I’ve talked about it on here before, but there was a time when I only wanted to run for exercise. I signed up for a half marathon with some work friends, trained, and then only wanted to do that for the next year plus. Prior to that, I enjoyed a combination of running and weight training in my local gym. Today, I enjoy strength training, Crossfit, and strength-inclusive HIIT workouts. By the time I had several half marathons under my belt, I felt my love for running waning. I dreaded going all the way out to where I normally liked… View Post

This post is sponsored by adidas. Tank // Shoes I had some requests in a previous Instagram poll for bodyweight workouts that weren’t only for beginners. As a trainer, I’m a big fan of timed workouts that don’t involve lots of machines. I go for things like dumbbells, kettlebells, and lots of bodyweight options. I feel like this makes fitness more accessible to people who may not have access to a huge gym with every possible piece of equipment. Exercise can be done anywhere and you can make it as hard or as easy as you want! I came up… View Post

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