10 Exercises to Prepare for Obstacle Course, Spartan & Tough Mudder Races

10 Exercises to Prepare for Obstacle Course, Spartan & Tough Mudder Races
Obstacle races can bring you back to your younger years. My childhood was filled with games that incorporated zigzagging, bounding, leaping and climbing. Today’s obstacle course races are drawing more than 4.5 million participants a year. Competitors are faced with a wide variety of obstacles that are reminiscent of long summer days playing with friends,... Read more »

A Mother’s Most Important Super Power

My mother passed away when I was 26 years old. I can list many things I have learned from her that have made me a better human. My mother was a very responsible mother. She was conscientious of teaching kindness, thorough in giving me etiquette, clear about the attributes that make a strong woman and... Read more »

8 Benefits of Unilateral Exercises

8 Benefits of Unilateral Exercises
Many trainers design programs based on the number of joints being used during the exercise. Compound exercises use more than one joint (and therefore one than one muscle) and isolation exercises target one muscle and have one joint in action. Another characteristic to program is whether you perform an exercise isolating one side of the... Read more »
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Importance of Lateral Exercises for Runners

Importance of Lateral Exercises for Runners
Performance training programs for runners have changed over the past decade.  Today’s best runners have shifted from logging just their hours, to organizing medium and long runs with cross-training and mobility sessions.  Lateral movement-based exercises need to be added to every runner’s training regiment.  Linear athletes, like runners are prone to overusing the quadriceps and... Read more »

Master Chef Junior Contestant, Beni Shares Her Experience on the Show

Master Chef Junior Contestant, Beni Shares Her Experience on the Show
Chicago loves its home-grown celebrities. Recently blossomed out of the eclectic Pilsen neighborhood, is Master Chef Junior contestant Beni Cwiakala. Beni is part of the 6th season cast of aspiring young chefs that range in age from 8 years to 12 years old. Since the wee-age of 3, Beni has been cooking with her parents,... Read more »

The importance of the vertical jump test for athletes

The importance of the vertical jump test for athletes
The vertical jump is a key athletic skill set. Most athletes associate the vertical jump with basketball and volleyball players. An athlete’s vertical jump is a key indicator of their overall explosive capabilities. Despite that this test demonstrates power in the vertical plane, it is still indicative of an athlete’s potential. Even the NFL uses... Read more »
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Chicago's Most Unique Themed Summer Camp & 10 Tips for Parents

Many of us remember our summer break being just one long playdate with our neighbors and siblings.  It was a mixture of water balloon fights, blowing bubbles, capture the flag, sleeping in and ice cream trucks.  Today, a kid’s summer break is filled with soccer travel teams, hockey tournaments and art projects. Although it is... Read more »

10 Core Exercises that Also Strengthen the Back

10 Core Exercises that Also Strengthen the Back
Here are some of my favorite core exercises.  These exercises are great for people retuning to working out after a hiatus or if you are simply looking  to mix things up.   I have struggled with ‘back problems’ for about 15 years.  After 4 surgeries, several rounds of injections and many rounds of physical therapy, I... Read more »

Achieving Pull-ups & Chin-ups for your 2018 Fitness Goal

Achieving Pull-ups & Chin-ups for your 2018 Fitness Goal
January is historically a time when people focus on goal setting. Although I have rebelled against this annual ritual by starting my personal goals mid-December; I do realize that the holidays are a huge obstacle for many who want to improve their fitness level. Instead of giving advise to people who need to start working... Read more »
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5 Best Gifts for an Athlete, Cross Fitter or Fitness Enthusiast

5 Best Gifts for an Athlete, Cross Fitter or Fitness Enthusiast
It can be challenging to pinpoint the perfect gift for an athlete, cross fitter or fitness enthusiast.  This population gets exposed to many of the newest fitness products and they spend most of their time in workout clothes. I would never dismiss the value of giving great training clothes, like sexy leggings, the best fitting... Read more »