Aug 08

Strength for Life

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Apr 25


Spring! Best time of year award! Finally, after what seems like the longest winter on record, we can stow away the layers of fleece, gloom and fat. This spring brings goodness galore. As you can see, I have sprinkled pixie dust on my brand – thanks to JPD Studio, my website is sparkly-fresh. And, thanks to Snow Day Works, I have more than a book in the works: friends,… read more
Jun 22

Hot as Ballz!

This season is already sizzling hot. My street has become people stew and smells like it…the subway platform a marinated mess of stinky feet and underarm sweat. Marathon training? Ha! I’m just trying to get from one block to the next without frying like an egg!… read more
Jun 12

Workout Anywhere!

Ever go to the gym and see a trainer making his client stand on 1 foot on a bosu ball while pulling a cable in 1 hand, pressing a dumbbell overhead and balancing a weight plate on their head? Circus workouts, as I call them, have no place in my book. I’m a big fan of back-to-basic and straightforward workout routines: if it ain’t broke, why fix it? That said,… read more
Jun 03

Heating up!

Outdoor workouts Summer heat can be stifling. My later-than-usual Sunday run today was unbearable! I found myself trudging up the Harlem hills rather than my usual happy stride, but I made it. Not unscathed, however. Tonight, my lungs actually hurt. Which got me thinking: how dangerous is it to breathe in hot, humid and polluted NYC air? After a brief google… read more
May 29

Marathon Training!

Yikes! Marathon training begins July 8th, a mere 5 weeks away! If you are running this year’s New York City Marathon, at this point you should: Consistently be running 3 times/week. Be sure you’re equipped with proper footwear. If your shoes are more than 6 months old, time for a new pair! Protect yourself from the sun! Stock up on sweat-resistant… read more
May 24


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all Americans will be obese by 2030. In other words, if you are pregnant right now, your future 18-year-old child has a nearly 50% chance that he/she will be obese. Yikes. We need to act now. As individuals. As parents, peer mentors and community leaders. Our lives are made up of small choices that… read more
May 03

Dear Skoogfit

Dear Skoogfit, Now that I am 6 weeks post partum, do you have any exercises that will strengthen my pelvic floor muscles? I have been reading online and am getting mixed reviews on whether I should even be lifting weights if I feel that my pelvic floor has weakened…any tips would be great! After a vaginal birth, many women complain of a weakened abdominal… read more
May 02


It’s wedding season! Most brides-to-be want to look fit and fantastic on their wedding day, but some go about it in curious ways. From juice fasts, feeding tubes, crash diets and overtraining stress fractures, getting there can be a traumatic journey. It doesn’t have to be. With a bit of foresight and planning, the weeks leading up to your special… read more
Apr 26

Why not?

A few days ago, I entered the NYC Marathon lottery, just for fun. A few clients of mine are running it and I thought, “why not? I won’t get in, but I can at least say I tried, right?” Well, I won. I’m running this year’s NYC Marathon November 4th alongside my clients. I have a few concerns: Will I lose my hard-earned muscle during… read more