Ten months post-partum and I finally have a good rhythm going and feel ready to take on a new challenge.  No, that does not mean another kid (yet), I am ready to go back to school! I have

The mini-band is a fitness tool that can seriously enhance your workouts.  If you have taken my barre classes you probably already know how much I love using the band for butt and thigh work, but there are SO many other uses for it.  Not only is it super inexpensive, but you can take it anywhere (gym, outdoors, travel, etc) and get a killer workout guaranteed.  Below ar

Recently a new studio, Burnin' by Ray, the Ungym, opened 5 minutes away from where I live and I couldn't wait to give it a try.  In a sea of too many yoga and cycling studios in Boston, I was excited for something new and different to open up. Keep reading to see why Burnin' by Ray is different than other fitness studios

I have been teaching fitness for 13 years and I wrote this article simply as an observation as to what I personally have noticed has changed in the group fitness industry over the past decade. It is not meant to be negative or to put down other instructors. Technology and social media have certainly enhanced the popularity of classes and made t


The jury is out on whether stretching after a run is beneficial or not.  Some studies show that stretching after a run is not very beneficial and will not help towards injury prevention. Regardless, stretching helps to improve flexibility, and I personally like to stretch after I workout.


There is a common misconception that you should not do ab work during pregnancy, but having a strong core is actually very important whether pregnant or not.  As your belly gets bigger during pregnancy, your pelvis tilts forward, shortening the muscles in you lower back, which can lead to discomfort. Having a strong core can not only help to protect y

I have been in the fitness industry for over 12 years and people often reach out to me asking about my personal journey and tips on how they can get into a career in fitness.  It is certainly a rapidly expanding industry, and personal trainers an

I originally went to college to become a first grade teacher, but over time my life path changed and today I am a full time group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Even though my job does not take place in your typical school classroom setting, I still feel very blessed to be a consistent figure in people’s lives as they learn and grow- whether menta