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Reebok EasyTone Shoes Get Squashed

Don’t shoot the messenger…

I tried to tell ya.

I’ve had class members and training clients who were devoted to their ‘Toning Shoes”.

Yes, the wobbly surface made for a certain amount of instability, which then made your muscles engage more, but….women were taking it to the extreme, wearing them sometimes for most of a day and thinking that their butt and thighs were going to get some kind of significant lift & tuck.


Nothing replaces the basics: Lunges! Squats! Cardio!  Oh my!

Now the FTC has finally blown the whistle, calling out the claims of Reebok.  And Reebok has agreed to pay $25 million in consumer refunds.

Do ya think Skechers and MTBs are sweating right about now?

The American Council on Exercise tried to get the word out last year, conducting a study by exercise scientists at Exercise and Health Program at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

The Bottom Line:

Just get out there and MOVE.  Run, jog or walk… or use an elliptical trainer if your knees are sensitive and you don’t want the impact.

Take the stairs more…pass up the Pop-Tarts.  But, save your money…skip those shoes!

Want a challenge?  Warm up first, then try this quick Butt & Thigh Workout.



Checking out your thighs? Knock it off right now.

Confession:  Even though I love to help women stay fit and healthy, I’ve been guilty of one thing…Self-Criticism!

What??!   Yep.  I had a bad habit and I’m not proud of it.

But last year, I FINALLY stopped checking out my belly, butt & thighs in the mirror and automatically finding imperfection.


I'm over 40, and I'm happy



Did you know that every time you experience the negative thought of:

“My thighs are too big….(or insert criticism here)”  - you perpetuate the very thing you are trying to improve?

By turning off that constant critic in my head, everything became effortless:

- I dropped excess body fat

– I became leaner and stronger

- I ate better and had more energy

- I had MORE FUN

If I could talk to my 20-yr old self, I would tell her:

“You’re BEAUTIFUL and perfect EXACTLY as you are.
Let go of any self-criticism RIGHT NOW  - you’ll get where you’re going even faster!”

STOP comparing yourself to others.
Just EMBRACE it all and RESPECT your body enough to take care of it!

I teach my students and clients:

It’s not just about waking up physically – it’s mental, emotional and spiritual.
When you address it ALL (in your own way & in your own time) your body responds.
You glow and make progress much more easily.

I know I did.

Turn off that critic!



Do You Have a Love/Hate Relationship with The Scale?

I really don’t like to call my personal training clients that – ‘clients’ – it’s such a cold word.bathroon scale

I really do consider you guys as friends, whether we’re in the middle of a ‘training package’ or not (another cold phrase!).

I’ve worked with many of you over the years and for some, we’re not in the middle of ‘sessions’ right now, but I still consider you friends!

I wonder how you’re doing, how’s the food going, if you’re making time for you….

Thank God for Facebook (TGFFB), right?!

I’m just honored that you’ve chosen to let me help you with your fitness journey at one point or another.

Today, I was reminded yet again of how much I LOVE my friends/clients!

I tell ya, you just don’t know how much you make my day sometimes!

Katie bounced in for her session, first thing this morning, after a 30-minute drive, with her scale in hand. Her bathroom scale! And with no initiation on my part, announces,

“We’re throwing out my scale and we’re taking a picture!”

If you’re a woman, you may know how hard it is to part with The Scale.

This is something I try to drill into everyone I work with!

Get rid of your scale!

Stop torturing yourself, weighing yourself everyday, obsessing over the two pounds (of water, most likely) that you gained this week!

Well, Katie – good job!

Let’s all follow that lead.  And if you can’t throw it away, at least put it away.

Go by how you feel in your clothes.  And stop obsessing.


Having a Breakthrough When You Least Expect It

I’m so happy for my client/friend Renee.

She’s been taking my classes, Strength Fusion and Yoga, for a while and has always been a hard worker, rockin’ it out.

Then we started training together.

“I hate cardio!” would be her mantra, as is the Mantra of Many.

“That’s okay”, I would say, “We’ll be creative…”

That’s what I’m here for.

So normally she’d only do hard cardio in class or in a session with me.  She’s not a fan of running outside.

This week I got the email:

…wanted to let you know that I just did a run/walk – mostly jog – 2.5 miles and it took me 27 min and 56 seconds.  Not sure if that’s good or not.  But, it was mainly hills. And I’m not a runner/jogger/whatever…. That hill by Princeton Club is a doozy :)  I really didn’t want to go, but I made myself think of my long term goal, and that is what got me going.  I’m just proud of myself, and wanted to share with someone I knew would find this exciting as well!  Thanks for everything you do!

I love it!  Breaking out of The Comfort Zone is no easy feat.

Every step, no matter how small you think it may be, is SUCCESS!  Celebrate!

This is the time of year to hit the cardio hard, so congrats, Renee!


Proud Mama ;)

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