Jay Morgan of the Urban Athletic Club has taught me that a “ a strong women is a smart woman”. I need strength training to get physically and mentally stronger, fight off disease and handle any daily stress!

I have back issues and my strength training has assisted me in making my back stronger so that I may work, travel for business and lead a more productive and healthier life.

My strength training consists of deadlifts, the use of different weighted dumbbells for various exercises and the use of own body weight when working on the TRX training system.

I have learned that even though I thought I would get bulky, I am becoming fit. I am a work in progress but for my age I feel better about myself. Life throws us lots of unexpected hurdles but being strong gives me better mental capacity to deal with my life’s challenges. There are many daily stresses that we all face and being healthy allows one to tackle these obstacles with a better mind set.

A sample total body strength and conditioning workout routine of mine is as follows:

  • Warm up for 5 minutes with a foam roller to stretch out the It band, the quads and the lax ball lumbar.
  • Three minutes of jump ropes.
  • Dynamic activation and mobility- hip flexor with torso rotation for 12 repetitions, 20 bird dogs and 20 pass throughs.
  • Every two minutes complete 6 rounds- 6 Box squats and 12 dumbbell push presses.
  • Then a circuit of 15 repetitions, 12, 9, 6, 3 of kettle bell swings, pushups and V ups.

I find my strength and conditioning workout strengthens my mental capacity as well as my physical. Please consult with your personal physician before starting any new exercise routine. Here’s to a healthy lifestyle!