Posts in category "Strength Training"

How To Modify Push-Ups To Prevent Injury and Build Strength

How To Modify Push-Ups To Prevent Injury and Build Strength
Push-ups are the nemesis of many who pursue fitness.  Whenever I’m teaching a class and announce that it’s time for push-ups, there’s usually an array of various groans from around the room due to people not really wanting to do them.  The reason a lot of people don’t want to do push-ups is because, well,... Read more »

How To Modify Exercises For Your Needs

How To Modify Exercises For Your Needs
A lot of people start exercising in a group fitness class, or with a home video, and assume it’s supposed to be “Simon Says.”  They assume that you need to be doing all of the repetitions, the same amount of weight, the same speed, the same version of the move, etc., and if they aren’t... Read more »

Workout Wednesday! Beginner Chair Exercises With Dumbbells.

A lot of people tend to put strength training on the back burner.  Sometimes it’s because they don’t know what to do, but other times it may be because they are scared of hurting themselves.  It’s important for all ages and all levels to incorporate strength training into their lives.  Because I want to make... Read more »
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Must Haves For Home Fitness

Must Haves For Home Fitness
A lot of people think that in order to exercise at home they need to get some big, fancy, home strength training system.  Or, some big, clunky, piece of home cardio equipment.  That is NOT the case, though!  In fact, I would try to talk you out of spending hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on... Read more »

The Superhero Fitness Challenge Returns To C2E2!

The Superhero Fitness Challenge Returns To C2E2!
Last year the Superhero Fitness Challenge made a splash at C2E2 (Chicago’s BEST Entertainment and Pop Culture convention) by being the only health and fitness related booth there!  People engaged in our fitness challenge and earned great prizes!  We brought an excitement for living healthier lives into an area where it’s been pretty non-existent up... Read more »

Hey, Ladies, Worried About Bulk? Time For Some Myth Busters!

Hey, Ladies, Worried About Bulk? Time For Some Myth Busters!
It’s time to put down the baby rattles (what I like to call those puny little weights) and actually challenge your body.  Worried about bulk!?  Worry not!  I can tell you that I constantly challenge myself to lift heavier, and the heavier I am lifting, the more definition and shape my body is getting.  I... Read more »
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Do You Track Your Workouts For Results? Stop Wasting Your Time...

… and by “stop wasting your time,” I mean that you are wasting your time if you aren’t tracking your progress and results. All too often I see people going to a gym, or doing a home workout, and just throwing their bodies around not really knowing what they did, what weight they were really... Read more »

6 Moves to Get a Better Butt

Hi-ho, I’m back!  After a crazy busy summer, I’ve made it my MISSION to be back and offer lots of great fitness tips and advice to help you through these gloomy months of winter (when, lets face it, how often do you really want to drive or walk to the gym?)! Are you like me... Read more »

Kia Kaha. Be Strong. Lessons I Learned That Can Be Applied For Success!

Kia Kaha.  Be Strong. Lessons I Learned That Can Be Applied For Success!
This past weekend I attended the certification for Body Pump.  I’ve gone through plenty of certifications, but I think this one is actually the hardest one I’ve ever done… for a number of reasons.  However, I learned and re-learned quite a few lessons and I want to take a moment to share my experience with... Read more »
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Les Mills Is Here to PUMP *clap* You Up!!!

Les Mills Is Here to PUMP *clap* You Up!!!
I couldn’t resist the urge to make an ol’ reference to Hanz & Franz (old SNL sketch, if you are unawares)… In all seriousness.  I’m sure that many people have heard of Les Mills, if not, then now’s the time to learn!  To just steal a simple biography from Wikipedia, “Leslie (‘Les’) Roy Mills (born... Read more »