Inside Fitness Conventions: Tips and Secrets

www.meganmerchant.comThere is no greater experience for fitness professionals than attending a Live Event!  Fitness conventions, conferences, and symposiums are the best way to meet your mentors and be revitalized while renewing your certifications.  If you are operating on a low budget or attending for the first time, here are some tips I’ve learned along the way:

Excited about this new profile!!

Please feel free to ask any questions related to diet and fitness and I will be happy to help!! Thanks for checking out the new profile!!

Water, Water, Everywhere! Hydration Counts - Even In Winter!

It might be cold outside, but that doesn't mean that hydrating properly is unnecessary. In fact, maintaining proper hydration levels is even more important during winter because the body doesn't indicate thirst in the same way as in warmer temps. 

Welcome, and Happy New Year!

It's a new month, New Year, and we have a new blog! I'm excited to be able to use this platform as way to connect with people who are working towards better health and fitness. This is my personal goal, each and every day. And I'll be honest: Being a trainer and knowing what I know, doesn't mean that I always get it right. Some days I am more successful than others. I'm just like you!

Loud Demands from a Smashed Toe

www.meganmerchant.comYesterday I had my two nephews (3 and 1) along with my girls (5 and 2) for a few hours of fun.So when I heard a crash, I can easily say I did not see what happened.  But I scooped up the injury victim, my 2 year old, and asked where it hurt and if she was going to be alright.

Exercising with cold

Well, woke up with an awful cold.  However,  my chest is not congested, I do not have a fever, chills, am not dehydrated, or have any other cold ailment from the neck down, therefore, I will continue to exercise.  It will be low key though.  I need my body to have energy to fight this thing.  It better kick fast......long run tomorrow!!!!

Part 2: The sad truth behind a post-baby belly

4 Short Posts from July 2009

Slower is often better My clients often hear me urging them to slow down when returning weights to the starting position, 2-4 seconds is usually ideal when using the right weight. This increases the breakdown of muscle tissue, making the training session harder, but the repair process is what boosts your metabolism.


I love this time of year in the fitness industry! We have Lots of new faces at the club inquiring about Pilates! It's so rewarding to observe someone from day one to three months from now. Their confidence builds, their strength and coordination improve, they develop friendships with their new workout buddies. When they combine Pilates with cardio and eating right the changes can be amazing!

6 Power Moves!

Chest Press with Triceps Skull Crusher: Lay on floor or flat bench. Use dumbbells to do a regular chest press. When dumbbells are at the top, turn palms to face inward toward each other and bend elbows to drop dumbbells toward your head. Then push back up and repeat the chest press and triceps skull crusher. Biceps Curl with Shoulder Press: Stand with dumbbells and do a biceps curl. When at the top of the curl press dumbbells up over your head. Proceed by bringing the dumbbells back to the top curl position and then reverse your curl back down to the starting position.
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