Is your life as good as it looks? “Fakebook” vs. Living Your Best Life

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My friend calls it Fakebook. She says people just post the “best of’s” and don’t paint a true picture of what’s really going on in their lives. So what? Don’t we all?

The problem isn’t in sharing the highlight reel… it’s in coveting other people’s highlights. If you’ve been making yourself sick over so-and-so’s tropical vacation with their perfectly-snot-free children, stop. Rest easy knowing their kids are just as crusty as yours.

It recently occurred to me that my life looks pretty good on Facebook, too. Cute kids, handsome husband, pretty red door, my own business doing what I love. Check!

However if a friend were to describe my life to me that way, my first instinct would be to undermine the illusion. “Yeah but you don’t know how it really is at our house. You wouldn’t believe how crusty it is behind that pretty red door.”

Then it dawned on me to turn this situation on it’s head. Rather than undermine my highlight reel by displaying all the edits tossed to the cutting room floor, why not embrace it? I might only make 10% of my photos visible above the surface, but that 10% is EVERY BIT AS REAL as the rest of my iceberg.

My resolution this year is to love and cherish my life, the way it appears to others on Facebook. I dare you to do the same.

Training moms is important because moms give all day!

MOMS do it on PRINCIPLE – Why I’m Passionate About Training Moms

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WHY am I so passionate about training moms?

Because moms give. All day. You give to your work, your family, your kids. And you actually DO have fewer hours in the day (and get ‘er done anyway, and then some).  Because 6-8 am do not exist for you. Because 4-8 pm do not exist for you.

Because your kids can’t just order in, or grab a snack and wait for a late dinner. Nope, dinner has to be ready at a reasonable hour to get those kids to bed. And then they don’t go to bed. And all the stuff you saved up to do after they were down–you know, the stuff you might’ve been doing between 6-8 am and 4-8 pm–suddenly that stuff got pushed to 9:30 pm. And you sure as H-E-double-hockey sticks don’t feel like starting THEN. And that’s just weekdays. Don’t get me started on getting stuff done on weekends between birthday parties, soccer practice, and visits with the in-laws!

Carve That Time

I have a mom friend who says “I’m not good at carving out ME time.”  You gotta do it. You’re actually 2/3 of the way there! Time exists. You exist. It’s just the “carving” part you’ve got to do. 😉
You don’t need me to tell you that investing an hour in your fitness pays off in spades. You already know that in addition to the primary benefits of simply getting stronger you’ll enjoy the secondary benefits of feeling less stressed, sleeping better, feeling sexier, reducing risk of disease and injury, and on and on.
You know all this and STILL have a hard time carving out the “ME” time. So here’s why you should: ON PRINCIPLE!

Refill the Tank

After giving all day, all week, it’s time to put something back in the tank. And I don’t mean wine! I mean Strength. Oxygen. Discipline. Routine. Results. That’s the stuff that’ll replenish you. ‘Cuz at 6 am tomorrow it’s time to start giving again.

Because training moms is so important to us, MG personal Training has classes at hours to suit mom life. And you’ll learn how to make the most of that hour. I love and respect you too much to waste your time! So come on in mom – find a class that suits your schedule and give back – TO YOURSELF!

Are you a Smooth Operator? Work Slower to Become More Flexible, Stronger, And More Efficient

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May is Ninja month at MG Personal Training. We’re practicing being slow, silent, and SMOOTH. Working slow’n’smooth can help reveal rough patches in your movement. Be aware of what your body is telling you: is one side easier to control than the other? Stronger? More flexible? Working out these kinks can help you bust through training plateaus and accomplish new gravity-defying feats.

Less sexy but more practical: It can also help you prevent injuries. Resolving asymmetries and strength discrepancies helps (re)teach your body to move efficiently and safely.

More Flexible, Stronger, and In Control? Or Is it Just An Illusion?

On the other hand, exercising too quickly is like a magic trick. Sure, you might impress the dads in the park by whipping off a quick cartwheel, but can you really control it? You might fool others with your sleight of hand, but in the end you’re only fooling yourself. That’s criminal.

More Flexible, stronger, and more efficient - Ryan Hurst demonstrates slow and smooth

Bodyweight Circuit Routine – Video

Watch Ryan Hurst–Head Ninja at GMB Fitness–demonstrate some of the moves we’ll be practicing at MG Personal Training.

ABCs of Post-Natal Exercise

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Maxine Grossman, of Maxine Grossman Personal Training in NDG, loves working with new moms! On Tuesday, April 25,  she is hosting a workshop at Melons & Clementines: “A-B-Cs of Post-Natal Exercise”. Details are here.

For the last 25 years, Max has been passionate about fitness! She shares that love with others with her very personalized training. She exercised through her two pregnancies, and recoveries, and understands well the challenges. She wants to make sure that new moms train in an informed, safe and supportive environment!

Max shares with us what her workshop is all about, plus offers some advice to new moms about exercising post-baby….

Who should not miss your workshop on post-natal fitness?

“Are my abs gone for good?”.
“Will I ever be able to jump again… without leaking pee?”
“Am I doing these Kegels right… and do I even need to?”

If you’ve been asking yourself questions like these, this workshop is definitely for you. Whether you’ve had your baby 6 days or 6 years ago pregnancy and delivery can take a lasting toll on the body if not properly addressed.

What are some common myths about post-natal exercise?

Myth #1: I’ll start as soon as I have some routine and a few hours to myself.

Ha! Sorry, those days are gone, mama. The good news is just a few minutes a day can make a huge difference, but when that’s all you have to spare you’ll want to spend your time wisely. What’s the most effective thing to be doing???

Myth #2: As soon as I feel strong enough I’ll get back to my “regular” routine.

Yikes. Pregnancy and delivery (vaginal or C-Section) are pretty traumatic on the body. Bits get moved about that need to get worked back into place. Rushing into the exercises you were doing before pregnancy can actually make things worse. We’ll cover how to rebuild that foundation before layering on your previous exercises.

Myth #3. I’ll never get my “pre-baby” body back.

As my three-year-old would say, “Not true, Mama. Verrrry verrrry not true.”
You CAN get your old body back, and maybe even be faster, fitter, stronger than ever. But this takes a long time, a lot of work, and a lot of stars aligning.

Is being stronger than ever a priority for you? If yes, great! We’ll work towards it.
If not, then that’s great too. Prioritize what feels right now.

What is one piece of advice that you can give to a new mom who is eager to start exercising again?

Be kind and patient with yourself. You might be juggling interrupted sleep, breastfeeding, toddlers at home, routine change, no chance to prepare meals (let alone eat). You can practice rebuilding your core and getting stronger, but be forgiving about the demands and expectations you place on your body at this stage.

What will you be covering in Tuesday’s workshop?

The A-B-Cs of Post-Natal Exercise refers to Ab separation, Bladder control and C-sections. I’ll show you how to check for diastasis recti. We’ll talk about pelvic floor, bladder control, and Kegels. I’ll explain the “core” and what strengthening core really means. I’ll show you the most effective way to use your time, and what moves to avoid.

All attendees will receive a pass for a free trial at MG Personal Training.

If a mom is interested in more information, but cannot attend, can you still help her?

Kidding! MG Personal Training offers several classes a week that are appropriate for new moms; babies are always welcome. Call me to ask about a free trial. If you feel have questions or specific issues you’d like to address, we can set up private sessions.

(Interview courtesy Okidgo: