Confessions of a Fitness Professional Behind the smile and motivational cues, lies a trainer who is fed up with your you-know-what. Chapter 1: How light? Day 1 Me: Welcome! Please get a pair of light, medium, and heavy dumbbells. Class: How light? Me: It's up to you. Class: Like light light? Me: Yes. Class: Like … Continue reading How light?
Valentine's Day was last week, but no, this post is not about love, heart break, or emotions. February is American Heart Month so let's talk cardiac muscle and leave the lovey dovey stuff for another time! Heart Rate The hardest working muscle in the body is said to be the heart. Heart rate is the … Continue reading Protect Your Heart
"I've lost 10 pounds, but I can't lose anymore weight", "I want to workout, but I have a bad back", "I lift heavy, but I'm not getting any bigger", are some typical issues patrons share with me. When I give them some suggestions, all too often, not only do they disregard my advice, they come … Continue reading Don’t Be That Guy
Goodbye! Dear FIU Family, I've had great times at Florida International University - Wellness and Recreation Center. I'm so proud of the community of dedicated patrons who have made my PantherFit classes enjoyable and memorable, and my personal clients who I've built close relationships with and watched develop. I love you guys and I am … Continue reading News for U
If every year you make a resolution that you never fulfill, I challenge you to skip the resolution this year. Yes, that's right - no New Year's Resolution! Skip the "I'm going to lose ten pounds", "I'm going to give up ice cream", "I'm going to run everyday!" While these resolutions may sound positive, they … Continue reading Skip the Resolution!
You may be thinking... Christmas is two days away, and you're either flying out or your family is flying in. There is still a lot that needs to be taken care of and, perhaps, even more that needs to be done afterward. Who has time for fitness now?! It's easier to stay fit around the … Continue reading Holiday Fit Tips
I remember doing some online shopping for workout clothes a couple of years ago and came across an advertisement for the New Adidas Ultraboost. The unique curves of the shoe caught my eye as the model in the video demonstrated the "responsive midsole cushioning". He shifted his weight from one foot to the next and … Continue reading Adidas Ultraboost Review
Have you ever felt the empowerment of a comeback? Last December, in my post, End-of-semester Stress, I wrote about how change could be good or bad and how I dealt with unwelcome change. Boy, did I experience a drastic change from last year to this year! I pushed through my times of despair and I … Continue reading The Comeback
This past Veteran's Day, I participated in the final race of the Go Run Holiday Race Trilogy 2018. It was one of three holiday races for the year: 4th of July 5K, Labor Day 5K, and Honor Our Veterans 5K. For every race, each competitor received a medal that connects (by magnet) to form one … Continue reading Honor Our Veterans 5K
This Labor Day weekend, I participated in a 5K race that I did not feel prepared for. A lot of changes have been happening at once for me. I've found it difficult to train for the race on top of teaching, training clients, beginning a new semester, and assuming new job responsibilities. I didn't let … Continue reading Labor Day 5K