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.Read More
Don't you just love how the sometimes the simplest questions are the most complex?
I've spent the last decade+ researching, learning, and experimenting with health. I've come at it from all different angles. Weston A Price. Paleo. Vegetarian. Vegan. Low fat. Low calorie. Low carb. High fat. High calorie. Many small meals throughout the day. Two big meals a day. Cod liver oil. Herbs. Protein bars. Slim Fast shakes. Tinctures, oils, and salves. I did each and every one of those experiments in the name of *health.* I was led to believe that every different option would lead me to health. How's that for confusing!? [...]Read More
I have had a few professional careers in my short three decades of life, so what am I doing here, running The Alley Gym?
In a past life, I was a middle school Special Education teacher. Middle school is notoriously tough for everyone, but after spending thousands of hours with pre-teens, I saw that the added pressures of social media add a whole new level of complexity that a maturing brain is not prepared to cope with. This is in addition to the already-difficult-to-deal-with hormonal changes and bodies that are developing and changing before their eyes. [...]Read More
There is internal motivation and external motivation. Some people are wired to respond to one more than the other and that is just another example of personal differences. Nothing wrong with either one. For those of us that respond well to external motivation, many have found success with fitness trackers, apps, and other challenges where we get positive reinforcement from others.[...]Read More
I have put a lot of time and effort to become the coach and trainer that I am today. I have spent years studying, thousands of dollars to meet the requirements to be a certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer, traveled to attend conferences, and endless energy constantly bettering myself. I am a health and fitness professional and damn good at what I do. [...]Read More