April 3, 2020

     We are all facing an unprecedented event that most of us have never seen the likes of. Luckily, we are not alone. Not even as a country, but as a world. Our schedules have been thrown into a new normal of balancing work and home school time wit...

March 9, 2020

   There are so many people I see coming in and out of the gym each day and each week. Most of these people are in at 6am in the morning for at least 5-6 days per week. They are getting stronger, training hard and rushing out the door to get to work.  Movement is great...

December 31, 2019

 Sure, Yoga is a great way to develop strength and flexibility but did you know it also provides a blueprint for healthier living beyond the physical body? The practice of Yoga, according to the ancient sage Patanjali, also included ten ethical principles known as the...

November 25, 2019

  I had always been overweight growing up. I never took any interest in sports and found comfort in my mom's home cooked meals or fast food with friends. Things only got worse in college when I began overeating with lack of control due to stress and other reasons. I hi...

September 2, 2019

Regularly washing your yoga mat is just as important as regularly washing your yoga clothes! Wiping them down in between practices is great but once in a while they need a deep cleaning to prevent getting stinky. To thoroughly clean, submerge the mat in warm water with...

June 27, 2019

  One of the many reasons I hear that people do not work out and lead a healthy lifestyle is because they don’t have time. Between work, kids, after school activities with kids, meetings, boards, volunteer work, etc., we live in a society that being “busy” is almost lo...

February 28, 2019

This past weekend in Durham, NC, I completed the Iron Maiden challenge and became a STRONGFirst Elite Instructor. This challenge includes a press, pistol and pull-up with the 24kg bell. This journey began about 5 years ago for me. After seeing others attempt and comple...

December 26, 2018

After 30 years of age, we begin losing muscle mass, as much as 3-8% each decade depending on how active or not active we are. We can’t just sit around and do nothing about that. Lifting heavy weights is important to maintain and increase muscle mass and bone density. W...

October 31, 2018

 Recently I read an interesting book by one of the nation’s leading nutritionists, Marion Nestle, called “Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.”

  Although “Why Calories Count” may sound like the title of the next new diet craze and a pitch to lose 20 pounds in...

October 31, 2018

  You always hear me say it, “did you drink enough water today”? Seems like most of us drink more coffee than water every day, which can lead big problems later on. I'm just as guilty, but I know the days and weeks that I'm consistently hydrated, I feel better and bett...