Cup Holders (and other glamour)

Back when I was first mulling over being a fitness professional, I tried finding role models – people who had found a full-time fitness job, and what their lives were really like. I have to say, I never really found what I was looking for out there in blogland. I found plenty of know-it-alls, and people selling their businesses, or their perfect way of exercising. (Man, people are opinionated!)

So, if you’re like me, here’s a little insight to what daily life is like in fitness-pro central. My typical day is a blend of typical corporate life (answering e-mails, reading e-mails, repeat) and teaching classes, with a few personal training sessions. I work in a corporate environment, so my job is primarily making sure employees have the resources and plans they need to live active, healthy lifestyles.

I help design fitness and wellness challenges. I actually love the fact that I’m not “just” the fitness chick. I have a lot of variety in the 3 to 4 fitness (including yoga) classes I teach every day, but I also lead a guided meditation once a week. This month employees are following a 30-Day Meditation Challenge I designed. Wellness is truly welcomed here as a whole-person practice. In the old days, they would have called it “holistic.”

Lest you think it’s all glamour, however, if you’re looking forward to a future in fitness, get ready to clean a lot of equipment! It varies depending on where you land. In some gyms, the personal-trainers-in-training (“PT assistants”) are the ones stuck with most of the cleaning. In most, the PTs are expected to clean in between clients, supposedly to be more accessible to potential clients. (Though, in all honesty, how often have you been working out and thought, “Oh, hey, I need that guy who’s deep-cleaning the elliptical to be my trainer!”? Right.)

In my case, I’m a one-woman shop, so I try to rotate through all the cardio equipment once a week, and all the circuit training equipment once a month. The cardio equipment gets more attention because it gets icky, fast. (“Icky” is the technical term, if you’re taking notes.)

I don’t know why they don’t cover equipment cleaning in personal training certification, since most any professional will end up doing it – and it’s important! Germs spread like crazy in the gym. So I’ve figured out my own technique, which involves a spray bottle, a towel, and wipes for the sensitive electronic parts.

A freshly-cleaned treadmill!

There are particularly grimy areas, like the cupholder. Isn’t that a pretty thought? They aren’t easy to get into, either, usually deep and narrow. I do my best. Then you have the base of any piece of equipment. It gets dismally dusty very quickly, and any crevices build up an unsightly grime. It’s only a matter of days before I bring the Q-tips in for a deep cleaning.

Whoever designed this is a sadist.

As mentioned in the previous post, we’re about to get group cycle bikes at the facility. I’m putting my cleaning plan into place for these right now. Ask participants to bring a towel, and to wipe down their bikes after class as well as the floor around the bike. It’s not as important on certain floors, but in our setup (see picture below), I think it’s going to be pretty important to keep on top of it.


So, that’s a little glimpse into my exciting life. What are your personal favorite equipment-cleaning tips? Any other questions about fitness-pro life? I’d love to hear from you!


A parallel universe

Okay, blog! Triumphant return! Fanfare!

So what’s been going on with me… How is life without Facebook, you ask? Pretty great, actually. I love it, completely! I feel so free!

… but I do admit I sometimes feel a bit like Rose Tyler in Doctor Who (spoilers!) …when she’s saying how she’s dead but she’s really just stuck in a parallel universe. Leaving Facebook is a little like that. You still have your whole amazing, awesome life and you’re totally alive and thriving, but pretty much the rest of the world treats you like you don’t exist.

The wonderful side of that, of course, is you don’t have to see your exes living their amazing,  wonderful lives.


(Caveat: Yes, I sometimes see my exes in person because this is a small town, for a city. But seeing them in person, I find, isn’t nearly as bad as seeing them on Facebook.)

On the fun side, & I have had a really fun 2014 so far, I participated in GISHWHES: the greatest international scavenger hunt the world the world has ever seen. Mostly it’s an excuse to do amazing, crazy, kind things for a week – and I had the time of my life. Seriously! Look it up, join me next year. You won’t regret it.

Then you can make a duct tape head of John Barrowman, too!

Work has been good. I continue to do the fitness thing, and got hired as an employee. So that means I get really great benefits, but still get to have the same great dream job! Though if you had told me ten years ago that I would want to work in fitness I would have  thought you were crazy.

Going to Spinning certification in a couple of weeks! That should be interesting, considering my remarkable lack of Spinning experience. But it can’t possibly be as bad as Zumba or as hard to pick up.


Why I’m leaving Facebook

In the effort to keep this simple and not a rant, this post will assume a few things:

1) You are familiar with the myriad ways Facebook has betrayed users’ assumptions about privacy over the years.

2) You have heard about the study involving manipulation of Facebook users’ emotions.

For me, the study crossed the line regarding privacy. It was too much. I am done with Facebook and set my quit date as July 31st.

An analogy: I still shop at Walmart on occasion. I am aware their best practices aren’t the most savory. I don’t like how they treat employees, ruin small business, or use materials likely made by children. On the big equation, though, I find their general usefulness and charitable donations enough to feel okay with not boycotting them. Besides, every company does it, they just do it best.

If, however, I found out that Walmart had dabbled in sex trafficking a few years back, that would be the line crossed. I would never support that business again. I would discourage others from doing so. I would happily be the crazy lady on the corner with the boycott sign.

You may think this an extreme example, but that’s just how this looks to me. As the above would be Walmart crossing my line on Human Rights, Facebook has crossed my line on privacy. They can say it was a mistake, that it was in the past. They can say they really value your privacy and will never do it again. All Internet use is using your info, right… ? ( “I’m sorry baby I didn’t mean to hurt you.“) As we all know, actions speak louder than words and past behavior is the single best indicator of future behavior.

Yes, friends, I adore you. Yes, Facebook is convenient. It helps me keep up (by barely trying) with individuals and events. In the bigger equation, however, my mental health is too important to me to ignore that crossed line.

And that’s why I am leaving Facebook.


Good afternoon, friends!

This is mostly to test
my new WordPress app and see how easy it is to post from my phone.

But I do have news! My fitness job, which is going great, is now going to be a full time employee position rather than a contractor position. Day-to-day doesn’t change  anything, but it’s still good news, career wise.

That’s all for now – testing complete! I will probably post more soon, since I’m leaving Facebook. But that’s going to be a different post…  


Albert Einstein: “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” How You and the Blogosphere Inspire Me


This is wonderful!

Originally posted on Derby City Rambler:


“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” This is a very inspiring quote from the genius himself and I am not sure if truer words have ever been captured. This is where I give all of you, my good friends of the blogosphere, the credit you deserve for inspiring me and my daily postings. Sometimes, as I am having my first cup of coffee, and fire up the laptop, I will think to myself, “What will I write about today?” I start my day with a blank slate and a clear mind. Having a clear mind is usually a great thing, unless you need a topic to write about! So I shove my few minutes of writers block aside, stop worrying about it, because I know something will come to mind. At this point I go to my WordPress Reader and check out blogs I follow and search for new ones…

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