The 40-hour work week and me

Ok, so I started documenting this journey – just had my first full week of this 40-hour a week remote job. I still maintain a handful of clients at the gym, and I use my lunch hour several times a week and time on the weekends to train. The structure is like this: Minimize sitting…

How to not be sedentary and how to value your time

I was pleased to see a couple of articles this week that addressed exercise more factually than I’ve seen for a long time. If you’ve been around me for a minute, you already know that I don’t tell people to rely on exercise for weight loss – this is because exercise doesn’t directly lead to…

Weight, BMI, WTF

The picture accompanying today’s post illustrates the problem at hand – this incredibly muscular guy will likely be tagged as ‘Obese’ for his weight/height ratio alone. If that can happen, why do we even use this measurement? We exist in a pretty dismal situation in this country, where it comes to an individual’s weight and…

Fear of the heavy

Heavy weights, that is. In my experience, the main concern that my female clients have is about using weights. Some of that is fear about poor form and causing injuries, which is valid and can be addressed with training. But a lot of it is fear of growing muscles themselves, of getting bigger. I see…

No Judgement zone

The title of this post references a popular gym franchise motto, but it’s not about them. It’s about gym culture in general. I’d been percolating some feelings for the last 2 weeks, as I’ve started to add more hours at the gym I worked at, pre-pandemic, and I’m starting to see a lot of people…

Emergence

As I write this, parts of the USA are coming out of various states of lockdown, and a 17-year cicada swarm is about to hatch in the summer warmth. Two very different species are emerging from conditions of rest, isolation, and protection, into the less-safe, less-confining world around us. Practical note: if you’ve never experienced…

Changing how we see

The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what is in Fortune’s control and abandoning what lies in yours.”  – Seneca I was thinking about this quote from Seneca, and because I’m me, I applied it to the process of becoming a more self-aware, self-kind person…

A little spring stress clearing

Quick tip: look at the brain and the other organs of the body as a single team. Once you’ve gotten yourself used to the idea that the brain and all the other wiring and squishy things inside you work TOGETHER, it starts to get easier to understand the impact of stress on exercise, appetite, mood,…

Happy May!

Time to start getting serious about summertime. No, I’m not talking about beach bodies, either. I’m talking about the stressors that make summertime exercise outdoors more challenging. The best way I’ve found to do that is to start preparing in May, and I’m usually pretty ready for anything once June & July hit. (By August,…

Breaking down a sports-specific workout: Stand-Up Paddleboarding

OK! I’ve been checking out the workout from REI.com for paddleboarding & I’m making some tweaks to make it appropriate for Mom. I thought you might enjoy a glimpse of how a trainer thinks about her client going through a workout & what changes would be made for the client’s specific needs. [There’s a disclaimer…