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Establish Your Fitness Goals In 5 Easy Steps – A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish

A goal without a plan is just a wish – it's a pretty powerful statement. As part of AMC's 60-Day Summertime Shape-Up Fitness Challenge, our participants are presented with a simple questionnaire to identify their fitness goals, why their goals are important, and to create an action plan in five easy steps to achieve success. Follow These 5 Easy Steps to Establish Your…
April 27, 2015
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Best Baby Shower Gift – Sprinkled With Patience

Each month I am reminded of the best baby shower gift I have received – a subscription to Growing Child newsletter. Growing Child is a monthly newsletter, delivered via email or USPS on the birth date of your child so each month’s issue matches the age of the child. I love the newsletter because it helps me understand my boys:…
April 20, 2015
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See How Consistency Pays Off – Fitness Challenge Winner!

Eleven motivated mamas pushed, pulled, squatted and lunged their way to get fit, healthier, and stronger with AMC’s 90-Day New Year New You Fitness Challenge. The Challenge – our most successful group goal-based program – began in January and just wrapped up April 2. This Fitness Challenges is part of Fit & Fab’s Small Group Postnatal Training program. Fit &…
April 13, 2015
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My Favorite 25 Workout Songs

Upbeat, angst, dance, hip hop, rap – these are my favorite genres of music to motivate me through a workout. I like to listen to music at the gym when I'm pushing through a challenging circuit or prefer to drown out environmental sounds. My music varies depending on mood and type of workout. I can dig deep for one more mile when…
March 30, 2015
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3 Tips to Correct Asymmetries & Muscle Imbalances in Children

We are thrilled to introduce new guest bloggers, Jessica Trenkle and Rose McLean, physical therapists at Chicago Pediatric Therapy & Wellness Center – AMC’s newest partner. They are dedicated to helping all children reach their fullest potential through play and movement. Welcome to the Club! During Active Moms' Club classes, our new moms always discuss concerns about their child’s physical development. So we…
March 18, 2015
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90-Day Fitness Challenge Update

It’s March and spring is just around the corner. AMC’s 90-Day New Year New You Fitness Challenge – our most successful group goal-based program has 11 strong-willed mamas working their butts off to be stronger, fitter, slimmer and healthier in 2015. There is no doubt, our mamas are dedicated to make this their best year yet! The Challenge began January 3…
March 1, 2015
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Committing To Your Fitness Goals – What Does It Take?

Just as I have been asking my clients to be thoughtful about their fitness goals, I’ve been thinking about my personal fitness goals for 2015. Goals are important to have purpose and motivation. And when you achieve your goal, the sense of satisfaction and empowerment is even more stimulating. Since all my clients share their personal goals with me, I…
January 12, 2015
Fitness Challenges

New Year New You Fitness Challenge – Slim Down for 2015!

Are you ready to take back control after the holidays, to get your body back after baby, or simply up your fitness level to new heights? Make 2015 your best year yet with AMC’s Fitness Challenge – our most successful group goal-based program – is back and better than ever! Join our 90-Day New Year New You Fitness Challenge to change…
December 29, 2014
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2014’s Top 12 Blog Posts for Expecting & New Moms

My mission is simple, I'm here to share a variety of helpful information and opinions on all things related to Mom's world.  From the best pregnancy exercises to prep you for delivery, to postpartum experiences that run the gamut from depression to the "baby bump" to simple steps to getting your body back after delivery... along with anecdotes and ah-ha…
December 21, 2014
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5 Strategies To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Avoiding weight gain during the holidays can be challenging for everyone, particularly for overstretched mothers. Thanksgiving kicks off a five-week gauntlet of holiday parties and celebrations that doesn't end until the new year. But rather than resigning yourself to putting on weight and dealing with it as part of your 2015 New Year’s resolutions, devise some strategies to end 2014…
December 2, 2014
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Easy Ways to Simplify for the Holidays

Active Moms’ Club is thrilled to introduce a new guest blogger today, Sarah Giller Nelson. Sarah is owner of Less is More, a professional organizing company inspired by a passion for beauty and order. Less is More specializes in getting busy families organized – and now with the holiday season full steam ahead, Sarah is sharing some useful tips to…
November 24, 2014
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60-Day Fitness Challenge Winners – See Their Amazing Transformations

Active Moms’ Club just wrapped up Fit & Fab’s 60-Day Fitness Challenge. The Challenge – our most successful group goal-based program – began in September with 19 motivated mamas eager to get their body back after baby. I’m incredibly proud of these women. They are stronger, leaner, and more fit in just eight short weeks. The camaraderie they shared with one another…
November 10, 2014
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5 Fitness Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Workouts

Chicago may deliver another long winter. Unless you’re a penguin and love to play outdoors, you’ll need a plan to stay active through the cold months. Winter is the ideal time to try out new exercise formats and group fitness classes. I’m all for pushing physical limits, increasing cardiovascular endurance, and muscular strength but it’s important to know your limits.…
November 3, 2014
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Perfect Push-Ups – Common Mistakes & How To Fix Them

Being strong is sexy, it’s also imperative for parenthood. During the month of October, AMC is challenging our active families to complete 10 push-ups a day. Push-ups are one of the best functional, total-body exercises you can do to boost your strength for the physical demands of everyday life (read more health benefits here). Completed with good form, a push-up…
October 8, 2014
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Fall Fitness Challenge Update

Active Moms' Club Fit & Fab 60-Day Fitness Challenge – our most successful group goal-based program – has 20 strong-willed mamas working their butts off to be stronger, fitter, slimmer and healthier. There is no doubt, our mamas are dedicated to get their body back after baby. The 60-day challenge kicked-off on September 6th and is now half way through. Every…
October 2, 2014
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Top 5 Health Benefits of Push-Ups

Not many of my clients don't enjoy doing push-ups, I hear a lot of grumbles when I prescribe them during a prenatal or postnatal workout. Sure moms roll their eyes, but they do them because I ask. Now I’m asking you to do them on your own with AMC's inaugural Push-Up Challenge. Beginning October 1st, I challenge you to complete 10 push-ups everyday…
September 30, 2014
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TriRock Triathlon Race Report

The days leading up to the triathlon were filled with excitement, hope, fear, and nervous energy. It was a busy week with Active Moms Club’s Fitness Challenge starting, and greeting 12 new moms for the Postnatal Recovery class. By the time Thursday night rolled around I had to think about packing for the triathlon. I procrastinated packing during the week…
September 16, 2014
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10 Simple Strategies To Eat Less And Lose Weight

As a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast, clients often ask me about my nutrition; what type of foods I eat, how much I eat, et cetera. They are looking up to me for guidance, so I try my best to lead by example. While I am not a nutritionist, I can share some of my favorite, and simple strategies to…
July 30, 2014
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Mind Over Matter – Triathlon Training Tales

July kicked-off my 10-week training program for the Lake Geneva TriRock Triathlon in Williams Bay. I’m excited to take on the International distance triathlon in September; 1500 meter swim, 28 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run. My training plan for this race is really simple, and uncharacteristic. I run and bike when I have the opportunities during the week, and…
July 23, 2014