I’ve lived in Chicago almost four years now and I’ve certainly been to my fair share of fitness classes. I’ve met tons of people in the fitness community through teaching both boutique and corporate fitness, yet I can’t believe that I haven’t written this post yet! Here is my list of the 10 best places to work out in Chicago. Keep in mind that what I like may not be what you like, but I did add in a couple yoga studios at the end because I’ve either been there or they came highly recommended by others in the industry.… View Post

This post is another topic suggested on Instagram and I think it’s a great one! Often we focus on exercise as a way to “lose weight,” “get a 6-pack,” or any number of reasons meant to change some aspects of ourselves. All of those things are great, but if you’re not happy with yourself the way you are, you likely won’t be even if you exercise. I’m a big proponent of the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” which means that if you’re physically healthy, don’t put so much emphasis on changing the external. Try thinking about exercise… View Post

I always want to preface food-advice-related posts with the fact that I am not a dietitian. That being said, I AM a certified personal trainer with the ability to help advise clients on simple nutrition-related questions such as what to eat before and after a workout. Fueling before and after workouts is an individual thing, but there are definitely some basics to understand. Ultimately, figuring out what works for you is important. Make sure to use the following as guidelines, but adjust as needed to optimize¬†your body. This may take some trial and error, but work with the suggestions below… View Post

Recently on Instagram I asked you to send me any fitness questions you may have — anything at all. I wanted to be able to create content for you guys that you would find useful and beneficial. While I received a good number of questions, I realized that many deserved their own post instead of just a Q & A roundup. One of the first questions I received was “what are some good apps for weight lifting at the gym if can’t afford personal trainer?” So I did some research, downloaded each of these apps, and made sure to go… View Post

First off, I give credit for today’s post to my friend Ashley who published a similar one recently. It got me thinking about what fitness behaviors I no longer do, so I wanted to share them with you. Some I have learned to let go of after learning more as a personal trainer and some have just come with experience. Not everything is applicable to everyone, but I’ve found that these behaviors no longer suit my current fitness goals. Only cardio Don’t get me wrong — any type of physical exercise is better than no physical exercise, but there was… View Post