Who is Colleen Conlon? She is a New York Post-Guinness World Record Holder and teaches women to overcome limiting beliefs by mastering kettlebells with her Kettlebell Intensive. Embodying her own fierce mindset didn’t happen overnight for Conlon. The ups and downs of her past are part of what propelled her to where she is today. Narrowing down her purpose to help women build strength, confidence all while mastering kettlebells has been more rewarding than she ever thought.
Nadia Murdock is a successful lifelong entrepreneur, author, fitness writer, expert, and mom. Nadia’s education and experience in the interlocking battle of health and psychology fuel her mission and purpose to motivate others into adapting a self-positive mindset leading to healthier choices and body confidence. Nadia’s ‘Train Your Mind, Change Your Body’ philosophy is echoed in her content (writing, interviews, social media, newsletter, videos, press commentary) and digital footprint. Her robust portfolio leading the charge to help women take charge over their minds and bodies extends over a decade. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nadiamurdock/
There is a trend that everyone is loving especially during this very cold winter! Hygge is the trend that supports feelings of wellness, coziness, and comfortability. The concept behind this movement is to encourage the commitment to creating joy and contentment in your life daily. It’s about making a positive impact on your life. Colleen Kavanagh, the founder of Soul Being says the overall sense of wellbeing instilled through the hygge trend goes deeper than a temporary feeling of being comforted. “It is the comfort of knowing that we are able to create this sense of well-being for ourselves despite whatever unknowns may lurk beyond our doorsteps,” Colleen explains.
Mental health needs a voice, it needs someone brave enough to speak about the truths of it and the stigma that surrounds it as well. Being able to speak about the importance of mental health for those in your community is not only honorable it’s empowering. Discussing this openly as a leader is important and it can help increase confidence and perspective on your current situation as well as the world around you.
Studies have shown that the way we move today can affect our health and how we move in the future. Biomechanics studies the mechanical movements of our bodies and helps us understand what makes us stronger mentally and physically, mobile, and flexible as we mature. There is a clear connection between our daily movement and our mental health.
The holiday season is truly what you make it. Although it can be a joyous time of year it can also be a season of stress and depression. “The holidays can be a stressful time for many, whether it be seeing family members you don't get along with, end of year work stress, or feeling like you didn't reach your 2021 goals,” says Michelle Wax, founder of the American Happiness Project.
This fall, we've been working on a new initiative at Recess.tv—Move For Mental Health, a six-week series celebrating the power of mind-body connection and organizations pushing the fitness industry forward for good.
As we move through the series, we're chatting with different experts to explore the intersections between mental and physical health and the way movement plays a special role in our lives.
What is one main thing that keeps you coming back to a fitness class? Many may say it’s the music! With Halloween around the corner, you might be toying with the idea of creating a spooky playlist. Creating a themed class can be a fun way to create an escape for clients while making the workout fun.
October is depression and mental health awareness month. It is estimated that 5% of the global population suffers from depression and considered a common mental health disorder according to the World Health Organization.
Functional Fitness does exactly that, it helps you function in your day-to-day life with power and strength. In essence, it is a form of physical training often paired with interval training and lifting weights. Emily Kennedy, Women’s Wellness and Fitness Specialist explains that for her the purpose of functional fitness is to make everyday life comfortable and easy.
Loving the skin you are in is not always the easiest thing to do, it actually might be one of the hardest things you will ever do. However, if you have reached a point in your life where loving yourself the way you deserve has become a priority (good for you!) then you might be confused whether you are more aligned with Body Acceptance or Body Positivity.
Today being an instructor doesn’t stop with teaching classes. The truth of the matter is most instructors today are doing a lot more than teaching classes. They are coaching, writing, working with brands, and much more. Whether you are a veteran or new to the fitness industry getting clear on your niche and how to brand yourself is vital and trust me it’s never too late to figure this out. Jordanna Cheifetz, CEO and founder of JAC Digital Inc. says,
Back to school season for instructors might also mean an influx of students that are returning back to their regular fitness routine. The summer is used for traveling, social commitments, and just simple relaxation. As classes both in-person and online start to fill up again below are three tips to help you and your clients transition back to their routine this fall.
The global average life expectancy is higher today than it was in any country back in 1950. So what does that mean? Well simply put, people are living longer. There could be a number of reasons for this from advancements in technology to people taking better care of themselves. Whatever the case may be, living longer is now more common than ever.
You have an amazing wellness program, a passion to help people, and the drive to do what it takes but you have no idea where to start when it comes to marketing your business? Sure, word of mouth goes a long way, your clients are the best at vouching for you but what if you want to reach a wider audience? Perhaps this is your first time as a solopreneur?
These workout trends hit the fitness scene at the beginning of 2021 and are still going strong straight into the summer. Like many trends, some of these options may work for you and the same may not. Keep in mind just because it’s trending doesn’t mean it's ideal for your lifestyle nor do you have to do it.
Take a look at the trends listed below including the pros and cons for each one to help you decide what's worth exploring.
The fitness space is always changing but now more than ever it has taken a dramatic pivot. Going from strictly at-home workouts last year to now a hybrid model, it’s an adjustment for all of us. Although gym memberships are almost at the same level it was before the pandemic, people are still opting to work out at home and in the studio.
Taking the first step towards better health is not that easy, finding an inclusive environment can sometimes make this process even harder. Creating a safe space literally means cultivating an environment where a person can feel confident that they will not be subjected to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other form of emotional or physical harm.
I am sure you have heard it all before, “Get beach ready”, “Summer bod season”, “Tank top arms” or “Washboard abs”. In some scenarios, this is well-intentioned to motivate clients to work towards a goal during the warmer months of the year. However this can actually cause more harm than good, really think about it.
Mental Health Awareness Month should remind you of why it’s important to put your mental health at the top of your list and also give yourself room to discover new ways to do just that. Why is this important? As instructors, it’s natural for you to absorb the energy of your clients both good and bad. This can lead to your own turmoil, so finding ways to strengthen your mind is essential.
As an instructor, you can only hope you are making a significant impact on the lives of your students and clients. When they show up for themselves time and time again you can feel proud. But when you get a shoutout, now that’s gold!
So you are passionate about sustainability (Sustainability meeting the needs of the present without compromising future generations. The three pillars include economic, environmental and social.) and you want to do more to get the word out about the cause but you don’t know where to begin?
Before COVID became a part of your everyday vocabulary it was hard to know that it would change your life forever in so many ways including your health. How you may interact with clients and how you handle your own health has surely been affected in some way or another. “Only time will tell how COVID has affected the meaning of health. We are still only scratching the surface of what we actually know about COVID and its long term effects.” explains Dr. Ari S. Hoschander, MD, FACS