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Best Workout for Weight Loss & How To Burn More Calories In Yoga

During my work as a private weight loss coach for women, I am frequently consulted for my take on the latest fitness trends. I want everyone to have access to the best data that will help them accomplish their goals. From mental tricks to breakdowns of how to work out like the top celebs, check out my most recent articles below!

Have you been out of the gym for a while?

Struggling with working out on a consistent basis? Don’t beat yourself up over it, it happens to all of us! Check out this article from NBC where I highlight six mental “tricks” you can employ to get back in the exercise habit.

Click here for those 6 tricks!

Slide Into A New Move

I gave my input on these sliding hamstring curls that Blake Lively’s trainer uses to sculpt and strengthen client’s lower bodies.

Check it out here to learn how to execute the move safely and with correct form. (Bonus! It totally works your core at the same time!)

Or if that move seems a little too intense right now, try out this low-impact, at-home cardio circuit that Octavia Spencer is currently using to stay healthy.

Hiit up that cardio here.

Yoga? I’m down, dog!

Do you totally love all things yoga, but worry that it isn’t enough of a workout to help you reach your fitness goals? I’ve got good news! I wrote two articles for Today , the first outlines a few sneaky ways you can kick your flow up a notch and burn extra calories! The second gives five hacks for squeezing movement into your otherwise busy schedule.

Click here for Yoga. I recommend yoga to all my clients and even include a yoga workout on my Step It Up With Steph DVD.

Click here for easy ways to move every single day!

Fitness & Physical Intimacy

Being consistent in the gym can lead to reduced stress which, in turn, can lead to being more consistent in the bedroom. Natural Awakenings put together a whole piece on the effects of fitness on both male and female libidos.

Check out my contribution to that article here.


As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.


If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.


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Take Advantage of the Heat in Your Yoga Practice

With the temperatures so high, it’s easy to feel lethargic and like you don’t want to do your regular practice. However, try opening up tight areas by utilizing the heat to go deeper into your postures:

– Twists are a great thing to do when it’s hot out. You’ll be able to more deeply “wring” out your internal organs and loosen up your spine. The heat makes your muscles more flexible.

– Go deeper into your forward folds. The heat will help tight low back muscles and hamstrings loosen up, so you can feel sensations you may not feel in the winter.

– Open up your chest and sides of your waist slowly, and hold the poses here a little longer to really get into the smaller muscles and origin and insertion points of the muscles.

Looking for mental tricks to Step It Up? My 30 Day Workbook can help!

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How to Help Your Mom Work Out on Mother’s Day

Does your mom enjoy working out, or do you wish she’d spend more time at the gym for her own health? Here are some fun workout tips for Mother’s Day:

-Invite your mom to a fitness class or just take her to the gym with you. Introduce her to the equipment, help her learn new moves, or even hire a personal trainer to give her a session or two.

-Buy your mom a workout DVD and follow along with her – working out together may remind her how working out can be fun!

-Buy your mom a cute workout top, then teach her workouts she can do at home in the comfort of her living room, such as yoga poses or Pilates moves.

-Hire an in-home yoga instructor to come see your mom and give her a completely customized and personal yoga class.

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Do You Work Out on Vacation in Chicago?

Find out what random visitors to Chicago do while here – do they work out and look forward to running along Lake Michigan? Or do they have a totally different mindset about health & fitness while they’re away from home?

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How To Make Moving a Workout

I’m Stepping It Up and moving to a new luxurious apartment downtown! If you’ve ever moved before, you know that moving can cause many injuries and back pain. But in this video, I’m going to show you how random Chicagoans are turning moving into a workout!

What Does Chicago Eat For Lunch?

Watch as I Take It To the Streets to see what random Chicagoans are eating for lunch on Fridays! They’ve all got one thing on common – it’s considered a “cheat” day…

You know how much I despise labeling days like this! So make sure that just because it’s Friday, you are still making your food choices independent of each other, and totally dependent upon what you want and how your food will make you feel! 🙂

Elevator Stretches

Elevator Stretches

What happens when a good-looking guy walks into my elevator? I start to show him some elevator stretches! Watch this quick video to see what stretches you can do next time you’re in an elevator, without anyone even noticing!

The Taxi Cab Crunch

Check out how a random taxi cab driver and truck driver do the Taxi Cab Crunch with me. And, I even speak to drivers in two languages!