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About: Ali Svendsen

I’m Ali. I’m a personal trainer, fitness instructor and newly navigating the waters of blogging. I’m a big fan of pinterest, Netflix, cake batter ice cream, black coffee and red wine. When I was 8 years old I took my Grandma through my own made up workout routine (lots of bicep curls were included) it was my destiny from then on to be in the fitness industry. Growing up in Michigan I lived on a lake and learned to fish, catch tadpoles, sail and build snowmen…although now as a Floridian I am a total baby when it comes to 40 degrees! 

I would like to say the last 10 years in the fitness industry I have found the secret formula, the magic pill, the perfect workout or move that makes you drop weight, look amazing and feel like a rockstar…I haven’t, you have to sweat…period. THAT SAID…I have learned that there are some fun ways to sweat that aren’t too painful and sometimes even fun. So this blog basically lays out the good, the bad and the awesome of sweating and moving. Whether you lift heavy, only do cardio, are a yogi, love classes, hate classes, love sweating, hate sweating or have no clue what you are doing I know you will find something that might be helpful.

Posts by Author: Ali Svendsen

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I Think You’re Awesome

I wasn’t feeling it. I was having one of those low energy days, where it felt like nothing was getting accomplished. My day was kind of running me instead of me running my day. I made the decision that night to get up early and get a lift in before I started the next new day. I still wasn’t into…

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Shoulder Stretch

The muscles and stabilizers that sit around our shoulder joint can get tight and make movement challenging. Injury happens when we continue training with tight muscle groups. Warming up and stretching after workouts is crucial. If you struggle with arthritis, sit and type at a computer all day, have a shoulder injury from the past that still sneaks up on…

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Booty Camp

There are several things I love about my job and one of my favorites is that at every MVP club across Michigan and Florida I have really great friends and co-workers. Andrea Scott (MVP Athletic Club, Crahen Sales & Fitness Manager) and I have been buddies since 2009 when we both were working at MVP Sportsplex as personal trainers. Since the…

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Pull ups! It’s Always Fun Hanging Around with Jake…

So can I just get real with you guys? I planned to write this several months ago because I thought “who doesn’t want to know how to do pull ups or learn how to do more of them?” It’s one of those defining exercises that tells you where your fitness level is, according to Jake (RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club Training…

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Let’s Go for a Run!

Running was the first thing I started doing to get active. If I’m honest, I probably started as a teenager because it gave me an excuse to get out of the house and listen to my CD player as loud as I wanted (yep, I carried a full size CD player with me and my first CD was TLC Waterfalls…

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A Party in Your Ears… The Perfect Playlist!

I’m asked all the time about recommending a good playlist or music to workout to. A few months back my friend Andrea Scott, Sales & Fitness Manager at MVP Athletic Club – Crahen, turned me on to this amazing app called “FIT Radio”. It’s like a little DJ in your headphones mixing up your favorite tunes! One cool thing about…

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Post Run Stretching 101

When I first began working out, I refused to stretch. It seemed boring and pointless to me. Several years later, I began having knee pain so sharp, it kept me from working out. It didn’t take long to realize it wasn’t joint related; it was my IT band screaming at me for not recovering and stretching. At the time I…

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Just Breathe

So breathing is kind of a big deal. It’s also something we tend to take for granted. I don’t know about you, but when I go to Yoga and the instructor talks about breathing, I never really know how to do it or what they mean. I finally figured it out, but it took me actually sitting down with my…

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Diary of a Figure Competitor

I’ve always envied people who compete in figure competitions. Actually, maybe “envy” isn’t the right word. It’s more like “respect,” because I know the kind of self-discipline and determination it takes to tackle one fitness goal, and I feel like a competition is more like 100 fitness goals all rolled into one. I got a chance to spend some time…

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March Madness

Game On! March Madness Challenge

It’s Official – March Madness is Here! So my challenge to you for this March Madness season is to test each other during the next four weeks with this workout every Monday. I’ll document how I did and challenge you to do the same thing. Let’s see how many of us can commit to the challenge and create our own…

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