My client Laura is totally consistent with her weight training every Tuesday & Thursday. At age 59, she looks & feels great!

Laura is an amazing girl! She works hard, manages her home life, and values her health by making time to keep her appointments with me which keeps her fit. Here, she is doing a controlled roll up and roll down with a 15lb. med ball keeping her lower back stable thereby strengthening her abs while protecting her spine. Notice the smoothness and mindfulness with which she moves. This is key even when you move at a quicker rate of speed. 

And guess what? We went to high school together, re-found each other, and I have been training her for 8 years now.  Needless to say, in addition to training hard, in between sets, we laugh, tell stories and play great music in the gym. We have a blast! I always do with my clients. Besides my focus on each client’s form, we always have fun!

6 Key Exercise & Nutrition Tips

1. Add something green to every meal, make it colorful as well as beautiful, and always use a small plate. Feel satisfied not full. 2. Exercise more days than taking days off. For example, exercising 3 days/week means taking 4 days off which will make it much harder to become a habit. 3. Find a trainer who teaches effective and safe exercise movements specific to you right down to proper foot placement, squat form, abdominal exercises (many trendy ones are unsafe), etc. 4. Give your routine time to become a habit or lifestyle. This means at least 3-6 months. You don’t have to be wild about your exercises or activities everyday either. ‘Just do it’, stick with it and, as we all know, you’ll be healthier for it. 5. The same goes for food. Make nutritious choices 90% of the time. It will become habit and you know that you will be, once again, healthier for it. It is SO worth it. 6. It’s the thinking about the choices that sometimes stops us. How many times have you had a dilemma over whether to workout or not, hire a trainer or not, or eat healthy or not? By the time you’ve thought about it, you could have already done it. 

My new vid for Providence St. John’s Health Center. I’m 60! Woohoo!

It’s finished! I am SO excited to publish this video. They sent a crew from Oregon and we filmed all day. What a great team of people! It was a blast. And I just turned 60 in December.

I can tell you that I am thankful that I studied exercise science and stayed in shape all throughout my life or my recovery would not have been nearly as easy. And I wouldn’t have been able to do all of my sports, or been able to as easily played with my niece and nephews growing up plus all of the neighbor kids that I love! I can say firsthand that the sooner you lose weight (if you have to) and get strong and fit, the better. So don’t wait each year until next year my friends! The time is now.

I love doing what I do!

My main goal is to make a difference in people’s lives. A woman named Neicie did just that for me. When I was 21, I came back from an 8 week ski trip to Idaho and couldn’t put my jeans on! I had gained 15 lbs. I didn’t know what to do. I was sad around my girlfriends and so frustrated. So they dragged me to a dance-exercise class and one look at this 35 year old, amazingly fit woman named Neicie made turn my life around. I remember telling myself ‘I’m going to be like her’. In 6 months I was teaching her class. She was awesome!
I hope to help you attain your goals while giving you some of my positive energy and spirit, and passion that I have for exercise, keeping healthy and living life!

Me doing a few, last minute squat-rows!

So after opening the gym at 6, I buzzed home real quick (luckily I live nearby), grabbed a bite (always healthy stuff at my house), and jammed back to get in a couple of sets of these, two sets of walking lunges with a twist with a 15 lb Med ball, two sets of narrow grip hanging reverse rows and one set of Hanger knee tucks before my clients all start coming in. Then lunch with my girlfriend and jam back to train afternoon clients plus finish up my weight training day. 

You know, it was kind of a chilly day and I could have gone home (I hadn’t showered yet),  but I had it in my mind to do all of my lifting so I did. And when you have that little goal for yourself for the day, you flash to being done, and how good it feels mentally as well as physically. So you ‘Just Do It!’ Best line ever. 

Enjoy your day always!  MK