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Kristen Horler, MS

Kristen Horler is the CEO and founder of Baby Boot Camp, a fitness franchise for moms. Learn more at

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The Fourth Trimester: Postpartum Exercise

May 20, 2019

It’s not over in 9 months. A new mother’s body keeps changing long after the baby arrives. Hormonal shifts, breastfeeding and risks like pelvic organ prolapse (see “3 Issues for Postpartum Exercisers,” below) complicate the weeks and months after childbirth.

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Increasing Professionalism: Achieving Balance

April 30, 2013

This is the final installment in our series on leadership development for fitness professionals. This segment will show you how to prioritize your time so you can work toward balancing your personal life and your professional life. Finding the right work–life balance will reduce stress and improve productivity.

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Increasing Professionalism: Building Relationships

December 13, 2012

As a fitness professional, you are in the relationship business. Just as the food you eat fuels your body for exercise, relationships are the fuel that feeds your business. But growing your business requires more than having strong interpersonal skills with your clients. Your business success is also influenced by your relationships with your colleagues and competitors. For example, cooperative marketing efforts and co-promotion can help your business grow. Also, solid business relationships can help you work through personal and professional challenges.

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Increasing Professionalism In and Out of the Studio, Part 2

September 17, 2012

As the second installment in our new series on leadership development for fitness professionals, this article will show you the value of truly living the life of a fitness professional—and share some ways to ensure that you send the right message both in and out of the workplace.

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Increasing Professionalism In and Out of the Studio, Part 1

July 18, 2012

Whether you teach one indoor cycling class or provide individual training to 40 clients per week, as a fitness professional and business owner you are a leader in your community. Leaders inspire change in their clients, their colleagues, their employees and their community. By developing your leadership skills?regardless of your role in the fitness industry?you can inspire others to lead as well, and take action to improve the world around you.

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Hit the Road

February 10, 2010

As a fitness professional and manager, you know that your students, clients and staff members rely on you. Your role as a leader in a service industry demands that you nurture and support others and exemplify a healthy lifestyle. To be effective in your role of supporting others, you also need to take time to focus on you and on ways to recharge your batteries.

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