This post is sponsored by adidas. My vacations are always a toss up. Sometimes, if I’ve been working a lot while also making time for 5-6 workouts a week, I need a vacation to do the complete opposite. Other times, I get excited thinking about new studios to try. I’ve done my fair share of both and both are ok. Do what’s best for you. Some people have a harder time breaking routine and getting back into the swing of things when arriving back home. For those people, trying to maintain your exercise goals on vacation (even if a little… View Post

The internet is a wealth of information. It’s a great place to find workouts and exercises, especially on places like Pinterest. To the untrained eye, it may seem like you have a million different workouts all at your fingertips. For me, as a personal trainer, it is sometimes painful to look at images of bad form and unrealistic promises and know that people are eating this information up. To help you find the most effective workouts and reach your goals faster, I put together some key things to avoid when finding workouts online. If you see any of these in… View Post

It’s been three years since I became certified as a personal trainer. It’s still something I enjoy, but it’s also something that’s changed over those three years. I wanted to take today to share with you some of the takeaways that I didn’t have when starting out, and I’m sure that this list will change in another three. I don’t want it to be my full-time job As I’m sure you can gather, training is not my full time job. I split time between running this blog and training clients, which means that I have a fair amount of flexibility… View Post

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