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#livegrateful

Written by Coach Kendra We are coming up on one of my favorite times of the year…..Thanksgiving! Why? Because THANKSGIVING is a pure American holiday, filled with traditions: family, football, feasting, parades, charity runs, feeding the less fortunate and more feasting. Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pies, oh my! Every year, I take this month to just […]

Three poses to balance the athlete in all of us

Written By: Coach Brandie Athletes of all levels can utilize the practice of yoga to help strengthen their mind and body, prevent or recover more quickly from injury and increase their breath capacity. The following is a brief discussion of three poses (or asanas) that can help increase core strength, improve flexibility and steady the […]

Squash Squash the Magical Fall Treat

Every season seems to be coordinated with certain foods and recipes. There seems to be certain foods that just go with specific seasons.  Foods that you crave during those times. During the winter we tend to eat “warm”, like casseroles, soups, stews; comfort foods.   During the spring, strawberries become a popular food because they are […]

TEMPTATIONS: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Written By Jennifer Fuller   We all try eating better and eating less, but we always seem to feel like we’re fighting a battle we will never win! You see doughnuts as soon as you walk in the office, Your spouse wants a big dinner, and friends have missed you and want to catch up […]

Buddy Up: Does exercising with a partner help or hurt your exercise routine?

Have you ever had trouble staying motivated to exercise? More than likely you have, everyone losses a little motivation and drive at some point. Well research shows that there may be a solution. People who exercise will workout harder and even longer when they’re in a group or with a partner (That’s why Allegro Coaching […]

Two Wheel Commute

Commuting Living or working in Grand Rapids and having to commute by vehicle can be hectic at times. There is a healthy, less stressful solution to resolve this issue that is frequently overlooked. Riding your bicycle is a great way to get from point A to point B. There are several benefits and reasons for […]

Children on the Biggest Loser: Inspiration or Exploitation?

“The Biggest Loser” is back for another season of inspirational stories and remarkable body transformations coupled with the fiery coaching of none other than Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, and Dolvett Quince. This edition provides us with an additional highlight: childhood obesity. Three children will be present in various episodes throughout the season, helping with challenges […]

My holiday wish list….Pilates, massage & foam rollers, oh my!

  • Maybe your hips are tight.  • Maybe your back is locked and it’s affecting your sleep, your energy, and your mood. • Maybe you have sciatica pain down your leg and it’s affecting your activities of daily living. • Maybe your range of motion is lessened due to tightness in the rotator cuff. […]

“Quin….what?”

It’s so funny when I start coaching with a new client and we talk about healthy alternatives to meat, substitutes for pasta or white rice and I mention the word, “quinoa”.  I would say at least 8 of 10 people look at me with this puzzled expression on their face not quite sure what language […]

The Balancing Act

Written by Jessica Dahm   Let’s focus on the word BALANCE for a minute. Balance is a noun that holds several meanings: 1. A state of equilibrium; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc. 2. Mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc. 3. A state of bodily equilibrium When life is busy, […]