Goal Setting

Aug 20

Prepare for Pregnancy!

Kinga at Giants Stadium There must be a new baby boom: it seems like every other week someone informs me that they’re trying to become pregnant. One of the smartest things a woman can do before getting pregnant is to prepare her body and mind for the Sport of Motherhood. Skoog’s top 5 ways to prepare for pregnancy Strength train. A consistent workout… read more
Aug 17

Humble Pie

  OUCH. Last month, at the behest of my trainer, I signed up for the Spartan Race. I’m not quite sure what I was thinking when I invited my fittest clients (a sub-3:30 marathoner, Everest climbers and a personal trainer in the mix) to sign up for my team, but the possibility of being the weakest link has become my biggest motivating factor. Yes, I’m… read more
Aug 08

Strength for Life

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Aug 06

True Equality, Equal Responsibility {at home}

Ladies. It’s 2013. Do you want gender equality? Do you demand equal pay for equal work in the workplace? Some of the most assertive and powerful women that I know still personally struggle. At home, they are ‘damsels in distress,” awaiting marriage proposals, pushing motherhood until he’s ready, waiting for him to take subtle hints… read more
Aug 05

Strength: It starts with YOU.

Throughout my career, I’ve witnessed clients transform themselves from bystanders to bosses. Dealing with fertility issues, career stagnation and long-shelved dreams are a breeze for women who push themselves physically. In fact, successful women like Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow make exercise a first priority of their day. These women… read more
Jun 24

Getting Sexy Back

I have never trained a new mother who didn’t yearn for her “old self” and talk dreamily of how she “used to look” before she became pregnant. Let’s face it: having babies can wreak havoc on a woman’s figure. But it doesn’t need to ruin her self-esteem or affect her confidence level! Some of my clients are in… read more
Jun 23

the 4th trimester

During NBC4 New York’s health & fitness expo at MetLife Stadium yesterday, I got the stage for 30 minutes after Eli Manning opened the ceremonies. (Man, he’s got a baby face, and SO nice!) It was a true honor to be there. My presentation focused on the “4 trimesters of fitness”. Obviously, exercise during pregnancy is a no-brainer.… read more
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
Oct 03

Are you SAD?

This morning, I woke up, ate breakfast, caught up on social media, fed the dog, hailed a cab & began training my first client all before the sun rose in the eastern sky. When I go home tonight, the sun will have set in the west. I think my client said it best: “The leaves are falling and so is my serotonin.”… read more
Oct 02

Go Get It!

Last Friday, my client rescheduled her early morning workout for the afternoon. She said that she’d be out late Thursday and would be too hung-over and tired to make our session. As luck would have it, Friday afternoon’s workout never happened: one excuse led to the next and she missed out on an opportunity to take another step towards her weight-loss… read more