Author: Teresa Heitman

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The Four Fs of Thanksgiving — Earn Your Pie

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m sure you’re looking forward to family, friends, and food, but there are FOUR F’s to think about this holiday. I hope you have all four: FAMILY, FRIENDS, FOOD…and FITNESS! We had a group work out at 5:30am this Thanksgiving morning. That’s right! We earned our pie for...

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Why Keto? Why Progress from Paleo to Low Carb

I just received Mark Sisson’s new book. As happens to many on Paleo or Primal diets, he progressed to a Ketogenic diet. (I have, too.) When Mark does something, he brings plenty of research along with it to share. This book has so much information and straight-forward steps to guide...

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Fall Small Group Training – The METCON

Our strength training small groups have been pushing the 3-5 day splits for 6 months. We all love strength training, but sometimes we need to kick it up a notch. We need to specifically focus on improving our conditioning. What is “conditioning”? I like Joel Jamieson’s definition: maximum amount of power...

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What You Don’t Know About Low Carb – It’s the Calories OUT

I received an email from yet another trainer telling me the “truth” about weight loss and his special program. He tells me the only way to lose weight is through calorie deficit, either directly (limiting calories) or indirectly (limiting macronutrients which in effect limits calories). He tells me I can...

Osteoarthritis and the Personal Trainer

The average age when someone is diagnosed with osteoarthritis is 50 years old. Pain often starts before then, but joint pain followed by easing of pain with rest and recovery makes most of us figure it’s nothing to see the doctor about. It’s not usually until pain continues through those...

Learning to Fail – Reps, Sets, Weight, Splits

It’s easy to get a work out that says “3 sets of 10 reps” and go to it with the same pair of dumbbells you’ve been using for 3 months. Always — ALWAYS — you need to be thinking about progressing your weight and eventually your sets. The variable in...

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Ehlers-Danlos (EDS) , Hypermobility, and Exercise

We all remember a kid who wowed us with her “double-jointed” tricks. Maybe we were that kid. Maybe our bodies were unique in other ways, too, with stretchy skin or stretch marks where there was no fat. Maybe we had chronic episodes of acid reflux, indigestion, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating,...