Our bodies are meant to move.

IT FEELS GOOD TO MOVE!

My first love and passion has always been moving & shaping the body through exercise.

Fitness class photo at Ignite Fitness

GROUP FITNESS CLASSES

Small group classes for women.

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PERSONAL TRAINING

Private and semi-private sessions for women.

Fitness Tips

My Fitness Tips...

Cardio is like hitting the jackpot in Vegas!

Cardio burns calories, so you will lose weight in the short term, as long as you continue to do it. Building muscle is like depositing in a long term investment account: it will build and grow and boost metabolism FOREVER!

The more muscle you have, the more calories your body burns every day! A pound of fat burns approximately 2 calories per day, a pound of muscle burns closer to 50 calories per day. Muscle is METABOLICALLY ACTIVE.

Muscle changes the shape of your body: it is denser and more compact than fat.

To achieve fat loss: INTENSITY TRUMPS DURATION: keep the workout short and push yourself HARD for the time you have available! 

Create “Afterburn” through high intensity intervals and intensity: the much desired EPOC: Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption: this means your body continues to burn calories at an accelerated rate for hours after the workout. Isn’t this what we all want?

Long, steady state cardio DOES NOT create “afterburn”: you will burn calories ONLY while you are doing the cardio, and your metabolism will return to normal shortly thereafter. In fact, long bouts of cardio will signal the body to release cortisol (the stress hormone responsible for increasing belly fat). Your body perceives long cardio sessions as a stress on the body.