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

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