Posts Tagged ‘Conditioning’

New Beginnings

November 4, 2010

Last night I held my first Skoofit Conditioning Class and it was a blast!  It was a great way to kick-off my new status as ‘self-employed’.

It was also my sister’s first day at her first job in NYC, so new beginnings and milestones all around!  I remember when I moved to NYC over 7 years ago how daunting this city seemed…having my own business run successfully wasn’t even a pipe dream!!  I just wanted to GET a job!

My first job in NY was at a lawfirm in midtown and it was simply awful.  My boss was dreadfully mean to me:  in just 3 short months, he called me ‘stupid’ and I walked out after returning a few choice words.  I waited tables for awhile and finally landed a permanent position about a year later at another firm.  It was a great job for me in that I regained the confidence to dig deep inside myself to figure out what it is that I really wanted to be when I grew up. 

One of the perks at this new job was a huge discount at one of New York’s top gyms where I discovered Pilates and lost nearly 10 pounds!!  Early one morning while I was sweating away on the elliptical, I noticed a very fit woman yelling at her client with a giant smirk on her face.  My recent weight loss, coupled with newfound confidence in my adopted city gave me the power to realize my dream of becoming a personal trainer.  I studied during my lunch breaks at work, practiced on my friends and aced the exam.  A few months later, I nailed a job at the very gym that inspired me!

Thinking back to my life as an 18 year-old member of Bally’s in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, it would have been a dream of mine to train, to know my way around a gym, to run my own business.  I’m glad I waited for a more mature time in my life to commit to something so inspiring, so personal, so rewarding.

I am living my dream.


Skoogfit Conditioning Class!

October 16, 2010
Winter is looming, the holidays are right around the corner and the dreaded 5-pound weight gain is threatening to come between us and our hard-earned beach bodies!!!  For this reason, Skoogfit is branching out to small-group (max 8 people) circuit-training and conditioning classes.  We’ll do conditioning circuits of 30-seconds on, 20-seconds of transition time for 6-12 exercises with a break between each sequence.  No coordination need apply, no dancing involved.  Just hardcore people determined to improve their fitness level and stay in shape!  All fitness levels welcome!
The dirty details:
Where: Ripley Grier Studios 72nd Street, 3rd Floor, Studio 2R and 3R (check the day of to confirm the room number)
When: 8pm Wednesdays & 7pm Fridays in November/December (except for Thanksgiving week and ending December 17th)
Who: With the Skoog!
Cost: $280/person ($35/class with a twice-weekly, 4-week commitment–1 class cancel can be forgiven)
How: Sign up by emailing me at
Invite friends, co-workers, spouses or give my class as a birthday gift to your best friend!!  Spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested!