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You Can’t Do A Group Fitness Class For All Levels


As a certified personal trainer and health coach, my experience with group fitness is limited. However, I learned one significant thing about doing group fitness when I was in charge of the Go Red For Women Better U program in Springfield, MO.

I learned that you could not do a group fitness class that truly meets all needs and fitness levels. You may disagree but listen to this episode before you tell me why you think I’m wrong. I especially want you to listen to this episode if you are a new personal trainer, yoga teacher or group fitness instructor.

In this final episode of season 1 of Fit in 417, I also bring you another installment of my favorite segment – Tea and A Book! Here’s why you need to check out the first book by life coach, speaker and entrepreneur, Marie Forleo.

Season 2 of Fit 417 will be back mid to late November but make sure you don’t miss anything by joining my email list. If you’re not already on my list, you can subscribe HERE to get my newsletter, blog posts and your free Kitchen Rescue Pak.

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Kitchen Therapy and Living Light


I find that many women of my generation were not taught how to cook. Our parents did the best they could, but cooking didn’t seem like an essential skill in the era of Lean Cuisine and Slim Fast.

This unease in the kitchen is further complicated with the adversarial relationship many women have with food.

How do we solve the problem? Brandy Hickman of Living Light with Brandy Lane and 2BWell says it starts with keeping things simple and trying a little kitchen therapy.

Brandy’s Kitchen Therapy classes are delicious fun and a perfect way to start changing your relationship with the kitchen. If you want to join Brandy for an upcoming Kitchen Therapy class, you register HERE.

If you would rather start in your own kitchen, you can also get her free Create Freedom In Your Life tool kit HERE.

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It’s the 10th anniversary of Thrive Personal Fitness!


I’m not sure how it happened, but for ten years I’ve been helping women in 417-land and beyond build happier healthier lives.

I started my blog the same week I launched up the business. On this week’s episode, I share that cringe-worthy first blog post. (You can read it here if you like.)

I mentioned my favorite playlist too. In the gym, I’m most likely to click on the Confident playlist I created on Spotify. Also here’s the workout playlist with Lizzo from 2016!

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Thrive Personal Fitness with me! If you would like an invitation to the virtual anniversary party, CLICK HERE to get yours. I’ll be sharing the origin story of Thrive Personal Fitness, what I’ve learned about self-care on my entrepreneur journey and what’s next for Thrive Personal Fitness and Fit in 417.

Plus one lucky person who joins the part LIVE will win a FULL YEAR of online personal training!

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Are you making healthy eating too hard?


Eating healthy and meal planning does not require you to spend your entire Sunday afternoon in the kitchen. This week on the podcast, I share a great Middle Ground option on your fitness journey – freshly made ready to eat meals. Meals prepared in someone else’s kitchen but that you can easily reheat and eat are a great baby step away from frozen meals or the drive-up.

I taste-tested three ready to eat meal options in Springfield Mo for you: Eat-Fit-Go, Mama Jean’s Natural Market and The Hungry Herbivore.

Also, if you want more meal planning tips and recipes to simplify your routine sign up for the Thrive Personal Fitness email list HERE to get the Kitchen Rescue Pak for FREE.

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