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4 Myths About Prenatal Exercise

There is an abundance of conflicting information about exercising during pregnancy. I’m here to bust the misconceptions and share the facts about prenatal exercise. Here are the four most common misconceptions I hear from clients regarding prenatal exercise: 1. Keep your heart rate UNDER 140bpm while exercising There ONCE was a guideline–in 1984–from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists…
June 13, 2019
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3 Killer Glute Exercises That You Need

Let me introduce you to your gluteus medius. This very important muscle needs a little extra love postpartum. The glute medius is the pedestal upon which your pelvis rests. It is a major player in pelvis stability and your ability to balance—and everyone needs help balancing, even if you are not a ballerina. Every time you walk or run, you…
May 8, 2019
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3 Ways to Make Fitness & Nutrition Habits Stick

I’ll resume healthy eating and working out after my vacation… once the baby is born… after my child’s birthday week… tomorrow… Monday. Does this sound familiar? With everything going on in your life right now, it might seem inevitable that you’ll miss workouts, make unhealthy food choices and – ultimately – fail in your goal to becoming a healthier, happier…
April 26, 2019
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7 Simple Self-Care Tips for Moms

As a mom, you probably never put yourself first. But practicing self-care sets a good example for your family and better equips you for the demands of daily life. When you’re happier and healthier, your family will be too. Here are 7 simple self-care tips that will have a big impact on your health without adding to your busy schedule.…
April 19, 2019
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My 5 Favorite Ab Exercises That Are NOT Crunches

Crunches🚫. If you ever participated in one of AMC's classes, you know that I don't like the "crunch". Most people don't do them correctly. And by incorrectly, I mean ab muscles usually get pushed outward (instead of being drawn in by engaging deepest abdominal muscles), the neck is flexed forward with chin cranked into chest (rather than head aligned with spine).…
April 11, 2019
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10 Ways to Transform Your Body Immediately

Train your environment and your habits will follow. Just about everyone wants to change something about their body—tone up, lose weight, get stronger, eat healthier. Changing how you think is hard. Changing your environment isn’t. By training your environment, your habits follow. Here, 10 strategies that’ll help you you improve your lifestyle and transform your body, no willpower (or gym membership)…
February 12, 2019
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What You Should Know About Postpartum Pain & Childbirth Injuries

A new, nine-week postpartum client expressed to me that she feels heaviness in her pelvis. She already had her six week follow-up visit—receiving permission to resume all regular activities and exercise—and her obstetrician said her discomfort was 'normal' and to give her body time to heal. Sounds counterproductive right? She assumed this is typical postpartum discomfort, that's what the doctor said...and…
January 20, 2019
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My Top 5 Highlights 2018

Like many of you, I've been reflecting on 2018. I've been very fortunate. My year was filled with good health for myself and my family. Professionally, my business as a personal trainer—and now nutrition coach—is thriving and it enables me to have a desirable balance of work and family time. I am truly grateful for all that I have, and all…
December 17, 2018
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My Favorite 10-Minute Workout to Torch Body Fat

As a mom we are pressed for time. The good news—studies show a mini workout session provides physical and emotional benefits. With just 10-minutes a day you can break a sweat, rev up your heart rate and blast some body fat. At the end of the week you'll have an hour+ of activity that you may have not done otherwise;…
November 26, 2018
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Mom’s New Postpartum Body: From the Baby Blues to Kegel’s, A Few of My Favorite FAQ’s

A woman’s body is capable of doing amazing things—for example, creating human life! As a personal trainer who works with new and expecting moms, I believe it’s important for moms to understand how and why her body is changing after giving birth, and how the right exercises and professional assistance can help. I've fielded a lot of questions about how…
October 30, 2018
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How To Prepare Your Body For Childbirth

Childbirth is the most challenging athletic event most women will ever experience. If we do little to prepare the body for the immediate physical tests of motherhood, we often suffer from a postpartum recovery that is dominated by low back and mid back pain, hip and pelvis instability, pelvic floor weakness, lack of energy or depression. Preparing your body physically…
October 19, 2018
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4 Tips to Jumpstart Your Workout Routine

Helping mamas establish their personal workout routines is one of my favorite things about being a fitness coach. I get it. Moms’ schedules are busy. We are pulled in 1001 directions—and let's face it, we don't tend to put ourselves on the top of our priority list. Our fitness (and nutrition) habits tend to be affected most.   So what’s a…
September 26, 2018
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New Momma Wrist Pain

New moms experience all different types of aches and pains as they care for their little ones. While often unexpected- pain in the wrist, hand and thumb-are very common for new moms. Pain or ache in the wrist and hand come from repetitive lifting of the newborn, holding the head while nursing, carrying the car seat, and repetitive twisting of…
September 14, 2018
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Your Body After Baby & Exercise

The conception and birth of a child is a miraculous event – and let’s not candy coat it – birthing a baby is a painful event. A women’s body is a temple and should be treated as such. Honor your post-baby body; allow it ample time to rest, and be thoughtful on how you return to exercise. New moms are…
July 30, 2018
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Behaviors vs Outcomes: How to Make Living Healthy Happen

Making change is a skill. A skill you can practice. And improve. And if you want to make big changes, you have to take small, consistent daily actions. In fact, your behaviors are the only things you can control. Those are powerful words. Small. Consistent. DAILY actions. Your behaviors.  If you have a fitness goal to get stronger, or weight…
July 13, 2018
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Navigating Pregnancy & Exercise

A few clients recently shared me that they are expecting again. These clients are regulars in AMC’s Fit & Fab Small Group Postnatal training sessions. They have asked very common and important questions concerning their pregnancy and how it will effect their exercise routines. I want to share our dialogue with you: Q: I’m about 6 weeks pregnant, so it's very…
July 2, 2018