20 Minute Home Core Workout

Finding My Center (In Two Ways)

It seems like the older I get, the more I feel I don't know. As most of you are aware, I've battled knee injuries since May. A self-proclaimed fitness influencer, I've questioned my expertise during recovery. It's been 7 months since I've been able to run, squat, lunge, or jump. If you haven't noticed, these exercises made up the bulk of my workouts. The physical pain has been limited, but the emotional turmoil has been strong. I know this issue is insignificant compared to what so many people are suffering through. But I've felt a loss of identity and a rush of anxiety because of it. I've been "that fit girl" for so long that I feel like I'm not

4 Ways You’re Damaging Your Metabolism (And How to Fix It!)

  Are you struggling to lose weight? Feeling constantly fatigued? Dealing with sleep irregularities? You may be making one or more of these 4 metabolic mistakes! https://youtu.be/IAkNBcoj_20 It can be really frustrating to feel like you’re doing everything “right,” but not see results. I hope you can take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. I’ve been there and so many other women have too. One of the Life in Spandex ladies, Sarah,  put it really well. She said, “I’ve always felt like I should be paid to workout I do it so much, but unfortunately I never felt like my body was reflecting all of my hard work.” Let’s get one thing straight. You are not broken. There are plenty

Defined Core 15-Minute Waistline Workout

Defined Core 15-Minute Waistline Workout

The New Year is definitely in full swing! The gym has been much busier lately and buzzing with energized New Year resolutions. (Hence why blog content is coming at ya just once a week this month). I just hope it sticks for more people than it did last year! I think one reason why so many New Year resolutions dwindle by February is because people tend to take on too much too fast. Motivation is going to be at its highest when you take on a new goal. However, within just two to three days, the fatigue and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) will start to kick in and the idea of going back to sweat it out again becomes

Running Gear You’ll Want to Wear Everywhere!

*Disclaimer: Brooks Running sent me free gear in exchange for this blog post. However, all opinions and statements are my own. I truly love this brand! About three months ago I hobbled into Sports Authority (oh man, and still wearing my personal training uniform), pressing deep into my hip trying to alleviate a muscle spasm. Apparently, this is what it takes to persuade me that I need new running shoes. I walked to the back of the store to the shoe department and told the sales person to give me their best pair for running. He brought me shoes with an emblem I recognized because one of my personal training clients wears them. She's an excellent competitive runner, so I had high

Barre Circuit Workout

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of barre workouts. There's a million studios popping up all over the place and people are hooked. I would know because I'm a barre instructor in Carmel, CA! I fell in love with barre workouts a few years ago. The energy of the classes, use of the ballet barre, and fun music brought me back to my dancing days. It was only natural for me to become an instructor! Barre is a combination of Pilates, Yoga, and dance conditioning that sculpts and tightens your guns, buns, thighs, and core. Don't be fooled by its low-impact, mainly isometric exercises (which consists of holding poses with isolated muscle fine toning movements). You can expect to