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

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