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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 »

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 »
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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 »

7 Tips for Post-Marathon Recovery

7 Tips for Post-Marathon Recovery
About 40,000+ runners participate in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. For runners that follow a perfect training regiment, there will still be the need for active recovery treatments.   Post-marathon recovery should include physical and mental methods of recovery.   Many runners experience delayed onset muscle soreness. This is when the body begins to hurt 3... Read more »

10 Guidelines for Youth Strength Training

10 Guidelines for Youth Strength Training
All kids should be involved in a fitness or exercise program. Although many kids participate in sports, their practices and games do not guarantee that they are exercising for the recommended 60 minutes a day. According to American College of Sports Medicine, kids should be working out at a moderate to high intensity on a... Read more »
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Breaking News! The Greatest Discovery in Exercise Science

Breaking News!  The Greatest Discovery in Exercise Science
Here is the Future of Fitness Imagine every minute of your workout being results-driven and having to spend less time exercising in order to lose weight. The Method CRA-Test®  allows a person to look at their individual unique metabolic fingerprint at a cellular level. Although great trainers help with providing the programming to achieve fitness and performance... Read more »

3 Lame Excuses Not to Workout

3 Lame Excuses Not to Workout
The author Jenny Han wrote,  “Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” In Chicago, it sure seems to be true.  Memorial Day to Labor Day in Chicago marks the best time to burn the candle at both ends. I feel there is nothing I can’t take on during the summer... Read more »

Poisoned Halloween Candy - True or False?

Poisoned Halloween Candy - True or False?
DO WE NEED TO REALLY WORRY ABOUT POISONED HALLOWEEN CANDY ? The urban legend “never take candy from strangers,”  has been passed on for decades.  Oddly, there are hardly any cases of poisoned candy.  However, in 1974 there was a case of a boy dying from a cyanide-laced Pixy Stix while trick or treating.  However,... Read more »
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Advanced Speed Training Techniques - Faster is Better!

Advanced Speed Training Techniques - Faster is Better!
Speed training is the most popular form of training for the youth athletic market.   No matter what sport your child loves, they need to continue to become faster and stronger.   If you want to improve your child’s overall performance in their sport, you need to place value on their athletic development, not just playing more... Read more »