Hitting the reset button

2014 was a busy, stressful and chaotic year for me.  Leaving my old career behind, going back to school to earn a physical therapist assistant degree and learning to living on a very lean budget took it’s toll on my body. Bottom line…the stress, my nutrition and schedule pushed my weight up to 170 pounds….

Beat the heat this summer

While scorching summer temperatures seems like a fantasy here in Cleveland right now, warm weather is on its way.  And as you ignite your workout, be sure not overheat in the summer sun. Heat exhaustion, heat cramps and the more serious – heat stroke –  can have a detrimental, if not deadly, impact on your…

On the wagon, off the wagon, back on

This winter was a struggle for sticking to my diet and fitness regimen.  I started out with good intentions, but juggling school, a handful of jobs and brutal weather conditions took its toll.  I fell off the wagon a couple of times. But…I’m getting back on that wagon come May 1. Back to a eating…

What is TRX?

TRX, a form of suspension resistance training, was created by Randy Hetrick, a Navy Seal in the 90s. It uses bodyweight exercises to perform a variety of multi-planar, compound movements combining strength, balance, flexibility, stability and cardio all in one. The individual on the TRX controls the intensity of their own workout using angles, foot…

Gym Bag Basics

Showing up to the gym is half the battle, but are you fully prepared for the task at hand? You’ll often see people bolt into the gym, push through their routine and head right on out the door with nothing but the clothes on their backs. If you take your training session seriously, then you…

Getting back on the paleo-lite bandwagon

Yeah, I fell off that wagon awhile back.  And I can see and feel the difference eating everyday food has on my body, my mood and overall health.  I’m sluggish. My skin is breaking out.  And the abs I’ve worked so hard for are faded. So today, on Thanksgiving, I pledge to get back to…

Tips for staying off the injured reserve list

For anyone who lives a healthy, active lifestyle injuries are part of the equation. A sprain, strain or other injury is bound to happen, but there are a few steps one can take to reduce their chances for injury while exercising and participating in athletic activities: If you are tired, back off. Don’t push yourself…

5 Fit Tips while at the office

Unfortunately, most of us have a day job that leaves little for physical exercise and plenty for sedentary punishment. While you may have a training schedule built around your work hours, there are a handful of steps you can do while in the office to stay on track with your wellness goals: Keep a water…

Truth about fat loss

One of the biggest misconceptions I hear from my clients is spot fat loss, or the belief that by doing an insane amount of crunches will remove fat from their bellies. You cannot target specific areas for fat loss with exercise. Liposuction is the only method that can do this, and I by far recommend…

2nd District Healthy Cleveland Wellness Challenge Wrap Up

Ninety days has come and gone. I previously blogged about my participation in the 2nd District Healthy Cleveland Wellness Challenge and I am happy to report after three months, I’ve seen some great improvements in my numbers. Given all of the challenges and stressors I had this winter and spring (work, school, internships), I was shocked at…

It’s official, I’m a NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Yes folks, it’s official!  On Saturday, February 16 I sat down and took the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s certified personal trainer exam.  After six months of studying, and nearly two years of college course work, I passed. I’d have to say it was one of the hardest exams I have ever taken, but one…

90 day 2nd District Healthy Cleveland Wellness Challenge

I’m taking part in a wellness challenge in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. It’s called the 2nd District Healthy Cleveland Wellness Challenge. Eight teams (Cleveland Police Second District; Councilman Joe Cimperman; Councilman Kevin Kelley; Councilman Matt Zone; Councilman Brian Cummins (2); Lutheran Hospital and the Cleveland Department of Public Health) have 90 days to improve…