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… read more
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… read more
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
Move It or Lose It
Recently, a friend of mine revealed to me that her husband sneaks a couple cigarettes before bed, even though he had promised never to smoke during their marriage. It’s been 10 years. Another friend laments about her sloth-like husband: he eats copious amounts of disgusting food followed by hours in front of the television. “He hates exercising,”… read more
2 busy 2 bother
At my mom’s 80th birthday party yesterday in rural Minnesota, those of us visiting outside were either stung by frantic bees or ran for the hills to avoid a sting (me). This September, I feel like a frantic autumn bee. With SO much on my calendar, I’m finding it difficult to follow my own advice of consistency and goal-setting. In fact, every September,… read more
Never too busy.
September is one of the busiest months of the year for most of us. With school, new work deadlines and recommitment to obligations, it’s easy to put fitness and nutrition on the back burner. So it’s no wonder that I hear excuses like, “I just don’t have time these days – it’s a miracle I’m getting to my training sessions!”… read more
Rock it, Mama!
“OMG. My neighbor had a kid AFTER me and she’s already wearing skinny jeans!” …help me. As a personal trainer, I wear many hats: fitness coach, nutritionist, cheerleader, career counselor, therapist, confidante, and more. Since I train mostly women who are in very transitional stages with their bodies, insecurity, hormonal changes… read more
8 Must-Haves for Fit-Minded Mamas
There are a gazillion gadgets on the market these days for new moms. In fact, the baby-care product market is predicted to reach $66.8 BILLION globally by 2017. I’m willing to bet that women use MAYBE 40% of what they receive as gifts. It’s tough for expecting mothers to predict exactly what they’ll need once the new baby arrives. The biggest… read more
Along with an amazing and inspiring Team Skoogfit, I ran the Spartan Race today in northern New Jersey. It ranks up there with some of the hardest physical things I’ve ever done. The race was an 8-mile vertical-climb with 21 obstacles snaking through Mountain Creek Ski Resort (think: march up black diamond hills time and again…and again). Some… read more
We can, and we SHOULD.
Overheard: “If men carried a child for 9 months, then gave birth, the US may have better maternity leave policy,” etc. etc. etc. YAWN. This is such a tired argument. Ladies: manipulation might help the next generation, but we are alive RIGHT NOW. Stop “suggesting”, “asking” and beating around the bush for what you want.… read more