1. Garden Fitness

    By: Kylie Thompson, BS, CPT & Intelligent Fitness Gardener! Your garden is an unlikely location for exercise that provides so many physical and mental health benefits. When you’re absorbed with what’s going on in your garden, you’re not thinking about what happened earlier in the day, giving you a way to unwind. Not to mention the benefits of being outside in the sunshine. Gardening util…Read More

  2. Setting SMART Goals for Fitness and Weightloss

    It’s the same thing every year. On January 2, you hit the gym with every intention of making this “your year”. You know that this time you have to stick to it. You tell yourself, “I have to go to the gym at least five days a week, and by spring break I”ll be looking good!” Or maybe you just want to feel better and have more energy. You’ve heard that working with a personal trainer ca…Read More

  3. 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

  4. What Level Are You?

    By Melanie Neading, BS & a "3"More than likely, one of your recent training appointments began with your trainer holding a board in one hand and a pole in the other announcing your training is going to begin with a screening.  As you moved through your screening the initial panic probably wore off and you realized it really wasn't that bad!  So what EXACTLY was that all about???  A test to…Read More

  5. Healthy Tattoos!?!

    Tattoos have become more and more popular in today’s society. They no longer keep you from getting the job that you want, or have people believing that you are automatically in a gang. As someone who has multiple tattoos, I believe that they are a great way to express events or times in your life that you would like to remember forever. Now, they might be able to even save your life. Researchers…Read More

  6. Six Tips for (Fitness) Success!

    By Danielle Wirick, MS, CSCS, FMSC Get Your Mind Right.  Imagery. Mental Preparation. Visualization. Readiness Factor. Whatever you call it, you have to get your mind in the right place or you won’t be able to make changes to yourself physically. Treat Your Body Like A Temple.  Eat real food, drink water, sleep and manage stress. You can’t feel good working out and be successful in your fitn…Read More

  7. Curls for the Girls… Beating Sarcopenia!

    By Danielle Wirick, MS, CSCS, FMSC Curls for the girls! That’s what I regularly hear from one of our older (and wiser) clients at Intelligent Fitness. Although he might be lifting for “the girls” it might actually be giving him a longer, better quality of life and keep him above ground even longer! Age related loss of muscle mass, strength & power is known as Sarcopenia. Sarcopenia isn…Read More

  8. Do Fitness Contests Motivate?

    I know you’ve seen the latest gym craze with all those contests that swear you’ll have the body you want in just a few weeks…  Skinny Jeans, Fat to Fab, Biggest Winner, Biggest Loser, or 21 days to anything you want!  And while we’re trolling Pinterest for double chocolate peanut butter brownies, we’re also being bombarded by skinny photo-shopped women giving us their latest 30 day cha…Read More

  9. Should You Stretch?

    Have you read in a popular magazine or Internet article recently that stretching is not good for you because it decreases performance or doesn’t reduce injury risk, and thought to yourself, “Should I stop stretching?” If you’re a regular client at Intelligent Fitness, you’ll come to understand quickly that stretching and Range of Motion (ROM) exercises are very prominent here, and differ…Read More

  10. Stress – Can You Handle It?

    What exactly is stress? According to the dictionary, stress is, "a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances." To me, that means stress is something that makes a person feel uneasy and very overwhelmed. When a person is overwhelmed, they tend to neglect important areas of their lives such as their health. When you are feeling stressed, yo…Read More