Happy Inauguration Day!

I am quite excited for the start of a new era and hope that the next chapter in our history is one where our country reaches its full potential as a democracy and uplifts and serves all citizens.  We know for this dream to come true that we must be active citizens and...

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Reopening Plans – Covid 19

Due to an unexpected reconfiguration of phases and regulations in Washington (plus many roadblocks on the outdoor canopy) we are excited for the opportunity to resume indoor classes. There are some new rules and options for the indoor classes so please continue...

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There’s no place like home for your workout…

Ok, we agree -our living rooms are not the ideal place to workout. After all they have been designed for lounging not prone get-ups. So here are our tips for making at home workouts a bit more appealing: Make a Space.  We recently rearranged our living room with at-...

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How to motivate your self to workout

Feel like working out? No? Me neither! I’ve been in the fitness and recreation industry for a long time and I can tell you something that I believe is a universal truth: people often don’t feel like working out! Sometimes we don’t feel like working out because we...

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What about “cardio”?

In the early days of coaching - back when I mostly did personal training - I had a client that was an ultramarathon runner. He came to me because he had heard that strength training would be good for his running but was skeptical about how little “Cardio” training we...

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Move to Avoid Burnout

We all have slightly different motivations for working out but ultimately I think it comes down to wanting to show up everyday as our best selves! For me, my best self is happy, creative, and goofy. And I cannot be these things when I am stressed and worn down. I know...

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Leadership helps individuals make hard decisions

Dear Ascent Community, I’m writing to you from that hollow feeling of sleeping alone in the guest bedroom of your own home. No, this letter is not about marital issues - it is about Covid-19 and the daily difficult moral decisions we are all having to make including...

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What type of shoe should I get for the gym?

For someone who is a firm believer in the barefoot movement I sure do own a lot of of shoes! I own ski boots, crack climbing shoes, bouldering shoes, running shoes, minimalist shoes, lifting shoes, hiking boots, sandals, and some causal shoes. For me, shoes are a tool...

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Movement and Mental Health

You’ve probably heard that exercise is good for your mental health, and research supports that there is a clear link between exercise and improved mood. The reasons for this are inconclusive and most likely multi-faceted. Research has shown that movement can improve...

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Kitchen Preparedness

Before we get into nutrition let's talk about how to prepare our kitchen to be functional and enjoyable while cooking and cleaning. While most of us are not professional cooks we can learn to set up our kitchen like the professionals: organized for efficient...

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