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

If you’ve been a blog reader for some years, you may remember that Neil and I were on the verge of separation about two years into our marriage. I wrote about it in this post and have referred to it several times over the years when applicable. We were to the point where we were researching separate apartments and talking about how and when we would see each other. Last month we celebrated our five year anniversary with family and friends and I realized that there wasn’t much follow up to that initial post aside from the fact that “hey,… 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

I like to throw in some recovery-related posts here and there, and it dawned on me that I’ve posted about being actively addicted and then not actively addicted, but nothing really about what I’ve done to maintain that cessation. Relapse is a huge part of addiction, and many people I know have relapsed with both positive and negative results. It’s been eight years for me and thankfully relapse isn’t a part of my story. I owe a lot of that to the people who helped me early in recovery and my own understanding that the bottom I hit was it… View Post