Top 5 reasons to “Suffer”!

Recently, a group of folks from all different cycling experience levels participated in a 9-day challenge called the Tour of Sufferlandria. 
This is a grand tour, similar to the likes of the Tour de France or Giro d’Italia, of a mythical nation called Sufferlandria. You are challenged to complete 9 days of indoor cycling to videos provided by the company “Sufferfest”, all to benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation and their work to improve the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s Disease. 
The tour itself is actually pretty entertaining and you can find yourself immersed in this mythical culture among thousands of other cyclists from all over the world who call themselves “Sufferlandrians.” Each video is created with cycling-specific training goals for you while including music and humor to help ease the pain of the suffer you may feel during the challenge. So why in the heck would anyone ever join this tour you might ask? 
Here are the top 5 reasons I collected from various riders from l…

How to beat the winter blues:

Man, this winter is long. I know, I live in Wyoming. But this one just seems like it has been a rough one. I am actively working on keeping the winter blues at bay and thought I would share some of the things I do to keep the hope alive during the winter months!
Eat your fruits and berries.  It’s easy to forget how good summer tastes! This is the time of year when local veggies are hard to come by. So I make the most of the raspberries, blackberries, and citrus fruits in the produce section. I like anything that is fresh and easy to eat. Grapes and clementines are a favorite in our family in addition to berries. Fruits have a variety of benefits, from vitamin C to healthy antioxidants and many other nutrients that we need year round, especially in the flu and cold heavy winter season. 
Want to make fruit fun? Try something new like golden berries. They are the sour patch kids of the fruit world and fun to eat with your kids too!

Get hot! Getting a good sweaty workout, or attending a hot y…

Yoga Tips for Beginners

As a fitness professional and Yoga Instructor I am quite excited to see yoga more widely recognized. It is being acknowledged for its many health benefits as well as a valid option for fitness. 
However, yoga can seem daunting to those who are unfamiliar with it. I am always asked what is a good YouTube channel or local class for beginners. The truth is, any and all. Like any activity or skill, the best way to start is to just start. However, this answer is tends to be unsatisfactory and many will not “just start” without any prior knowledge. So, for those who need a little at home practice before joining a class I suggest learning the Hatha Surya Namaskar series, or Sun Salutation. This series of postures or asanas, is a great way to start or end the day. There is also the Ashtanga Surya Namaskar series, one of the main differences being the movement of jumping back to the plank position from a forward fold. This can be a bit daunting for beginners. However, once you’ve mastered the H…

Yoga for a Balanced Body

The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj meaning to bind, join, attach and yoke, to direct and concentrate one’s attention on, to use and apply. It also means union or communion. (From B.K.S. Iyengar Light on Yoga book). Many people view Yoga as finding time and space to relax, meditate, connect closer to their spirit and source, or to simply have a better connection with their own bodies through movement. Many people also view yoga as “just stretching”. 

Yoga can be all of these things and more, but from the physical side of things, Yoga is a great way to create balance within the body as a whole, by lengthening muscles that are too short, increasing range of motion, strength, and flexibility. Most humans have sedentary jobs or lifestyles, poor postural habits, compensation patterns created by injury or surgery, among many other things that can cause and create physical imbalances. Strength training is the form of exercise most people utilize for fitness. It is great for in…

Dates are tasty! Health Benefits And Homemade Lara Bars:

Do you eat dates? Have you ever tried a date? If you haven’t you should give them a try! 

If you know and love dates, then you’ll surely be stoked on this recipe. Who knew they could be such a yummy little treat and used in a variety of ways! I had not known much about dates until a few years back when my good friend Jenna shared a recipe with me of her version of a Larabar that included dates. I was unsure at first but gave them a shot and now they are a staple in our kitchen. I thought it would be a fun recipe to continue to pass along, especially because it is already mid-January and if you are like me, you are likely beginning to look for a new recipe to meet the needs of your taste buds and also meet the parameters of your New Year’s nutrition goals.
4 tasty ingredients and about 15 minutes of prep time is all it takes to make this yummy, whole-food snack. Enjoy!
Larabars Ingredients: 2 tbsp. cocoa powder ½ cup unsweet coconut flakes 1 cup mixed nuts 1 cup pitted dates

Combine ingredient…
New Year, New Trainer
As the New Year comes in, so does the possibility of hiring a new trainer. However, with so many potential trainers, how can you make sure that you are taking the best option possible? Here are 7 areas that all clients should be looking at.

1. Credentials and Education: I’m going to begin with what I see as the most obvious area to look into, and yet sometimes the most commonly overlooked. A trainer’s continuing education is pivotal to their career. It’s how certification is maintained and what helps represent credibility. All certifications require a certain number of CEU’s (continuing education units) to be completed every 1-2 years. However, a trainer should always be striving to improve their fitness and wellness Education. If during CEU’s is the only time a trainer expands their knowledge, it will be obvious.    A client wants a trainer that spends time actively and regularly improving their knowledge of fitness and wellness. It will be seen in how the trainer …

Be Unstoppable in 2018:

Happy New Year! I love this time of year, people are excited to be in the gym! And since that is where I spend most of my days I am really glad you are there too. It’s nice to have company!  Every year at PURENERGY we put up a white board for the month of January at the front desk so people can write down their goals for the year. I love seeing everyone’s plans and I enjoy the experience of writing my own goals down. The board hangs on the wall with the previous years and it’s a great reminder to yourself each day of your promise and goal in the coming year.

I think of creating your goal as like putting a pin on a map and the journey to get there is like your path to your destination.
Imagine your current state of health is a location on a map. You are in town, maybe it’s Outofshapetown, or Neverruna5ktown, or Flabbytown. And your “goal” is to get to Athletitown, or Healthytown, or Ripton. (Seriously make up your own, its hilarious.) Please note, a little sense of humor is great, but neg…