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welcome to new clients!
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I want to welcome to Karlyn and Marcia to personal training!! You will learn how fun it can be to work out and how much better you feel getting stronger! I really look forward to your torture…I mean whooping you into shape…wait, I mean helping you meet your fitness goals! If anyone out there is thinking about personal training, my schedule is filling up...

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the ONE thing needed to change the shape of your body…
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  Is it nutrition? What you eat definitely makes a difference in your body fat %, as well as energy level, and you can lose weight just by cutting calories. But, no, food won’t change your body shape.   Cardio?  Nope.  Cardio is extremely important because your heart is a muscle that needs to be strengthened, especially as we age. Cardio also burns calories...

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concentration!
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concentration!

Apr 10, 2017 by

Shelly, Margaret and Lynn have been coming to PiYo classes for a couple months but this was Margaret and Lynn’s first Core and Cardio TABATA class. This was the V-up station and it was probably the hardest because you have to do a sit up AND leg lift.  Margaret was really concentrating on keeping that form and she did a great job!  Many clients...

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Saturday’s compound movements
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One or two of us may or may not have been a little or a lot hungover this morning so our Saturday workout really helped to get us moving!!  I felt much better after class and enjoyed my last jog of the week. Kathy is doing an advanced, compound (working 2 muscle groups) exercise: side plank with leg circles for working the obliques and abductors....

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Traci working out with broken finger
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She had to miss her Wednesday session because she broke her favorite finger but she was back with a vengeance today! No burpees for her though…we had to modify so she did plank jacks instead (I’d rather do burpees!!) Share...

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Accepting new personal training clients…including MEN!
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After 8 years of being a Certified Personal Trainer, including the past 4 years training women only at my private studio, I’ve decided to help more people change their lives by accepting male clients who want to get fit and live healthier!  *Don’t worry ladies, group fitness is still women only – male clients are only for personal training* I typically only schedule 5...

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PiYo Live class
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PiYo Live class

Mar 16, 2017 by

We are getting so much better at PiYo!!  This is my 6th private class with Shelley, Margaret and Lynn.  At first, I had to demo the moves before each song and we could only get through 7 songs.  Now, I demo less and we can get through 9 out of 10 songs! These pictures are all from the Strength and Stretch song.  The first...

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Group Fitness Client Spotlight:  Rachel
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A late Happy 30th Birthday so our very own millennial, Rachel!  She has been coming to classes twice a week since July 2015.  Very interestingly, she was a teacher in South Korea for 6 years and had just moved back to Matthews when she started coming to the studio. She lived with her Mom until she bought her condo last year, which meant she...

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PiYo Power videos: High Impact and Low Impact options
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When I previously posted a video of the Power segment with HIGH impact moves, many of my clients shied away because they thought it would be too hard.  As long as you can get up and down from the floor, you CAN do this class!!  Some songs have more up and down (which only gets better/easier with practice!) but most of the class is standing....

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Gail lost 27 pounds in 90 days!
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Gail came in for her consultation 90 days ago and has showed such determination in reaching her goals!  She works long hours at a high-stress job but she always shows up for her personal training sessions with such a positive attitude and I can always tell she feels better after.  She has completely changed her eating habits (she uses My Fitness Pal to track...

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Fun with TRX straps!
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Fun with TRX straps!

Feb 18, 2017 by

  I broke out the TRX straps for crunches in today’s TABATA class.  The 3 girls who came in are pretty strong so I knew it would be hard but do-able for all of us.  As you can see, our feet were in the “foot cradles” while in plank then we pulled our knees in for the crunch.  Lots of grunting and that 10...

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There’s no stopping Jeanie!!
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Jeanie just had her 6 months assessment and, well, she is just amazing in her dedication to better health!  Although her ultimate goal was to simply get healthy, she has completely change her lifestyle.  She has so much more energy (from eating whole foods) and endurance (from moving every day).  During her HIIT/TABATA training, I even have her jumping!!  Yes, she was a little...

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Aprel’s accomplishments!
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I have been working with Aprel since December 2014 and I’ve seen her come such a long way with weight loss, strength and endurance! When she first started, she had previously hurt her back doing Insanity so she was a little worried about lifting weights.  I started her off with fairly low weights, gradually progressing her to harder exercises and heavier weights. She was...

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PiYo Live classes starting in January!
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What is PiYo?!?!  It’s yoga, strength training, stretching and cardio all rolled into one wonderful workout.  This exhilarating hour of exercise includes warm up, heat building, lower body, full-body fusion, power, flow, core & more, stretch & strength and cool down…all choreographed to awesome music! Who should attend?!?!  Almost anyone can enjoy this class; however, there are many planks/side planks on hands, chaturangas, single-leg...

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Jeanie’s 90 day assessment results!
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One of my favorite things about Jeanie is that her very first personal training session was also on her very first day of retirement!!  She is very focused on getting healthy and, now that she is no longer working, it is obviously helpful that she has more time to devote to the cause. She hit it hard from that first training session.  She comes...

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2 year update
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2 year update

Nov 1, 2016 by

Mercy has been coming to training for 2 years now!  In the beginning, she wanted to lose 10 pounds and build muscle.  She wasn’t very motivated to do a lot of cardio on her own but, now that she’s lost weight and wants to maintain, she does get on the treadmill and loves to do fun things like hiking, biking, stand up paddle-boarding, etc....

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what type of women come to the studio?!?
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Last week, one of my newer personal training clients said “I bet I’m your oldest client.”  How old is she?  60 years old.  Nope, definitely not my oldest  client.  That prompted me to post what type of women come for training, just in case you are thinking about it. First of all, they are all lovely!  Everyone is so nice.  We all wear normal...

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sugar intake
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sugar intake

Sep 8, 2016 by

Last week, our goal was to track the ADDED sugar in our food.  I will admit, it was really hard and I’m gonna have to give it another try.  I did track all of my food and stayed well under my goal of 70 total grams per day set by myfitnesspal (according to my goal of staying within 135-140 pounds).  I do eat a...

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food journals!
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food journals!

Aug 17, 2016 by

Who kept their food journal last week and what did it reveal about your eating habits?  I know Risa said her goal was to reduce her afternoon snacking and she finally lost 1 pound, which is a huge deal since she doesn’t really have much to lose but has only lost inches so far. I diligently kept my food journal during the week but...

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Cardio Challenge last week…
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so who got their cardio in last week?!?!  I know Shelly walked on the treadmill, Tabitha just joined Planet Fitness to get her cardio in the air conditioning, Courtney gets her cardio in at the pool and new client Jeanie has been kicking cardio butt (she lost 2.4 pounds her  first week)!! I did my 5 mile run for an hour on 6 days...

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Dawn lost 23.8 pounds and Allison lost 11.8 pounds in 90 days!
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Because this is a women-only fitness studio, I don’t usually work with men; however, Allison (the husband) was soooo charming during their consultation that I decided to offer “buddy” training with him and his wife, Dawn.  They told me they had met with another training facility and would need to talk with each other about which company to use and…they chose me! During the...

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Carra lost 10.4 pounds in 90 days!
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Carra came to A Better Body Fitness because she had slowly gained 15 pounds since she moved to Charlotte 6 months before.  She ate healthy food and walked almost every day so she didn’t understand why the scale kept creeping up.  As I started investigating deeper, she did indeed have a great diet but was only doing 30 minutes of cardio and no strength...

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“Kid Friendly” classes…NEW for summer 2016!
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Are you a Mommy who wants to attend small-group classes in a clean environment but don’t want to pay extra for child care?  Come to my “kid friendly” classes at 9:30am on Wednesdays and Fridays starting on June 15! Moms always put everyone else first but they need to take care of themselves as well!  You can bring your child to the studio and...

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Results for the first 90 Days to A Better Body class
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I really enjoyed teaching a private class for the Charlotte Christian School girls! These are the results for just 3 months of learning to incorporation strength training, cardio and better nutrition.  We just started Max Strength training and it’s awesome to see these girls so confident in themselves when lifting weights! LuAnn lost the most. She said portion control at dinner and no snack...

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