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

Core & Functional Fitness: Balance Disc
September 10, 2016

People want to get the most bang for their buck, especially from a Personal Trainer.  Functional Fitness often gets overlooked for steady-state cardio or weight lifting.  However, functional fitness undoubtedly enhances physical performance, elevates metabolism, and increases energy levels.  Talking to a middle aged client about increasing speed and agility can be likened to teaching a cat how to bark.  Why would a non-competitive, middle aged, working adult want to increase speed and agility?  Know your audience.  People want to feel, move, and slee

Core & Functional Fitness: Medicine Ball
September 7, 2016

Medicine Ball exercises bridge the gap between conventional strength and endurance exercises.  These exercises teach the summation of force from the ground through the legs, through the core, and out through the arms.  Medicine Balls come in a variety of weights and designs.  This versatile piece of equipment can be used for all fitness levels to add variety to workouts.  Medicine balls challenge the core, increase hand eye coordination, and when used in a group exercise class can be a lot of fun!

Core & Functional Fitness: Stability Ball
August 30, 2016

The FiTOUR® Core & Functional Fitness Certification Course includes exercises and concepts for personal training and group fitness programs to address the needs of both athletes and active older adults.  Core & Functional Training can provide clients with improved fitness performance and more efficient performance during activities of daily life.