Annie the Descendant
Growing up in the country, we always had a family pet. Caring for an animal wasn’t anything ‘new’ to me: from bunny rabbits to kitty-cats and white mice with red eyes, our little funny farm had it all. But one constant was a guard dog. And those well-trained pooches did a great job warding off just about anyone who pulled into the driveway. Then,…read more
For the last 10 years, my fitness has been institutionalized, in turn imprisoning me in some ways. Every single week since moving to NYC, I have done at least one workout at Equinox, my home away from home. In fact, I loved it so much, I got a job there for nearly 4 of those years! But, after a transitional summer, I’m ready for a serious shake-up.
So as of November…
The Mental Game
This has been a particularly busy week. In addition to managing my business (both physically training clients and behind-the-scenes in my office), I began studying a certification course through Arizona State University led by Gloria Feldt – the topic is Women’s Leadership – a subject very near and dear to my heart and so perfectly timed…read more
9 Ways to Birth Naturally
In May, 2013, ACOG announced a study that finds adverse effects of pitocin in newborns. Less and less women are undergoing early-term Caesarean deliveries, largely due to risks, dangers and complications associated with them. There’s been an upswing in natural birthing with midwives and doulas. Birthing centers are cropping up across the country.…read more
One of my favorite ways to increase cardiovascular capacity is by doing cardio intervals. I save longer, steady-state runs for the outdoors, using a treadmill for specific conditioning drills instead.
I share with you a 45-minute conditioning workout that is guaranteed to push your cardiovascular system to the next level. Enjoy!
Find a moderate pace that…
I’m going rogue.
The Spartan Race that Team Skoogfit did earlier this month set me right and gave new inspiration for my fitness game. I’ve added running back into my weekly program (1 interval session, 1 distance run) and am back to twice weekly yoga sessions. Today, I canceled my gym membership (sorry, Equinox, it’s been TEN years and we’ve…
According to, well, almost every female-targeted publication out today, “strong is the new skinny.” Good stuff, right? Typically, this slogan is followed up with photos of the same scrawny women that we have been seeing since skinny was the new, well, skinny. I have skinny fatigue.
What’s the deal with unattainable, boney frames being…
Just The Way I Am.
I did yoga for the first time in MONTHS today at a cute little studio on the Upper West Side. Since there were only 2 of us in the class, I happily figured it would be challenging: my body has been in DESPERATE NEED of a good, deep stretch.
Just sitting there on that pink mat, my hips screamed and burned. Every twist, balance and pose took real sweaty effort to strike.…
Many of my bride-clients are getting married for the specific purpose of starting families. Most of these women are in their mid-30′s and pop prenatal vitamins like candy in hopes for a honeymoon baby. But are the stresses of planning a wedding combined with losing a ton of weight and weekly parties counterproductive to baby making? After all, a healthy…read more
Design Your Own Fitness Plan!
“Skoog, why don’t you teach group fitness classes?” “Hey Jen, you should do a workout video!” “Yo, me and my friends wanna workout together. Can you send us a program?”…
There are many reasons why I don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to fitness. Just like the world is made up of very unique and diverse