Bravery, strength and fear are words we hear daily. What is truly the meaning behind them? How can the 3 be paired together?

Its often said that the people that give so much of themselves are always the most lonely. As the holidays approach, we are all so busy shopping for our family, for ourselves. We are so caught up in the marketing of all the holiday offerings that we often overlook the ones that are truly alone.

One of the most influential people in my life was an immigrant with only an 8th grade education and a dream to succeed. He didn't need to succeed for the masses or want to be well-known or famous; he wanted to succeed for his family, for his wife, for my brother, and for me.

Inspirational quotes and memes a plenty, all to help us get through the day or get through a tough time. I wondered just how miserable can we all really be? We all do it. We search online for just the right thing to post on Facebook to have the world help us feel better, but why? Can our lives be that bad that we search online for the answer or get angry when we see someone living life?? How hard can it be to be happy?

How I Found Fitness:

At the age of 24 I suffered a broken wrist and was dealing with depression. I felt a pull to begin exercising as an attempt to strengthen my body and mind. I felt better and better each day, and began to exercise as much as possible. I found Freedom through exercise- freedom from all the pain in my life. As a rookie, the first two years my diet consisted of high sodium high carbs and starch carbs. I gained a lot of size but was soft and had no cardiovascular endurance. Once I begin to educate myself on proper nutrition for my muscles to grow and recover, everything changed. 

It is one of the strongest emotions that we can have...Fear.

Fear can stop us in our tracks, and fear can make us chose an easier path in life. I know this is an article that is supposed to be about fitness in some way shape or form; and for me, well, fitness is everything; it is also about one of the biggest fears that I had to overcome.

Hey all! I want to talk about something that is very near to me and that is failure. When you continue to push yourself to new limits, failure is expected, but what's hard to understand is failure without trying.

Since we don’t plow the fields and milk the cows each day anymore, we have become a modern, industrialized society of sitting. Most of the population spends 10+ hours in the day just sitting, whether we are working in front of a computer, checking messages on our phone, eating meals with friends, or lounging in front of the TV. Of course in an ideal world, all of us would have the time to go to the gym for an hour each day, but if you get too busy and have to skip a day, here’s a few suggestions to get just a little more movement out of each day.

Any serious lifter can tell you that in order to continue making progress in size, strength and/or fat loss over the long term, just about every workout needs to be “balls to the wall.” In the beginning, almost any new stimulus will bring about gains. However, after several years of pushing and pulling the iron you must continually push yourself to new heights, and this takes an extraordinary amount of dedication, discipline, passion and MOTIVATION! Here are 7 great ways to get mentally ready to tear things up before even getting on the gym floor!

You may already be immersed in a fitness plan which enhances your physical strength and flexibility, improves performance, and keeps your physique in tip-top shape. But being physically fit confers a multitude of mental benefits which you might not be aware of. As a matter of fact, the link between physical health and mental health is so strong that people who brush off regular exercise as a time-consuming task are depriving themselves of optimal health and well-being.

In honor of each and every traumatic brain injury survivor, as a fellow TBI Survivor, I praise you with my utmost respect.

Given the adversity and obstacles in my life, I have also experienced the bright side. I am so fortunate to have been blessed with opportunities in my career that have enabled me to pursue my dreams. However, it’s by the result of multiple traumatic brain injuries, that I’ve pursued a purpose driven life and career. Having a positive mindset, your-eye-on-the-prize momentum and winning attitude ensures you focus!

During pregnancy, women gain anywhere from 25 to 40lbs. It took 9 months to put that weight on, so don’t expect to lose all the weight right after the baby is born.

First thing you should do is consult with your doctor to see if your body is ready. Ligaments and joints will still be loose due to the hormone relaxin. Diastasis recti, which is the separation of your core muscles, is also common after birth.

Hello Fitness Professionals, are you ready to embrace change? The Autumn Equinox has come and gone, bringing with it many aspects of change. This includes changes in climate, as well as equal day and night hours, nearly twelve hours each. Because change is ever constant, and therefore inevitable, in this month’s issue, we encourage you to welcome change. This is important because when we allow ourselves to embrace change, rather than resist it, we encourage the process of flow. How do we achieve this phenomenon of flow? Flow can only be achieved when we are cultivating power from within.

You may already be a member of the weight-training-for-life club, but you probably have days here and there in which getting motivated to pull out all the stops in your lifting routine may be difficult. Perhaps you’ve been dealing with stress at work, a distressing family situation, illness, or an injury. In many cases, these things threaten to steal your thunder and have you training at a sub-optimal intensity.

So what do you do? Here are some suggestions which can help you re-engage that warrior spirit and get you training like a beast again.

I have been active my entire life. By 11 years old I would ride my bike about 5 miles each way to swim practice in the summer and then ride around all day after. I started lifting weights with my swim team at 12 and could beat all the boys in middle school in arm wrestling as a result (except my boyfriend because I didn’t want to embarrass him!). And even though I grew up in Pennsylvania, my family went to New Jersey beaches on weekends and I taught myself how to surf at 13. I just kept beating myself up in the water until I got it. At that time I was one of the few females surfing in Long Beach Island, in fact, I only remember seeing one other girl out there in those first 3 years. Thus, I grew accustomed to playing outdoors in my various sports solo or being one of the only chicks around. It may have toughened me up as well though. During those tender pre-teen and teen years I was somewhat ashamed of my muscular body and felt boyish. This was also the era of stick thin beauty perception.

I’m betting, like most of us you've been waiting, working and even hoping like hell for more, money, clients, friends, opportunities, recognition, passion or… fill in the blank, to finally freaking show up in your life?

If so you’ll want to hear this.

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