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Beast Mode: You INSPIRE Me!

Working out is hard. There are times it can be daunting, times it’s just not fun, and times when there seems to be no motivation in sight. I’ve been watching a small training group for the past two years, the Beast Mode Squad, led by personal trainer Mike Gallo from RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club. Not only have they inspired me…

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Rock Your Roll!

Do you really know how to foam roll for the most benefit? There are three things I see every day in the gym that don’t necessarily help you, and some are even pointless. First, let’s talk about the benefit of foam rolling. When you exercise, small tears and swelling happen within the fiber of the muscle. It’s a positive thing…

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Satisfy that Sweet Tooth

I love baking. Yup, a Dietitian who loves to bake! Friends and family have come to learn when they receive a baked good from me, most likely it’s made with applesauce, oil substitutes, prunes, or dates, maybe even whole wheat or gluten free flour. The typical response is, “Thanks”, followed by “wait, is this healthy?” (Hey, just because I like…

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Sunshine and Summertime!

Wherever you live, the weather is warmer and the sun is shining brighter, while the water, beach, cookouts, family and friends are calling your name. I get it…I don’t want to be spending an hour inside the gym when it’s so much more fun to play outside. Here’s a great workout Josh Pribble, personal trainer at MVP Athletic Club, Rockford, created…

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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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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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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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