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Q&A with Expert Trainer, Monica Dzarnowski

I interviewed one of Strand Fitness’s trainers, Monica Dzarnowski on healthy habits, exercise, nutrition, and how she motivates her clients to success. My favorite comment from Monica is: Lauren // What are your own personal motives for exercising, eating well, and general self-care? Monica // My motive for exercising is simple, I love the way I feel during and after […]

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5 Free and Easy Solutions for Plantar Fasciitis

The following post was written by Dave Heidloff from Athletico Physical Therapy, Wheaton East. Plantar fasciitis can be a real pain in the foot. Plantar fasciitis is the medical term for inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. If you’ve ever had pain in […]

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The Coaching Method

One reason why Strand Fitness stands apart from other fitness facilities and fitness programs is our coaching method. Instead of providing strict and rigid nutrition plans and workouts, we coach our clients to discover the skills, methods, and habits that will specifically work for their bodies and their lifestyles. Because we all have different bodies, […]

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Trading in Expectations for Trust

My yoga practice has taught me that something awesome and kinda magical happens when you show up with all you got, accept where you are at, and make choices out of honor and respect. When I step on my yoga mat, I let go of any expectations and any judgments. There are no goals in […]

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Hip Pain: So you Literally Have a Pain in your Butt

The following post was written by Adam Muehler from Athletico Physical Therapy, Wheaton East. I’m referring to the ache in the back of your hip that’s been there for a few weeks. First, you thought it would just go away. Next, you talked to a family member or friend, who recommended “rubbing this cream on […]

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Fear of Rest Days

I’ve jumped on and off the health and fitness train all of my life. I have ups and I have downs, but consistency was always something I struggled with. Enter my fear of rest days. When I was on, I was on. I pushed hard and fast. I remember I would workout hard every day […]

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When Your Workout Is… Meh

Last week, I walked into the gym ready to rock. It was leg day and I had myself all psyched up. See, it’s not that I like squats. In fact, I’m usually cursing my way through them, but I love the way they make me feel when I’m done. I feel strong, and I feel […]

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Take Care of Your Injury Sooner Rather Than Later

The following post was written by Dan Czajkowski a Physical Therapist from Athletico Physical Therapy, Wheaton East. We’ve all been there at one point or another. Dealing with daily pain can be a constant ritual of our day just like eating breakfast or combing your hair. It can be easy to accept that getting older comes […]

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The Road to Unconditional Self-Love

In college, I started a terrible relationship with my body and food. Looking back, there were several factors that contributed to it: My body changed since I wasn’t as active as I was in high school; I lived on my own since my roommate moved in with her boyfriend; And, I lived in the same […]

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Struggling to eat well? How engaged are you?

For some people, changing the way they eat for the better is one of the most difficult aspects of a fitness journey. And don’t even talk about keeping the changes intact – IMPOSSIBLE!!! Why is that? Knowing what to change can be a huge obstacle. Having enough time can be a barrier as well. Most […]

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