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Jul 27, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with personal trainer and Ayurvedic practitioner Andrea Claassen about how to use Ayureveda to enhance health and fitness.  

They cover: 

  • What Ayureveda is and how it’s more than just a physical yoga practice
  • The three types doshas
  • How to identify your personal dosha(s) and how to know if your dosha is in balance
  • Simple ways to apply Ayurvedic principles to your life, even if you’re new to it (e.g. determining how to time meals, when to go to bed, ect)
  • How to use Ayurveda to practice mindfulness and to listen to your body
  • How to adjust Ayurvedic concepts to meet you where you’re at if the recommendations are overwhelming or don’t feel achievable

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About Andrea:

Andrea Claassen is a certified personal trainer, 200 hour registered yoga instructor and mindset shifter.  Her mission is to help women learn to lift heavy, incorporate yoga, and find their favorite form of movement. She does this by teaching her Peaceful Power Practices centered around fitness, yoga and Ayurveda.

Andrea believes training is so much more than working out it truly is about helping you evolve your identity. To connect with Andrea, visit her website or say hello on Instagram

Jul 20, 2017

In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with host of the Fitness Candor Podcast and personal trainer Eric Feigl about how to get the most out of your strength training without having to live in the gym.

They discuss:

  • What a full body workout looks like and how that might differ between a 30 minute and 1 hour workout
  • Why a longer workout isn't always a more effective workout
  • How to find time for strength training even when you're really busy
  • The role of recovery in building strength and seeing results
  • If you need traditional cardio as part of a well rounded program
  • Other considerations for programming when working with an athlete, such as sport specific programming

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Nikki's interview with Eric on the Fitness Candor Podcast

Click here to get your FREE full body workout + cheat sheet to better mobility and less pain.

About Eric Feigl

Eric Feigl is the owner of Eric Feigl Personal Training located in Cincinnati, OH.  Eric has helped individuals of all physical levels from NCAA athletes to the weekend warrior achieve their specific training goals. Backed by Mission 5 Fitness, Cincinnati's most knowledgeable, professional and respected training facility, Eric has established himself as a go-to fitness professional.

Feigl, Kentucky and Ohio President of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (OHASEP 2013-present), received his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science at Eastern Illinois University. Eric was involved with the Assessment Testing and Prescription Lab and a Graduate Assistant with EIU's athletic department and has been personal training since graduating in 2007.

Although well-versed in a spectrum of knowledge, Eric specializes in applied kinesiology and exercise science as they relate to exercise program design and injury prevention; strength development, fat loss, and physical enhancement/performance. He is also published on and hosts the podcast Fitness Candor.

To connect with Eric, say hello on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter or send him an email at

Jul 13, 2017

In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with personal trainer and virtual coach Kourtney Thomas about the benefits, science and mindset of hypertrophy training and her program The Bigness Project.

They cover:

  • What hypertrophy training is and why it’s not just for bros
  • The difference in mindset when training to get “big” versus training to get smaller
  • The science and application of hypertrophy training
  • How long it takes to see a physical difference and beginner “gains”
  • The role of rest and recovery in growing bigger muscles
  • How hypertrophy training can fit into a fitness program if you also want to train for an endurance sport or work on strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • Body image, the culture of smallness for women and how the message is changing
  • Myths and misconceptions behind body building (e.g. it’s not functional or it will get your injured)

About Kourtney Thomas, CSCS

B.A. Hospitality Business, Michigan State University

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, RRCA Certified Running Coach, Owner, Kourtney Thomas Fitness

A former avoider of gym class, Kourtney stumbled her way into the fitness world via TV infomercials and never looked back. Within a couple of years, she’d made the career transition from desk to gym.

With that decision, Kourtney completed her personal training certification through ACSM, followed that up with her running coaching certification through the RRCA, and then became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Kourtney also holds certifications in Concurrent Hybrid Performance Coaching, Spinning, TRX, and ViPR Training. Her business, Kourtney Thomas Fitness, focuses on empowering people to not only master movement, but mindset and choices, too, in order to build a big, beautiful life.

Her passion for endurance running (Kourtney has completed numerous 5k and 10k races, many half marathons, and four marathons to date) evolved into strength training and eventually bodybuilding, and Kourtney believes that there is a style of movement that will ignite a fire in anyone.

When she’s not at the gym doing some variation of biceps curls (seriously, it’s a lot of the time), Kourtney rides her Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe anytime the weather is above 50 degrees, travels to national parks, stays up too late reading copious amounts of science fiction and fantasy, and bake elaborates cakes and cookies. Her motto is “Big Arms, Big Life,” and she lives that daily alongside her husband, Marty, miniature dachshund Boudreaux, and orange tabby cat, Brewer, outside of Colorado Springs, CO.

To connect with Kourtney, visit her site or say hello on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Jul 6, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Pilates teacher and Movement Coach James Crader about how the core is more than just the "abs" and how to use this idea for whole body movement.

They cover:

  • Why you might want to rethink how you use common fitness cues like brace and squeeze (and when you should use those words)
  • The difference between finding your core through the action of squeezing and engaging it through dynamic movement
  • How core became a fitness buzzword and why it's more than just training the abdominals
  • Finding a balance between abdominal exercises like planks and crunches and building awareness around the abs through movement exploration
  • The role of muscle timing and the nervous system in efficient movement
  • The potential issues with living + training in a posterior pelvic tilt and the potential correlation with intestinal distress
  • Tips for creating more exploration and ease in your movement and Pilates practice

About James Crader: 

James is a Movement Coach specializing in Pilates and John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy, a CoreAlign Faculty Member, co-host of the Thinking Pilates Podcast, and owner of Evolved Body Studio in Sacramento, CA.

Growing up he never thought anything fitness would be his calling. He was nerdy, enjoyed listening to and telling stories, and loved to experiment, create, and play with the shapes he could make while rolling around on the floor. He and his sister even practiced writing with their toes (just in case). All that made for a really weird kid, but an innovative movement educator. James began his Pilates training with Balanced Body, but has gone on to study with numerous teachers from many lineages of Pilates and beyond. James has contributed to movement and lifestyle conversations on podcasts, diverse blogs, Pilates Style magazine, the documentary A Movement of Movement, and now Pilates Anytime.

You can find out more about James and EB Studio at, or follow his movement musings through Project Movement University (project_Move.U.) on Facebook and Instagram