Monthly Archives: October 2013


Are you a person who goes to the gym and never looks anyone in the eye? Do you put on your headphones and notice nothing else around you? If so that is ok, but I have a challenge for you. Check out what other people are doing!yourock

Every now and then I get awesome messages from past and current clients. Recently I received 2 messages from one. The first telling me that she got compliment for an exercise that she was doing at the gym that I taught her. Next, was another from her telling me how she paid it forward a few weeks later and complimented someone else on their hard work.

So many times we get into what we are doing and don’t notice what else is going on around you. Try to break that trend. I know when I run, I always try to make eye contact and say hello or good morning. And you know what happens? The person I just talked to usually smiles and you can see their pace pick up. It is AWESOME!

There are many ways in which you can reward yourself for a job well done. There are those that are obligated to tell us we look good or did a good job (i.e. parents, spouse, kids – or at least they are supposed to). But then, there are those people who notice what you are doing and tell you about it. It builds confidence. It builds character. And it builds strength.

Build someone’s strength with your words the next time you are at the gym. Try it. You might just like it!

Stay happy, healthy and as always, keep moving!

Are Your Goals SMART?

Do you set goals with your life whether it is work or exercise related? Do you think you set good goals? Today I challenge you to make SMART goals. smart

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Attainable

R – Relevant

T – Time-Bound

Whether it is with myself, my kids or my clients, we are always talking about goals. Everyone seems to have a good idea of what they want, but not sure how exactly to get there. If you start using the SMART principle it will make goal setting more successful.

For example, if you tell me your goal is to be healthy. I’ll tell you that’s great, but how are you going to measure that? What do you consider healthy?  When do you want to be healthy by? And most importantly why do you want to be healthy? It is easy to say you want to do something, but it is harder to say why you want to accomplish that goal, and even harder to be completely successful. If you want to up the chance of succcess, try:

  • Writing your goals down and put them up in your home or workplace
  • Tell a friend
  • Post them on social media
  • Create a reward for reaching your goal

You can make your goals short term (4-8 week period) or longer (1 year or more). The goals can be modified if you meet them before your pre-determined date. Getting things done faster is not always best. Completing a goal and maintaining that goal is an accomplishment in and of itself.

Are you ready to challenge yourself with SMART goals? Make it something you really want. Know the reason why. Make your plan and get er’ done!

Stay happy, healthy and as always, keep moving!

Here Comes the Boom

I’m sure you’ve all heard the phrase “If it’s too loud, you’re too old”. caution__loud_music_by_rainingblackstars-d4m5k13While I do enjoy cranking the tunes, I recently found louder is not necessarily better. Last week I was at the LIW trade show in Birmingham, England. Now if any of you have ever been to a trade show, you know they can be loud. But a fitness trade show takes it to a new level. You have booth after booth turning up their music louder and louder during the exercise demonstration times.

So, I got to thinking. Will louder music make me want to join a class and try a workout. At first, the music will catch my attention, but then, if the instructor isn’t good and the workout seems silly, I won’t stick around. A good class can have good music, but the instructor and the exercises make the class GREAT. If you are new to a gym try these few pointers before joining a class

  • Peek in the room and see if people are having fun
  • Check out the instructor and make sure he or she is having fun
  • Make sure the class length suits you
  • If you feel like you will be too uncoordinated, talk to the instructor before joining
  • And if the music moves you – GO FOR IT!

While I may be getting older, I still like my music loud, just don’t turn yours up to make it louder than mine!

Stay happy, healthy and as always, keep moving!