1. Chronic Pain: A Winner’s Mindset

    It’s 2:15 am and I am pacing around the house like an anxious parent waiting for a kid who missed curfew. It has been about 2 weeks since I have slept soundly through the night. I move from the couch to the chair, to the floor, back to the bed. About every hour I get up. I stretch, I twist, doing everything possible to find a position that will alleviate the pain. This is my new routine, and one…Read More

  2. Do Barbell Movements Belong in Franchise Fitness?

    Barbell training has become incredibly popular over the last decade with much credit being given to Crossfit for putting the barbell in the limelight where it belongs. Let’s face it, when it comes to producing results, nothing can beat good ol’ fashioned strength training; thus the barbell. Thousands of people every year are flocking to the barbell after being inspired by the Crossfit games, o…Read More

  3. Keto or Carbs: Which Fuels Higher Performance?

    One of the most popular trends in the nutrition and fitness landscape right now is the Ketogenic Diet. And as a performance-based nutrition coach, what matter most to me is can and will Ketosis impact performance, and if so, how. It is my job to educate myself, and research the benefits and potential detriments of any number of nutritional philosophies. There is more than one way to skin a cat, an…Read More

  4. A Client’s Life: Julia’s S2 Experience

    In my work life, I lead a team and get client buy-in on strategy, implement the plan, and while in progress, focus, practice patience and stay the course. Which really is the secret to success; taking risks others will not and sticking to the plan for a really, really long time. It’s funny how this is not only true in business, but also in life. Focus, consistency and patience. It’s especially…Read More

  5. Find Your Greatness

    It’s my favorite commercial, ever. The camera pans out on a long country road, complete with three rickety mailboxes rising up out of the ground. They look more like tributes, or statues dedicated to rural America than simple containers designed to stick mail into. The grass is sprinkled with early morning dew and a light fog is lifting as the sun rises over the horizon. A new day has begun. Ove…Read More

  6. Does What You Drive, Drive You?

    Have you ever taken one of those personality tests that categorizes you as a type of dog or an action hero? They take some answers to a slew of questions and based on your response, they tell you that you must be a French Bulldog, a Labradoodle, or surely in another life you were Kung Fu Panda. I love those things! Not because there is any science behind their algorithm, but because it’s FUN, an…Read More

  7. Brain Farts and Strength Gains

    As a coach, my primary responsibility is the ABC’s of training “always be correcting, always be coaching”. I practice this not only to prioritize the safety of my clients, but for something much more important. The emphasis I place on proper form and function of exercises was born from decades of classical martial art’s study. Over time, this approach found its way into how I practice and …Read More

  8. What’s Your Super Power?

    What is it about the rush of a free fall, the twist and whip of a roller coaster, the mischievous thrill of driving at extreme speeds that evokes in me a childlike exhilaration. Is it the derived sense of freedom and letting go? For so many of us, life has become so mundane and “normal” that we seek out ways to live on the edge even if just for a moment. In those short seconds we are untouchab…Read More

  9. Super Mom-ica

    What does a mom of five do when she wants to get into shape?  Of course, I don’t just say, “okay, let’s get in mom shape”. Instead I decide, “I know! I’ll arm wrestle a gorilla in my 5’1 glory and think I can win!”. That’s my idea of in shape. And so it goes. I decide to become a bikini competitor.  No…. really…. that is where I was at when I met Stew and Dr. Tiff in the su…Read More

  10. Macro Mayhem: When You Run Out of Those Precious Macros

    MACRO MAYHEM   How to stick to your plan when macros have been maxed out. We’ve all been there. It’s the end of the day, time for a last meal, but we’ve used up the our daily allotment of one of our macronutrients. Whether forgetting to log food intake throughout the day or splurging on that piece of cake during Janet’s birthday celebration at the office, the consequences are rolling in l…Read More