A Floating Yoga Experience.

On Sunday morning, a girlfriend and I participated in our very first Floating Yoga session. Up until about a month ago, I never even knew this existed. I mean, I had seen Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga being exploited all over Instagram, but I had never seen a “floating” yoga class within a pool. I’ve done a terrible job explaining this… let me try again!

Ok, so if you are like me and hadn’t heard of Turtle Mats, they are essentially a combination of a paddle board and a floating yoga mat. They are somewhat sturdy in the water, they still wobble and move about but that actually works to you benefit! When you are on the Turtle Mat, all of your stabilizing muscles are instantly switched on and work with you to help you stay balanced. Without even knowing it, you will be targeting the same areas that most Yoga exercises target and even more, due to the use of stabilizing muscles.

The class started at 9am with Kati (the instructor) allowing us to find our balance by kneeling on our mat and allowing us to become familiar with our breathing, which is one of the main reasons to practice yoga. She asked the group if there were any muscle groups or poses in particular that we wanted to focus on so that she couldn’t tailor the class around our needs. There was something so magical and rewarding about being on the water and in the sunshine whilst partaking in a yoga session. In the past I had taken part in outdoor yoga sessions which were great, as I just love being outside, but this was something else!

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Last night, my husband Scott & I were treated to dinner at Pizza Fire in Westerville. Jordan, the new GM at this location, invited us to come in and try their super delicious, ultra fast (literally 180seconds), fire-baked pizza! I had heard such great things about this place and I was delighted to finally give it a try myself. All day I was thinking up what to put on my "build-your-own" pizza and salad, only to arrive in store to be told that I would be receiving the VIP treatment in sampling their "Pizza of the Month" for August, a day ahead of anyone else. In fact, the staff had only sampled it 15 minutes before us! How cool is that?

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4 minutes to a better bod.

So you’ve probably heard the term TABATA training?  It’s nothing new, but a term that has been swept under the rug compared to ‘HIIT’ and ‘LISS’ as of late.  However, I’m here to remind you of what tababta training is and why is it the best kept secret for busy people with little time to exercise.
What if I told you that in just 4 minutes, 5 times a week, you could improve your overall fitness, increase energy, improve your metabolism and burn fat…fast!

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Making Fitness a Priority.

After writing my latest blogpost  “Excuses, Excuses”, I received a comment from one of my readers which sparked my motivation to write today’s post. To set the scene, I have attached Cody’s comment below.

Very true! I agree with everything you said. Everyone has time and it’s a matter of making fitness a priority and integrating it into your everyday lifestyle.

Training clients of my own, I’ll hear every excuse in the book. This is the number 1 concern I have for my clients — what excuses they tell themselves that stop them from actually doing the work and building good health habits. When it’s time to retake measurements for instance, and they’re disappointed I ask the same question: “Have you done the work we agreed on?” The answer is always no.

In digging deeper, it is always lack of discipline, in regards to making fitness a PRIORITY in their lives. Without some sort of self-discipline on the part of the individual it is just about impossible to develop the good habits you need to make fitness a repeat activity you do daily, weekly, and yearly. My role of a trainer is supporting that habit and holding them accountable, which is a everyday struggle for me. Everyone is different and responds to input differently, and trying to be in harmony with the client to match their wavelength can be extremely difficult.

I’m learning new things everyday, and would love to know if you have any advice and experience on that?
Good article and keep posting content. I enjoy it!
Best, Cody.

If you are a Personal Trainer who is feeling this way towards your clients or your can relate to this “lack of motivation” on a personal level, be sure to read on as I discuss how I approach this matter both in my personal workouts and with my clients.

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Excuses, Excuses.

It’s not uncommon for us to make excuses to get out of a training session. Yes- some are valid (injuries or sickness) but majority of our excuses are made up by the power of our mind. “I have no time, no energy, no motivation… it’s too hot, it’s too cold, it’s too busy/crowded.” I’ve heard all of these excuses before! In fact, I’m guilty of trying to convince myself of these reasons from time to time. However, are these excuses valid or invalid? Will I regret this excuse or reason tomorrow?

If you have in the past allowed yourself or find that you are currently allowing yourself these “invalid” reasons or excuses to skip a workout.. READ ON!

Successful Goal Setting.


“People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be!” – Harvey MacKay.

When you set unrealistic goals, all you are really doing is setting yourself up for failure. If you want to be successful, you need to set yourself up for success. Take a good, hard, REALISTIC look at your goals, actions or “to-do” lists and make sure that you genuinely believe that they can be achieved.

Setting goals can be quite over whelming, especially if you are like me and just want everything right now! However, the time will pass by whether I like it or not…I don’t want it to get to the end of the month and not have anything to show for my many hours of training and eating right.

I use the SMARTER goals structure (as outlined below) to really help my put a focus on what i am doing and why I am doing it! Hope it helps you to get motivated and smash your goals this month!

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Blaze Pizza- Worthington.

Last week I was offered an amazing opportunity to celebrate the “sneak peak” opening of Blaze Pizza (on Sunday) which will be opening in Worthington on Monday, 5 June. And of course, now that I am off prep I am very excited to be able to participate in some more media & food opportunities…and better still is that it is PIZZA!

To be honest, prior to the invitation, I hadn’t heard of Blaze Pizza so looked into it online to see if it passed the healthy & delicious test…and it did! Blaze Pizza is perfect for anyone who aims to live a healthy lifestyle but still wants a treat every now and again, without ruining your diet completely. It would also suit anyone with food intolerances or those who are a little picky when it comes to their food. The blaze pizza website which can be accessed by clicking HERE contains all the nutritional information for each of the items on the menu but even better than that, it allows you to customize any items on the menu or “build your own” pizza or salad too!

After reading the menu from top to bottom, I have chosen two of their signature pizzas that I would like to try tomorrow;
1) GREEN STRIPE: pesto drizzle over grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, chopped garlic, mozzarella, arugula
2) BBQ CHKN: grilled chicken, mozzarella, red onion, banana peppers, gorgonzola, bbq sauce drizzle

I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to sharing my food adventure with you on both my Instagram (@simonemckennablog) & snapchat (@simone.mckenna) stories.

If you love pizza too and live in the Worthington area, be sure to head down to Blaze Pizza on Monday for their Grand Opening or swing by on Tuesday between 11am and 9pm when the team will be giving away FREE 11-inch artisanal PIZZA to anyone who likes them on their social media accounts!
So what are you want for: go ahead and add them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Snapchat too!

Thank Goodness Prep is Over.


On behalf of SNAP NUTRITION, I am so happy to FINALLY be able to announce the NEWEST flavor this year… (drum roll please)…Caramel Pretzel!
Caramel Pretzel features a caramel drizzle with a bottom glaze. An extra crispy sensation when you bite into small pretzel bits with a crispy protein center.  Caramel Pretzel features 15G Protein, 8G Fiber and only 4G Sugar.

Be sure to follow OOH SNAP on Social Media for contests and up-to-date information including release dates & new flavors to come!

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