Kettlebell Full Swing Total Body Workout

November 5, 2015
full swing workout

Kettlebells are in full swing here! Swings, cleans, snatches, even get-ups. It feels great to be back, doing what I love after so many weeks away. Here’s a tip friends… if you love being active, don’t break your leg. You’re welcome. It took a solid 2 weeks to get comfortable swinging again. Not because my […]

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Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Pancakes & Vitamix Cookbook Review

November 4, 2015
Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

It takes about .2 seconds to give a response when someone asks what my favorite kitchen appliance is. My Vitamix. When we first received the fancy blender 3 years ago (a Christmas present from my in-laws), I was nervous. I wondered if it was really worth it. It’s a blender, how amazing can a blender […]

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The 5 Step Warm-up For Strength Training

November 3, 2015
Weight Lifting Warm Up

Warm-up? Who has time for that? Everyone does. You make time for it. When we’re short on time, skipping straight to the workout sounds like a great idea. But it’s not. In fact, I would argue that if short on time, keep the warm-up and decrease the main workout. Why? Because warm-ups serve a purpose. […]

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Women Who Embrace Strength: Powerlifting With Heather Faas

November 2, 2015
Powerlifting Podcast

I am thinking about starting a new segment with the podcast… “Women Who Embrace Strength”. The premise? Talking with women that are physically and mentally strong and inspiring. They have a healthy grasp on their bodies and are aiming for their own goals. Not the goals of magazine covers. But more than anything, I want […]

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17 Delicious And Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

October 30, 2015
Oatmeal Recipes

Did you know that there is such a thing as National Oatmeal Day? Why wouldn’t there be? After all, there’s a national day for EVERYTHING. And that day just happened to be yesterday. Happy belated Oatmeal Day friends. To celebrate, I wanted to share a few of my favorite oatmeal recipes. Oatmeal is a huge […]

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Speedy And Strong Timed Strength Workout

October 29, 2015

Since getting cleared to weight lift from my doctor, I’ve been a bit ambitious this week. Barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells have all made appearances into my training. It’s like Christmas in my gym and I feel as if I have the whole fitness world at my finger tips. While I might be crazy excited to […]

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10-Minute Steamed Spaghetti Squash Stuffed Peppers

October 28, 2015
stuffed peppers with spaghetti squash

Before I get into the recipe for today, I wanted to share a bit about myself in my local community! Each month I am on TV as the “Tone It Up Tuesday” girl for our local news! Here’s yesterday’s Tush Toner! WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 – Charleston News, Sports, WeatherNew here and wondering who […]

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Strength Training For Women: How To Find Your 1-Rep Max And Why It’s Important

October 27, 2015
one rep max practice

Discovering your one rep max is less about bragging rights and more about progress. I personally don’t care how much you can bench press. Or squat. Or deadlift. But you should care. You should have an awareness of where you are right now so you can push forward. If you’re into weight lifting for strength […]

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21 John Muir Quotes To Make Anyone Want To Take A Walk In The Autumn Woods

October 26, 2015
Hiking South Carolina Trails

This past weekend, I experienced something new. Fall. I’ve seen pictures of gorgeous fall leaves, with golden hues and firey reds. Yet, I can’t remember seeing these colors in person (Charleston goes from green to brown). A part of me thought that these pictures were doctored. A bit photoshopped to exaggerate the beauty of fall. […]

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Fabulous Fitness & Food Survey

October 23, 2015
fit and food survey

As a trainer, I do my best to not just talk the talk but walk the walk. How am I doing? For the most part, I think I do a good job. Though I laughed out loud last week when I heard myself tell a client, “Do as I say, not as I do.” I […]

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The Wall Ball Bible: How To Do Them And A Killer 15 Minute Wall Ball Workout

October 22, 2015
15 minute wall ball emom workout

You just don’t see enough wall ball workouts, do you? Wall balls are a fantastic move! With each rep, you’ll work several joints and several large muscle group. It’s an amazing complex workout. In fact, wall balls target 11 different muscles. That’s my kind of exercise. Efficient, heart pounding, and muscle burning. I mean why […]

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