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  • Why I Love the Y & Teaching Group Exercise


    I hope your Monday has been lovely and that your week is off to a nice start. I’m happy to see Monday arrive because my weekend kind of nuts. It was one of those perfect storms where everything hit at once…I had a book discussion to lead, an extra class on my schedule to sub, [...]

  • Monday Productivity, Meals & Teaching Cycle


    When my alarm went off at 6 a.m. on Monday morning I considered rolling over and going back to sleep but instead I thought about all the things I wanted to accomplish on Monday and decided to start my day with yoga instead of blowing off my practice. It was a great decision! My practice [...]

  • My Five Year BodyPump Anniversary + Wine Wednesday & Erin McDermott Fabulousness


    It was so interesting to read everyone’s take on introvert v. extrovert. Reader Laurie encouraged me to check out Susan Cain’s book, “Quiet” and also to listen to her TED talk about the power of introverts. I will definitely be using one of my Audible credits for Quiet and I’ll let you all know what [...]

  • Tips for Becoming a Group Exercise Instructor


    I have been teaching group exercise classes for almost five years. There was a time in my life when you couldn’t pay me to attend group classes. There were a few memorable occasions when I decided that it was a good idea to try step classes, most of which ended up with me about 8 [...]

  • Super Fit Saturday


    I’m settling down from the craziness of the weekend at 10 p.m. on Sunday night to finally tell you about it! We’re going to have to do this in two parts because it would probably be the longest post ever if I tried to cover it all in one. Saturday was a special event that [...]

  • Weekend Build Up


    I keep typing and deleting, typing and deleting…this is a nightly occurrence. Figuring out how to start posts is usually the hardest part about writing them. That and coming up with a title. I am majorly title-challenged. Anyway…how was your Friday? Mine was okay. Like I do every Friday (or really just about every morning), [...]

  • Amazing Avett’s and Teaching Updates


    Where did the weekend go!? Why do they pass so quickly!? The highlight of my weekend was definitely seeing my favorite band…again. We counted on the way to the show and it was our eighth time seeing The Avett Brothers! Read previous show recaps here and here. We even met them last fall! Unfortunately, the [...]

  • Teaching and Learning


    Whew…it’s been a crazy two days. I missed out on posting Friday night because I had yoga teacher training until 9 p.m. and then came home to eat a late dinner and then prep for a class I taught this morning. Let’s work into all the details on that. I’ll start with lunch on Friday. [...]

  • BodyPump: What It Is and Why I Love It


    I covered a BodyPump class tonight for a fellow instructor who has the plague that’s going around. I was prepared for a full class and was so excited to arrive to find the gym already filling up. We ended up with around 45 participants tonight. I was surprised to see a LOT of familiar faces. [...]

  • Post-Race Happenings


    Thank you so much for all of the congrats on my half marathon PR. I am still on a running high from this fall’s wonderful race experiences – Marine Corps Marathon, Charlotte 8K Turkey Trot and Thunder Road Half Marathon. I’ve been asked what’s next with my running and the honest answer is nothing. Although [...]

  • Why Wait?


    I was talking with a co-worker at the Y last week about how our class numbers started to plummet in November, will continue to steadily decline through December and then skyrocket in January when everyone repents their holiday sins and commits to working out again. The question we asked each other is, “why wait?” Why [...]

  • Strong and Sore


    First, thank you so much for the nice comments and Tweets about my painless return to running. I have felt so encouraged by everyone’s kind and comforting words over the last couple weeks. Thank you, thank you! Second, wow am I sore! I woke up pretty sore on Friday after teaching BodyPump on Thursday night. [...]