Saturday, January 20, 2018

I Bought A Stationary Bike For $125 From eBay

I bought a stationary bike off of eBay and it only cost $125.00. However, the seller and I made an error by completing the sale in person, that is a no no and we got reprimanded from eBay. Because there was no shipping, the total cost was the $125.00.

I have two club memberships and one which is free because I work there part-time but I still wanted a bike to prepare me for the 2018 outdoor cycling season. My sister told me about a YouTube channel that I can exercise along with professional cyclists. The group is called GCN or Global Cycling Network. They really push the viewer and that has taken my cycling to the next level. The only problem I had, I was using up my phone's gigabites because my clubs do not have free wifi. I decided to buy a bike I could use at home that didn't cost loads of money.


I have never bought a large ticket item on eBay, just smaller items like shoes and etc. My results have always been positive from the site so I decided to look there first for my bike. The seller lives in the suburbs of Chicago and he stated that the bike was a Diamondback 600 series, an older model but in good condition. He had only ridden it two or three times. I went to test it out and bought it on site. The seller helped me put it in the back of my truck and that was it.

eBay scolded us for not doing the transaction on their site and since I didn't know any better, they let it slide this time. I know not to do that anymore. Anyway, I have a new bike and I will be ready to take on my husband who teases me about my slow riding skills. If you need any exercise equipment, large or small, check out eBay before paying full price for your item.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Iceberg Lettuce Versus Romaine Lettuce

Iceberg Letttuce

The CDC has told everyone who lives in United States to get rid of your romaine lettuce due to it being the source of an e coli outbreak.  The outbreak has killed one person and has made many others sick. 

Romaine lettuce for many years has been held up as a healthier green than the old standard iceberg lettuce. However iceberg lettuce has gotten a bad rap and it is now time to clear up these misconceptions. Take the quiz below:

1.  Which lettuce has more vitamin K?
2.  Does iceberg lettuce have vitamin A?
3.  Which lettuce has more calcium?
4.  Does romaine or iceberg lettuce have potassium?
5.  Which lettuce contains more water?

1.  Romaine lettuce has more vitamin K but iceberg lettuce has it too. For one cup(72g) iceberg lettuce has 17.4 mcg and romaine lettuce has 48 mcg. 

2.  Romaine lettuce of course has more vitamin A but iceberg lettuce is a good source of the vitamin per one cup serving.  4094 IU romaine lettuce - 361 IU iceberg lettuce

3. Romaine lettuce has more calcium but calcium is also found in iceberg lettuce. 13 mg iceberg lettuce - 15.5 mg romaine lettuce

4. They both have potassium.  102 mg iceberg lettuce - 115 mg romaine lettuce

5.  Iceberg lettuce has more water which makes it great for weight loss. You will fill full quicker eating this lettuce compared the romaine lettuce.  68.9 grams iceberg lettuce - 44.5 grams romaine lettuce

As you can see, iceberg lettuce has more to offer than its past history of having no nutritional value. The dark leafy green lettuce varieties have a higher vitamin and mineral content but don't think you have to give up your salad since there is a temporary ban on romaine lettuce. If you want more vitamins, feel free to add carrots, bell peppers, spinach to your iceberg lettuce salad.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Burn Fat With These Three Ten Minute Workouts

Happy and healthy new year and I can get you started with three 10 minute workouts. The first one will be for beginners and the last two are for more advanced exercisers. You can click the link on each exercise for the video demostration on YouTube. Enjoy and get started January 1, 2018.

10 minute workout for beginners
Do one time and stretch

10 minute workout advanced 
Push ups 45 seconds
Do one time and stretch

10 minute workout advanced
Do one time and stretch

Bonus video, do this workout once a week for extra stretching

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Hill And Valley Savings Fund For Fitness Professionals

If you own a fitness business, you might want consider getting a hill and valley savings fund. What is a hill and valley fund? A hill and valley fund is the concept of financial guru Dave Ramsey in which one builds and saves money during time of abundance with an irregualr income. This time period is a hill. When you are not making enough money to meet your expenses, which is a valley, then you have the hill and valley savings account to help you out.

As a fitness professional with a personal training business, valleys can happen unexpectedly and during certain times of the year. In Chicago, August and December can be slow training months. August is a vacation month for families before the kids go back to school and of course a lot of people stop training during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Last May, seven of my clients had life problems which caused them not to train with me for one month which meant I had no money coming in. This caused me to dip into my emergency fund which is only for true emergencies. I didn't know what to do until I heard the Dave Ramsey show about the hill and valley savings account. I started building a hill and valley savings account in September. I will add to my account when personal training hits its peak during the months of January, February and March.

If you have a fitness business or any business, you might want to start saving for your hill and valley savings account 2018.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Run A 5k In 8 Weeks


You have been working out for a while and you have been asked to run a 5k in two months and you are not ready, try my Run A 5k In 8 Weeks

My program is geared towards the person who has been exercising by doing HIT or run/walk workouts. It is not for the beginner exerciser. I do offer a program called the 15-30 Week running program for beginners

The program can be found on Etsy and it's a downloadable workout printable. The price is only $6.95. Buy it today especially if your race is coming up soon.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Need Money? Become A Spin Instructor

Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Do you have so many bills, you have lost count? Do you want extra money to buy a new toy but you don't want to put it on a credit card? Are you passionate and love taking cycle or spinning classes? Have you ever thought, I can teach a cycling class? Get certified and become fit and debt free at the same time.

Group cycling classes have been around since the early 1990s and Spinning® classes are the most recognized cycling classes in the world. Since then other cycling classes have joined Spinning as one of the largest training niches in the world. You might recognize and have taken the following classes such as Peloton and Soul Cycle. 

If you are ready to get started, I have provided information on some of the cycling certifications from the affordable to the expensive.

1.  FiTOUR® Primary Indoor Cycling Certification without study guide  $79
2.  NETA  Indoor Group Cycling Specialty Certification  $189
3.  NCCPT Indoor Cycling Instructor exam without study manual $199
4.  SPINNING Indoor Live or Online Certification $355
5.  AFPA Cycle Instructor Certification $415

How Much Can I Make Per Class?

It all depends upon where you live, your experience, which clubs or organizations you work for and your personality or it factor. The average cycling instructor salary is $25-$35 a class/hour. If you live in a small town, the salary could be below $25 a class, it all depends upon location. Clubs like Soul Cycle or online Peloton class instructors can make $60/hr or more, however, you have to be an experienced teacher, have a winning personality with the ability to entertain and the look that fits their brand image. 

I have two friends who are cycle instructors. Friend #1 makes $25 a class and teaches five classes per week. His monthly income from cycling classes is on average about $500 per month pretax. Friend #2 teaches at Soul Cycle and makes $70 a class and also teaches five classes a week. He averages about $1400 per month teaching cycling classes. Both friends are in great shape and are enjoying their fitness side hustle.

As you can see, cycling can make a lucrative part-time job. Get certified today and enjoy a healthier lifestyle along with becoming debt free and financially secure. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Holiday Fitness And Health Gift Guide 2017

Here are my picks for health and fitness gifts for Christmas 2017.  I actually use three of the products above, the MyoBuddy Massager, natural soaps from ApothOtopiA and the Stretch Out Strap.


This is not a store bought massager but one that offers professional grade deep tissue, warming, trigger point massage similar to using the foam roller but with vibrational technology.

Anytime I feel any tightness or muscle soreness, I use my MyoBuddy. On hard to reach places, like my back, I have my husband assist me. I bring the MyoBuddy Massager to my senior fit classes. Many of my seniors love how it helps their muscle soreness due to their workouts and arthritis.

It would be a great gift for a friend or family member who likes massages or who lives the fitness lifestyle. According to MyoBuddy their device helps to:
  • Soothe Sore Muscles & Ease Myofascial Pain
  • Treat Trigger Points & Everyday Aches & Pains
  • Warms Muscles Pre-Workout & Quicker Workout Recovery
  • Reduces Stress, Anxiety & Insomnia
  • Includes 1 White Plush Bonnet and 1 Blue Lotion Bonnet
  • Free Shipping
  • 30-day Money Back Guarantee
  • 1-Year Warranty

NASA Leggings by SheSaidItWithScience $55

I love these leggings because I'm a big science and NASA fan. If you know someone who works out and is a science geek, this definitely would be a great gift and they are so cute! She Said It With Science's shop is found on Etsy and be sure to check out their other athletic tops and bottoms.

Spearmint Mint Soap - Christmas Scent
ApothOtopiA soaps are the bomb. If you love natural Eco Friendly soaps, scrubs, bath bombs, facial masks, and etc be sure to head over to their Etsy shop and buy a few of their items as Christmas gifts.

The Stretch Out Strap is another product that I use in my fitness classes. With regular use, many of my students have seen an increase in their joint range of motion or flexibility. A great gift for a runner or someone who never stretches but needs to.

I haven't tried DeliverLean meals yet but I have heard many great things about their meals and plans. DeliverLean is a healthy gourmet meal delivery service that combines the two things everyone wants from a meal – flavor and quality – with the two things most Americans struggle with when eating any meal – balance and portion control.

FitBit Blaze

Does your spouse need a new and improved FitBit? Check out the FitBit Blaze. It will take their workout to a whole new level. A great gift for the FitBit groupie user and not for the occasional FitBitter.

These are my fitness and health Christmas list gift picks for 2017. Which gift above appeals to you?