FiTOUR Ambassador
November 24, 2016

As we approach the Holiday season, people are consumed by family gatherings, company parties, and festive attitudes.  Do we just ride it out on a sleigh of good wishes and say, “I’ll work on my fitness and nutrition come January 1?”  How do we, as fitness professionals, instill continued motivation in our clients and class members?  

FiTOUR: Benefits of Walking
November 18, 2016

Walking is the simplest form of movement.  We do it as a matter of necessity.  We walk to the coffee pot, we walk to the car, we walk into work.  Movement is vital to our bodies and replenishes our mind.  The primary focus, of the fitness industry, is on aerobic or anaerobic exercise.  

The Trainers Big Book of Bootcamps
November 10, 2016

The final portion of my interview with Alise Oliver on her The Trainers Big Book of Boot Camps is really getting into the meat and potatoes of advice for instructors.  What are the challenges, who does i

The Trainers Big Book of Bootcamps
November 10, 2016

In my search to find resources for the FiTOUR instructors to help you meet the needs of your clients and class participants I ran across this exciting new resource, The Big Book of Bootcamps, by Alise Oliver.  I had the honor of sitting down to talk with Ali

FXP Hula Hoop Level 1 Instructor Training
November 10, 2016

Yesterday I took a very fun fitness certification course: FXP Fitness Hula Hoop Level 1 Instructor Training.  The class was held at the Fit To Be You studio in Naperville, Illinois.  It was attended by a handful of women, all with a variety of experience in fitness.  The owner of the studio, a fitness enthusiast, an instructor of 15 years, another studio owner, a hula hooper ready to turn into an instructor, and another woman just beginning

Author Interview: Laura Williams
November 7, 2016

The book Partner Workouts is soon to be released and I had the opportunity to talk with the author, Laura Williams.   In part 1 of my interview with her, we spoke about her career, work with Girls Gone Sporty, and her perspective on careers in fitness today.  She gave me some great tips on incorporating partner exercises into fitness programming and the how-to of some of the delicate challenges that arise.

Laura Williams part 1
November 2, 2016

Last week, I had an opportunity to speak with Laura Williams about her career and upcoming book, Partner Workouts.  This book will be a vital tool for group personal trainers and group exercise classes alike.  I am excited to share with you a glimpse at her career and some of her insight at life in the fitness industry in 2016. 

Functional Fitness for the Active Older Adult: Balance Drills
October 6, 2016

In September FiTOUR® focused on Core & Functional Fitness exercises using a variety of tools: the medicine ball, stability ball, balance disc, and BOSU.  This month, while our concentration remains on Functional Fitness, our focus shifts to applying these training techniques to the Active Older Adult population. 

Core & Functional Fitness: Body Weight Training
September 27, 2016

For the past two years the ACSM’s annual survey of worldwide fitness trends placed bodyweight training in position #1 and #2.  In 2015 it was at the top spot while this year it fell to #2 behind wearable technology. 

September 19, 2016

The BOSU Balance Trainer was invented sixteen years ago by David Weck.  The BOSU Balance Trainer is an absolutely key piece of functional fitness equipment.  Workouts with the BOSU can be created to improve athletic ability and daily function alike.  The most unique aspect of BOSU Balance Training, truly setting it apart from many other exercises in functional fitness, is the mind-body connection required to feel successful.  I had the great honor of learning the BOSU Balance Training System in July with Douglas & Candice Brooks at IDEA World Con