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What I look for in a fitness professional

Like all of you, I don't have a lot of free time. When it comes to working on my fitness, I don't like gambling on new trainers or instructors. I have my go-to folks that I can always rely on for a challenging and fun workout guided by someone I firmly believe is an expert in his or her field and worthy of trusting with my most precious assets - my mind and body.

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What does fitness look like?

A few weeks ago, I overheard a woman describe a fitness instructor with some disappointment that the instructor was “not a small girl.” I knew who she was talking about and what she meant, and I immediately felt my own disappointment in my fellow gym-goer. There’s a common expectation that a fitness trainer or instructor will be 18-25 years old and have the body of a dancer, a professional athlete, or a bodybuilder, and be able to do everything from the most advanced yoga poses to 100 pullups to reaching the winner’s podium at every road race. It’s not reality, and it shouldn’t be.

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Getting Back In the Swing Of Things

I had my daughter 18-months ago. Pre-baby I was a 5-6x a week workout person. Yoga, running, swimming, tabata, triathlons, lifting, you name it. Now, I count walking the extra 2 avenues to work as a workout. I count standing at my desk as a workout. I also consider myself totally winning if I get to 2 workouts in weekly.

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Fuel Your New Year's Resolutions

If you’re reading this, odds are that you made a fitness-related resolution for 2018. And if you’ve stepped into a gym in the past week, you might have noticed that you are not the only one. The Washington Post reported that some gyms see 40% more traffic in January. I affectionately refer to the invading masses of January gym newbies as "resolutioners" -- I like to welcome them into classes, show them how to work my gym’s automatic combination locks, and drop encouraging one-liners on them, like "it's really fun once your butt gets used to the saddle." Still, most of them disappear from the gym and the lines at Sweetgreen by Groundhog Day. According to US News, roughly 80% of fitness-related new year’s resolutions suffer a cold death by early-February.

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