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Secrets of Being a Fitness Instructor

Secrets of Being a Fitness Instructor

When I decided to audition for becoming an indoor cycling instructor over three years ago, it wasn’t about the money — it was about the lifestyle and community. Who wouldn’t love to work where yoga pants are the office dress code and sweaty post-cycle brunch is a […]

Cardio-Induced Panic Attacks are Real—Here’s How to Manage Them

Cardio-Induced Panic Attacks are Real—Here’s How to Manage Them

It was just another Tuesday night at the indoor cycling studio when it happened. I stepped off my instructor bike to bid my clients goodbye, slapping sweaty high-fives on their way out. Suddenly I was overcome by a deadening squeeze in my chest and an […]

I’m Still Amazed at How the Whole30 Impacted My Life — p.s. I’m on Popsugar!

I’m Still Amazed at How the Whole30 Impacted My Life — p.s. I’m on Popsugar!

As a fitness instructor, I always thought of myself as more or less a healthy eater. I lived by the “everything in moderation” rule and dispelled food guilt with thoughts of I’m worth it, Treat yourself girl! and Hey, I worked out twice today. I packed my lunches (when I remembered), […]

The Any-Level-Hiker’s Guide to Half Dome

The Any-Level-Hiker’s Guide to Half Dome

A few weeks ago, five of us pulled up to a dusty, pitch black parking lot at the base of a mountain at 3am. A big, huge, bucket list mountain, that is. Twelve hours later, we were pulling off our hiking boots in that same dusty […]

6 Steps You Need to Take Before Starting Whole30

6 Steps You Need to Take Before Starting Whole30

After publishing my Whole30 reflection, I’ve received more than a few emails and messages from friends old and new about the process, changes I experienced, and how they can incorporate the program into their lives–or even if it is right for them. I am certainly […]