1. Why It’s a Good Idea to Override Your Mind

    By: Dria Spencer, CF-L1 In my senior year of college, I discovered late fees at the library when I checked out this book right before summer break. That’s right, I had every intention of reading it, but it was old and looked less exciting than working out in the sun during summer break. Little did I know, I would get hooked on it once I got into this old book of research studies done in the 1960…Read More

  2. Why RIGHT NOW?

    By: Shannon Ortiz, LPCCS, RYT200, SPS What is your WHY? Many life coaches, motivational speakers, and yes, even counselors (including me!), will challenge people to find their WHY? Their purpose. The mistake we often make is we immediately think big picture. If it’s a fitness goal, maybe it’s to lose 30 pounds or set a 5k PR. If it’s job or business related, maybe it’s to quit your job an…Read More

  3. Progressive Muscle Relaxation

    By: Hannah Alderfer, BA, CPT, FMSC The first time I practiced Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), I was in my Health Psychology class at Malone University. It was mid-semester and I was stressed, as I often was by that point. My professor introduced us to PMR at what seemed like the most perfectly planned time for students who were overloaded with college work. By the end of the class, I felt rel…Read More

  4. Positive Mind, Positive Life, Positive Results

    By: Alexandria Spencer, CF-L1 My name is Alexandria Spencer. Most people call me Dria! I’m known around the gym as the “bodybuilder girl,” the one that does hard workouts or just plain Dria. I grew up in Louisville, Ohio. I am currently a senior at Malone University studying Exercise Science. Beyond Intelligent Fitness, I am a crossfit coach at two crossfit gyms, a youth leader at my church…Read More

  5. Working in the Workout

    By: Melanie Neading B.S., FMSC and IF Trainer always on the move! We all know that establishing a good routine for weekly exercise is essential to our health. Adhering to a workout plan requires commitment and is more easily done in a routine schedule. However, sometimes life just gets in the the way and finding time becomes difficult and downright impossible! The kids get sick, the car breaks dow…Read More

  6. How Much Caffeine is Okay?

    By: Josh Sample, IF Trainer If you enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning, you’re not alone. Caffeine is a substance that millions of people use to increase wakefulness, alleviate fatigue, and improve concentration and focus. A study conducted by H.R. Lieberman and collegues found that as little as 32 mg of caffeine, about the serving of a generic cola, and which is less than a typical cup of…Read More

  7. What to Expect from Your First Yoga Class

    By: Morgan Zollars, BA, CPT and Yoga Instructor at IF! If you are curious about trying a yoga class, but aren’t sure what yoga entails, don’t worry! There are LOTS of different kinds of yoga under the “yoga” umbrella; it’s just a case of figuring out what you want to get out of your yoga experience, and then finding a class that will meet your goals! At the core, all forms of yoga involv…Read More

  8. The Not-So-Secret Key to Weight Loss

    By: Erin McDermott, BA, CPT and leader of Erin's Intelligent Eating Program! In the United States, 45 million people attempt to diet each year. As a result, the weight loss industry is booming and has managed to convince Americans to spend over 66 billion dollars per year on weight loss products. Yet, the obesity rates in America continue to rise. However, numerous studies have demonstrated that t…Read More

  9. 21 Days is a Myth, But 5 Days is Reality

    By: Philip Palmer, BA, CPT, GEI Finishing up his series on behavior change, read on to find out how to simplify the process of creating new, healthy habits! Ask someone how long it takes to establish a new habit and the number 21 days is frequently mentioned. This number is confidently spoken, not questioned, and believed to be true for everyone. After hearing it so often, I decided to investigate…Read More

  10. Preparing for a Healthy Ski Season

    By: Hannah Alderfer, BA, CPT, FMSC The air is brisk. Snowflakes are powdering the earth. The slopes are calling. It’s ski season! If you take advantage of the colder months in Ohio, or other states, by dusting off your skis each winter, you are not alone. In 2015, about 9.51 million people in the United States headed to the slopes to either ski or snowboard. Skiing, whether downhill or cross co…Read More