1. 8 Reasons to Race

    By Hannah Alderfer, BA, CPT, FMSC & 3x Boston Bound! Structure My training is never more structured than when I’m preparing for a race, especially a challenging one. When I train for a race, I plan out my weeks and make sure to incorporate hard days, long days, and, most importantly, easy recovery days. I structure in lifting to fit my running routine and stretch and foam roll to make sure t…Read More

  2. I Earned It!

    By Hannah Alderfer, BA, CPT, FMSC I earned it. I deserve it. It’s my reward. One more rep, one more mile, one more minute and it’s mine. That scoop of ice cream, piece of pie, plate of cookies, bag of chips, or bottle of ice-cold soda is rightfully yours. Who’s to say you don’t deserve it? At least that’s what the Coca-Cola company is trying to push at us these days. They would whole-hea…Read More

  3. 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

  4. Mirroring

    By Danielle Wirick, MS, CSCS, FMSC Have you ever been to an exercise class and had the instructor scratch her head and you instinctively scratch your head too? When you see two women talking at lunch and you think that the events being discussed have happened to both of them because their facial expressions, emotions and gestures mimic each other. Have you ever been watching football and when ther…Read More

  5. 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

  6. Characteristics of our Healthiest Clients

    By Danielle Wirick, MS, CSCS, FMSC As a Personal Fitness Trainer, one of the things new clients often say is that they want to be like or look like some of our other clients. Although that’s a great compliment to my many healthy clients, what so many people don’t understand is that it’s not just what they do during their training session that gives them their edge; it’s their overall li…Read More

  7. 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

  8. Mental Toughness

    By Tyler Murphy, BEd, CPT and mentally tough trainer! Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” The mental toughness of the greatest athletes set them apart from the rest of the population. Mental toughness is defined as the measure of individual res…Read More

  9. We LOVE Our Clients

    You let us have a career we love while working with the most fun and interesting people.  (And getting to come to work in workout clothes is a bonus also!) So here are a few reasons why we are thankful for all of you! Donut Saturday "Girl" Sergeant Running your first 5K!! Or your first half or first full then running off to deliver a baby! Disco Saturday Only missing a workout when you are sick o…Read More

  10. Enough is Enough!

    Everyone wants to change. They want to eat better, drink more water, stress less, play more, exercise often. CHANGE. But it's not whether you want to change, it's whether you want to change ENOUGH. Are you willing to say I 'll take a water instead of a coke or a beer - everytime? Are you willing to get up at 4:30 to get to the gym by 5 - everyday? Change takes work, change takes effort - change, o…Read More