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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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Run, Replenish, Repeat

You just crossed the finish line of a grueling long race, or maybe you’re tossing a gym bag over your shoulder complimenting yourself on a workout well done. Regardless of the activity, what you replenish your body with post workout, determines how you recover, length of recovery time, and overall energy levels. Fellow runners, lifters, and group exercise goers, I have…

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Bring on the Grill!

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and for many, summer means time to grill! Cooking indoors during the hot summer months can be miserable, so head out to the patio and fire up that grill! Whether it’s a backyard BBQ’s, or a quick family night meal, these grill tips can help you stay slim and boost the flavor of traditional grilling…

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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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Stay Slim at the Farmers Market

Farmers Market season is here!  In Michigan, you can easily find farmers markets open between the months of May until October, and I can only imagine they are more readily available year round in Florida. One of my favorite weekend activities in the summer includes spending the day at the local farmers market. There I get to chat with farmers, sample tasty fresh produce, and can pick up…

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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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Hydrate with Flavor

Water makes up over half of our body mass. It’s important for organ function, muscle function, keeping us alert, and necessary for all forms of life. With the summer heat starting to shine on the mitten state, and always on the orange capital of the country, everyone needs to increase their water intake. Jazz up your plain water and sip…

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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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Sugar Facts -Part 2

In the last blog, we discovered the health effects of sugar on our bodies and hidden sources in foods. Some might say that I took the fun out of eating anything “tasty.”  I’m not here to make eating boring, or nutrition confusing, I am simply want to provide you the facts and offer simple ways we can move forward to achieving healthier, happier bodies! How…

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