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Ramona’s Trainer: Summertime for kids

With the approach of Memorial Day, summer will be here. Schools will be vacated, buses will be parked, and kids will invade the streets and neighborhoods.

I can remember the anticipation of sleeping in and no homework and how excited I was to have free time to do the things I wanted to do, ride my bike, skateboard, and in my later years work out and get ready for football season.

Ramona’s Trainer: Eating on the go

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In a perfect world we would eat each meal at the table with our loved ones. We would eat grass fed beef, free range chicken, home grown veggies, and organic dairy products, all with no preservatives. Meals would be made by mom’s loving hands with care and patience and would be cooked to perfection. Wake [...]

Ramona’s Trainer: Are You a G.I.?

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Every few years trends pop up in terms of nutrition. I’m sure you’ve noticed them yourself. Atkins, South Beach, gluten-free, paleo, zone, and as of late G.I.. No, not eating like a G.I. in the Army with MRE’s and mess hall food, but glycemic index eating.

Each week my training staff and I sit down and go over ways we can better help our clients succeed in fitness and in life. This past week we decided to take a look the glycemic index.

Ramona’s Trainer: Live Your Passion

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I just got back from a weekend earning my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate. It encompassed fitness, movement, nutrition, and education.

I spent my weekend working on my passion and expanding my knowledge base so I can come home and be motivated and recharged to help people achieve their goals in fitness and wellness.

Fitness is my passion and I am blessed to have my passion as my career.

Ramona’s Trainer: You said, “I do”

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“I do” means commitment. “I do” means I’ll be there. “I do” means I’ll build you up. “I do” means I’ll take care of you and take care of myself for you. “I do” means I will work on loving you and work on being lovable.

Those of us who have taken that step to say “I do” to the one we love have made a commitment in a time that commitments are considered only if they are convenient to you.

I can remember going through a marriage class called “Love is a Decision,” by Dr. Gary Smalley, back when I was 22 and my wonderful wife was 21. This is so true. You made a decision to say “I do.” At

Untapped power

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This is sort of a continuation of last week’s column. If you want to see past articles, please visit my website www.ramonastrainer.com.

I am away visiting my Dad in Arkansas as he begins his battle with colon cancer. Between doctors appointments at the VA hospital in Little Rock we passed by the chapel walking down the quiet and monotoned beige halls. My son Blake and I decide to go in and take a look. There’s no one there, but the pews and pulpit are still inviting and comforting.

Ramona’s Trainer: Combating Cancer with Fitness

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I write to you from 1,660 miles away in the natural state, Arkansas. Now this isn’t a place I would normally vacation, and in fact I’m not vacationing now.

I’m here with my sister Nikki and my son Blake supporting my Dad as he begins his battle with colon cancer. He has endured many battles over the years externally in war in Vietnam, physically being a double amputee, and internally through open heart surgery. He is a warrior to say the least.

The more I’ve read and researched about colon cancer, a reoccurring theme keeps popping up. Exercise can help prolong patients’ lives.

Find Your Reason

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We have learned one important fact through the years after working with so many different types of members: Those who stay and keep at it every day find that personal motivation helps them seek a more quality life, more satisfying work, and a reason to be fit.

We are recognizing the power of personal motivation by sharing our Find Your Reason™ campaign. This is part of a national campaign that helps people identify their true personal motivations, those that are much deeper and more meaningful than just wanting to be in shape. People begin fitness programs for a variety of reasons, but it is those with strong personal ties that stick with it year after year.

Ramona’s Trainer: ‘The Weakness of Your Powerhouse’

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We are always hearing so much about the core and how you need to strengthen it and if you’re going to be in shape that you have to work the core. I totally agree with this, but there is a weak link in this even if your core is strong. The weak link is the mobility, stability, and flexibility of the muscles of the core and the ones adjacent to it.

I just started with a client this week and, despite many setbacks like coronary heart disease, shoulder surgery, and old hamstring tears, this gentleman wants to get back into the best shape of his life. He is excited and enthusiastic about the new changes we are implementing, and one of our focuses is the “core.”

Ramona’s Trainer: Get in the GAME! Sign up for something physical

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Now is the time to get involved in something physical. Spring is right around the corner and the weather is bound to be almost perfect.

Athletics, sports, and physical fitness are not just for kids. You may say, “I’m just not an athlete.” I beg to differ. All of us have an athlete inside ready to burst out and get physical.

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