Upper Body Stretching

Lateral Neck Stretch

This stretch is for the lateral side of the neck. To perform ... bring right ear to right shoulder without moving or lifting shoulders. You can increase the stretch gently by bringing your hand over your head and applying gentle pressure to the opposite side of head. Hold for approximately 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side. Perform this stretch once or twice daily, 5 days a week.

Chest Stretch

Sit on floor or bench and sit up tall pulling abdominals in. Place hands behind your head with one hand on top of the other and pull the elbows back gently. Elbows should stay up and stretch wide. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat. Do once or twice a day, 5 days per week.

Finish Strong

Today I had a great workout with 5 really fun guys. Yes, I was the only female today. We all work hard, play hard and love what we do. The best part of the workout for me was that we finished really strong. We were all tired, but wanted to keep going and work harder each set. This is a concept that anyone can benefit from in any aspect of life.  No matter what's going on in your life, no matter how tired you are, just remember to finish strong.

Certification and Experience

So I've been a fitness professional since I was 18. I received my first certification in group exercise when I was 18 through a company called Exersafety. I learned more than the average aerobic instructor as my trainer was a Physical therapist, dancer and group ex instructor. This experience lead me to actually get a degree in the field. With this experience it has become extremely important to me that I stay current with the industry and bring my clients only the safest and most effective workouts and programs. As I observe the industry change, I am sad to say that not everyone feels the way I do. These so called fitness programs and facilities pop open just because someone thinks they can make money. The training they receive is slim to none and they are not Fitness professionals. This a travesty. People are constantly looking for the quick fix and the cheaper option. This is a time when I stick by the saying "you get what you pay for". Would you pick the cheapest doctor if your child had cancer? Do you go to the cheapest masseaur? I truly believe that seeking out a high caliber and educated trainer will get you the results you're looking for. Don't go for the cheapest option. When you're looking for a fitness program, please consider knowing the background and education of the staff.