Since leaving my corporate job four years ago, my dress shoe collection has become pretty unimpressive. And I’ve never really been one to collect casual shoes. However, my workout shoe collection is a whole other story. Some might even find it a bit … fussy. It’s not that I have so many workout shoes, or all the colors and fancy new styles. No, for me, it’s all about function — having the perfect shoe for the occasion is key. Heaven forbid that I start a workout without first considering which shoes would be most appropriate. Yeah, I’m not high maintenance…

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Let’s face it — we’d probably all love to have a bangin’, fully-stocked home gym. But that requires space and money, so, as sad as it may be, it’s not always practical to buy (or store) all the weights. Still, it’s hard to get away with just one. Probably the biggest challenge I see with my clients is that it’s almost as if your upper body and lower body require two different sets of weights, with the upper body requiring anywhere from 5-20lbs and lower body needing a heavier and much bigger range of weights. And I’ve also run into this…

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Fun news here! We’re partnering up with the good peeps at PaleoHacks to bring you some new recipes (like this immunity-boosting soup), workouts, tips, and more! PaleoHacks is a top source for amazing Paleo recipes, fitness tips, and wellness advice to help you live life to the fullest. Read on for a leg workout that you can do at home — and stay tuned for more healthy content from them in the coming weeks.  Some would say that nothing feels better than a good leg day. You feel a little sore, but sweaty and strong, like you can take on…

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Given that I’m a trainer and coach, people ask me all the time if I’m always being asked for pointers while I’m working out at the gym. No, I don’t. Probably because I have a world-class gym RBF, which makes it pretty clear to everyone that I’m there to work out and I mean business. Most people wisely just steer clear. Now it’s not that I’m trying to be unfriendly — I’m just there to really focus on me. I’m not assessing or judging anyone’s form in my head or criticizing others’ choice of exercises. It’s my time and, generally,…

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Welcome back for Part 2 of this beginner barbell guide! If you missed Part 1, read that first as it covers the basics of equipment and etiquette. And remember that while you may think you’re the only one in the gym who doesn’t know the basics, I promise you that you’re not. Even some of the people using them regularly don’t actually know the basics. My goal is to make sure that you’re not one of them. We covered points 1-6 in the first guide, so let’s pick right up where we left off … Getting Started 7. Stick with…

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I never saw myself becoming a competitive CrossFit athlete prior to signing up for my first competition a year ago. My friend, Katie Kecman, says the same thing about the powerlifting meets she’s been participating in for the past year. And yet, here we are, both of us having earned spots on the podium in our respective sports. How does that happen? How do two people who are primarily into running and yoga become decorated CrossFit and powerlifting competitors? In this post, I talked a little about my experience — how I got started and what it took to be…

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I’m not big into using machines at the gym. I definitely prefer free weights — you know, barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells, oh my! There’s something I just really love about my body having the responsibility of stabilizing and moving the weight along a specific path rather than letting a machine do it. Mostly, I suppose, because this mimics life and the sports I enjoy participating in. But there is one machine that I use frequently — the cable machine. It’s a machine that look like a big tower with a pulley system in the center, and has adjustable weights and…

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This show features the incredibly inspiring story of Dr. Terry Wahls, a clinical professor of medicine, author, and living testament to the power of healing your body with real food. A few years ago, Terry was sentenced to a tilt-recline wheelchair with progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Today, she bikes to work, speaks all over the country, and teaches others to reverse degenerative conditions.

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