Welcome!!

Welcome to my new blog post.

I know you’re here to learn more about fitness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle! I can help you to reach your goals.10302045_10153052327218648_3491970537823673509_n

I’ve been involved in fitness, since I came here when I was twenty, as a nanny from Sweden. I discovered aerobics and fell in love! We did not have anything like this back home, so when I moved back to Sweden I opened up an aerobics studio.

To me fitness is a part of having a whole life!

I ended up moving back to the United States in January of 1991, with my husband, who owned a fitness studio. A few months after I arrived, my life changed in an instant! I was hit by a car while walking across the street; I suffered a broken neck among other injuries. I was fortunate in that I did recover, but it took two long years of physical therapy, working out and massage to feel like my old self.

Did I just say massage and working out helped in recovering from my accident? YES!!!

It took about a few months for my fractures to heal, but I still suffered from a constant headache and tension after the accident. Massages saved my life! I worked out and had regular massages, which relieved and released the pain I was in. My accident taught me a lot about the human body and how to heal from injuries, which is why I work with so many people who have been through traumatic physical experiences! I can help them!

Once I was physically able, I started working with my ex-husband. We opened up another studio in Pasadena in 1993 and I am still in the same location 23 years later! I am so fortunate, as to have had clients who have been with me that long, and new ones joining me on a regular basis.

I have kept this business going, because it is my passion, even after the birth of my twin daughters in 1997. I love what I do and fitness is not just my job, but my lifestyle. You can see me out hiking and running the trails in the San Gabriel Mountains, several times a week, or riding my bike, walking or doing yoga.

My philosophy is that you must keep surprising the muscles and stay consistently working out. It’s definitely not about overdoing it in one session, but to work out consistently 3-4 times a week. Most of my clients come in to see me for semi-private training twice a week and do some other form of exercise to supplement.

Have you tried semi-personal training?

It’s an opportunity to receive your own training program, while in the company and support of a few other people. It’s a great way to be fit, get more competitive with yourself and make new friends too. It is a great way to train, rather than having one on one sessions with a trainer, and for a fraction of the price.

I also have six massage therapists, and a Pilates studio, because I know what a difference it makes in overall health and well being.

My keys that I offer to well being and total fitness are to have a sustainable program for the long run meaning:

  • No one is going to the ER for overdoing it!
  • This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix!
  • It takes a commitment—something to stick with and see results!
  • To lose weight, maintain fitness it takes a combination of eating right, cardio and resistance training—there’s no shortcut!

Injury free is the way to go! Stay consistent and steady, it wins the race!

Please call me, so I can learn more about your goals and if you have injuries or any other obstacles to fitness. I will then have you come in for an in-person consultation. 626.799.7243.

In fitness and health,

Carina


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Last Sunday’s Climb For Heroes

 

 

 

 

 

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We hiked Mt. Baldy to support USMC Ssgt Charlie Linville. He lost his leg last summer in Afghanistan. Yesterday he left to climb Mt. Everest what a great accomplishment for him! Enjoy the pictures from our climb up!

 

 
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New Toys at Pro Fitness Network!!


Working hard on the new Step!

Charisse trying out the new Prowler!


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DID YOU KNOW…Over 80% of women forgo strength-training?  If you’re one of them, it may be one of the reasons your scale is stuck. You’ve probably heard that strength-training can boost metabolism, but here’s something you may not know: People who pair aerobic and resistance training eat less—  as much as 517 fewer calories a day less, than those who do only cardio. The combination may increase satiety hormones more and boost the body’s ability to break down food and stabilize blood sugar, so you feel full longer, says author Brandon S. Shaw, PhD.

QUICK TIP…Add weight training 3 times a week and you could lose up to 12.5 pounds in a year!


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Kettlebells

Kettlebells are perhaps the biggest trend in fitness. But if you’ve never used one, you might wonder, “What’s the big deal? They’re basically just a different kind of dumbbell.” Well, that’s what makes them special. These Russian imports—which look like bowling balls with handles—can be used like dumbbells, but you’ll find that they can make the same exercises more challenging. That’s because the weight is off-center, which forces your stabilizer muscles to work even harder.


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