Bev's 2017 New Year Intentions

Bev's 2017 New Year Intentions

New years resolutions are all the buzz right now. How to. How not to. Is anyone else feeling the pressure? How about instead of resolutions that last an ENTIRE YEAR, we work on setting intentions that last a month, a week or even just a day! 

My approach this year is simple. Partially because I'm a new mama that views a hot shower as a luxury vacation and also because of a book I recently read...

Return of the Belly Button

Return of the Belly Button

It happened to me. My abs separated while pregnant. Stretch marks took the place of my six pack. It's something I've heard about many times in my years as a fitness teacher. When I stepped into the role of anatomy educator, the questions arose even more frequently during abdominal muscle courses and workshops.

Change is an Abbreviated Version of Challenge

Change is an Abbreviated Version of Challenge

In mid-August I opened an email that brought tears to my eyes. I live for surprises like that.

Some are more profound than others. The big surprises often get more acknowledgement, but can move us just as much as the little ones. Rain showers, a message from a good friend or smile on a strangers face have never ceased to warm my heart. It's the little things that have a deep impact.

Pregnancy: all natural, organic resistance exercise

Pregnancy: all natural, organic resistance exercise

15 years in the fitness industry and I've learned one of the most valuable lessons about fitness during the last 9 months of pregnancy. Everyone has either been pregnant, trained someone who is, known someone through pregnancy or entered the world because of it (got ya there!). Re-connect with the human body through this miraculous life event with me.

10 Activities to Mix Up Your Summer Workout Routine

10 Activities to Mix Up Your Summer Workout Routine

The warmer weather means more opportunities to get outside and be active. Think beyond the beach, lake or pool and try something new. Who knows? Maybe you’ll pick up a new workout that lasts all year long!

Summer is a great time to shake up your fitness routine and have some fun with friends. Here are ten creative ways to get moving in the sunshine this summer.

Strategies to boost business this summer

Strategies to boost business this summer

Are any of your clients leaving town for a summer vacation? This is the time of the year when people go adventuring around the world or maybe even in their own backyards! Wherever the vacation (or staycation) may be, you may notice clients cutting back on sessions because they’re spending so much time having fun in the sun. Here are a few tips to make the scheduling gaps feel smaller by using the season to your advantage.

An easy chair exercise to tone your abs

An easy chair exercise to tone your abs

Sound too good to be true?  It's not!  Whether you're sitting at a desk, on a park bench or traveling on a plane/train/bus - this is a great way to strengthen your core quickly and effectively!

As a bonus, it helps address imbalances in the muscles, which makes your spine feel better.  

6 Easy steps to raising your rates

6 Easy steps to raising your rates

If you’re an independent health and fitness professional, you may be the only person who can give yourself a pay increase. Nobody wants to ask for more money, especially when you have to do it multiple times. If your schedule is full, your only other options for bettering your finances are to tighten your spending habits or create new streams of revenue.

 

4 Old school marketing strategies for health and fitness pros

4 Old school marketing strategies for health and fitness pros

There is no shortage of websites and social media gurus claiming to have the latest and greatest ways to market yourself and your health and fitness business to prospective customers. While many of these approaches can work well for some, they’re not for everyone, especially those who don’t want to spend a considerable amount of time online.

Optimal Cueing for Pulls Ups and Lat Pull Downs

Optimal Cueing for Pulls Ups and Lat Pull Downs

I love pull ups.  They're all you need to get a quickie upper body workout in.  Strength exercises are even more beneficial when you know what muscles to focus on and feel.  That's where anatomy comes in!  Whether you're an avid exerciser or fitness trainer, this cueing and awareness method will help you get more out of all your pulling exercises.

Origin vs. Insertion Doesn't Matter

Origin vs. Insertion Doesn't Matter

My anatomy students often ask about origin vs. insertion, which are terms given to describe each end of a muscle.  This can be confusing and add to the pile of memorization that is demanded by anatomy.  

Find out why the difference between origin and insertion doesn't really matter (in my opinion) and a better 3-step method for learning about muscles.  

The Most Intimidating Word in Business

The Most Intimidating Word in Business

Most people I work with avoid this word and task like the plague.  It doesn't have to be that way. 

In this video I will: 
*Tell you what the word is and how to overcome the anxiety it produces.
*Give you TWO alternative words to use that feel and sound better.
*Share THREE strategies to enhance your business.

The Common Mistakes People Make When Warming Up

The Common Mistakes People Make When Warming Up

Has anyone told you to “warm up” before you exercise or play sports? It seems simple enough, doesn’t it? What’s easy to do is also easy not to do, and the biggest mistake people make is skipping this important component of exercise. Here’s what you need to know to warm up properly (and why it’s so important) so you can be more effective with your physical activities. 

Thoughts From a Human Dissection Experience

Thoughts From a Human Dissection Experience

It's been quite the year...  In the spring, I viewed my grandmother in an open casket.  This summer I observed my fiance in a coma for a week.  I finished off with a winter visit to see dissected human bodies (cadavers) at the local university.  I cultivated a new level of appreciation for life to say the least.  

Would you take the chance to see a cadaver if you had one?

The Best Routine To Reduce Stress

The Best Routine To Reduce Stress

When I travel and stay with different people, I can’t help but notice what priority smart phones are taking over our own self care.  It’s hard to hear the subtle signals the body is sending you when you’re distracted.  How can you get focused on your day when you’re busy looking at what everyone else is doing first?  Talk about waking up on the wrong side of the bed! 

Check in with yourself before you check Facebook.