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What’s Next? A Smaller Bikini?

Lately, I’ve been noticing ads for fitness programs that promise things like bikini bodies or getting ripped or losing 15 pounds–all in only two weeks. Those sound like goals, but my first thought is: What’s next? After you get that ripped, 15-pound lighter bikini body, what’s the next target—a smaller bikini? My second question is

Aug 02, 2017 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

Why Don’t We Take Better Care of Ourselves?

Seriously. We get our hair cut every 6 weeks, change the filters in our water systems every time the red light comes on, change the oil every 3000 miles, pressure wash our decks, rotate our tires.  We take better care of our stuff than of ourselves Why is it so difficult to get off the

May 31, 2017 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

Would it be OK if you never had to diet again?

You know how people are always on a diet?  And everyone knows that the minute they stop their diet, the weight will come right back—maybe with a couple extra pounds attached.  Most people would love to take weight off one time and keep it off forever. Well, you can. I’m here to tell you, STOP

May 24, 2017 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

How’s Your Willpower Holding Up?

It’s that time of year…How about we take one more swing at our soon-to-be-forgotten resolutions? It might help to know this about willpower, stress, and your brain: Dr. Kelly McGonigal of Stanford University tells us that “will power is like a muscle. The more you work on developing it, the more you can incorporate it

Feb 05, 2016 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

5 Reasons SFG-style Kettle Bells Are Good for Your Back

1. SFG Kettlebell work strengthens your glutes. The late Vladimir Janda, MD from Czech Republic observed that people with low back dysfunction often exhibit “gluteal amnesia.” An improper recruitment pattern leads to increasing back problems as the back has to take over the lifting task of the glutes. The glutes are strongly emphasized in SFG

Oct 06, 2015 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

Are You Sick of Feeling Like a Failure?

The latest data says that a third of all adults in the United States are obese, and another third are overweight–and thus on the path to chronic illness. How could this happen? I assure you, it’s NOT a lack of willpower, or about laziness, or genes. Nor is it because you lack one thing: one special

Sep 02, 2015 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

True or false?

(Click the photo to continue reading…) A pound of fat weighs more than a pound of muscle. Over the years, I’ve seen this statement many times and each time it was meant to justify a claim. But it’s absolutely-no-doubt-about-it FALSE. One pound of anything (feathers?) weighs exactly the same as one pound of something else

Jun 29, 2015 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

Running Without Your Legs?…

Running and walking are both great additions to your health and fitness program. They don’t require any special equipment or memberships or scheduling.  You can usually pack your walking or running shoes in a suitcase, and get in a session anywhere you travel. Many people think running and walking requires strong legs. So if they

May 15, 2015 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments