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Don’t be a victim to “I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up”

“I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up!”  I would say most of us have heard this infamous commercial for Life Alert at one time or another.  We may joke about it, but unfortunately, this is a real situation for many people and can be anything but a joking matter.   We are approaching the season where […]

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Elevate your life and be a better you with fitness

Fitness to me is a means to elevate our lives and to be a better version of ourselves.  When we are fit, we are stronger, have more stamina, and are energized.  When we work to be fit, we are also training our minds to be more focused and to concentrate better. We feel more centered. […]

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Here are 7 sensible tips for how to lose weight

From Personal Experience to Personal Trainer When you walk into Strand Fitness, you see fit, healthy trainers. However, that was not always the case. Did you know that Pam Strand, owner of Strand Fitness, and Bob Peterson, personal trainer, have lost a combined total of 110 pounds on their journey to fitness? Inspiring, yes! Hard […]

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Benefits of Full Body Training for Your Busy life

In our work as personal trainers, many people ask,  “What is the best way for me to lose weight and gain muscle? And do it in a way that makes sense for the older body.” With all the changing fitness trends, it can be hard to keep track of where to start or what to […]

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Who needs a personal trainer? Not me!

The following post was written by Gail O’Connell. Gail is a fitness enthusiast and a role model for healthy and fit living in your “slightly older” years.  You would never characterize Gail as “slightly older.”  It’s hard to keep up with her.  She is always on the go – hiking, working out, meeting up with […]

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How to get rid of that stiffness that makes you feel so old

There are many things that make me feel old.   When I look in the mirror and see my mother’s face and wonder when did that happen. (My mother was beautiful, don’t get me wrong.  It is just surprising when you see that you looked like she did when she was 60). When I go […]

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How to lift weights when you are older – Part 2

In a recent blog post, I began a conversation about “how to lift weights when you are older.”  Today, I want to add to that conversation with two additional points that will help keep you injury- and pain-free as you progress in your strength training program.    Personalization is key; older bodies have their idiosyncrasies. […]

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How to lift weights when you get older

One of the most intimidating factors in the weight room is the potential of injuring yourself, especially if you have never lifted weights before.   Add in the “high intensity” mantra – go hard and heavy – that seems to be prevalent in our fitness culture, and I can see why many people avoid the […]

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Here’s how to create peace of mind and life

Like many busy people, my mind races all day.   As an owner of a personal training studio, my mind is always “on” as I work with my clients and grow my business.  I am coordinating, planning, strategizing, and analyzing most of the day.  The hours can be long, which means I sometimes short-change taking […]

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Here’s how to make losing weight easier

Changing nutrition habits in order to lose weight seems to be one of the most difficult things to do on a fitness journey. The most common phrase I hear when I consult with someone about losing weight is this – “ We all know what to do, but why is it so hard to make […]

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