As a personal and group fitness trainer, I’ve had the opportunity to rehabilitate joints and retrain muscles with many of my clients and students. I love everything about the human body, so you can imagine my excitement when I was invited to observe surgery in a real orthopedic operating room. It was so cool!, Read More

Some girlfriends and I had a tradition of renting a house in Berkley Springs, West Virginia, for a spring get-away. As young moms, we carved out the time for a much-needed break from our usual responsibilities. It was a treat to hike in the mountains, get massages at the main lodge, and do a, Read More

Most every year for the past eight years, I have attended a Christian Wellness week sponsored by First Place 4 Health. Five years ago, my time there was a pivot point for my future. Early in the week, my blood tests results returned, the nurse called with bad news and the negative report shook, Read More

I love nostalgia. I enjoy thinking back on sweet and joyful times that make me smile. Let’s walk down a Body & Soul memory lane for a few minutes… My husband Roy and I remember when we kept track of each Body & Soul student and instructor by creating their own 3×5 card with, Read More

I love learning someone’s favorite things because these things can tell me a lot about who they are. Let me give you a few examples. My favorite color is blue. To be more specific, my favorite color is Carolina blue. I am an alumnus of the University of North Carolina, home of Carolina blue, Read More

As the director for Body & Soul’s Boot Camp program, I am constantly working to fill our classes with new, fun, and love-to-hate-them exercises and formats. I try new combinations of familiar exercises that challenge and stretch us (literally and metaphorically). “What if we did triceps kickbacks while holding a plank!?” I let out a gleeful, Read More

“Can I tell you a secret?” Does this question take you back to the school yard where your best friend runs to you at recess to share some sweet morsel of information that’s to be held tightly just between the two of you? Or does it pique your interest because you’re a learner and, Read More

“I cannot even walk around the block; how can I run around the gym?’ This was Syd’s response when she was invited to join a Body & Soul class. Her response is not surprising. The thought of exercise can intimidate just about anybody. But Syd is not just about anybody. Syd is unique because, Read More

“But why? What’s the point?” Have you ever asked that question? I have asked that question, repeatedly, as the owner of an extremely active and playful, two-year old Boxer-Shepherd mix dog, named Kacee. You see, I’m trying to teach her how to release items – a ball, but also socks, shoes, papers, etc. We’ve, Read More