Do You Need a Rest Day?

Posted by on September 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

Sherri _LarchRecently, I was lying in bed and it was raining outside. I was scheduled for a workout but I was having a hard time leaving my warm bed to head outside into the cold, wet day. As I lay there having a difficult time finding the motivation, I was asking myself if I was being lazy or if maybe, my body needed a day off. I like to start my day by revving my metabolism but I’m just like everyone else and some days I just don’t feel like it. I thought I’d share the tips I use to determine whether I’m being lazy or I need a day off.

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Back to School, Back to YOU!

Posted by on September 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm


hikingNow that kids are back in school, it’s a great opportunity to focus on you and your health and fitness.  At Northwest Personal Training, we know that….

……committing to a health and fitness program is as much mental as it is physical.

Setting up your lifestyle to promote success is key. Figuring out which activity you like best and how/when you will fit it in are important steps to a long term commitment. One step we have each client complete is signing off on a Fitness & Training Makeover Commitment. Here is what it looks like. Feel free to use it as is or edit it as needed to make the commitment you are ready and willing to make. Then post it somewhere so you can regularly refer to and to help keep you motivated. Read more on Back to School, Back to YOU!…

Know Better So You Can Be Better!

Posted by on August 26, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Sherri Bike_3It’s hard to do better if you don’t know better! So part of the…..

…..process of achieving any goal is to learn as much as you can about the process.

In terms of becoming as healthy as you can, start to become a student of nutrition, fitness, exercise, your body…The beauty of learning is it can happen in a variety of different ways through books, articles, DVDs, workshops, webinars, or mentors. If you want to improve your nutrition, start reading nutrition based articles, purchasing books on the topic, taking a healthy cooking workshop or hiring a nutrition consultant or registered dietitian to help guide you through the process. If you want to start exercising, read about proper conditioning and programming, purchase a DVD, take a practical clinic, or hire a personal coach or trainer who can hold you accountable and teach you safe and effective techniques. Read more on Know Better So You Can Be Better!…

Super Busy But Still Fit!

Posted by on March 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

pushupplanka(1)It seems that most people in our society report they are busier than ever and are having a difficult time managing work, family, social, fitness and more. In fact, a self-reported lack of time is the number one reason someone won’t start or will stop an exercise program. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in a day to get everything done!  Fortunately, that’s exactly what we specialize in at NWPT – helping really busy people commit to their health and fitness so they can look and feel their best. You can be super busy but still fit!

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Choosing The Right Gym!

Posted by on January 5, 2015 at 11:00 am

download (10)The biggest surge in Fitness Club memberships is always January! After resolving to become more fit and healthy, many people will rely on the assistance of a health club to help get in shape.  Unfortunately, according to IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sports Association, 35% of people who join a fitness club quit each year with the most common reasons being the gym is overcrowded or they are not satisfied with the staff or the programs. So…choosing the right gym makes a huge difference!

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Spring Makeover Challenge – Week 6

Posted by on June 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Our annual 6 week Spring Makeover Challenge allows our clients to participate in a fun, friendly team competition to help them shed that extra winter layer that most of us put in during the cold, dark rainy days.  Each of our trainers recruit team members and we all compete against each other to see who can ramp it up the most and achieve the best results.  There’s nothing like a little peer pressure to get you to do what you need to do to reach your goals.

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Choosing The Right Activity To Get Fit

Posted by on March 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Choosing the right activity to get fit is important and now that spring is here, days are longer and many of us have a renewed sense of energy….so instead of just jumping into something, take a moment to consider which activity might be the one that you actually stick to for the long term.

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Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Ten

Posted by on February 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Ten

Now we move on to Step Ten in the effort to achieve your goals and dream life, but first let’s review the first 9 steps….see below:

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Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Nine

Posted by on January 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Nine

We have moved on to Step 9 of your mission to achieve your goals and dream life, but first you may want to view the previous steps:


Now For Step Nine: Be An Inspiration to Others

594I feel very confident that when you focus on helping others and inspiring others to live their dream life, it makes it easier to achieve your goals.

For example, maybe you’re one of the lucky few fitness fanatics?  You have no problem getting up every morning and getting to the gym for your workout or your early morning run.  You’ve been exercising for years and couldn’t imagine ever quitting.  When you’re on vacation or on a business trip, you always book at a hotel that offers a fitness gym so you don’t get off track.  You exercise 5 plus times per week and it’s never a problem and in fact, sometimes, you have to really discipline yourself to take a rest day.  Sedentary, couch potatoes watch you with envy wondering how you do it!

Were you always so disciplined?  Probably not.  Think back to when you first started exercising.  Do you remember how it felt?  You may have felt a little awkward or clumsy.  You may have been really stiff and sore the next day.  It may have taken you a little while to get into a routine and feel comfortable with what you were doing.  You may have hated every second of every workout!

When did exercise change from a chore to a necessity, to a desire? When and how did you get hooked?  As personal trainers, it’s our job to get new clients to the point where they’ve caught the exercise “bug”.  This is when clients stop complaining about how much exercise hurts and how difficult it is to stick to their program and instead, start commenting on how exercise makes them feel so good and how they find they need exercise to de-stress, find energy or be more productive at work.

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Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Eight

Posted by on January 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step #8

We have moved on to Step 8 of your mission to achieve your goals and dream life.

You can view all previous issues here:

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