m counting down the days until Spring arrives. It’s so much easier to entertain a toddler when it’s nice out. Over the weekend, the Champaign-Urbana area got hit with a blanket of snow that’s here to stay for a while based on the 10 day forecast. I promptly sent this […]

Total Body Tabata Workout with HumanX

HumanX Lift Something Shirt

Today, I’m partnering with HumanX for an effective total body tabata workout. Tabata workouts are topping the list of “hot new workouts,” and rightfully so. The workout method developed by Dr. Izumi Tabata combines weight training, cardio, and core strength in short bursts with rest in between that keeps you burning fat for hours after the […]

10 Non-Fitness Things About Me


So, I typically share all things fitness here. Although that is a significant part of my life, I do have interests outside of healthy living! 1. I’m a homebody. I much prefer to be at home with family than out and about. 2. Clutter makes me anxious. Let me clarify. It doesn’t bother me in the […]

Make It Count

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Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Some of you may still be in weekend mode with Presidents’ Day today. Enjoy! Cooper certainly is. We had a leisurely weekend, and spent it inside as it was bitterly cold with nasty winds here in Central Illinois. So, lots of coloring, Legos, dance parties, and reading to keep […]

Sweaty Love

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Okay, so maybe Sweaty Love isn’t the title you’re looking for with Valentine’s Day around the corner. But, it’s more appealing title than Hairy Love, isn’t it? My hairy sidekick, Cooper, is always by my side. Even during this 20 min AMRAP: 20 calories rowed 10 bar facing burpees 5 thrusters at 95# The Rx’ed WOD had […]

The Power of Protein

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If you are reading this, then you probably know that you need protein in your diet. Protein is an essential macronutrient, along with fats and carbohydrates. Protein does not make us “bulky”. Fat does not make us “fat”. And, we need carbohydrates to fuel our activities. (Sugar is the real enemy, but that’s another post.) Protein Functions […]

Morning Wins…With a Toddler


Getting out the door in the morning with a toddler on time is a morning win in and of itself. Parents, you feel me? I do most of my personal training in the morning, so it’s imperative I start the day with routine and energy in order to get to the gym on time with a toddler. […]

A Day of Eating

banana and nut butter

Happy Friday! Today, I wanted to share a little bit more about how I have been fueling by sharing a sample day of eating. Fuel for Performance Let’s talk about fuel. I like referring to food as fuel, because we are truly fueling our bodies to perform to their highest capability. Take Jada for instance. […]

Burpee-Pull-ups & Workouts Lately

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Here is a collection of workouts lately. Hoping a few of them inspire you! Super Bowl Despite the outcome of the Super Bowl, Jada & Spencer proudly showed off their Seahawks gear. Spencer is from Washington, so he has been a Seahawks fan forever. His sister, Jada’s auntie, found Jada the cutest gear to make […]

The WHY behind the workout

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I love feeling fit, energetic and strong as a woman, and especially, as a mom. It’s important to me as a personal trainer to “look the part.”  But, Jada is the real WHY behind my workouts now. It’s Not Selfish There’s no doubt, I will always put Jada and her needs first. As a parent, you […]