6 Qualities Clients Want from Personal Trainers

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Being a personal trainer is both a rewarding and challenging job. The relationship personal trainers have with their clients can be one of the most gratifying connections around. As a trainer I want my clients to not only respect me, but know that I am there to listen as well. Here are 6 qualities to keep […]

My Workout Space Bubble

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When I’m at the gym, I always try to use less crowded areas and respect individuals’ workout space bubbles. No one wants to be up in anyone’s sweaty business, right? However, when I’m in my garage, I don’t have that same courtesy extended. Please note the proximity of Cooper as I complete bar facing burpees. […]

9 Tips to Exercise Safely with Kids

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My tips to help you exercise safely with kids. A few months ago I wrote a post on Tips for Exercising with Kids. However, as Jada has gotten even more mobile and interested in participating, I realized I needed to make a few additions to that post. 1.  Eliminate Unsafe Exercises Depending on your child’s […]

What I’m Loving Lately

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Happy Thursday! I’m sharing a quick post about things I’m loving lately. 1. TRX I’ve been incorporating more of the TRX into my training sessions. I was TRX certified in November 2012 and love using this tool for training. Not only does it fire your core and provide a full body workout, but it can […]

Family Fitness, Bunny Ears, & Healthy Eats

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We loved being outside to enjoy the Easter holiday! And, we just might be doing egg hunts the next two weeks, Jada loved it so much. In fact, she even got to participate in one following on Illinois baseball game with daddy! And, a hug from the Easter bunny–no tears! Thanks to Jada’s Grammy & Auntie, […]

24 Minute Dumbbells Only Home HIIT Workout

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Today, I have a quick workout you can do at home using only a set of dumbbells. Before we dive into the workout, hang with me while I share more about the outfit I’m wearing. PUMA I had the chance to review a few items from PUMA including the Ignite running shoes, pure fitted tee & essentials […]

Toddler Muscle-Ups & More!

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Jada helped me whip up no bake peanut butter protein bars this weekend. Well, she was my primary taste tester, with Cooper coming in a close second. I did a modified Hero WOD “DT” in my garage last week, and my hamstrings are still sore. The workout calls for 5 rounds for time: – 12 dead lifts 95# […]

Why You Need Complete Proteins

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Protein is an essential macro-nutrient, along with fats & carbohydrates. But, do you know what a complete protein is? Complete Proteins A complete protein refers to the nine essential amino acids that the human body needs, but cannot produce on its own. Typically, these amino acids are found in meats. However, the BOCA Essentials products are a […]

About Time Natural Supplement Review

About Time protein products

As a personal trainer and active mom, I am always on the look out for the very best supplements, and in turn, share them with you. While I don’t think supplements are necessary for everyone, I benefit from adding them to my diet & training. I don’t always have time to prepare meals, so I […]

Weekend Workouts & Active Recovery

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Spring definitely arrived this weekend! But, winter also reminded us that it’s not too far away. I’m so anxious to pack away the winter coats for good! Jada is a trooper though, and loves to go to baseball games. “See daddy! See daddy!” Saturday was gorgeous, so we went to the Illinois vs. Minnesota softball game […]