about the Stronger You programming.
What are Stronger You programs?
Stronger You programs are 100% online and self-paced. You practice your exercises on your time when it works for your busy lifestyle! I can adapt your workouts to be done all at home, at the gym or a combo of both.
Stronger You is here because I believe all women deserve to feel comfortable and confident in the gym, or working out alone at home. Not everyone can afford 4, 8, or 12 hours with a personal trainer each week. Not everyone can make that work into their busy schedule. With this online approach I hope to bridge a gap.
how will this strength training program benefit me?
When you know how to listen to your body, warm up & strength train safely and consistently, and embrace moving often - you'll have more energy, improve bone density, improve your metabolism, reduce fat, and slow the aging process.
I receive a lot of requests from beginners who want to know how they can begin their strength training journey. As a beginner to weight training it can feel a bit confusing or intimidating when it comes to structuring your strength training routine.
Where do you start?
What exercises do you choose?
How do you put choices together?
How do you do the exercises?
Most women are used to taking an assortment of boot camps and group exercise classes as their main form of exercise. While these can be fun, they don’t allow for progressive loading and skill building (see below for more information on components of a balanced, effective programming). It’s easy to create overuse injuries and not train in a balanced approach (upper and lower body pushing/pulling patterns, coupled with core stability, anti-rotation, anti-extension, to name a few).
With all the information circulating it can feel complex and overwhelming.
I work with BUSY women who have careers, families, friends, aging parents, and feel the effects of putting themselves last for far too long. Whether it's limited finances, crazy crunched time, gym intimidation, or needing your own cheerleader - together we can do this.
Training is an awesome gift you can give to yourself. It’s personal time, a social time, an opportunity to better yourself, learn about yourself, a confidence booster and a fantastic way to simply show up for yourself.
Borrowing a comparison from my previous career: Just like the Flight Attendants tell you on a flight "put your oxygen mask on first and THEN attend to others" - we spend decades prioritizing others, often to the detriment of our own physical and mental health. Let me help you learn how to move well, move often and establish a solid foundation of moving well.
How is the monthly program delivered?
Your monthly program will be sent to you via a daily email which allows for direct access to your own private portal on my platform.
Who Is This For?
Women who are open to learning. You want to move well without pain and without increasing your chance of injury, while learning to incorporate strength training into your busy life.
Women who notice a difference in their bodies begins to happen in their 40's, compared to those years where we could eat anything, do little, and not much changed! Age-related muscle loss, called sarcopenia, is a natural part of aging. Less muscle means greater weakness and less mobility. After age 30, you begin to lose as much as 3% to 5% per decade. After age 40 we lose approximately 1 percent of our lean muscle mass per year. This is why between our 40's and 50's we notice such a difference compared to our 30's. But just because you lose muscle mass does not mean it is gone forever. The good news is strength training can combat this loss.
Women who want to feel comfortable in the gym. The benefits of strength training are well established. You want to lose weight by reducing body fat and building lean muscle, but don't always know what to do or exactly how to do it. Maybe you go to the gym and feel intimidated by those around you who seem to know exactly what they're doing.
Women who crave accountability and a community of like minded women. Carving out time for yourself is HARD. Learning how to incorporate exercises safely can be confusing. Not everyone can afford a personal trainer. Why continue putting off making yourself a priority?
Women who want to learn how to exercise for life - but can't afford a personal trainer or the headache of aligning my availability with yours. If you know me personally you know I've had a large life shift the past year in relocating my Mom up to Maryland, selling her home, and getting her cared for medically up here (huge shout out to Johns Hopkins!), while maintaining my online coaching practice, slowly returning to some of my in-person clients, all the while being a wife, daughter, mom & welcoming a foreign exchange student into our home for the year.
If I'm not working I'm cooking for my family, driving my two (now three) teens all around town to their sports and commitments, driving my Mom to her weekly doctors appointments and advocating for her medically, while also ensuring I put my own needs first and foremost, which includes my 3-4 strength training workouts each week. So - needless to say I have VERY limited time remaining to take on more private clients.
Will this work if I need some in-person instruction for some of the exercises?
Yes! I have quite a few clients who use a blended approach. If you are brand new to strength training you may want to purchase a few individual sessions with me at either of my locations or via a FaceTime or Skype video call, whichever is more convenient for you (click on highlighted portion to learn more). We can have as few or as many sessions that fit your budget and/or help you feel more comfortable.
Why is it important to have a program? Can’t I just take classes at my local gym?
Of course. Gym classes are a great place to start, and if they are working for you - then don’t change a thing. But here’s why having a plan, a program - is superior in my opinion:
I sum it up in one word: Balance
There should be balance in your movement patterns. For example, if you have a horizontal push (ie: push up) you should include a horizontal pull (ie: rowing). If you have a lower body push (ie: squat) you should include a lower body pull (ie: deadlift). A solid program will also include exercises to emphasize core strength, stability and/or rotation.
Last But Not Least:
Simply purchasing this programming won't change your body. You have to take charge of your life and create your changes through consistency. No one HAS the time. We're all given the same 24 hours. It's not about prioritizing your schedule, but instead - learning to schedule your priorities. Learning how to do just that takes time, and practice.
If you're willing to learn, and to commit to practicing (and notice I said practicing here ... NOT perfection!) - I'm here to guide you.
If you are ready to begin, then here you go!