Partner Workout: “I go, You go!”

Working out with a friend is way more FUN than working out alone, but don’t worry – you can also do this workout solo. The time will fly by with this one. All these exercises can be done at home or on the road.   One person will start with the core exercise, while the […]

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Is Your Fitness Plan Working?

    Got Workout Plans? Is your workout plan progressing you towards your health and fitness goals? Is it enjoyable? Empower Personalized Fitness is a boutique fitness studio in Durham, North Carolina. We help people and communities lead stronger, healthier, happier lives through personalized health and wellness programs. We are here to tell you if […]

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Tired of Elliptical? Try a Gameful Approach

Does your exercise routine sound like this? 30 min elliptical one day – maybe throw some weights around or do some machines another day – walk the dog. This routine gets booooringgggg and many of my clients come to me feeling flat, tired and totally uninspired.   If you aren’t getting enough physical activity in […]

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How to Achieve Work/Life Balance

The first blog in this series was an overview of work/life balance and what it means . Now we will dive deeper in on How to Achieve Work/Life Balance.   1 – Make time to connect with others. #Relationships There is a Ted Talk 75 year study on happiness and those people who were happier were […]

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How Amanda Plays

In this blog I want to share some examples of how I’ve used play in different aspects of my life:   Play in my relationship I was struggling with being snappy, and short with my boyfriend. In addition to praying for patience and to be slow to anger, I decided to make this a game. […]

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FUN Partner Workout

Working out is always better with a buddy, so grab a friend and sweat together.   *For this workout you will need a TRX suspension trainer, but I have included a substitution if you do not have one at your gym.   Instructions: One partner will be doing a HOLD while the other does REPS. […]

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Create New Experiences

“Without new experiences, something inside you sleeps.” -Frank Herbert   Can you think of the most FUN, active weekend in your adult life? Mine was at my friend Jackie’s bachelorette party weekend at Camp No Counselor. This took place somewhere in Equinunk, PA, but they have them all over the country. I was really looking […]

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Pyramid Workout

Here is a FUN workout variation called Pyramid   Do two exercises and keep alternating as you increase the work to rest ratio. The timer increases and then decreases just like a pyramid. Entire set takes about 5 minutes. I created this timer with built in intervals in an app called Seconds Pro: http://www.intervaltimer.com/timers/7934246-pyramid   […]

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7 Ways to Be Happy

  If you struggle to find happiness in life you aren’t alone. We all go through periods where we may struggle to be happy. Happiness is in us all the time but we lose track of it. We are distracted by constantly trying to do stuff and climb the corporate ladder.   The definition of […]

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