Tag Archive for 'fitness'

I can’t remember what year it was that I started teaching fitness. I know I got certified by AFAA in 2000 and waited two years to teach. I wanted to make sure that I knew my stuff before I stood up in front of a crowd and claimed to be knowledgable. The joke was, of […]

Last month, a long time client and I made the mutual decision that she should stop coming to my class. I could no longer, in good conscience, support her participation in an activity that I felt was hurting her more than it was helping her. The class in question is described by the “big box” gym […]

Movement That Matters

Twice a week, I teach an hour-long class at a big box gym. The goals of the class, as outlined by the national headquarters are: strength, core, range of motion and caloric expenditure. We use hand weights, and I walk the class through about forty minutes of mainly compound movements, coupled with some body weight […]

The more I’ve learned about the human body, and the longer I’ve lived in mine, the more I’ve come to reject our culture’s notions of what it means to be “fit” and “healthy.” I could explain it a lot of ways, but it can be easily summed up by saying I no longer look at pictures […]

As a fitness instructor at a big box gym, I encounter folks from all walks of life and in various stages of their life’s journey. It’s one of the things I love most about teaching there. As such, I regularly have people check in with me to inform me of recent diagnoses or injuries that […]

In response to this post about social media triggers, you guys shared a lot. I heard from you all via email, text, in person, in comments on the post, and via Facebook about social media posts that, while on the surface are benign, get to you for some reason. I promised then that we would revisit this […]

I wrote a post for you guys last night. It was good, but then I started to think too much about it and decided it was bad. Or, not bad, but not ready. So I held off and, instead, you get this mishmash of thoughts. None is sufficient to develop into a full post, at […]

Explore More : May 16th

Last week, the head of school at my kids’ school announced at our weekly assembly that there were only three more weeks remaining in the year. The kids cheered. The parents gasped. As Rusty, the dad of one of my son’s pals, said, “There’s a lot of culmination going on in those three weeks, folks.” […]

X + Y = Wellness?

Last week, Katy Bowman of Aligned and Well posted a link to this study, titled: Bone density comparisons in male competitive road cyclists and untrained controls   and asked her 10k plus Facebook fans whether we would expect that male cyclists had higher or lower bone mineral density in their spines than controls.  Most people said […]

My five-year-old daughter is taking dance this year. She takes thirty minutes of ballet and thirty minutes of “theater jazz” one day a week. She’s in class with four of her besties, and she is as happy as a clam about it all.  As for me, I am glad that while she takes a full hour […]