Master Complex Moves – Master Life

Have you ever found yourself struggling with an exercise or a movement? Everyone has and the majority of people think that they have two choices. Avoid that exercise or movement because it feels awkward or causes pain. Keep working on it. There is a third option. But, before I go into that option, you should know why it is beneficial to master complex moves. If you don’t care to feel good, move well and enjoy life relatively pain-free, you can stop reading now. If those things sound good to you, then you should know that in order to do that, you need to move the way that we, as humans, were designed to move. Our movements are complex. One movement takes many different muscle contractions and actions in the body. Life, habits, repeating postures and our individual design all determine how optimally our body is going to function. Most of us have dysfunctional movement patterns. When we repeat dysfunctional movement patterns over and over, the dysfunctional pattern gets etched deeper into our brains and our bodies follow the path of least resistance which is along the dysfunctional pattern. So what does this mean and why do you care? It means that the more you keep working on that complex exercise you are trying to master, the more you are strengthening a dysfunctional movement pattern. Dysfunctional movement patterns cause pain and injury. Is that enough of a reason for you? So, this brings me to that third option. 3. Master the components of the exercise first. If you choose option three you will feel good, look good and perform well. Every one of your workouts should involve exercises that are components of something more complex. If your workouts are nothing but complex moves made to make you feel like you just […]

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Mountain Dew, Cool Ranch Doritos and Candy Bars

The breakfast and lunch of ……. a future holistic health and fitness coach? It may be hard to believe, but, that was my breakfast and lunch for at least a full year in high school. I would get picked up by a friend for school and we would stop at the Speedy Q where we would get breakfast. My go to was Mountain Dew and cool ranch Doritos (cool ranch was a new flavor at the time). In my school our Spanish club sold candy bars year round for their trip to Spain. Sadly, I ate the gooey caramel one almost daily for lunch. I stepped it up a bit senior year and ate a super bagel and fries at Charlie Brown’s every day. Charlie Brown’s was an ice cream place that was off limits for lunch because we weren’t allowed to leave school property. The craving for super bagels must have been pretty bad since I seem to remember serving detention a time or two. Horrifying isn’t it? Somehow, with those habits, I remained very thin and relatively healthy. I think it must have been because my mom cooked healthy meals every night. One nutritious meal a day kept the doctor away. Well, when I was a kid anyway. In college, I drank double shot mocha’s two to three times a day. Except in the summer time. Tim Horton’s came out with a frozen mocha that was ridiculous and yes, I had at least one a day. I was already a personal trainer at this time! Hell of a role model, huh? My habits sucked! 

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What I See

I have recently come to terms with the day I will have to say goodbye to Jackson. I have done this many times over the 11 years that we have been blessed enough to share a home with this beautiful soul. He hasn’t had an easy life and it certainly hasn’t been easy being his mom. That’s a story for another day. My boy is declining in physical body and, in fact, has been since the day we got him. He is a fighter, though, and he has defied the odds. I love my dogs. That is no secret. Some might call it obsessed. Some people think that my judgement is clouded and that I can’t see the writing on the wall. I can feel the pity they feel for me when they think I am in denial of what is happening to my baby. Strangers give us the looks too. Like they feel for me, but, think I am being selfish for keeping this physically broken down hound on this earth. I assure you I am not selfishly or desperately hanging on. I see something that you cannot see. You couldn’t possibly. You don’t know him like I do. You may know his physical body. I know his soul. Selfishness is the furthest thing from what I am when it comes to Jackson. The sadness that is felt when your buddy is deteriorating before your eyes can’t be compared to anything else. The fear of how he will pass, when he will pass and if it will be peaceful visits you when you least expect it. The well meaning words you play over and over in your head that came from people who love you can leave you questioning your own sanity. Watching their functionality dwindle is like having […]

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Loosen the Death Grip

Things don’t always happen as we plan them. Nothing is guaranteed. Anything can happen at any given moment. All things we say every time the unexpected happens, yet we still call it the unexpected. Yesterday started out as a good day. I had sessions with clients I enjoy very much. I worked on and made progress with an issue I’ve been having. I had a great evening session with a client that is just fun to be around. I had plans of exactly what I would accomplish when my session with her was complete. Mother Nature had other plans.

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