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Freezin’ for a Reason

I’ll be doing the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
this Sunday, March 1st!

As a former special recreation instructor, I am honored to support such an admiral group of athletes and outstanding organization!

To bring some buzz to my efforts, I’m willing to go as deep as your pockets! Any size donation is welcome – every dollar counts!! And if your purse strings are a little tight right now, please consider sharing our Polar Plunge Facebook Post with your friends.

How deep will I go into Chicago’s freezing Lake Michigan?
It’s up to you, my beautiful reader! Visual aids below…

BlakelyFITSpecialOlympicsKneesKnees $175 – GOAL ATTAINED!

BlakelyFITSpecialOlympicsThighsThighs $350
(This one’s going to take some will power)BlakelyFITSpecialOlympicsWaist

Waist $700
(Quick dunk – “I think I can, I think I can”)BlakelyFITSpecialOlympics Chest

Chest $1400
(Will definitely be recruiting fellow plungers encouragement. Might encounter some screaming at this point.)

BlakelyFITSpecialOlympicsShouldersShoulders $2800
(Heaven help me)

BlakelyFITSpecialOlympicsAll the way underFull Monty $5600
(Will insist on holding someone’s hand to ensure I come back up- darling brother, get ready! I’m also guessing this will be the fastest I ever move in my life!)

Celebrate the Uncelebrated

Many people have brought the video of Moscow based dancer Sergei Polunin performance of Irish singer-songwriter Hozier ballad, “Take Me to Church” directed by artist David LaChapelle to my attention. Compelling, gorgeous and gravity defying – thank you each for the notice. As a former dancer I have some understanding of what it took to create this stunning piece: the sacrifice, work, the commitment and resilience.

It got me thinking. In life, there is no seamless choreography, no musical score and no four minute transformation. Life is not a crafted video and healthy living even more so. It is an infinite series of small choices sending us on different trajectories.

With that thought in mind, I’d like to take a moment to applaud my clients and women out there in general daring to make a change. They do so with out much notice or fanfare or recognition even. They do it to better their lives, value their health and energize their life for the betterment of those around them.

A few thoughts to celebrate the uncelebrated:
Here’s to the woman that refuses to hit snooze so that she makes it to the gym on time.
Here’s to the client that puts it all on the table and risks trying a new strategy for healthy living.
Here’s to the gal that was hit with a medical condition and refuses to relinquish her health with out a fight.
Here’s to the young adult that saw healthy living sabotage from others and walked away for self-preservation.
Here’s to the mother that insisted on being as healthy as she could for her children and one on the way.
Here’s to every woman out there doing their best, quietly, habitually and with out any fanfare – to improve their health for the benefit of herself and all those that need her.

Here’s to celebrating our small moments and the little victories of the women around us!

Why women?

I love men. Truly. My fantastic husband, my incomparable brothers and brothers-in-law and memories of my late father are some of the best relationships of my life. But, as a trainer and business owner,
women are my passion.


My first eight years of training exposed me to the truth that women’s needs were largely ignored, especially in the area of strength training. Unfortunately, cookie cutter training programs and bodybuilding workout plans are still being presented as solutions today.

I now know it is one of the best decisions I have ever made but five years ago, I was initially terrified to walk away from such a large portion of my client base (men.) As I look back, choosing to tailor to women exclusively has facilitated creating a beautiful community seeking strength, balance and health in the most effecient and enjoyable way possible. They are a very inspiring group and a gift I didn’t anticipate.

Committing to women has also grown my knowledge base for their specific needs and age/lifestyle related differences. This focus and research facilitates providing relentlessly better solutions as well as being able to anticipate necessary program design changes and resources.

I am honored to have the trust and patronage of my female clients. I truly believe that strengthening women physically and as people has exponential benefits to our relationships, families, children and communities.

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