If  you’re looking into creating a home gym, then some sort of power cage or squat rack is probably on your list. Once I got my power cage last year, it really took my workouts to the next level! Not sure if you need a power rack? Well here are just some of the awesome things you can do with one: a safer way to perform many barbell movements such as a squats, lunges, and bench most come with a chin up bar for you to do chin ups, pull ups, toes to bar, knees to elbow, etc it serves as a great anchor pointRead More →

20 Minute Core Workout with no equipment!

Having a strong core is a crucial part of your physical well-being. Most people seek out core workouts to help slim their waistlines and tone their abs, however they are also a great way to prevent or reduce back pain! A strong core is the foundation for a strong body. I teach a Core Training class three times a week and I’ve led several different workouts. However I wanted to share one of my very favorites with you all! Here are a few reasons why I love this workouts so much: it targets the entire core (aka. upper abs, lower abs, obliques, and lower back)Read More →

As I was working  out at home the other day I realized that I have had my Bowflex adjustable dumbbells for about 2 years now but I never wrote a full review. So I guess this is way overdue! These dumbbells are definitely an investment (aka…not cheap) so it’s always good to do you research before making a big purchase. So let me give you my full and honest review… First of all, these dumbbells come in two different varieties: the 552 and the 1090. I personally have the SelectTech 520, which means they range in weights from 5 pounds all the way to 52.5Read More →

Whether you need an at-home workout, you’re on vacation, or you simply want to switch up your workout, park workouts are the answer! You might be surprised at how great of a workout you can get at the park. If you get creative with the equipment at your park, the possibilities are endless! I love to utilize park workouts when I’m on vacation. I don’t like to pay for short-term gym memberships or pack a lot of stuff with me. I simply look for the closest park, and either run/walk there, or drive (if it’s far). Since this is an outdoor workout in a publicRead More →

At home workout videos have been around for years. What used to just be aerobics for women, has grown into something much bigger. Now there are fitness DVDs for all different types of workouts, for both men and woman, and for all ages and fitness levels! With so many things to choose from, I wanted to compile a list of the 12 best fitness DVDs to keep on hand. I’ve divided it up into 3 categories: cardio, strength, and mind/body. Cardio 1. Zumba Fitness Zumba Fitness is the perfect form of cardio for anybody who likes to dance! You can get in a high intensity, sweatyRead More →

Exercising and eating healthy is hard enough to do when you’re home with a normal schedule. Throw a vacation into the mix and things instantly get more challenging! However it doesn’t have to be this way! Staying on track during vacation is much easier than you think. It shouldn’t be an added stressor, because let’s be honest, packing and planning a vacation is stressful enough! It should fit seamlessly into your vacation without taking time away from fun, friends, and family. Today I’m going to share with you my 6 tips to stay on track during vacation! Pack/plan healthy snacks Just because you are onRead More →

Not only is finding time to exercise a challenge, but so is finding high quality activewear that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg! I’m not sure about you, but I have always cringed at the idea of spending $100 on a pair of leggings that I am just going to sweat in. You know what I mean? Over the years I have made it my mission to find affordable and functional activewear. Not only do these companies have cute clothing, but they stay in place, aren’t see through (they pass the squat test!), and they last a long time. So here is myRead More →

muscular girl in a gym with dumbbells

Most people realize the importance of having muscle. Not only for vanity purposes, but to stay healthy and independent as you age. Strength training has numerous benefits, but you will only see those benefits if you strength train appropriately. You can’t expect just to “wing it” and see amazing results. So to save you from wasting your time in the gym, I’m going to break it all down for you so you know exactly how to strength train for your specific goals. There are three main things that can happen when you strength train. Your muscles can grow in size (aka hypertrophy), your muscles canRead More →

Woman in black using battling ropes at the gym

With the New Year underway, many people are well into their new fitness routines. While I’m so happy that you have been able to make exercise a habit, let’s talk about switching things up a bit. Did you know that most people stick with the same exercise routine for months, if not years? Not only can this get really boring really quick, but it’s also not the best for your body or your results. The term “cross training” simply means practicing/training in two or more types of exercise. For example, if you are an avid runner, cross training would mean you would also incorporate otherRead More →

If you’ve ever been to a gym before, I’m sure you have noticed the little screen on any cardio machine that says “calories burned”. It might look nice when you see it say you burned 500 calories, but have you ever questioned just how accurate it was? As a fitness professional, I can assure you that by just entering your “age” and “weight” is nowhere near enough information for an accurate calorie burn. So many other factors come into play like gender, height, body fat percentage, and fitness level. In addition, if you are constantly hanging onto the hand rails on the treadmill this willRead More →