Why Exercise Benefits Your Heart

No fewer than three friends have told me that kettlebells saved their lives. Their hearts had become so heavy that only learning to lift something heavier could ease the burden. I’ve heard stories of yoga pulling beautiful humans back from the brink of despair. Of dance saving relationships. Of running creating a safe space for

What’s in a (Brand) Name?

A little behind-the-scenes look at my life lately today. I’ve spent a lot of time lately trying to put a name tag on what I do and who I am as an athlete and human: Annie, Anne, Strength Coach, (somewhat rebellious) Yogi, Strong First, Z Health Practitioner, Body Positive Advocate, In recovery, Athlete, Trainer, Reluctant but Earnest Business Owner, Wife, Dog mom


Despite my ardent preaching against the evil messages of the media and the disgusting obsession of the fitness industry with the “get lean quick!” … I found myself driving into work yesterday pondering the merits of the gallon of water challenge, detox tea and copious amounts of kettlebell swings. We’re going to Mexico this week

Fall Yoga 2015 Playlist

I recently took a sabbatical from teaching yoga.  I took a break because I got frustrated with teaching and with practicing yoga. My heart has been in a bit of weird place lately… and I’m going to admit to thinking things that you don’t hear yoga teachers say (out loud): The gist of it was

Take a Deep Breath (Out)

You are intrinsically wired to let go. But first! The science… When I was a relatively baby trainer, I was super blessed to work with patients who were coming out of a pulmonary rehabilitation program. These clients* had COPD, emphezyma, lung transplants and other chronic conditions that – literally – made it next to impossible for
I’ve been working on barbell cleans lately. Until recently a kettlebell purist, barbells have brought some serious kickassery into my life : novelty, challenge, strength and a really good crying jag. (If you haven’t met me, I consider crying jags bad ass.) I dove into to learning a new form of strength with the belief
Fall has come to Wisconsin. Ya’ll… I LOVE fall. Apple picking, pumpkins, pulling on a sweatshirt and drinking a hot cup of tea on the first cool morning. Those things are magical. But I spent most of 2014’s Wisconsin arboreal color show complaining about how much I hate winter. Dreading the first snow. Generally bitching and allowing

Stress Means Change

A story about a client I love dearly: We’ll call her Jane for the sake of internet anonymity. Jane has been training with me for more than a year now. Jane is STRONG. Like. MAD STRONG. but under heavy load or volume, she panics. I can literally see the light go out of her eyes, replaced

Quick Kettlebell Workout

(Thank you so much for all the love yesterday. Today is a new day, fresh, with no ick in it…unless you count the chilly foggy rain.) Every Wednesday at 8:30 am CST, I lead a kettlebell swing class in the studio. Over the past few weeks, I’ve opened the class up on Google+ Hangouts for

Keep Walking.

When we lived in California, Brian and I went on a hike with a group out in the Redwoods. This proposed 9-10 mile hike took us a few miles to start because we couldn’t find the trail, then seemed to be progressing rather rapidly downhill. Literally. We were walking downhill. All in, we hiked more