Moving Well Podcast

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Nov 19, 2016

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Molly Courtney, a Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer, Weight Management Specialist and diet rebel about why diets don't work and what does when it comes to improving health or losing weight - should that happen to be your goal.

They cover:

  • The difference between health coaching and getting a meal plan
  • Weight bias and how it can be counterproductive in helping clients achieve health goals
  • Why outcome based goals can delay progress
  • How to successfully implement changes in your lifestyle without feeling deprived, frustrated or miserable
  • Strategies to start loving yourself today and not 10 pounds from now

Additional resources and links mentioned:

Weight bias quizzes

Studies supporting weight bias

Studies supporting why diets don't work

Links mentioned

About Molly Courtney

Molly is a weight-neutral Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer, Weight Management Specialist, and Diet Rebel. She has a degree in Exercise Science with extensive training and education around behavior change, nutrition, and human performance.

She is the creator of the L-O-V-E Method, a self-discovery approach that empowers people to find and live by their own definition of health and reach their goals with LOVE (Yes, this is absolutely possible!).

To work with Molly and find out more about how to become a diet rebel, visit her site at

Nov 10, 2016

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with Jenna Etzel, National Instructor Trainer for Les Mills US.

They discuss the pros and cons of teaching free style group fitness classes vs pre choreographed ones and the difference between taking a training that gives you a base level of knowledge and one that teaches you how to run a class.

They also chat about how mindset can influence your success as an instructor and how to avoid injury, overtraining and burnout.

Finally, they offer sage wisdom on how to find acceptance that no matter where you go or how long you teach, there will always be problems with the microphone.

Links mentioned

Take a les mills training:

Jenna Etzel is an ACE, AFAA and Les Mills Certified Group Fitness Instructor.  She graduated from W.S.U. with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish, which has oddly come in handy frequently in Fitness!  Jenna currently works for Les Mills US as a National Instructor Trainer and Assessor Lead, teaching new Instructors and Assessors how to become certified/qualified in an effort to work toward our global mission of creating a fitter planet.  Jenna currently teaches Les Mills BODYSTEP®, BODYVIVE®, CXWORX®, BODYPUMP® and Trains CXWORX®, BODYSTEP® and Born To Move®.

Jenna loves helping people get where they are trying to go, both in a classroom setting as Group Fitness participants and in a Training environment with new Instructors.  She loves to study and apply learning strategies that help people learn new skills quickly in a supportive environment.  It is paramount to her that people leave each class or Training experience feeling safe, successful and proud of what they've accomplished so they'll be willing to continue learning and growing.

Jenna loves to write and to laugh with friends and family.  She finds much inspiration in seeing how other people overcome adversity and aspires to live and work from a place of helping others.  She believes each of us CAN change the world.


Nov 3, 2016

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with Ada Wells, Doctorate of Physical Therapy and sports rehab expert about how to reduce your risk of pain and injury when playing rotational sports (e.g. golf, tennis, running).

They cover myths and misconceptions about training for rotational sports, core control versus core strength (plus why you need both) and the most common causes of injury in rotational sports.

Additionally, they discuss when to stretch or stabilize something and what parts of the body need stability and mobility to increase power and decrease pain.

Areas that typically need more stability:

  • Foot
  • Lower back (lumbar spine)

Areas that typically need more mobility

  • Ankle
  • Hip
  • Midback (thoracic spine)

*The shoulder girdle typically needs both mobility and stability

Links Mentioned:

Tutorial of Ada's favorite foundational exercises for sports training:

Ada Wells, PT, DPT, PMA®-CPT, Level 3 TPI Golf Medical Professional

Owner of ProBalance, Inc.

Ada Wells, DPT, PMA®-CPT, is a Physical Therapist, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, a Polestar Pilates Educator, and a Level 3 Titleist Performance Institute Golf Medical Fitness Professional. As owner of ProBalance, Inc. in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2004, she has leveraged her experience as a movement practitioner/physical therapist for over 22 years to develop rehab and injury prevention programs for everyone ranging from corporate desk jockeys to golfers. In addition, she is an educator for Polestar Pilates, the highly respected comprehensive teacher training program developed by and for physical therapists and fitness Pilates professionals.

Dr. Wells has provided her services to celebrity golfers at the American Century Golf Championship nationally televised on NBC since 2003 and has been part of the volunteer Wellness Team at the US Open Golf Championships since 2012. She has been a guest instructor on the Athletic Training Channel of Balanced Body® Podcasts and has presented nationally and internationally for Pilates on Tour®.

She can be found online at:

Website: www.ProBalance.TV

YouTube: ProBalanceTV

Twitter: ProBalanceTV

Facebook Groups: Pilates 4 Golfers

Linked in Moderator: Pilates for Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation; Pilates for Sports Conditioning & Athletic Performance