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Where are you going?

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➡️ If I’m trying to get to Michigan, which direction should I travel? ↗️ For those of you who know I live in California, you would suggest northeast. ❓But what if you didn’t know that I was currently in Alabama? 🤷‍♀️You’d be giving me the wrong directions. It’s important to locate yourself to know which direction to travel. And… if you have a co-pilot, you’re not going to blindfold them and ask them which way to turn… You’ll be much better off if they know where you’re starting and where you want to go. In the fitness industry, we talk…

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There’s A Better Way

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There’s a better way to train. And I am committed to teaching it. It *is* possible to enjoy moving your body while following a clear and simple path to stay strong and fit. I’ve done it & helped others do it for over 20 years. If you learn foundational skills, get proper guidance, follow a good plan, and find a way to enjoy it, you will be empowered to train anywhere and through anything life throws your way. If you want to be active your whole life, find a way to be active today. Smile through it (even while you’re…

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Mindfulness

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  Mindfulness is slowing down to experience the present moment intentionally. 🤔 I heard this when I was listening to a podcast a long time ago and wrote this down because I loved this definition. Unfortunately, I didn’t credit the source… If this is your quote, please message me! Slow down.  Experience the present moment.  Whatever you’re doing: strength training, parenting, math facts with your kids… Slow down.  Experience the moment with intention.  Don’t consume yourself with what you didn’t do yesterday.  Don’t think about what’s next on your to do list.  Slow down.  Breathe. Experience what is in front…

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What I Will and Won’t Do

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I won’t ever tell you what you need to change.    I’ll ask you why you want to train with me. (& we’ll unpack that if we need to 😉)   I will tell you that you are worth taking care of.    If you ask for my help, you can count on me to do everything in my power to get you to believe that too.    Because it’s true.    And because you need to believe you’re worth the effort in order to make the changes you want to make in your life & see the results you want to…

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Success

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Hi! I’m Val. & I’ve always been a “weird” personal trainer. Success as a personal trainer in most gyms means: selling big packages, filling your schedule, & keeping clients forever. When I first started in this industry 20 years ago, I was encouraged to point out everything I thought my clients “needed” to change about their bodies & get them to rely on me so I would always have a paycheck. I could never do it. It felt icky to me. It’s part of the reason I didn’t do well in big box gyms… I don’t want students to stay…

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Commenting

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I’ve been thinking about comments people make. It started when someone I know peripherally & hadn’t seen in a while (let’s call her Barb) lost a lot of weight. Barb was never what one would consider ‘overweight’. I hate even saying this, but if anything, she maybe looked ‘soft’. Like she hadn’t been exercising a ton & wasn’t being super strict with her eating (like nearly everyone in the last couple years at some point or another). When I saw her recently, it looked like she lost 30+ pounds. I heard many people commenting on her weight loss & telling…

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Getups & Swings

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Another day. Another simple training session. 10 R Swings 1 R Getup 10 L Swings 1 L Getup X 5 = 100 SA Swings + 10 Getups + a lot of sweat 😅 And… a reminder in the form of a cropped tank from @breathindetroit: “Hate is easy. Love takes courage.” Go out & #spreadlove #spreadstrength Enjoy some pics of the swing =)

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Consistency + Self Love

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Consistency is key when you want to do something well. Strength training 🏋🏼‍♀️, playing an instrument 🎹 , meditating 🕉, yoga 🧘‍♀️ , becoming a better person… It’s one move toward your goal after another. Repeatedly. The thing that people often forget, though, is the self-love piece. Consistency *is* key, but things come up, life happens, and there will be days you can’t or just don’t do what you want to do to get to your goal. That’s where self-love comes in. When you have/incorporate self-love, you know in your heart that you want to do “the thing”. You also…

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Keep It Simple

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Keep It Simple, Strength Edition There is no need to overcomplicate your strength training. If you want to get stronger but don’t know what to do, this strength world can feel very overwhelming! Plus, you don’t want to pay someone just yet if you’re not sure you’ll stick with it. My advice? Keep it Simple! Plan to do something every day. Every other day, make that “something” strength training. The days you’re not strength training, aim to move your body on purpose – walk, swim, play frisbee, paddle board, hike, whatever you want! For your strength training, pick one lower-body…

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Why Do Deadlifts Feel So Good?

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My friend Marilyn has had a lot of ups and downs over the last couple of years. With accidents, surgeries, new medications, we’ve been as consistent as we can with her training. Sometimes we only do stretching & balance, because that’s what she needs. Although she ALWAYS asks to deadlift the bar. 🤪 As a trainer, sometimes your job is to motivate & push your students to work more or harder. Other times your job is to use your experience & intuition to give them what they need. Which may not be exactly what they want. Today was a nice…

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