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Dream Big. Becoming a Personal Trainer

Dream Big. Becoming a Personal Trainer jillconyers.com #fitness #nutrition #dreams #believe

I’ve thought about it, I’ve dreamed about it, I’ve planned and then I let the big-ness of a dream overwhelm me. I was the only one standing in my way.

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Dream Big. Becoming a Personal Trainer jillconyers.com #fitness #nutrition #dreams #believe


I’ve decided to become a NASM certified personal trainer. There! I’ve said it! It’s no longer just a dream. I’m going to make it a reality.

I’m sharing it with the world! I’m committing to this goal!

Saying it out loud makes my heart beat faster.

And the dream doesn’t stop there. I’m also getting certified as a NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist!

Deciding to go for it was the hard part, but once the decision was made it felt right.

This is where my personal journey has lead me. From living from the heart to letting go of control to worrying less and living more. It all had to happen for me to be here, in this place, today.

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And to think, Jim Carey played a part in this. Inspiration from a very unlikely source. I’m going to live my life with a little less practicality.

Where am I going with this? What is the ultimate goal?

Psychology + Fitness + Nutrition = My DREAM JOB!

My BIG goal is to combine my love of my profession with my passion for fitness and nutrition.

It is my mission to inspire and empower people and…

  • guide them through the contradictory messages of nutrition
  • motivate them to move
  • overcome emotional and mental barriers to living their best most beautiful life

That’s where my dream job equation fits. 3 components to feeling and looking your best and believing in yourself.

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There’s more to this dream. At some point I also want to be a certified yoga and group fitness instructor. This is going to happen! It won’t be over night and not without work, but this will happen!

Note: I have well meaning family members that I can just see shaking their head while they read this. And they’re probably thinking, “what is she thinking?” And that is okay. I understand where they’re coming from and they mean well, but it’s not going to stop me.

Do you have a BIG dream that you’ve only thought about?  When was the last time you took a leap of faith? How did it turn out?

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#ActiveLivingChallenge Week 2

Active Living Challenge Week 2 jillconyers.com @fitapproach @lornajaneactive #movenourishbelieve

The #ActiveLivingChallenge continues! I love having intentional small daily tasks.

  • August 11th: Favorite superfood –  I couldn’t pick just one! Quinoa, oatmeal and chia sit conveniently on the counter in the kitchen. All 3 are bought in bulk and used often.
  • August 12th: Do something new! - My first instavideo and my first Crow to Headstand to Crow flow! Thanks to #stopdropandyoga from @Goldenbearbecky.
  • August 13th: How do you practice #activeliving everyday? I surround myself with people, places and things that inspire me and lift me up. From wonderful friends and family to something as simple as this print in a dressing room at the #LornaJane store in Huntington Beach. It made me think about how far I’ve come to know the truth of these words.
  • August 14th: Post a picture of your daily motivation to #movenourishbelieve - Active living = The daily practice of Move Nourish Believe
  • August 14th: Bonus Challenge! Snap A Photo Of Yourself Living Active in front of the @LornaJaneActive Booth at #IDEAWorld #BlogFest!
  • August 15th: Share your favorite quote about staying positive & true to yourself! 
  • August 16th:  Life can get very busy! What do you do to get more out of everyday? I wake up with the intention to #MoveNourishBelieve everyday. 3 things that make me a better mom and wife and a better me.
  • August 17th:  Share your ultimate dream/goal! I love being a psychologist and I’m passionate about health and fitness. I want to take a leap of faith and make a career change by combining the 2 to have my ultimate dream job!

Move ♥ Nourish ♥ Believe

Looking for more motivation? Check out Move Nourish Believe and Fit Approach! When you do you’re going to suddenly want to step away from the computer and do something good for yourself!

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Make #activeliving a habit!

Active Living Challenge Week 3 jillconyers.com @fitapproach @lornajaneactive Final week cheat sheet and daily reminder!

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6 Tips for Choosing the Right Personal Trainer

Happy Friday! I’m sitting in a hotel in sunny Southern California waiting to begin Day 2 of Blogfest! Bootcamp with #sweatpink kicks off the day bright and early! That’s a lot of exclamation points but that’s exactly how Blogfest is…full of excitement and exclamation points

While I’m away I have a special guest for you. Meet Carly, the voice behind Fine Fit Day.

Carly Pizzani - Fine Fit DayCarly Pizzani is a mama to a rampaging toddler, a certified personal trainer, the author of the fitness blog Fine Fit Day, a freelance writer, and an ex-pat Aussie living in Brooklyn. She loves running, lifting weights, yoga, spin class, dancing with her son — basically anything active. Keeping mamas (and mamas-to-be) fit, healthy and motivated is what she loves most about her job. You can connect with Carly on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

If you’ve ever had a personal trainer, or considered hiring one, you know that finding the trainer who’s the right fit for you is easier in theory than practice. Having one-on-one sessions is not inexpensive, so you want to make sure you get the most possible value to make it an investment, not a luxury. Whether you ask to get paired up with a trainer at your gym, or you rely on word of mouth for independent trainers, it’s worth doing research so you don’t waste time once you really get going with your workouts.

Here are 6 tips for choosing the right personal trainer – for you!

6 Tips For Choosing the Right Personal Trainer

If you don’t know what your goal is, they won’t either.

Why do you want a trainer? I’ve heard just about every goal you can imagine from potential clients. I also know how nervous people get when they’re meeting a trainer for the first time. Being asked, “So, what made you decide to hire a personal trainer?” can be a daunting question when you’re feeling vulnerable already. Maybe it’s hard to put into words, maybe all of a sudden you think it sounds silly (trust me, it doesn’t), maybe you think you should say what a trainer will want to hear, rather than what you really want. But it’s just more productive if you open up from the outset. The more specific your goal, the better your trainer can program to achieve the results you want.

Personal training isn’t open-ended.

Training is supposed to end. When I’m training a client, it’s with the design of them being able eventually to stop working with me and be able to work out independently, with a good knowledge of form, exercise progression and safety. There are always exceptions, of course. Some clients may be able to work out independently, but prefer to have a trainer. Some people use a trainer as their accountability partner. But if your goal is to be able to do this on your own, your trainer should be gung-ho about getting you to the point where you can work out by yourself.

Assess the way they assess.

Your first session with a trainer should involve assessments. If you were to meet with me for a first session, we would spend time talking about goals, health history, current fitness and injuries. Then we would do resting assessments – blood pressure and resting heart rate as a bare minimum, but usually weight, girth measurements and body fat percentage, too. Finally, I move on to active assessments – simple exercises to gauge strength, movement patterns, and cardiovascular fitness. Some trainers prefer to do more active assessments and talk with you during these assessments. Regardless of their method, ask yourself these questions: Are they listening to you? Can they explain the reason they are doing a particular assessment? Do you feel comfortable with them?

Be open-minded, but don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Each trainer has a different style and way of programming. Whether you’re totally new to working with a trainer, or you’ve worked with someone with a different style before, stay open-minded about their ability. If you really feel like the way they are training you is not in line with your goals, or you’re confused about their technique, then ask questions. Your trainer should be able to explain how and why they’ve selected exercises, or weights, or any part of your program – without getting defensive.

The way they look has nothing to do with how they will train you.

Have you heard the advice to select a personal trainer by choosing someone whose body looks like how you want to look? This is terrible advice for two reasons. First, body type is largely genetic, so this makes about as much sense as going to an optometrist with blue eyes because you wish your eyes were blue instead of green. Second, there’s a common misconception that a trainer’s sessions with their clients are exactly the same as their own personal workout, or are the same regardless of what client they train. A good personal trainer writes your program just for YOU. In the same period of time, I have had a pregnant client; an elderly client with back pain; a client training for a marathon; someone fresh from physical therapy for an MCL injury; a client with a major weight loss goal; someone trying to gain muscle and increase weight; and another who was maintaining a 5 year weight loss. Some of these clients were male, some were female. Their ages ranged from 20 years to 76 years. If I used the same program for all of them, I’d not only be a terrible trainer, I would be negligible.

Determine their qualifications.

Here’s what you should know before selecting your trainer. Whether they work through a gym, or they’re an independent trainer, there are a few must-haves for any fitness professional. First up – check out what training they have. Be aware that the personal training industry is pretty loose and unregulated when it comes to what kind of qualifications make a personal trainer. Your hair stylist needs a license to practice their craft, but your personal trainer does NOT. Ask them what certification they have. Most trainers will have a national certification, accredited by the National Council for Certifying Agencies (to check which certifications are accredited, you can use this directory search). Some newer trainers, especially in a gym, may not have certification yet. That doesn’t mean they don’t know what they are doing, but it is likely they are newer to the profession and may not have much expertise or specializations – something that may be particularly important to you if you have any kind of injury, or special circumstance. Use your judgement – for example, if your trainer does not have a national certification, but he or she has a college degree in Exercise Science and continues to attend continuing education courses, then you’re most likely in excellent hands.

As well as certification, make sure your trainer is CPR and first aid certified. This should not be optional for you when choosing a trainer, for obvious reasons!

Finally, check out their insurance coverage. Most often, trainers who work in a gym are covered by the gym’s liability policy, but always double-check, as smaller gyms often hire trainers as independent contractors. Any independent trainer should have their own insurance policy to cover themselves and their clients, regardless of where they train.

Above all, you should feel comfortable with your trainer. They don’t need to be your friend, but you should be confident they know what they’re doing and that they will help you achieve your goals. If you know it’s not the right fit, chances are they also know it’s not working. It may remind you of a ‘break up’, but it doesn’t feel that way from the personal trainer’s perspective.

Do you, or have you ever had a personal trainer? How did you choose them?

What’s a red flag for you when it comes to trainers?



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11 Tips to Prepare for a Blogging Conference

4 days surrounded by people that share my passion for blogging and fitness!

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I kicked off my birthday week with the #ActiveLivingChallenge and #30daysselflove video challenge. So, what’s next? I’m going to California to attend Idea World Fitness Blogfest!

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Blogging, fitness, and, what I’m most looking forward to, meeting other healthy living bloggers in real life!

Wait, there’s more!

A workout with Tony Horton, meet and greet with Lorna Jane and the keynote speaker is Jillian Michaels.

And, it’s in California just minutes from where my kids were born! What more could I ask for?

I’ve been planning. I want to maximize my time! I want to see everything, do as much as I can and meet as many people as possible.

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  1. Bring business cards and always have them easily accessible. Don’t be intrusive, but at the same time don’t be shy about handing them out.
  2. Print a copy of the conference schedule to keep with you.
  3. Have an elevator pitch in mind. I’m not talking about a rehearsed insincere pitch of your blog. I mean have a clear, concise and compelling summary of your blog that you can communicate in the time it takes to ride in an elevator with someone.
  4. Bring a bag that gives you an easy comfortable way to carry everything.
  5. Take notes. Whether it’s a tablet, laptop or pen and paper, have a way to make note of information, names, phone numbers, emails, contacts, etc.
  6. Bring a snack and refillable water bottle. Avoid the hangry moments (if you’re like me)! I don’t have a lot of luck with convention food so I’m bringing snacks I know I will enjoy and will hold me over if lunch or dinner is later than usual.
  7. Use some of the down time that is not during the conference hours to get to know other bloggers. I’m planning a meet-up for Wednesday later afternoon or early evening before the conference begins! Reconnect in the evening with bloggers you met during the day.
  8. Plan how you’re going to keep your phone, iPad, camera battery, etc. charged. Outlets will be limited and everyone will be doing the same. Bring a portable charger or even a power strip (to share).
  9. Dress comfortably. And be prepared for chilly conference rooms.
  10. Be prepared for workouts! If you’re going to yoga, don’t forget a mat. If you’re going for a run, pack your running shoes. (FYI – there’s a fun run Thursday morning with Tiffany Hennes. Meet at Hall D at 6:00.) Also keep in mind clothes for post-workout and whether or not you will have the opportunity to go to your hotel to change.
  11. Have fun!

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I think this falls in the category of very very excited! Can you tell?

A lot of the suggestions are the same but tips kindly shared by other bloggers:

  • An extra duffel bag for any swag that you get or samples from the expo! (Chrissy Carroll – Snacking In Sneakers
  • Bring some snacks to accommodate YOUR eating schedule. (Terressa Dotson – Achieving Fit)
  • Gifts for your roommates (if you have them), definitely extra room in your bag for swag, blog business cards, and a smile! (Nicole ReneeFitful Focus)
  • A power strip – everyone in need will love you and you’ll never have to wonder if someone will end up sitting by you! (Kristin KH – Exploring Domesticity)
  • Be open to go to different sessions that you think may be out of your comfort zone. Sometimes I learned the most when I attended a session that I didn’t know anything about. (Tracey English – Aspire Fitness)
  • I will have plenty of business cards in me. (Jody Stoops – Cross My Heart Fitness)
  • A good large bag to carry things around and a portable charger for cell phone just in case you cannot find an outlet (Libby Liming – Bruises In the Frosting)

Have I forgotten anything? Have you attended a blogging conference? Are you going to Blogfest?



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Fitness Friday {7-25-14}

5 Things Friday jillconyers.com #blogging #linkup #fitnessfridayI’m really enjoy sharing the link round-ups! So much great information and it helps me get through my to-read list.

{five fitness things}
A Running Assessment and Increasing Mobility (Jill Conyers)
Adapting To Weather Changes: Humidity (Tina Muir)
6 Tips for Trail Running Beginners (Jill Conyers)
The 7 Deadliest Workout Sins. Are you Guilty? (Move Nourish Believe)
Runner Therapy: Why Runners Shouldn’t Wear Flip Flops (iRunner Blog)

{five blogging things}
How To Create the Perfect Social Post {Infographic}
10 Things Every Blogger Should Know About Working with Brands
12 Best Time Management Tips for Bloggers 
A-Z Blog Tools and Resources (resources for everything you could possibly need!)
Pinterest Image Optimization {Inforgraphic}

{five recipes}
Grilled Salmon Salad with Cherry Reduction (Jill Conyers)
Fruit and Yogurt Snack with a Protein Boost (Jill Conyers)
Gluten Free Spiced Zucchini Bread (Tasty Yummies)
Gluten Free Quinoa Pizza Dough (Cooking Quinoa)
Gluten Free Breakfast Bean Muffins (Cotter Crunch)

{five life things}
I did⇒ Do You Need A Digital Detox? (Cotter Crunch)
I am⇒ Letting Go of Control (Jill Conyers)
I do⇒ Make the Most of This One Day (Jill Conyers)
A little more self-work⇒ 13 Signs You Need to Do More Self-Work (Mind Body Green)

{five things that inspire}

No one can unless you let them! jillconyers.com #motivation #quote(Source)

I want my body. jillconyers.com #motivation #quote (Source)

Believe in yourself. jillconyers.com @lornajaneactive #motivation #quote(Source)

The power of BELIEVE. jillconyers.com #motivation #believeThe power of BELIVE! Reminding myself of this! (Source)

I am! jillconyers.com #believe @lornajaneactive #movenourishbelieveI am! (Source)

What is the last thing you read online that was share worthy?

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