A summer blogging break

Hola! I have been on a serious blogging break from Shh…Fit Happens and I think I am going to continue it through the summer… I am working on a new blog, which takes up a lot of time, and after countless hours in front of the computer during my favorite time of the year, I decided I needed a little break!

Everyone needs a break now and then to avoid burnout! That is why we take vacations. That is why we take rest days and do easy jogs. That is why we design periodized fitness programs. So we can regroup, recover, and come back better than ever!

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.  – Ovid

So, I will be back to blogging soon. In the meantime, I am going to just enjoy reading all of you awesome bloggers’ blogs!

Enjoy the salt in the air and the sand in your hair!

Happy summer!

Goals are dreams with deadlines

If you don't build it someone else will

 

I wrote these two quotes in a notebook some time ago. I knew I liked them. In fact, I love them!

I didn’t put the inspirational words into action though. The quotes stayed in the book, along with a sample business plan I put together, entrepreneur success stories cut out of a magazine, and random invention ideas.

Side note: I have this invention idea for a stocking type sock with wool toes so that you could wear heels in winter without your feet freezing! Does that already exist? I would be surprised if not, but boy, would that solve my cold feet and ugly shoe problems in the winter!

Anyway…

As you may have noticed, my blog posts have been few and far between lately. I have been spending massive amounts of times reading articles from some of my favorite fitness sites, listening to podcasts, and working on a new project and an ebook!

That’s right, an ebook!

I am learning so much and enjoying the whole process. It is a lot of work though, whew!

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I am obsessed with social media marketing podcasts right now! And since I published my Favorite Podcasts post last month, I have discovered new podcasts to listen to (some science and fitness related, some marketing related), new people to follow, and new programs to use.

The one neat, new site I started using recently (and it is free) is Canva. You can do so many cool things with Canva – if you have not checked it out yet, I definitely recommend it!

Ever since I was a kid, I  imagined having my own business and being my own boss. Maybe it is because I am the oldest and I liked to boss my younger siblings around, who knows! :)

A blog is a great way to kind of “run the show.” You can be creative, make your own schedule, make all the important decisions, and report to yourself!

When I started this blog, it was a way for me to stay current in the fitness world because I was working full-time in a non-fitness related job. That has since changed and I find myself wondering what the goal and direction on my blog is. As with pretty much everything, things change over time.

The reasons I started blogging are not necessarily the same reasons I want to blog now. And I don’t have the time I used to create quality blog posts.

So, what am I getting at here?

I am re-vamping my blog.

I realized over the past year that the majority of people that comment on my blog are other bloggers and/or fitness professionals. Just like me.

And I wonder how many personal trainers and fitness bloggers who read fellow fitness blogs really put the info they read into action?

Looking at race recap pictures or what some ate in a day does not provide any value to my life. Don’t get me wrong, that is great for someone who wants to document that kind of info and others who like to document that can relate.

As a busy personal trainer, fitness professional, and blogger, I just don’t have the time to read posts that don’t bring any value to me right now. I wish I did, because fitness bloggers are awesome and I want to support them!

And that is just what I want the goal of my new and improved blog to be: a community for fitness professionals (trainers, coaches, bloggers, business owners, etc.) to connect, learn, and actually apply valuable information that will advance your knowledge, business, and success. 

We are all different. We come from different places and have different goals. But if you are like me, you are a busy fitness pro looking for a way to work smarter, not harder; create a comfortable source of income; and have more free time to workout on your own, do the things you love, and make memories with your family.

Stay tuned. I plan to keep you updated as I go through the process of finally becoming self-hosted, creating an ebook, and compiling a new website. My intent is to try to be as transparent as possible.

I want to help others who have the love of fitness and passion to help others to succeed. When I started blogging, I had no freakin’ clue what I was doing! Heck, I still don’t! But I want to share all the great tips and tricks I have learned over the years… and I can’t wait to learn more!

We are all at different points on our paths, but the great thing is, you can ALWAYS learn something from another.

KELEARNING

 

Have you ever changed blogs?

Do you have a mission statement for your blog?

What is one piece of blogging advice or a social media tip that has helped you?

I’m having burpees for breakfast! Join me?

Hello! I am guest blogging over on Burpees for Breakfast and talking about why we should be doing more pulling movements than pushing!

If you have never checked out Burpees for Breakfast, do yourself a favor and hop on over there, because Jen is awesome and she writes a freakin’ fantastic blog!

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Hunching of the shoulders takes it’s toll on the body. Our back muscles become used to being rounded and stretched out and our chest muscles become chronically tight. Keep in mind, just because the chest muscles are tight, it does not mean they are strong. 

So what can we do to counteract some of these common everyday “hunching” instances that probably happen more often than we realize?

DO MORE PULLING MOVEMENTS THAN PUSHING WHEN IN THE GYM

Read more here >>

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I am keeping it short today so I can watch the World Cup and then go play soccer myself!!

Go USA!

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Mastering the Side Plank

Side planks are hard.

Harder than regular planks.

But they don’t have to be hard forever.

it is supposed to be hard

One of the reasons many people tend to find side planks harder than regular planks is because you are holding your body up with one arm instead of two.

You only have two point of contact (one arm and both feet together) versus three point of contact in a regular plank (right arm, left arm, and both feet together) =  less stability = more challenging!

The footing can also be a bit tricky.

Many people struggle with side planks because they do not have their feet lined up properly. In a true side plank, the feet are stacked one on top of the other. A modification is to put the top foot in front of the bottom foot, heel to tow, for a wider surface area. The third modification, which is great for beginners, is to drop the bottom knee down to the mat which allows for even more surface area and greater support.

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Side planks target the obliques, strengthen the entire core, improve balance and posture, can assist in reducing back pain, and there are so many ways add variety to make them more FUN! :)

Below is a workout (and a video demonstration of each exercise) with 5 different ways to add variety to the side plank. Get ready to work those abs!

10 Side planks with arm scoops

10 Side planks with arm and leg swings

10 Side lying leg raises

10 Side plank hip drops

10 Side Plank crunches

Switch sides

I am linking up on Wild Workout Wednesday today! Have a workout, fitness find or healthy recipe to share? Hop over to the link up, grab the badge, and share the inspiration!

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What are some side plank variations you like to use?

Did the quote above remind you of A League of their Own? :)

30 Best Fitness Blogs for Personal Trainers

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Since officially becoming an ACE certified Personal Trainer and transitioning in to the fitness field full time (versus teaching classes and training friends on the side), I feel I am looking at the fitness industry in a whole new light.

In the first three months of becoming a PT and training clients, I learned sooo much!

I used to flip through SHAPE magazine and google “exercises for your butt” and figured I had a pretty good grasp on this whole fitness training thang… Ha!

Don’t get me wrong, that works for some people! It worked for me at one point in my life.

As a Personal Trainer though, I feel it is my job to continuously expand my knowledge and seek the most up-to-date and trust-worthy information out there. More times than not, all my clients read are the magazines at the grocery store that show skinny, tan girls with no previous injuries doing lunges in their bathing suits on the beach. Once again, that is great for the 20 year olds out there, but let’s be honest, how many of our clients are healthy 20 year old girls who workout on the beach in minimal attire!?

I look back to the classes I taught last year and think how much more awesome of an instructor I am now that I have a PT certification and spend hours a week reading and researching reputable blogs, websites, books, and podcasts.

(Check out my post from the other week about my Fave Podcasts.)

As a new or veteran trainer, I truly feel we can always learn something from our peers in the industry. I have found some seriously kick-butt blogs and websites these past few months that I think have helped me as a new Personal Trainer. I hope they will also help you.

Whether you are a trainer or someone who values the importance of reputable fitness information in your life, I think you will benefit from at least a couple of these links below. We all have a body, why not learn a little something about how to keep it healthy and happy!

I am sure this list will grow, as almost every time I find a great site, it leads to five more awesome sites, but as of today, here are my top 30 go-to websites that I recommend you add to you favorites bar or list.

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My #1 recommendation

ThePTDC.com (The Personal Trainer Development Center)

This is my FAVE site and I check it multiple times a week and could spend hours reading through past posts. The PTDC has a TON of info on training, programming, nutrition, research, business, blogging… If you are a personal trainer and only click one link in this whole post, make it this one!

The Human Body, Science, and Nutrition

Mobility 101 – I read this article like 5 times and now used the deadbug variation exercise with many clients
Dr. John Ruson
Precision Nutrition
Authority Nutrition
Muscle Evo
Science and Medicine: Nutrition category
Movement as Medicine

Fitness and Strength Training

Iron Body
Girls Gone Strong – The discovery of this site has led to me finding so many other influential people to follow in the industry.
Dean Somerset
Jen Sinkler
J Max Fitness
Neghar Fonooni – Eat, Lift, and Be Happy
Nia Shanks – Lift Like a Girl
Syatt Fitness
Roman Fitness Systems
T Nation – I love how they outline key point at the beginning of every article.
Bodybuidling.com
Juggernaut Training
JillFit
Breaking Muscle
Eric Cressey
Lou Schuler – Just listened to him on The FitCast podcast – he has been in the industry for a while and has a ton of great info to share.
Bret Contreras
Strength and Conditioning Research

Business Development and Growth

The Personal Training Development Center (the PTDC)
Chalene Johnston – She has a ton of stuff going on but I especially love her Build Your Tribe podcast!
Amy Porterfield – Amy also has an awesome podcast and you can pretty much read it all in her show notes (basically a blog post) on her page as well.
Marie Forleo
Social Media Examiner

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Please, please share any great websites or blogs that are key to your success or fitness knowledge!?!?

My FAVE Podcasts #DishtheFit

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Hello and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I am linking up (finally) with The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers for Fit Dish Tuesday. I have been looking forward to this topic (Your Favorite Podcasts) all week! I am been OBSESSED with podcasts right now… podcasts while I walk, podcasts while I clean, podcasts while I drive, podcasts while I sit outside and sip a margarita…  Continue reading