I’ve been a personal trainer now for about three and a half years. I’ve gone through a lot of ways to use that title, from teaching to freelance writing about fitness to training individual clients, and in that time there are a few misconceptions that have come up. I think that everyone deserves to live their healthiest lives, and if any of these are holding you back from considering working with a trainer, I’m here to clear them up with you. You’re committed indefinitely Although I’ve been working with most of my current clients for at least a year or… View Post

I’ve had my fair share of injuries related to running or exercise in general. I’ve written several posts about how I’ve dealt with being sidelined (see the bottom of this post), but recently I received a question on Instagram that made me realize that I haven’t shared this side of my experience. Luckily, the injuries I’ve had haven’t required surgery or serious pain medication, but a couple of times with my back injury I had to take muscle relaxers because I could barely breathe in the acute stage of the injury. The muscles around the injury would spontaneously constrict and… View Post

Fitness has always been a large part of my life, although there have been periods when it was beneficial and periods when it was destructive. My approach these days is more about pushing myself to accomplish new goals while also finding the balance that helps keep me sane. If I had a chance to go back and tell myself what I know now, these are the things I wish I knew about fitness as a teenager. Genetics plays a huge role From the time I was a teenager all the way until post-college, I bought Sports Illustrated Swimsuit calendars, plastered… View Post

As a personal trainer and someone who enjoys finding a balance in my own definition of healthy, I tend to notice habits of physically healthy people. I’ll likely follow up with a post about mentally or emotionally healthy people, but for today, these are some of the common denominators I try and practice in my own life and what I’ve observed in the lives of others. 1. They understand it’s a lifestyle Living a physically healthy life doesn’t mean “I’m going to eat well for 2 weeks so I can fit into ____ .” Many people fail to grasp that… View Post

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