The Fit Chic’s “Why” to Workouts

The Fit Chic’s “Why” to Workouts

I ask my clients constantly what they want, What is there “Super Why”, and what keeps them coming back.

I get answers from all over the board. ” I want to loose weight”. “I want to stay healthy for my kids”. “I want to crush a race”. etc … Most people forget the “why” and they just start going thru the motions. This is where I find the workouts or working out in general can get boring and mundane.

I have been an avid workout person for most of my life. First it was sports, then it was teaching fitness/Personal Training etc… […] Read more

Supplementation: Good Idea? Bad Idea? No Idea:-/

Supplementation: Good Idea? Bad Idea? No Idea:-/

MY BACKSTORY:

This week all the coaches are talking supplements. Over my exercise history I taken lots of different supplements over lots of different phases in my career.

I remember starting in High School (96′) playing on the varsity basketball team and lifting with the football team in the off-season. I was a skinny, (6’3″ 160lbs #yikes). My first exposure to supplements was the following:

-Creatine Monohydrate (4x/wk; pre lifting session) 
-Creatine Stack;  (1x/day at night)
-Muscle Blast (2x/day)

My sole purpose for taking them was to gain size and strength (obviously). And back then supplements did not taste as appealing as they are now. I […] Read more

Stay Fit While on the Road!

Stay Fit While on the Road!

I chuckled to myself when Chris mentioned our blog topic for the week. Staying fit while on vacation. ☀️

 I used to workout like a machine while on vacation. As I’ve grown older, my days of vacation exercises have disappeared. That being said, I was ready for a workout after a few days at the lake this 4th of July week. Brownies, banana bread, trail mix and everything in between had me desperate for a workout.

Do you enjoy working out while on vacation? Yes? Great! My list of favorite outdoor and hotel workouts are below. If you don’t, give your […] Read more

NO EXCUSES

NO EXCUSES

I am not going to lie, when I travel, exercise is not the first thing on my mind. I have great intentions but I don’t always execute. So I have decided to consult a pro on this topic, which happens to be my better half. He does not miss a beat. Exercise is the first thing he does each and every day no matter what country, hotel or obstacle that stands in his way.

Words of Wisdom from the Mike:
Exercise on travel is not the same as being at home in your gym or comfort zone. Be OK with that, accept […] Read more

Change Your Words (5/5) = “Discipline”

Change Your Words (5/5) = “Discipline”

For me personally, I am a huge believer in discipline growing up and now in my adult life. But after reading this post it was the actual love for ‘IT’ that was driving me, not discipline. I’m excited to watch what happens now that I will look at love vs. discipline in the future.

The Myth Behind… Discipline. Why there is something MORE powerful than it?

The following article was written by world renowned health expert and strength coach Charles Poliquin. I came across this waay back in Oct 09 and it really gave me food for thought. I’d like to pass […] Read more

Change Your Words (4/5) = “I Need Easy”

Change Your Words (4/5) = “I Need Easy”

I get these kinds of text messages all the time,

“I need to figure out what to cook… I need ‘easy’ recipes.“

Right after I read that kind of text, the first thing that pops in my head is, “Simple is the New ‘Easy‘”

My Perspective…

The opposite of Easy is HARD! When something is HARD it takes great effort. Why? Because you may lack a few things… Skills, Confidence, Clarity to name a few.

When things become ‘Easy’ it’s because things became simple. When things are simple it’s because you have the necessary Skills, Confidence, Clarity to make it simple.

Think about something simple in your life… Driving […] Read more

Change Your Words (3/5) = “I Don’t Have Time”

Change Your Words (3/5) = “I Don’t Have Time”

Each week, we are all entrusted with an irreplaceable fund of hours…168, to be exact.

How you spend these hours is entirely up to you.

You can putter around, watching hours and hours of Law & Order reruns. Or you can set about to change your community, or maybe even the entire world.

It just depends on how you choose to spend your fund of hours.

But to say that you don’t have time? Well, that’s garbage. You do have time—you have 168 hours.

A few years ago, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal that suggested we replace the phrase, “I […] Read more

Change Your Words (2/5) = Cheat Meals

Change Your Words (2/5) = Cheat Meals

Last Week was Strict… Today’s post of “Change YOUR Words” is ‘Cheat Meals’.

To reiterate from last week, the way we think and speak are vital to how we feel and behave. Words are very very powerful. They can be used to your advantage or they can hold you back and stress you out!

We all have emotional attachments to words. Some people view a certain word different than others. Sometimes when I am in a conversion with someone and I hear them say a certain word, I ask them to define what they mean by it. Not because I don’t […] Read more

Change Your Words (1/5) = “Strict”

Change Your Words (1/5) = “Strict”

Change YOUR Words is blog series I am happy to re-introduce to all of you.

The way we think and speak are vital to how we feel and perform. Words are very very powerful. They can be used to your advantage or they can hold you back and stress you out!

We all have emotional attachments to words. Some people view a certain word different than others. Sometimes when I am in a conversion with someone and I hear them say a certain word, I ask them to define what they mean by it. Not because I don’t know what it means, […] Read more

Confidence – Do You Build It? Or Are You Born With It?

Confidence – Do You Build It? Or Are You Born With It?

Confidence Is Key

I only have it in me to listen to about 1 or 2 podcasts each week. I find music to be more relaxing on my drive. So when someone sends me a podcast (Chris sends them often…shocker!), it has to really catch my eye to get me to listen. Last week, I listened to one about leadership. They said this:

Confidence is a skill which can be developed and strengthened. It is willingness to try something knowing your outcome may not be ideal.

I thought this was interesting. I find myself to be fairly confident. At least I like to […] Read more

The Great Fitness Gap

The Great Fitness Gap

Getting Ahead

I was listening to a podcast the other day and something they said really stuck with me…

The older we get, the further we separate ourselves from the rest of our generation if we resistance train.

BOOM! It hit me! They are so right. Have you ever noticed the really fit older guys and gals in the gym? Are they skinny marathoners? Nope. They are the ones who lift weights. They look strong, they move well and they stand out from the rest. People need to lift weights and resistance train. Why women are afraid of getting bulky is beyond me. […] Read more

Fear of Failure

Fear of Failure

I am a very organized person. I love checklists. It gives me a sense of accomplishment when tasks are completed. So when it comes down to goal setting, why is it so hard to put pen to paper? At night I think about my day and how I can make tomorrow different. New ideas, thoughts and goals creep in but that’s were they stay. Why not write them out? Remember I love checklists.

Writing out my goals seems so permanent. What if I fail? What if I don’t meet the deadline? The fear of failing can be immobilizing. Procrastination and perfectionism […] Read more

Your Mind is a Powerful Thing

Your Mind is a Powerful Thing

I have been in a major funk since returning from vacation. Not sure if it’s the lack of Vitamin D, jet lag or time change but I am having a hard time finding my rhythm. I thought vacation was supposed to refresh me. Instead it’s been just the opposite. My energy has been low and self-doubt has begun to sink in. In this industry it’s my job to motivate and encourage others. But how can I do my job if I too need motivation?

I went searching for answers and came across this quote.

I am human. I don’t always have it […] Read more

Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect

You are strong enough.

This week I am taking a break from my usual videos to talk about patience and progress.

It can be very easy in the beginning to see results and to feel great and to challenge our bodies and our minds past what we were used to. Eventually the results aren’t coming as fast and it can be easy to get discouraged about what we are doing. While it’s fun to see dramatic before and after pictures we need to celebrate the little victories that we hit along the way.

When I first started practicing yoga about 4 years ago, […] Read more

Lets Get Mental about FNL…

Lets Get Mental about FNL…

This coming Friday is the beginning of our 2nd Annual Friday Night Lights (#FNL).

#realTalkTime
Friday Night Lights is a Weekly 5 Week Workout Community Event. My goal is to create an environment that supports you challenging yourself to raise your mental, emotional and physical levels to a great level.  This is a POWERFUL opportunity to put yourself “out there” in an uncomfortable atmosphere to foster change and growth (in a friendly, supportive, motivating environment of course;-)

Now with great power comes great responsibility. With that lets dive into….

Good Competition vs. Bad Competition

Something very good or something very bad can happen to you…

You […] Read more

Self Love ❤️

Self Love ❤️

It’s easy when asked about whom you love, to list our family, friends, pets, crushes, etc. Often we forget to mention a very important person: ourselves.

We live in a tough world. People can be extremely critical, cruel, and cold. We are obsessed with labels, with finding acceptance, with this implication that we must be “perfect.”

I grew up as a highly insecure girl. I had different color skin, my hair was different, I worried about my body image as I towered over the girls in my class until high school…as did my feet (size 11 by 6th grade) ?.  People who […] Read more

the Power List

the Power List

If you’re like me you wake up everyday with 1000s of thoughts, ideas and things on your mind. Or if you not, you wake up bored, lethargic and not so pumped up.

Either way we as human beings crave direction and structure to our day.

Last week I touched on a few things on why people end up un-successful with their New Year’s goals. In particular, #1) No routine, #3 Poorly Defined, #4) Too Many Goals. If that is the case with you allow me to introduce to you, The POWER List.

The Power List was introduced to me in a podcast by […] Read more

Even Olympic Athletes Need Recovery

Even Olympic Athletes Need Recovery

The opening games started Friday evening. As we were watching each country march thru the arena you see the smiles on these athletes faces as the entered. Chris and I were chatting about how much work went into those smiles to get Pyeongchang.

Do you ever think about what it takes to get to be an olympic athlete … What do they eat, how do they train, how do they recover etc?

When researching it was surprising to me that one of the aspects that is most important to these athletes is recovery!

The train hard and in return they need to make rest […] Read more

The Resolution(s) Aftermath…

The Resolution(s) Aftermath…

I used to be a quitter. Every day would be filled with false starts and high ambitions, and I might even make a lot of progress towards whatever goal I had in mind at the time, but ultimately I would always give up before reaching said goals.

The New Year Resolution season is just about done, and many of us that were hoping that this year will be the year where everything turns around.

You’re going to exercise every day.
You’re going to lose 50 pounds.
You’re going to launch that new business idea.

So where are you at? I hope not like […] Read more

The Voice In Your Head at CPM …

The Voice In Your Head at CPM …

As I was watching the super bowl, and viewing the most elite athletes in the world my mind started to wander….

What makes these athletes tick? Do they get nervous? What is really going on through their minds as their cleats touch the field?

Are there voices that go on inside our head .. if so what are they saying?

I know most of us can relate to this on  some scale..

Do you think the NFL athletes are going through the same mental battles we are?

Are we all on the same page as athletes? and if so why are these athletes ” So […] Read more