Member Monday – Ahmad Adi

MEMBER MONDAY: Each week we feature an exceptional client that exudes Living the Life They Envision. This week we feature Ahmad Adi.       His profession:   He’s a resident physician at Duke Hospitals – currently finishing his training to become a psychiatrist. He is also interested in public health issues surrounding mental health, […]

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Member Monday – Madison Rootenberg

MEMBER MONDAY: Each week we feature an exceptional client that exudes Living the Life they Envision. This week we feature Madison Rootenberg.   Words from Madison: “Hi my name is Madison and I run Everyday Magic with my best friend, an intentional lifestyle store in downtown Durham! My passion is animals, I am a rescue and […]

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Member Monday: Dr. Gene Oddone

Each week we are featuring an exceptional client that exudes Living the Life they Envision. This week we feature Eugene Oddone, AKA (Iron Man- as referred to by his trainer Amanda Fontaine).   Profession: He’s a general internist. He takes care of patients and teaches Duke residents and students at the Durham VA, and has […]

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Embracing the Suck

I absolutely hate to plan. Anyone who knows me well knows how much it drains me , especially if any scheduling is involved. I loathe scheduling. I’m not sure why it produces such a visceral reaction, but the mere thought of planning every day conjures fantasies of getting knocked upside the head with a dumbbell […]

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I Heart Avocados

This post comes to you from EMPOWER’s very own registered Dietician: Anna LaBarre, MS, RDN, LDN. Research has shown that replacing saturated fat in our diets (found primarily in animal products) with monounsaturated fat (like that found in olive oil, canola oil and avocados) can lower our LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. But in case you […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015 everyone. Now, like most people starting January 1st, I’m sure that you all have decided to make resolutions. If you have, what are they, and if you haven’t, why haven’t you? Here’s a quick acronym to guide you in evaluating your current resolutions or to help you create some! […]

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Client of the Month – The Amy Allen Story

Amy Allen woke up on a dreary December morning in 2013. Just like every other day, she would get up, eat a plain piece of boring toast, drive the drudging drive to her plain gym, and complete another tedious workout in a massive group fitness setting. However, as she was on her way back to […]

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Limited Time to Exercise? Try a Complex

As the Holidays draw closer and closer and the days get shorter and shorter, many people are finding it increasingly difficult to find time to workout. If you’re running low on time and need a quick, high intensity workout, but aren’t sure what to do, try a complex! What is a complex? A complex is […]

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Client of the Month Durham – Carl Pieper

Our Client of the Month (CotM) for November 2014 is none-other than Carl Pieper, of EMPOWER Durham! We had a chance to sit down with Carl to ask him about his training at EMPOWER. Carl, being the magnificent person he is, decided to respond in an equally magnificent way: A ballad. A ballad appropriately titled: […]

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