How To Find A Gym That Works For You

How To Find A Gym That Works For You

If you’re anything like me, walking into a new gym is likely to induce all kinds of nervousness and panic. Even if you are naturally athletic or confident, knowing where to check in, put your bags, and how classes are run may leave you with butterflies in your stomach. Add to the general new-person nerves, if you have a sorted background with fitness, don’t see people that look like you in class, or are recovering from pregnancy or dealing with other injuries where you need to advocate for yourself a new gym or trainer can be an anxiety-inducing experience. But rather than avoiding the situation altogether, here are some things you can do to ensure you find an environment that is supportive of your goals and needs.

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My Favorite Technologies to Reduce Technology Use

My Favorite Technologies to Reduce Technology Use

'm sure it comes as no surprise that most people have a pretty strong screen-time habit. Between phones, computers, tablets, and tvs, it would not be surprising to hear that someone spends more time looking into a glowing screen than they do looking at a fellow human on a daily basis. These technologies provide the freedom to work remotely, to connect with people around the world, increase productivity and efficiency, and have a world of knowledge at our fingertips. If you feel that you have a good handle on your technology usage, then this post isn't geared towards you. If you have a sneaking suspicion that maybe you are spending more time with screens than the real world though, hang with me, dear friend […]

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Just because you can, does that mean that you should?

Just because you can, does that mean that you should?

There is an interesting phenomenon with pregnant and newly postpartum mothers when it comes to fitness. It is hard to give up control of our body when you become pregnant. After 40 weeks of being at the mercy of our uterus, we are eager to get to our old selves. Our old bodies, just a bit of our old lives. Our new bundle of joy has us swooning, but there is still this quiet (or not so quiet) nagging voice that is telling us to jump back into life. If you were a fitness lover before pregnancy, you're likely chomping at the bit to get back to it. That is how I felt at four week postpartum with my daughter. I felt good. I didn't have any diastasis recti, I didn't have any pelvic floor issues. I felt ready. I was listening to my body. I COULD do the work. But does that mean that I should have?

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Ikigai- What is the Alley Gym really all about?

Ikigai- What is the Alley Gym really all about?

If you've ever trained with me, you know that I don't actually have any kind of background in athletics. I didn't grow up playing sports, I'm not naturally fast, strong, or coordinated, and I don't spend more than 15 minutes at a time in the gym. So what the hell am I doing here running a gym?

(sidebar, this is actually one of my greatest strengths as a trainer. I GET IT. I know how hard it can be to learn these skills. I had to practice my lifts hundreds of times before anything clicked. I speak your language, all you folks who don't like working out. But moving on...)

I worked my butt off to become a personal trainer and start my business because I believe that everyone should move their bodies more often, I think that there is enormous power in learning how to (safely) move a barbell [...]

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It's time to get naked

It's time to get naked

When is the last time that you saw a naked body? What about the last time that you saw a naked body that wasn't sexualized? Or how about a naked body that looks like yours? How about the last time that you saw your OWN body, completely naked? Hang with me, I'm going somewhere with this......

I have found that many women that I work with are dissatisfied with their own bodies because they think that something is wrong with it. It doesn't look like the bodies we see in magazines, movies, and social media. We are flooded by images of one type of body, and that body doesn't represent most of us. Even if your body does "fit" into the standard beauty model, it's common that women will still pick apart their stretch marks, cellulite, and rolls. I've yet to meet a woman that could tell me that she was happy with her reflection in the mirror. And this my friends, breaks my heart. I am the first to tell you that I don't love everything in that I see in the mirror. But I do APPRECIATE and RESPECT my reflection. This is my wish for you. [...]

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