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How To Massage Your Shins, Calves, and Ankles.

Do you have pain in your shins, calves, ankles, or feet? Learn how to massage your shins, calves, ankles, and lower leg with this Shin and Calf massage video routine.

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Do you have pain in your shins, calves, ankles, or feet? Learn how to massage your shins, calves, ankles, and lower leg in this video. I will guide you through simple self massage sequence you can do to relieve tight muscles, tension, and pain in your shins, calves, and lower leg. Taking a few minutes to massage the muscles in your shins and calves can be powerful in helping you move better and feel better in your body. Self massage exercises like the ones performed in this video can help you prevent injury or recover from injury.

As always: please check with your doctor or physical therapist before starting this or any exercise routine. This video is not intended to prescribe or diagnose medical advice. Listen to your body and honor what you need to do to feel your best.

How To Massage Your Shin, Calves, and Ankles Video Routine

Read these other links for more help with your shins, calves, and feet:

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Leave me a comment below and let me know how you feel when you try this video! If you liked this video, please LIKE it and share it with your friends on facebook, twitter, youtube, and email. Thanks for your support and for joining the healthy, happy, community online.

Love and happy feet,


How To Start and Maintain A Consistent Exercise Routine

Struggling to maintain a healthy exercise habit? Here are my top training tips on how to start (and KEEP) a consistent exercise routine.

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It’s pretty easy to start doing spin class, or eating healthy, or foam rolling after your workouts, but sticking with it in the longterm is a much more difficult task.

You get busy. You’re too sore. Life happens.

And sooner than later, the excuses start to pile up. You end up skipping a few days, a week, maybe even a few weeks. Before you know it, you’re back at square one feeling defeated. It’s a vicious cycle.

In fact, learning to keep a consistent workout schedule is one of the main components of my Strong Body Beautiful coaching course.  I teach you how to create a fitness habit that sticks. It doesn’t have to be that difficult.

With a slight change of your mindset, some simple planning and a little motivation, you can start (and keep!) a consistent workout schedule—for good.

Here’s how to begin:

How To Start and Maintain a Consistent Exercise Routine

Create a ritual

One of the best ways to start any kind of habit is to create a ritual around the habit you want to create. And working out is no different.

For example, maybe you want to work out first thing in the morning before you go to work every weekday. You might create a ritual where every morning before work, you get up, eat a small breakfast while listening to your favorite podcast, then do a workout, shower, and commute to work.

The idea is to get your mind and body so used to including a workout in your morning routine (or whatever time of day you like to work out) that you no longer have to think about it—it just comes naturally to you.

To give you a better idea of what this really looks like, here’s my weekday workout ritual:

  • I get up around 7:30, have coffee + breakfast, and work for a couple of hours.
  • Around 10 to 10:30, when I start getting sick of sitting at my computer, I put on my workout clothes.
  • I walk to the gym or the pool (usually Equinox – you know I’m obsessed 🙂
  • I work out.

And my weekend/vacation ritual:

  • Get up and put on my workout clothes.
  • Have coffee and a small breakfast
  • Wait 10-15 minutes, then work out.
  • Shower and go do something fun!

Plan it in your calendar

Another way to make sure your workouts are ingrained in your schedule is to simply put them on the calendar—just as you would any other appointment.

Schedule time in your calendar every week for your exercise. Make this time nonnegotiable time expressly for you. If a potential conflict comes up, try saying something like “I’m so sorry, but I have plans” or “Thanks for thinking of me! I’d love to another time.” If you must make a change, reschedule your workout time for another day that week and stick to it. Treat your exercise appointments like any other essential appointments you can’t miss. Remember: you are the boss.

The Strong Body Beautiful program works with you use your calendar to help you reach your goals.

Commit for 30 days

Most of us have heard that it takes anywhere from 21 to 30 days to build a habit that sticks.

The key is to commit to the habit you want to create—such as working out 4x a week—and giving yourself a 30 day “trial” of doing that habit consistently. Tell yourself that if you want, you can go back to your old habits at the end of your 30 days.

When the end of the 30 days is up, see how you feel. Do you feel stronger, more confident, more energized, fit? My guess is that you’ll decide you prefer the way you feel after working out consistently, and not want to return to how you were beforehand.

If that’s the case, congratulations, you’ve created a workout habit.

The Strong Body Beautiful program includes 42 days of cardio, strength training, flexibility, and rest to help you reap the benefits of consistent self care to be your best. 

Start small

When you first start working out on a regular basis, it’s never a good idea to commit to six days a week of hard core workouts.

Why? Because before you know it you’ll be sore, exhausted, burnt out, and possibly even injured.

A better tactic is to start small—try out two or three days a week of exercise for a few weeks or even a few months.

Only then, when you’ve stuck with the workouts for a while and feel like you’re motivated to do more, should you push yourself to increase the frequency or intensity of your workouts.

Baby steps now equal massive success in the long term.

My Strong Body Beautiful course teaches you how to make small, realistic changes that help you reach your goals.  There are no extremes, just simple effective strategies and small steps that move you forward towards success that lasts.  

Don’t make excuses

One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to form a lifelong workout habit is constantly making excuses when something comes up.

People make all kinds of excuses for not working out—they’re on vacation, they’re sick, too sore, too busy, they’re too tired.

While it’s certainly acceptable (and important!) to take a day off, letting yourself make too many excuses will break you of the habit and make it harder to stick with it in the long run.

And the solution is simple: just stop making excuses.

Traveling? You can still work out, even if all you have is a hotel room.

Tired? Exercise will boost your energy, so try 10 minutes of movement and see if it gives you a little lift. 

Busy? You’ve no doubt got 5-10 minutes —and you could probably use a break from your hectic schedule to exercise and take some time to yourself anyway.

There will always be things to do and people who need you, but if you don’t have your health you won’t be able to do any of it well. YOU are the secret to accomplishing everything on your to-do list. A one hour workout is less than 4% of your day, and you don’t even need all 60 minutes to be effective! Instead of finding reasons you can’t exercise, start finding reasons you CAN. Stop the excuse habit and start the exercise habit. You’ll thank yourself for it.

You have to start

No matter how you go about it, the only way to really, truly keep a consistent workout schedule and establish working out as a lifelong habit is to start.

Stop waiting. Start Doing. You are worth committing to. Keep challenging yourself to be good to YOU. 

And don’t quit. Never quit.

Need support in starting a consistent exercise routine that sticks? My Strong Body Beautiful program is 6 weeks of comprehensive training to help you start and maintain a sustainable workout routine. There are NO extremes, quick fixes, or false promises. Just simple, effective, DO-ABLE healthy lifestyle hacks that create habits which last. Which means you get fitter and feel better both in your body and within yourself. It also means you get results without going nuts in the process.

Every day is detailed and full of support to help you in your fitness, nutrition, stress, and self care. You can take the program at your own pace and customize it to meet your unique schedule, goals and needs. The program is intended to be used more than once and repeated to help you stay motivated and maximize results.

One of the best parts about enrolling in the course is that it connects you to strong women all over the world who share in your healthy lifestyle goals. Who can support you in honoring your commitment to yourself. Who can cheer you on when the going gets tough or motivate you when you need a little boost. That’s one of the reasons I created the course in the first place: to help women like US come together over living a strong life.

Ready to go? Enroll here.

Taking care of yourself regularly takes courage, consistency, and work, but the payoff is in the quality of your life. Small changes net big results, and any time you invest in feeling your best will pay you back in health. What is one hack you use to stay on track with working out? Let me know in the comments below.

Love and squats,


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After Workout Stretch Routine. 12 Minutes of the Best Stretches To Do After Exercise.

Cool down after exercise with a feel good post workout stretch routine. Press play on this simple 12 minute after workout stretch!

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Try this quick, effective, after workout stretch routine when you are done training. This video will lengthen your muscles and calm your mind after exercise. Taking a few minutes to stretch after your workout can help you cool down and recover. These are some of the best stretches to do after exercise.

Many people once believed that stretching after a workout reduced aches and pains and improved flexibility. Post-workout stretching improves flexibility and range of motion, but stretching after working out does not significantly reduce muscular soreness or injury. If your goal is increased flexibility, post-workout stretching is important; if you are trying to reduce muscle pain or soreness, post-workout stretching is ineffective. However, for top athletic performance, it is important to keep the muscles functioning optimally. Increasing and optimizing range of motion by gentle post-workout stretches can optimize performance. The key is to be gentle and listen to your body. Push the muscles just a little without overtaxing them. By holding a comfortable reaching stretch, over time you can reach further because your muscles lengthen to adapt to the increased demand.

This 12 minute routine is the perfect choice after a hard workout or just when you’re feeling a little tight. You can do this everyday if you want! Plus, zero equipment required! Press play and give it a try after your next workout to feel better fast! Leave me a comment below and let me know how it makes your body and mind feel.

After Workout Stretch Routine. Cool Down With These Quick Exercises

As always: check with your doctor before starting this or any exercise routine. Honor your body and LISTEN to your body! Train smart to be healthy for life.

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Why Your Fitness Routine Isn’t Working

Doing everything “right” and not seeing results? It may be time to mix things up. Here’s your answer.

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Fitness routine results

Dear Caroline,

I’ve been a newsletter subscriber for years and I love your authenticity, content, and YouTube videos. I’m getting burned out in my usual exercise routine and I could use pointers to increase my strength and build lean muscle. I have an overall goal to be better toned and specifically better abs (reduce my stubborn belly). I participate in Class Pass where I sign up for group fitness classes like Flywheel, BodyPump, barre3, HIIT, and YogaSculpt. I also do Orange Theory four times a month. I’ve completed 7 half marathons (soon to be 8!) and I have a 2018 goal to do my first full marathon. I would love to have someone help me stay motivated while I train for my first full marathon because this will be a huge feat in my mind. I also want to make sure my body can handle the demands of marathon training. I occasionally get knee and lower back pain, and I don’t want this to get worse or prevent me from reaching my goals. I feel like I’m doing everything right but not seeing results.

Thank you for your coaching and guidance, looking forward to hearing from you!


I wish I had a dollar for every time I got this email. Women everywhere doing all the group fitness, all the cardio, all the 8lb weight routines and wondering WHY its not working. Whelp, here is my A to your Q on how to remix the way you train so that you can overcome plateaus, prevent injuries, and see real results. 

Dear Susan,

It sounds like you are looking to work with someone to help you refresh your current routine, overcome plateaus, enhance performance, lose fat mass / build lean muscle mass, and prevent injury (esp so you can complete your first full marathon successfully!). From what you’ve described above it looks like you do a lot of group fitness, endurance, and cardio – which is awesome! However, what may really take you (and your goals) to the next level is getting out of the studio and into the weight room.

Group fitness classes are great, but can’t achieve the same strength gains (and physical results) as a personalized strength program. 

I see far too many women actually gain fat mass, develop muscular imbalances, and get sidelined by injuries from too much time in group fitness and endurance training and not enough time following a well rounded strength program. 

Most women do group fitness because it’s easily accessible, non-intimidating, involves community (friends!), and quite honestly have never had real education about strength training.  But going to group fitness classes, sticking to video routines, or doing cardio because it’s easy to motivate to do isn’t serving any of these women in their fitness goals. Instead they are hitting plateaus, feeling frustrated, or worse… getting injured. And since one-on-one coaching feels too expensive (or it’s incredibly difficult to find a knowledgable coach that understands her training needs), she continues the cycle of sticking to what she knows to only find more setbacks or plateaus.

I want to help women everywhere learn how to use the weight room to find fitness, health, and incredible benefits. To do this, I have created an online course to teach women how to build a balanced strength training program and find confidence in the weight room.

The current fitness culture has all sorts of mixed messages on how to see results. When it comes to what’s “out there” in the world of strength training, it’s just too many extremes. Bodybuilding, powerlifting, figure competition, the list goes on. Talk about intimidating! No wonder women stick to the group fitness studio! Why isn’t anyone teaching simple, well rounded, balanced strength training in an accessible way? Well it’s time. 

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Fitness routine results

In my Strong Body Beautiful online coaching course, I will help you break away from your fitness rut and learn how to build strength, confidence, and see RESULTS. This 6 week program gives you dynamic workouts designed to burn fat and build lean muscle mass in your tummy, legs, arms, and butt. It provides you with a detailed daily schedule for strength, cardio, flexibility training, and rest days to optimize results. You will learn proper form, skills, and the secrets behind SMART strength training so that you can see physical changes, prevent injuries, and feel amazing. And BONUS, you will have virtual access to the Strong Body Beautiful community of women who share in your health goals to live a fit lifestyle without going to extremes. 

In this course, I will give you the guidance you need to learn to listen to your body, move mindfully, and see results. Working with with the Strong Body Beautiful program to establish a foundation of strength-training knowledge and good form will allow you to get started safely and effectively. You’ll be able to gain the knowledge and skills that will help you get fit not just for 6 weeks, but for the rest of your life.

This program gives you guidelines but allows for personalization. You will be able to customize the course to fit your unique schedule, preferences, personality, and goals. It works exactly the way I would work with a one-on-one coaching client: giving you the tools to transform and allowing you the flexibility to tailor the program to your needs.

Strong Body Beautiful is ready to help you stop hitting plateaus and start seeing results. It’s an awesome program and I invite you to be a part of it.

Let’s keep it simple and start small. The Strong Body Beautiful program is ready to guide you.  Read the program guidelines here. And when you are ready to join us and see results, click enroll. 



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How To Get A “Toned” Physique.

Women always ask me for my top training tips on getting a “toned” physique. You want to know the truth? Pick up some weights and make them heavier than your purse.

How To Get A "Toned" Physique.

How To Get A “Toned” Physique.

Thankfully there are more women strength training now than ever before. The days of hours of cardio and pulsing FOREVER to “feel the burn” are gone.

With that said, it’s still a fact that most women don’t strength train properly. The gyms are filled with women who pick up nothing heavier than a pink dumbbell. They think if they pick up some real weight that they’ll wake up the next morning looking like the incredible Hulk.

I have seen this day after day while working in the gym. The women will make their way back to the weight room and they’ll proceed to do dumbbell curls and triceps kickbacks with the little pink dumbbells. Or they will stick to group fitness classes and chronic cardio routines because it’s “safe”, “easy”, and non-intimidating. This is a recipe for plateaus, frustration, and overuse injuries.

Most women never pick up enough weight to get a great training effect or know how to structure a balanced strength program that will allow them to see benefits.

I have coached dozens of women and helped them learn HOW to strength train to improve their physiques, fitness, and confidence. If you’re one of those women who think you’ll get big and bulky from lifting weights, you need to dismiss that myth right now.


Get it out of your head right this second: you will NOT look like a body builder if you add regular weight training into your workout routine. In fact you may finally just achieve that lean, “toned”, body you are killing yourself over with all that cardio.  Are you ready to open your mind and try something different? Be prepared to impress yourself with results.

Here are 16 great reasons you should add strength training to your life:

How To Get A “toned” physique. 16 Reasons You Want To Strength Train

1. Get ‘that body’ you really want (Lean, toned muscles; More definition)
How do you get more toned? Light weights and lots of reps right? At least that’s what we’ve been told for years to believe. However, training to “get toned” with high-reps and light weights will not provide the same benefits as lifting properly with heavy weights. Getting ‘toned’ requires two things to happen:

•    Ridding excess body fat

•    Increasing the size of muscle cells to provide shape.

Getting a “toned” body is all about building muscle. For some, it requires the additional removal of any fat covering up the muscle, but it is muscle itself that gives you sleek, sculpted curves so you don’t just look bony once you lose excess body fat. So how do you lose body fat and increase lean muscle concurrently? Combine a healthy amount of cardio / anaerobic exercise (HIIT, sprint-type workouts, plyometrics) with at least one to three weight workouts a week with weights that are a ‘just right’ challenge for you (heavyish weight with proper form).

2. Strengthen Bones & Muscles. Lifting weights not only builds “toned” muscles, it makes for stronger bones too. Did you know an average woman can lose up 1% of bone mineral density every year?For men, it is not quite as much, but it adds up! After the age of 25, we lose more than one-half pound of muscle every year without a regular strength-training regimen. Add strength training to your arsenal of weapons against osteoporosis. When you strength train, the act of moving your bones through muscle action increases its density. Your skeletal system becomes stronger in response to the demands that strength exercise places on your body. Increased bone density will reduce the risk of fractures and chronic disease as you age. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) you can significantly reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis by engaging in regular weight training workouts.

3. Burn More Calories. We tend to think of cardiovascular exercise as the calorie torcher necessary for losing weight. However, it’s better to lose inches AND gain muscle than to just simply lose pounds. Muscle, unlike fat, is metabolically active. Cardio burns calories during the workout. Strength burns calories both during AND after the workout. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that women who completed an hour-long strength-training workout burned an average of 100 more calories in the 24 hours afterward than they did when they hadn’t lifted weights. Replace 10 pounds of fat with 10 pounds of lean muscle and you can burn an additional 25 to 50 calories a day without even trying. This “afterburn” effect is the metabolism boost needed to maintain a healthy weight over time and maximize your calorie burn.

4. Lose More Fat. In addition to burning more calories, resistance training may help your body to burn more fat overall. Score! In one study on over 700 females, lifting weights for just 25 minutes three times per week led to the gain of nearly two pounds of muscle, and the loss of four pounds of fat. If you’re familiar with how physiques work, then you know that is a radical change in appearance!Now, picking up heavy things burns a respectable amount of calories on it’s own. No doubt about that. But that’s not why lifting weights is so effective for burning fat.When you lift something heavy, you’re setting your body up for metabolic reactions that allow you to utilize nutrients better and continue burning calories for up to 36 hours after your workout. There’s this thing called your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). It controls how many calories your body burns while you rest. As you gain more muscle, you increase your BMR, along with how much you can eat and still stay lean. The more lean muscle on your body, the less body fat you will store, and the harder it will be to gain weight.

It is important to remember that losing fat may cause noticeable changes in your body (e.g. decrease in size, increase in tone) when looking in the mirror, but the number on the scales may not change. This is because resistance training can increase the amount of lean muscle you have, which is heavier but takes up less space than fat. So simply put, if fat goes down, but muscle goes up, your weight could essentially stay the same. Read more here: The difference between weight loss and fat loss and why you should focus on FITNESS not skinniness for long term health. 

5. Have Better Posture. Stronger bones will improve your posture and how you carry yourself. Weight training can ensure that the muscles between the shoulder blades, lower back and abdomen stay strong, which reduces the likelihood of developing muscular imbalances that can lead to poor posture. Better posture will enhance your overall appearance and reduce your chances of suffering from back pain.

How To Get A "Toned" Physique.

How To Get A “Toned” Physique.

6. Ease Joint Pain and Prevent Injuries.  Muscles function as shock absorbers and serve as important balancing agents throughout the body. Well-conditioned muscles help to lessen the repetitive landing forces in weight-bearing activities like running or basketball. Also, well-balanced muscles reduce the risk of injuries that result from muscular imbalances (super strong quads and weak hamstrings?! not with smart strength training). Build a foundation of strength and you’ll be less likely to run into injury from sports or daily activities. Stronger muscles better hold your joints in position, so you won’t need to worry about your knee flaring up during your next run.

7. Impress Yourself With Progress. The amazing thing about resistance training and lifting weights in general is that it is you are able to see how far you’ve come. For example, you may have started weighted lunges with 10lb dumbbells and barely making it through your set, to being able to easily get through it with 20lb dumbbells. I love weight training because it helps bring you satisfaction, you can physically see and feel if you have gotten better. Both of these things can encourage you to keep going and continue to improve.

8. Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack & Diabetes. As we age we naturally lose muscle mass, which makes us weaker and more prone to weight gain. Resistance training can help slow down age-related muscle loss, which means that you are not only looking better, but you are also protecting your health. During exercise, muscle tissue helps to remove additional glucose and triglycerides from your bloodstream, which can help to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. There is also evidence that suggests that resistance training can help with high blood pressure.

9. Kick A$$ in life.  Yes, you heard right! When you are stronger, fitter and have more endurance, you will automatically become better at other movement-based activities that you attempt. Like lifting your suitcase into the overhead bin on the airplane…arm wrestling your brother…carrying all six-eight grocery bags at once…lifting (and keeping up with) your kids…moving boxes and furniture in your house…opening a pickle jar…and on and on..

10. Maximize Your Gym Time. Cardio sessions can sometimes take up a good portion of an hour, which can be tricky to squeeze in before work or between commitments. Fortunately, with resistance training, you don’t need to spend hours at the gym to see results. All you need is a 30-60 minute lifting session about three times a week to start seeing great results in as little as two weeks. However, I like to reinforce this efficiency mindset with all of my trainees: Get In. Work Hard. Get Out. You’ll have more time to spend with your favorite people, and to do your favorite things.

11. Build a Nice Butt. Want a nice booty? The gluteus maximus is one of the strongest muscles in your body. The shape of your glutes are influenced by muscular development. When it comes to building size in your glutes, there is no substitute for a deep, heavy squat. This will also help rid you of cellulite, while “firming” and “toning” your legs in the process. You’ll also strengthen your lower back and help prevent back injuries that are all too common as we age.

12. Change your body shape. You may think your genes determine how you look. That’s not necessarily true. Weight training can slim you down, create new curves, and help avoid the “middle-age spread.” Dropping only 3 percent of your body fat could translate into a total loss of 3 inches off your hips and thighs.

13. Boost Your Flexibility. Ignore that super ripped guy fumbling in yoga class for just a minute. Researchers from the University of North Dakota pitted static stretches against strength-training exercises and found that full-range resistance training workouts can improve flexibility just as well as your typical static stretching regimen. The key word here is “full-range,”. If you can’t complete the full motion—going all the way up and all the way down—with a given weight, you may need to use a lighter dumbbell and work up to it.

14. More energy. Exercise gives you endorphins (natural opiates produced by the brain), …endorphins make you happy, feel great and give you more energy!. Ever had a workout, where you were just ‘going through the motions’, as opposed to a workout where you were really ‘in it’—putting your mind into the muscle or movements at hand, giving 100% effort…then…how did you feel after? Perhaps, initially, a bit tired…but chances are, you left that workout with a new spring in your step—renewed energy. Lifting heavy weights challenges you in new ways…leaving you with newfound energy from the ‘rush’ you got in that workout. Strength training has also been showed to help you sleep better (since your muscles are craving recovery, rest and repair post-workout)—and better sleep equals more energy in the long run.

15. Boost Your Body Image. Lifting weights can help shift the focus of your body image from size to ability. In other words, instead of focusing on your weight or the size of your waist, you’ll begin to better appreciate your body for its strength and what it can do. When we focus on actual fitness instead of body size, more muscle can mean more ease in moving our bodies, and better relationships with our bodies and with exercise.

16. Gain Confidence. You know it: Exercise boosts the ego—it helps you feel great in your own skin. The foundation of building inner confidence (and self belief) lies in setting goals that may seem beyond your capabilities and working towards them (consistently and with commitment) until you achieve them.  And there’s something about strength training that makes you feel, well… Strong. And that feeling of inner strength — that your muscles are growing, you’re developing definition, and you’re boosting your metabolism — all of those work together as a powerful confidence-booster.

At this point you’re probably thinking everything sounds amazing, but have this little voice in your head telling you that you’re going to get big or bulky. I hear this way too many times. It’s simply a mis-belief that is holding you back from seeing results you love in a short period of time.

If you are really still worried about gaining size and becoming the next incredible hulk, consider this: Bodybuilders are doing EVERYTHING in their power to build muscle and are still struggling! Its very difficult to see massive muscle gains, unless, of course, you’re training like a monster, consuming a massive amount of calories, and injecting yourself with synthetic hormones. When you follow a strength training program customized to fit your body’s needs and goals, you’ll see the results you want (not the extra bulk).

Now you’re super motivated to pump some iron, but WHERE do you start to learn how to strength train and incorporate it into a balanced fitness routine? I want to teach you! Start strength training and feeling GOOD in your skin with STRONG BODY BEAUTIFUL, my 6-week virtual fitness coaching program. 

It’s time for you to FIND your strong. If you are ready to do something different and take your health to a happy place, this program is ready to help you find success. Read the program guidelines here  to decide if this program is right for you. 

I would be honored to coach you and have you as part of this special community of women who are ready to build a STRONG body and live a healthy lifestyle. Enroll in the program and join us.  Let’s get you that “toned” physique 😉

Yours in strength,


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“How Wellness Coach Caroline Jordan Stays Positively Fit” Insider Interview With

How I Stay Fit

How I Stay Fit. Photo Credit Gwen Rodgers for New Balance

Hi Friends!

I hope this post finds you healthy, happy, and making it a great day. I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by local writing superstar Robyn Hagan Cain. Robyn is the Founder of where she gives the inside scoop on shopping, beauty, and fitness in San Francisco.  I had the privilege of meeting Robyn a few years ago and sharing an uplifting coffee conversation.  We have stayed in touch since and I’ve enjoyed following her adventures as a freelance writer for multiple websites and magazines. I now religiously follow her savvy website for the latest on the coolest stores, treatments, and fitness classes. Robyn was working on a series of articles titled “How Trainers Train” and asked to interview me for a piece. I gladly accepted the opportunity to collaborate and support her work. Robyn’s post was incredibly thoughtful and kind (I’m still blushing). I wanted to share her article in this space in the event you too were curious on how I stay “positively fit”.

“How Wellness Coach Caroline Jordan Stays Positively Fit” Interview with

“When you meet Caroline Jordan, two things immediately stand out. First, she’s ripped. That’s understandable when you consider her background as a dancer and a trainer, and she explains that she’s spent her entire life in fitness. (Jordan has been working in the fitness industry for 16 years, received her first group fitness certification at age 15, and became a personal trainer at 18.) Second, she’s one of the most positive people you’ll ever meet—and not in an annoying way.

Jordan can recognize a less-than-ideal situation, but she’s trained herself to redirect her energy to gratitude. It’s something that shines through in both one-on-one interactions and her group classes. For example, Jordan was an enthusiastic runner for years until a Sesamoid injury forced her to hang up her running shoes last July. “The injury has been life-changing for me in so many ways, I think mostly in helping open my eyes to what my body was capable of outside of just running,” she says. “You are so much stronger than you think you are, and your body can do really cool things. It’s empowering to explore the potential.”

Where some people see disappointment, Caroline sees opportunity.

Even after her injury, Jordan says her body is more fit than ever, which certainly helps with powering through her busy schedule as a health and wellness coach. So how does she balance her personal routine and coaching? With positivity, of course.

Rockyt: Where do you teach?

Caroline: I teach every week on YouTube.  I teach large public fitness events for Caroline Jordan Fitness (like BOOTYcamp) and for my partners Fitbit and New Balance. I also teach regular weekly classes for Equinox.

Rockyt: What do you teach?

Caroline: I teach any and all group fitness format, indoor cycling, pilates, yoga tune up therapy, and my most popular [class], Best Butt Ever. (Yes, best name ever!)

Rockyt:  How do you prepare for classes?

Caroline: I attend continuing education courses all of the time and am constantly working to learn, evolve, and grow as an instructor. IDEA world fitness convention is my favorite, but I also watch a lot of online learning courses and surround myself with people in the industry who are learning, growing, and advancing their skills. I plan and prepare for classes, but also adjust to the needs of the participants. A skilled instructor can meet the participants where they are at, and challenge them in a safe way to grow.

Rockyt: How do you cross train?

Caroline: I Spin, swim, do pilates, and am a total CrossFit junkie these days. It makes my body feel amazing. What I love about Crossfit is that every workout is different, uniquely challenging, and highly effective. The workouts are completely scalable, which means that a new participant and a veteran can complete the same workout with changes in load and intensity. Its diverse fitness programming aims to improve your capacity in all ways: cardio-respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. The result is comprehensive physical fitness and restored vitality. You become a well-rounded athlete who can move well, perform well, and excel in the world.

Rockyt: What are your favorite studios for cross-training?

Caroline: I train at San Francisco CrossFit and am confident that San Francisco CrossFit houses some of the best movement professionals in the world. SFC founder Kelly Starrett is a coach, physical therapist, author, speaker, and healer. He has revolutionized how athletes think about human movement and athletic performance. I also swim at the pools at Equinox—the Palo Alto and San Mateo outdoor pools are my favorite.

Caroline Jordan Positively Fit

Rockyt: Are you training toward a particular fitness goal right now?

Caroline: My goal has always been to feel good, have energy, and be happy; to move well, with skill and intention; to make my workouts smart, balanced, and powerful. Oh, and to get a stronger butt, because that helps everything! Fitness is an incredible way to not only train your body, but train your mindset. If it’s stressing you out, you are doing it wrong. You are one workout away from a good mood and fitness can—and should be—a rewarding, and uplifting part of your lifestyle.

Rockyt: What’s your training regimen?

Caroline: To listen to my body and to do what it needs to feel good. Sometimes you need a challenging workout to feel better. A solid workout can balance the body, sweat away stress, and lift your energy. And sometimes you need a little more rest and TLC. Every day is different, and if you practice the skill of tuning in and listening to what your body needs, then you’ll move mindfully and feel your best for life

Rockyt: Do you take rest days?

Caroline: Yes I do! I love to write, so on rest days I catch up on writing, reading, or time with friends in the sunshine. I also am a huge fan of Epsom salt baths and foam rolling.

Jordan shares tons of wellness advice and tips on her blog and YouTube channel, and she’s published a book called Balanced Body Breakthrough. For updates on her weekly teaching schedule and special events, sign up for her email newsletter.”

Thank you Robyn and Rockyt for hosting me as a guest on your site! I am so touched by your warmhearted words and for the opportunity to support your work. To get the scoop on the latest shopping, beauty, and fitness in San Francisco, check out on the website, facebook, and instagram. Get ready to have fun as you follow along with Robyn’s stylish adventures in San Francisco.

How do you stay “Positively Fit”? Are you training towards a particular goal right now? Do you take rest days too? Let me know your favorite way to train by leaving me a comment below.

Thanks for being a part of my community online and off. YOU bring so much joy into my life and help me stay “Positively Fit”!

Till next time my friends… make it a great day and keep shining.


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Exercises for Sciatica Pain Relief. Feel Better Fast With This Sciatic Nerve Routine.

You don’t have to live with pain! Sciatic Pain, or Sciatica, which is pain along the large sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg, can cause severe, debilitating pain. But there are all natural ways to ease and treat Sciatic Pain. Get Sciatica Pain Relief with this quick effective video routine.  Read on and press play.

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Hi Friends!

Are you struggling to overcome a “pain in the butt” sensation? Do you ever wake up feeling agonizing pain all the way from your upper thighs to your feet? Do you deal with nagging lower back pain that spreads downward and won’t seem to quit no matter what you try? You could be dealing with sciatic nerve pain, also called sciatica, which causes painful throbbing in the lower back and limbs. I am here to help you feel better!!

This is my second Sciatica Pain Relief video. View the first here and feel better fast here. 

These videos have helped people all over the world overcome Sciatic pain with an exercise routine designed specifically to help stabilize the pelvis and muscles of the hips, core, and butt to prevent and treat pain. In this video, I’ll guide you through simple stretches and strength exercises that will relieve sciatic pain and tension.

You’ll begin this therapy based workout session with a few simple stretches that will likely stop your pain immediately. Then I will lead you through a series of key exercises to strengthen your core, legs, and butt. These moves will help you develop the strength you need to stabilize the pelvis and live without sciatic pain. Once you are pain free continue to practice these exercises on your own to bring long lasting relief and prevent future flare ups.

Many doctors will tell you that you should stop training or stop the sport that caused the pain, however I believe that it is possible to overcome Sciatic pain and it’s symptoms with proper management and therapy based exercises like the exercises in this video. Movement is medicine. A regular physical stretching and strength routine will help you get rid of sciatic pain and live tension free. Repeat this routine as much as needed to keep your body feeling its best and live without sciatic pain. Ready to feel better? Press play.

Exercises for Sciatica Pain Relief.

Try this video and let me know how it makes you feel in the comments below. I hope it gives you Sciatica Pain Relief and helps your body feel better! As always, please check with your doctor to make sure these recommendations are right for you. Honor your body and be good to yourself. Stay strong and keep smiling my friends. Always cheering for you.



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After Work Pilates Routine to Re-Lengthen and Re-Energize Your Body.

Feeling drained after a long work day? Not motivated to exercise? I’ve got just the remedy: Pilates. Learn about the health benefits of Pilates and press play on this After Work Pilates Routine to re-lenthen and re-energize in minutes.

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Does it ever feel like you get home at the end of a long work day and you have shrunk 2 feet? All the sitting, the emails, the stress…. it’s starting to make you feel achy, cranky, and tight.

Sitting at a computer can do a number on your body and mind. From increased fatigue and weight gain to lower back pain and reduced cardiovascular health, sitting all day at work (and plopping yourself on the couch to relax after a hard day) can lead to some serious health complications.

Enter: Pilates. This form of movement, which sometimes incorporates equipment, is a low-impact way to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and improve endurance. With an emphasis on postural alignment, core strength, and muscle balance, this Pilates makes for a perfect remedy for after a long, stressful work day.

Read on to learn more of the benefits of Pilates and get an After Work Pilates Routine you can use to counteract all the effects of sitting at a desk and dealing with stress.

Health Benefits Of Pilates

Pilates is a low impact form of exercise that can make a huge impact on your health and wellbeing. Pilates is much more than just a workout. Not only does it sculpt your body, it is a mindful form of moving that connects you to your breathing, clears your mind, gives you energy, and provides inner serenity. Pilates will condition your body and improve your performance level in whatever you do. It’s for the runner, the athlete, the Yogi, the dancer, the biker, the golfer, the prenatal and post natal mom the injured and the healthy. By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, Pilates makes for a complete mind-body workout that can revitalize your energy and health. Some of the health benefits of Pilates include:

Builds a Balanced Body. Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. Pilates trains the body as an integrated whole with workouts that promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints. Pilates is whole body fitness.

Adaptable to All Fitness Levels and Ages. Pilates is for everyone. Whether you are a senior just starting to exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. Pilates is accessible to all ages and genders. With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates workouts can be tailored to individual needs.

Improves core strength for  flat abdominals and a strong back. Sitting at a computer weakens your core and hip muscles ( your support system ) causing a lot of compression in the lumber spine. Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine which can help prevent or alleviate lower back pain.

Builds long, lean muscles and flexibility. More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.

Improves sports performance and prevents injuries. Pilates is a way to help you achieve better fitness results, regardless of your goals or specialties. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That’s why so many professional sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as a critical part of their training regimen.

Improves Body Awareness and the Mind/Body Connection. Creator of Pilates, Joseph Pilates was adamant that Pilates was about “the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” With of the Pilates exercise each movement is practiced with total attention. When we exercise in this way, the body and mind unite to bring forth the most benefit possible from each exercise. The Pilates principles — centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow — are key concepts that are used to integrate body and mind.

A regular pilates exercise routine can help you improve your performance, beat stress and build a balanced body thats pain free for life. Pilates is the perfect feel good fix to help your body relax after a long day of work. Next time you’ve had a crazy day at the office, roll out your exercise mat when you get home instead of pressing play on “Real Housewives” to move through this simple after work Pilates Routine. A few simple pilates exercises and deep breaths will allow you to reset and renew your body and spirit in minutes. This after work Pilates Routine contains some of my favorite pilates exercises. You’ll try moves like the pilates roll up, stomach series, bridge, and more. I do this Pilates Routine several times a week to help balance my body and clear my mind. You don’t need any equipment to get started, just your mat, some space, and a positive attitude. Ready to feel better? Put on some stretchy pants and press play on this after work Pilates Routine now.

After Work Pilates Routine

Next time you have a long work day, try this after work Pilates Routine and let me know how it makes your body feel in the comments below. I loved filming this video for you and hope it serves you in your health, fitness, and work performance! If you liked this video, please hit like and share with friends who could benefit! Together we can build our positive community online and off.

Thanks for the great pilates workout! Till next time, keep shining my friends.


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Stress Relief Stretch Routine. Calm Your Body And Mind With These Exercises.

Feeling tight, tense, overworked, or on edge? Try this simple Stress Relief Stretch Routine to calm your body and mind within minutes.

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Stress Relief Stretch Routine

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Work has been kicking your butt lately. You feel it in your entire body. Your neck is stiff, upper back tied in knots, hips tight, and lower back a mess. You’ve got a nagging eye twitch that won’t seem to give up and your digestion is out of whack. You keep pushing through the discomfort – just too many projects to complete, emails to finish, and deadlines to meet.

“These are normal aches and pains. My body can wait till after this is done.” you tell yourself as you cross tasks off your to-do list. Until your body decides enough is enough and gets sick, broken, or worse.

Let’s take a time out before your body takes one for you. All you need is a few minutes of consistent self care to prevent stress from getting the best of you. Take time now or take time later – it’s your call. Wouldn’t you rather feel your best when answering all of those work emergency tasks and emails?

Honest truth here: your to-do list will live longer than you and without your health you won’t be able to do any of it at all. Next time you are feeling stress build up in your muscles and mind, try pausing for a few minutes to unwind. There are all natural ways to manage stress that don’t take a lot of time and will improve your health, focus, and work performance. Stretching is a simple method to move stress out of your body. A few deep breaths and easy exercises can calm your nervous system and steady your mind. Using healthy habits like exercise, breathing, and meditation can keep stress from having chronic, long-term health effects. It’s worth using a few minutes on your to-do list for yourself. Ready to melt the stress away? Press play and join me for this 10 minute Stress Relief Stretch routine.

Stress Relief Stretch Routine

This 10 minute Stress Relief Stretch routine is designed to help you ease tight, tense muscles and calm your mind. You will move through basic yoga exercises like: cat cow, twisted child’s pose, hip circles, puppy pose, hip stretch, low lunge, seated twist, seated forward fold, knee to chest, spine twist, and happy baby. The exercises in this video will help you stretch your neck, upper back, lower back, shoulders, chest, hips, and spine. This routine is appropriate for all levels and can be done at home, at the gym, or while traveling. This Stress Relief Stretch video would be perfect for:

  • The end of a long work day
  • After a long plane flight or car trip
  • When you are feeling tired or upset
  • After a stressful situation: presenting a big project at work, a fight with a loved one, traffic, or any life event that makes you feel nervous, frazzled, or on edge
  • When you have a headache
  • When you are just getting back into exercise
  • When your body feels sore

With a few deep breaths and exercises, you can prevent a body breakdown from getting in the way of your important deadlines. Next time you feel stressed, press play on this Stress Relief Stretch routine and see if it helps. Let me know when you try this video by leaving a comment below, I’d love to hear if this routine allows you to unwind your body and mind. What is your go-to healthy habit that helps you prevent stress from hurting your health?

When you feel your best you perform your best. I’m always here to support you in taking care of yourself so you can be a success. Keep moving and be good to yourself my friend.


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Best 5 Morning Exercises To Do Before Work. Jump Start Your Day With This Quick Fitness Routine.

Set yourself up for success by taking a few minutes in the morning to move your body before your work day. Here are the best 5 Morning Exercises to do before work and a quick video routine that will help you start your day in strength.

Best 5 Morning Exercises

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Do you hit snooze more than once? Are you a “too rushed in the morning to eat breakfast” kind of person? Is your phone the first thing you look at when you get out of bed? Do you feel frazzled, scrambled, or all over the place when you wake up? Is it hard for you to focus on anything other than: get out the door and get your butt to work?

How you start your day is how you live your day. Start your day in a stressful way and it will most likely continue to be that way.

And lets be real here: you ultimately become what you repeatedly do.  If your morning habits aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you. 

How do you want to begin your day? Here’s a quick habit that will help you jumpstart your day with energy, focus, power and strength:


Before you tuck your head under the covers, hear me out: you don’t need to wake up at the crack of dawn, run a marathon, or spend a super sweaty hour in the gym. Just a few minutes of Morning Exercises can make a huge difference in your posture, performance, energy, and mental state. A little bit goes a long way and can completely change how you live your day.

I often call exercise “physical coffee”, because getting a little dose of movement can put an extra pep in your step. The goal for getting a quick shot of Morning Exercises in when you wake-up is to ‘jumpstart’ your body for the day. You want to get your heart rate up, increase blood flow throughout your body, loosen up your muscles, and straighten out your posture. A little cup of exercise can help you walk taller, feel stronger, boost your confidence, and set you up for a day of success.

Here are 5 of the most effective Morning exercises you can do before work to start your day on a strong note. These exercises help you stretch out tight muscles, wake up your core, and lengthen your posture. Don’t have time for all 5? Do one! Or mix in a few of these Morning Exercises throughout your day for improved mobility, energy, and strength.

Ready to get started? Skip the snooze button and join me for the best 5 Morning Exercises to do before work and this quick morning fitness video routine that will jumpstart your day in strength.

Best 5 Morning Exercises To Do Before Work.

Morning Exercise One: Hip Bridge

Why? Stretches out tight quads and hip flexors. Engages butt, hamstrings, and core muscles

How: Lie on your back with the knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Place arms at your side and lift up the spine and hips. Slowly bring the hips back down, then lift back up. Try to do 10-20 reps or try 10 reps of single leg hip bridge with one leg in the air. 

Morning Exercises

Morning Exercises

Morning Exercise Two: Butterfly sit-up

Why: Stretches shoulders, arms, hips and groin muscles. Works the core muscles and gets the heart rate up.

How: Lie faceup on the floor with the soles of your feet together knees open to the sides (in a butterfly position). Reach your arms overhead on the floor stretching the shoulders. Brace your core to sit up, reaching your fingers toward or past your toes. Slowly return to start. Perform 10-20 reps. 

Morning Exercise three: Cat Cow

Why: Stretches the neck, shoulders, upper back, and core. Increases mobility and health of the spine.

How: Come to all fours with your hands under your shoulders and knees under your hips. Your fingers should be pointing forward. Engage your core and abdominal muscles to start in a neutral spine position. Move into upward (cat) position by tucking your tail under and using your abdominal muscles to push your spine upwards towards the ceiling, making the shape of an angry cat. Then move into downward (cow) position by tipping your tail toward the ceiling, increasing the arch in your mid and low back and allowing the abdomen to stretch toward the floor. Pull your shoulder blades down your back.  Work with your breath and alternate between cat (arching the back) and cow (belly towards the floor) for 5-10 repetitions. 

Morning Exercise four: Air Squat

Why: Works the entire body (especially the butt and core muscles!), elevates the heart rate, and boosts the metabolism.

How: Stand with your feet hip distance apart and toes facing straight forward. Extend your arms out in front of you for balance. Sit your hips back and down, bringing your thighs parallel to the floor. Make sure your heels stay on the floor, your core is tight, and chest is lifted. Keep your knees behind the toes. Use your hips, butt, and abs to stand, pressing through your heels to return to a standing position.

Morning Exercise five: Push-up to Back Extension

Why: Works the entire body with a focus on the posture muscles: abs, butt, shoulders, upper back, and lower back.

How: Combine a pushup and back extension to get the best bang for your buck! Place your hands firmly on the ground, directly under shoulders. Ground your toes into the floor to stabilize your lower half. Brace your core, engage glutes and hamstrings, and flatten your back so your entire body is neutral and straight. Lower your body down—keeping your back flat and eyes focused about three feet in front of you to keep a neutral neck—until your chest grazes the floor. From the floor, perform a back extension, lifting the shoulders off the mat squeezing the shoulder blades together and engaging the upper back, lower back, hamstrings, and butt. Lower back down to the floor with your hands by your chest. Then push back up, keeping your core engaged, as you return to the starting position.  To modify, drop knees to the floor. Repeat for 10 to 20 reps or as many as can be performed with good form.

Morning Exercises

Morning Exercises

Morning Exercises

Morning Exercises

Best 5 Morning Exercises Demonstration. Quick Fitness Video Routine To Jump Start Your Day.

I believe exercise is one of the key ingredients in having energy and living a powerful life. How will you start your day? I hope these Morning Exercises serve you in feeling your very best. Leave me a comment below if you try these Morning Exercises before your work day and let me know how you feel! And as always, if you liked this post, PLEASE HIT LIKE, SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and share this video with your friends! Thank you for your support in my work. I am here to help you feel your best inside and out.

Here’s to you starting and living every day in strength,


My mission is to help you develop a positive relationship to self and exercise that adds to the quality of your life. Check out my list of services, stay connected about upcoming events by subscribing to my email newsletter, or contact me at to discuss ways we can work together and live well.

I put my heart and soul into my corporate wellness programs and customize my services to benefit the unique needs of the company and the individuals within it.  If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to discuss ways we can work with together and improve the health of your company, contact me at:

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