Posts in category "fitness chicago"

Jump Rope Workout Part 3, three easy jump rope tricks

This is part 3 of a Jump Rope Workout series.  This first part taught how to get started jumping rope. I mentioned in part 2  that there is tremendous value in learning three basic footwork patterns. By learning to change your footwork patterns you are also changing up the direction of impact on your lower... Read more »

How to Jump Rope, 3 tips to get you started

I am a life-long jump roper.  Everyone at my gym learns to jump rope. Even if they only get a few minutes in on their visit, the forced practice is building a valuable movement skill.  I have had several requests lately for a How to Jump Rope video so they could practice at home.  Instead,... Read more »

Strength Training for Teenagers

Strength Training for Teenagers
Strength Training for your Tween and Teenager is Important Is it safe for my 14 year old to strength train? This is a common question for a parent to ask. My answer is YES! Strength training is a vital part of a balanced fitness program. Strength training is not only for child athletes. Aside from... Read more »
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Healthy Super Bowl Recipes

I have several customers that have started their year with a motivating fitness regiment and great eating program.  Some of them have chosen to follow the Isagenix 30-Day Cleanse.  The program helps them re-structure their diets overall and  ‘reset’ their metabolism (so-to-speak).  With only a couple weeks into their program, they are already thinking about... Read more »

Fitness Industry B.S. - 8 Negative Fitness Messages

Fitness Industry B.S.  - 8 Negative Fitness Messages
The end of the year and holiday season offers many opportunities to network and meet new people.  All the additional events I have attended have increased my parties/month average for the year.  In the numerous conversations I have had at these parties, mostly consisting of small talk and elevator pitches about your profession; I get... Read more »

5 Tips for Choosing a Chicago Personal Trainer

5 Tips for Choosing a Chicago Personal Trainer
Tips on Picking a Chicago Personal Trainer from a Personal Trainer The New Year offers the opportunity to improve anything you want about yourself.  Your body and health should be at the top of the list.  After the holidays when you are short on cash – it is hard to justify spending more money.  But... Read more »
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Superhero Training Workout at Home with Your Kid

Superhero Training Workout at Home with Your Kid
Polar Vortex!!!!!!  Have you had a flashback yet about last winter?  Do your friends in other states tease you about Chicago’s diabolical, illogical, maniacal winters?  Well, mine do!   The curse of Dr. Freeze was obviously awful, but the worse part of the long and brutal winter was being stuck at home with my 3 kids... Read more »

Best Exercises for a Firmer Butt

Best Exercises for a Firmer Butt
No bones about it! The 7 best exercises for a round rump. There are many ways to improve the shape of your derriere.  If your rump is not toned like you wish, do not forget, it is just a group of muscles.  They actually happen to be the largest and most powerful muscle group.  The... Read more »

Beyond the Burpee Exercise

Beyond the Burpee Exercise
The Burpee Exercise   I think the fitness industry has gone burpee-mad! I would never denounce the burpee as an exercise since I prescribe them myself in classes and private training sessions.  But the burpee is not all I have up my trainer sleeve.  In fact, burpees do not even make my top 25 favorite... Read more »
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Training with a weighted vest, 5 Favorite Exercises

Look how great this vest fits her body.
It is funny to think that training equipment in the fitness industry can become hot and trendy.  But weighted vests are in style.  I prefer the Hyper Vest PRO  because it is form fitting and has a snug vest.  Most equipment is made for the frame of a man.  This particular vest fits my 5’2 frame perfectly.... Read more »