All posts by Alyssa

About Alyssa

Alyssa is an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor as well as a Road Runners Club of America certified Level 1 Running Coach. Alyssa has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. A 3:40 marathoner, Alyssa ran her first marathon on her wedding anniversary in 2012, has run 10 marathons, and will be running in the Boston Marathon this April.

No Gym, No Problem!

Whether your are on vacation or just can’t to the gym, there is no excuse to skip your workout! There are plenty of full-body exercises that can be done without equipment. This workout will be just as tough as your gym workouts! Push-up Feet Jack: Hands shoulder-width apart. After completing the push-up motion, kick both feet apart then together like a jumping jack. Jump Squats: Squat with feet hip-width apart, toes pointed out slightly. Jump into the air then land back into a squatting position, ensuring your knees do not go over your toes and your heels are down. Jumping Continue reading

Stop Negative Self-Talk During a Race!

Most of us know the part of getting through a race that is physical, but there is also a strong mental component that can just as easily break you down. When it comes to training for – and then crossing the finish line at a marathon (or your first 5 or 10K) – you need your brain as much as you need your legs. You face a lot of fatigue, mentally and physically, and it gets very challenging. You want to remember that we control our mind, it does not control us. The next time you have one of those Continue reading

5 Things Physical Therapists Want Runners to Start Doing Now

What if you could avoid aches and pains no matter how many miles you log? Start incorporating these tips into your routine and you just might. The Odds of Getting Injured Did you know that as a runner you have up to a 56 percent chance of getting injured? Yep, that’s right. More than half of all runners could be nursing an injury this year, according to a study published in the journal Sports Medicine. (And if you’ve been there, you know how emotionally painful recovery can be.) No one likes being sidelined because of an injury, so we asked Continue reading

What Kind of Running Shoes Should I Get?

“What kind of shoes should I get for running?” I get this question all of the time from clients. The answer is simple: It all depends on what works for you. Everyone has a different brand of shoe that is ideal. Do you over-pronate? Do you have a high arch? These all require a specific shoe type. Visit your local running specialty store and ask for a Running Gait Analysis where they will take a video of you running on a treadmill. Based on your form, they will fit you in the proper shoe. Once you purchase running shoes, do Continue reading

Is Stevia Safe?

Pick up any health magazine, and you’ll likely see an article about sugar in one form or another. From glucose and evaporated cane juice to pure maple syrup and honey, good ol’ added sugar goes by lots of fancy names these days! One of the newer players in the sugar game is stevia, a zero-calorie “natural” sweetener. There’s no debating that stevia has stolen the spotlight from its artificial cousins, Splenda (sucralose) and Sweet’N Low (saccharin). It may taste like sugar, but is it more natural? Better yet, is it healthier? The answer may surprise you. What is stevia? Stevia Continue reading