What’s All the Fat About?

Although fat got a bad rap in the carb-crazy ‘90s, fat is actually very important to a healthy diet, especially for women! Fat comes in two main forms: unsaturated and saturated fat. Unsaturated fats are oils — the kind that are fluid at room temperature (such as olive and avocado oils). Saturated fats are solid at room temperature (think butter or coconut oil).

Winning the Battle Over your Body After Competing on Stage

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Often times as a SiS coach, a client comes to us with a BIG GOAL to compete, and burning FIRE inside to achieve it.

The training.
The diet.
Suit.
Tan.
Stage.
We conquer it all.

But we’ve learned for ourselves the journey doesn't end after the stage... if anything, we’re just beginning.

To the Physique Competitor trying find her place after the show: We want to help you REMEMBER YOURSELF, not your stage body.

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When I decided to compete, the gradual changes my body made were so satisfying. Each week, I could see myself getting closer and closer to that stage. My reflection serving as a reminder of all my hard work.

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Then, the show came and went. I had no one help me succeed as my stage body faded. No one coaching me through the idea that my hard work would suddenly feel like it had disappeared, my reflection faded daily from what I presented on that day. No one to remind me the stage presentation was just a part of the journey, not the final destination.

At SiS, we serve as coaches to the stage, and coaches past it, especially if competing year round wasn’t what you had in mind..

We are here to remind our clients to remember WHO YOU ARE, not what you looked like.

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You’re the woman who lifted heavy, and inspired so many other women to do the same. The woman who set her sights on a goal, worked day in and out for it, and rocked it. The one who learned so much about herself and what she’s made of. What’s doable long term and what’s a means to an end for that stage body. The woman who did the training, but also learned nutrition to fuel it. How you have to eat to build, it's as much an effort to get that done as your workouts. And it’s a choice moving forward if that route should be long term.

You’re the woman that overcame weight room stigmas and owned your place in the gym. You know you belong. And most of you, the woman who did all that AFTER CHILDREN.

At SiS we know the transition from stage to everyday fit isn't easy, constantly comparing your stage body to what has settled into your new normal. It’s an emotional process we don’t want you to experience alone. We know the abs may fade, but what you’ve accomplished can never be taken away. That’s an ongoing win even after the trophies are handed out.

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Stand in your place, wherever you are, with your head high. Lift remembering yourself, journey on continuing to inspire, and be happy to have found a passion for fitness beyond the stage.

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Post by SiS Coach, Christie

This busy mom of 3, army wife and personal trainer knows how important it is to find your forever fit. “Creating those healthy habits that we can maintain on autopilot when life gets hectic. I love empowering women to live ALL IN!”

Do you wish you had someone to REALLY support you FULLY to reach your goals through:

  • EXERCISE (specific to your unique life!), 
  • NUTRITION (specific for your unique body and goals!)
  • Accountability and mindset coaching
  • An approach that takes your long term health and lifestyle into account
  • Peer support from other like-minded women?

Through the unique sisterhood of our Sisters in Shape online client/coach community, women are changing. We know that our affordable, balanced and fully CUSTOMIZED approach to helping you crush your goals is what you've been looking for.

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Show Day Success: Tips from the Pro’s

WHAT TO BRING AND HOW TO BEST PREPARE IN THE FINAL DAYS LEADING UP TO YOUR FITNESS COMPETITION

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You’ve reached the homestretch: The final week (peak week!) leading up to months of preparation. Countless hours in the gym, posing practice, and meticulous diet have all been part of your “prep” lifestyle for the last 12-16 weeks. Your sparkly suit has arrived. You’re ready, right?!

ALMOST!

While gym time, nutrition, and stage presence are critical pieces of stepping on stage for your first or tenth fitness competition, we’ve compiled some additional tips from our pro’s to ensure you truly SHINE under those spotlights.

And it begins a week before competition day….

SKIN PREPARATION

  • A great tan starts days before the spray gun is pointed at your fit, rocking body!
  • The week leading up to the show, use sea salt scrub to exfoliate well in the shower.
  • Each tanning solution is different so contact your show tan provider to ask if you should or shouldn’t moisturize for your last shower leading up to the tan is applied.
  • Shave everywhere, including arms and glutes.
  • Shaving causes swelling. Therefore, your last leg/arm shaving should be two days prior, at the latest. Minor stubble will not be evident on stage with your tan. It is better to avoid increased water from shaving too late than being razor smooth the day of your show.
  • Any waxing should be done at least one week prior to show. Waxing too close to show risks irritation and swelling.

SHINY SMILE

  • We like to use the teeth whitening strips that can be purchased at any drugstore in the week leading up to show day.
  • Pack a toothbrush in your show day bag. Give those pearly whites a quick brush before you hit the stage. (Few competitors remember to bring this and wish thy did after eating!)
  • You’ll be nervous when you finally hit the stage (whether you’re a rookie or a pro!) Smiling makes a huge difference to how confident you’ll come across... so say CHEESE!

OTHER POLISHING TO DOS:

  • Get nails done 1-2 days before show day (mani/pedi). Keep polish choice neutral to avoid distracting from your physique.
  • Relax and meditate daily. As you do this meditation, visualize yourself rocking the stage.
  • Try your best to achieve 8 hours of sleep each night. Looking well rested radiates on stage.

DAY BEFORE FITNESS COMPETITION

  • Many competitors are surprised with how anxious they feel the day before their show. To keep your emotions in check and protect your relationships, it may be a good idea to limit talking to friends and family about your show. You’re likely to be nervous, anxious and emotional. Few people will understand what you're feeling today. You may be sensitive and any comments, even well intended, may upset you. Instead, try to stay balanced, focused and let the process wash over you. Breath and try to channel feelings of gratitude.
  • Hair Washing PRO-TIP: Wash and blow dry hair well in preparation for your show.  Shampoo hair twice and condition once for maximum fullness.
  • Deodorant DON’T: Do not use deodorant the day of your tan and make sure you have showered it off from previous day.
  • Hotel DON’T: Pack and use old sheets towels for use at the hotel. Getting charged for stains on sheets and ruined towels sucks!
  • Pre-Day DO: Have your show day bag and food fully packed night prior to your fitness competition.

REGISTRATION & ATHLETES MEETING

  1. Give yourself 30 minutes extra time to get to registration. Feeling late or rushed could cause stress which has a negative impact on your physique.
  2. Bring forms completed.
  3. Watch out for comparing yourself to the other competitors. Nothing good will come from comparing. Register then leave. Focus on YOUR game.

Pre-Show Check-List

WHAT TO PACK

  • Stage suit (and back-up suit)
  • Stage heels
  • Your contest number button/badge
  • Silk robe and/or very loose clothing to wear backstage
  • Baby wipes for your hands
  • Music and headphones
  • Flip flops to wear backstage
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste for after you eat
  • Towel to sit on
  • Small pillow to sit on or relax against wall while waiting backstage
  • Bikini bite
  • Small hand mirror
  • Makeup touch up kit (powder for shine and lip color/lip gloss for touch-up)
  • Tan touch-up kit (if not using show’s tan provider)
  • Small disposable cups with bottoms cut-out (to splashing on your tan when you pee)
  • Pack heavy resistance band with handles for pump up
  • Sewing kit that has safety pins
  • Pack food, candy, wine, and supplements as directed by your Coach

PRO TIP DETAILS:

  • The Bag: Use a small rolling suitcase with a lock to avoid fussing with shoulder strap on tan and secure belongings.
  • Touch-Ups: Even though you may be getting your make-up done, you’re likely on your own for touch-ups. Pack powder for face shine control and lip color/lip gloss.
  • Mirror: Backstage is a busy spot and there may not be enough room for everyone in front of the mirror. Pack a small hand mirror for last minute checks!

SHOW DAY

Feel confident in all your work up to this point. Follow the meals, water, supplementation and timing and as set-out by your coach with final tweaks being made based on your photos today.

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  • Stay off your legs as much as possible as rested legs look best on stage.
  • Come to your show dressed in very loose clothing. No bra and no underwear to avoid lines on your skin.
  • Leave yourself lots of time to arrive on time & avoid feeling rushed and producing stress.
  • Anytime the backstage buzz gets into your head, put on your headphones and play music that suit your mood.

20 MINUTES PRE-SHOW

  • Pump Up: You may be tempted to start your pump-up early as you anxiously wait. However, there’s no point in doing your pump-up routine too early as your pump doesn’t last.
  • Food Matters: Carefully follow your Coaches pre-show nutrition protocol to get the most out of your pre-show pump.
  • Upper Body Only: Stay off your legs as much as possible and do NOT pump your legs. Working your legs makes them look worse on stage!

 

OUR FAV PUMP-UP ROUTINE

Perform as a continuous circuit (10-15 reps per exercise). Stand on the resistance band as you perform each move.

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  1. Bicep curls
  2. Overhead shoulder presses
  3. Bent over back rows
  4. Tricep extensions
  5. Standing upright shoulder rows
  6. Hammer curls
  7. Bent over rear delt flys

LASTLY…

Remember to have FUN! You’ve worked so hard for this day. Enjoy each moment. And don’t forget to SMILE :)

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Do you wish you had someone to REALLY support you FULLY to reach your goals through:

  • EXERCISE (specific to your unique life!), 
  • NUTRITION (specific for your unique body and goals!)
  • Accountability and mindset coaching
  • An approach that takes your long term health and lifestyle into account
  • Peer support from other like-minded women?

Through the unique sisterhood of our Sisters in Shape online client/coach community, women are changing. We know that our affordable, balanced and fully CUSTOMIZED approach to helping you crush your goals is what you've been looking for.

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Summer BBQ Favs Made Healthier

Written by Stephanie Dane


Coming off a long winter, the much anticipated summertime is just around the corner! Memorial Day get-togethers, BBQ’s, pool parties are all awaiting our attendance. So, while they are a great opportunity to celebrate with friends, these get-togethers can cause (not-so-wonderful) results on the waistline.  

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Which begs the question…

Is it possible to find a compromise between enjoying your favorite foods… and also consider it healthy?

OF COURSE!

Here are a few popular summer BBQ foods/dishes, as well as popular ingredients, that can be modified to fall on the “healthy side.” We promise to offer solutions that provide all the deliciousness, but save you on the guilt.

Summer BBQ Favs Made Healthier

APPETIZERS:

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  • Dips: Commonly found at parties or holiday gatherings, dips are a surefire way to consume way more calories and fat than you typically eat in a whole meal. Here’s an easy way to enjoy this appetizer without wrecking your diet:
    Substitute low-fat or nonfat plain Greek yogurt or nonfat sour cream for regular sour cream in any recipe is one of the easiest ways to cut unwanted calories/fat without sacrificing taste. An ounce of sour cream contains about 60 calories, while an ounce of nonfat sour cream has about 25. An even better replacement would be Greek yogurt: ounce of nonfat plain Greek yogurt has only 15-20 calories… not to mention the added protein. Enjoy a serving of dip, load your plate with dipping veggies (instead of tortilla chips), and enjoy!

SIDE DISHES:

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  • Low fat, high protein Potato Salad: this traditional side dish is found at just about every BBQ or summer get-together. A few modifications can take this familiar favorite up on the healthy scale. Do you add eggs to your potato salad? Use only the egg whites, or remove half of the yolks to cut down on the fat. Rather than mayonnaise, use non-fat plain Greek yogurt to make this recipe lower in fat and higher in protein! Add celery? Don’t stop there! Add in more veggies: Red, orange, yellow bell peppers, green onions, and/or carrots. Not only will this add a flavorful crunch to your potato salad, you just ramped up it’s nutritional value. If you enjoy bacon, swap for lean turkey bacon.
  • Lower-sodium Green Bean Casserole: this classic dish is a popular choice at many holiday gatherings thanks to its easy preparation and delicious taste. A few simple substitutions can clean up this recipe, cut down the sodium and pack it with some protein. Swap the cream of mushroom for low fat or nonfat plain Greek yogurt. It provides all the creaminess, without the fat... and adds a good serving of protein. Choosing no salt added green beans; a quick peak at the nutrition label of green beans can be a shock factor with one serving yielding 400mg of sodium. If your recipe calls for butter or chicken broth, select a no salt added chicken stock. Some versions of this recipe use soy sauce; consider a low sodium soy sauce, or a natural soy alternative such as Braggs Liquid Aminos.  Natural soy alternatives all the flavor, without any of the artificial or MSGs of soy sauce. Of course, you can take this recipe one step healthier by making your own crunchy onion toppings … or use the store-bought ones, and be super proud that you already gave this recipe a makeover ten-fold with the above ingredient swaps.

DESSERTS:

One of the largest areas where overindulgence can happen is through dessert. The amount of sugar, butter, and oils in most recipes not only are counterintuitive to your fitness goals… but the more it’s consumed, the more the body craves. So, let’s highlight a few ingredient swaps for just about any dessert that will convert the recipe to a healthier alternative.

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  • Flour: Replace traditional all-purpose flour with white whole wheat flour, sprouted almond flour, or coconut flour. Coconut flour is gluten-free, high in fiber, low carb, and a good source of protein. Recipes will likely need more liquid when using coconut flour but will require less sugar (or other sweetener) since coconut has a natural sweetness.
  • Brownie Lovers: Substitute flour for black beans. Replace 1 cup of flour for 1 cup of black beans rinsed, cooked, drained and pureed. This switch will cut some of the calories and add protein.
  • Sugar: Refined sugars can be replaced with a variety of healthier sugar substitutes. Stevia leaf extract (0 calorie natural sweetener), coconut sugar (loaded with potassium), real maple syrup or honey (rich in antioxidants), or unsweetened apple sauce are all great sugar substitutes.
  • Oils: Substituting oils for an unsweetened applesauce will add moisture and flavor while cutting a substantial amount of fat and calories.
  • Butter: Swapping 1 cup of butter with ½ cup of butter and ¼ cup of nonfat Greek yogurt will cut the fat in half and quadruple the amount of protein in the recipe.

So, there you have it. Recipes to try, ingredients to keep on hand, and the peace of mind that you CAN enjoy those summer get-togethers, indulge in some favorite dishes, and stay the course toward your goals. Enjoy!

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Do you wish you had someone to REALLY support you FULLY to reach your goals through:

  • EXERCISE (specific to your unique life!), 
  • NUTRITION (specific for your unique body and goals!)
  • Accountability and mindset coaching
  • An approach that takes your long term health and lifestyle into account
  • Peer support from other like-minded women?

Through the unique sisterhood of our Sisters in Shape online client/coach community, women are changing. We know that our affordable, balanced and fully CUSTOMIZED approach to helping you crush your goals is what you've been looking for.

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Fitness Tips for the Already Skinny Girl

Written by Stephanie Dane


Every body is different. Literally. Every person’s BODY is unique in their own ways.

With different bodies come different goals... and different journeys to get there.

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While the general thought is that women exercise to lose body fat, that’s not the case for everyone. In fact, some women are naturally thin, so weight loss isn’t a goal. However, just because someone is already thin, doesn’t mean that exercise isn’t right for them. There are lots of benefits to exercise, even for those who are naturally thin. Low fitness levels, low muscle tone and decreased endurance are often byproducts for a naturally thin person who isn’t currently exercising.

So, while we have established that exercising can increase fitness levels, increase muscle tone, increase endurance, improve cardiovascular (heart and lung) health…  it’s important to outline what that looks like for someone who is already thin.

Because, as we said... different bodies comes different goals and different journeys to achieve those goals.

Fitness Tips For The Already Skinny Girl:

First, let’s talk cardio.

Naturally thin people do not need to spend a considerable amount of time doing cardiovascular exercise, since cardio burns calories for weight loss. Yet, integrating short cardio sessions into your routine will provide heart and lung health benefits. Additionally, long cardio sessions will yield muscle loss, which is an area that thin people typically need to GAIN in. Keep your cardio sessions to no more than 30 minutes around 3 - 4 days a week, with an intensity level of moderate to high. Choose an activity of your liking, because the odds of sticking to something are greater when we enjoy it!

Next, let’s talk about weights.

Strength training is an important component of fitness, and same holds true for thin people. Thin people who don’t exercise may have low muscle tone, so incorporating strength movements into your routine will help increase muscle mass. Don’t be afraid to lift heavier weights. Despite common fears, heavier weights will not yield bulky, masculine muscles.

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Uncertain of how much weight to use? Pick a weight that feels challenging - not impossible - to achieve 8-10 reps. Strive for 3 sets of this 8-10 rep range. Lighter weight and more reps is great to tone the muscle and increase endurance, but it will not actually grow the muscle. Strength training 2-3 days per week is a great goal. Make sure that your workouts each week include all major muscle groups: arms (biceps and triceps) chest, back, shoulders, legs, glutes, and core. Remember that proper form is key through all movements. If you find that your form suffers as a result of your selected weight, lower the weight a bit.

Lastly, let’s talk about food.

Fuel your body according to your goals. Thin people are thin because of their naturally high metabolism. So it’s important to ensure they are eating enough. Calorie deficits will not bring a thin person closer to their fitness goals. Just as someone who’s trying to lose weight will work to create a deficit of 500 calories per day (3,500 calories per week)…. the opposite applies for a thin person trying to grow muscle. Thin people should strive to eat a SURPLUS of 500 calories per day (3,500 calories per week). Equally important is the make-up of your food choices. Whether your goal is weight loss or weight gain, your caloric intake should be comprised of healthy carbs, fats, and proteins. If you’re looking to gain muscle, strive for .7 to 1g of protein for every pound you weigh. (Ex: If you weigh 110lbs, aim to consume 77 to 100 grams of protein) Protein is found in meats, fish, beans, lentils, eggs, nuts/seeds, and many other sources, so regardless of your dietary preferences (meat eater, vegetarian, vegan, etc).... There are plenty of sources to help you reach your goals!

In summary: 

less cardio, more weights, and fueling your body properly will be the trifecta needed for an already skinny girl to make some strides in her fitness goals.

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Do you wish you had someone to REALLY support you FULLY to reach your goals through:

  • EXERCISE (specific to your unique life!), 
  • NUTRITION (specific for your unique body and goals!)
  • Accountability and mindset coaching
  • An approach that takes your long term health and lifestyle into account
  • Peer support from other like-minded women?

Through the unique sisterhood of our Sisters in Shape online client/coach community, women are changing. We know that our affordable, balanced and fully CUSTOMIZED approach to helping you crush your goals is what you've been looking for.

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WHY CRUNCHES WONT FIX THE MOM TUMMY POOCH… EVER

WHY CRUNCHES WONT FIX THE MOM TUMMY POOCH… EVER

It seems that no matter what exercises you do, regardless of what diet you try…. that belly just doesn’t seem to tighten or flatten. To make matters worse, you might even (insert face cringe) - leak a bit when you run, jump, sneeze, or even laugh. You start to feel defeated and begin accepting that this is all just part of normal “mom life” and (gulp)… the “mom bod.”

Flexible Dieting... How "Flexible" Is It Really?

“Flexible dieting”, or “If It Fits Your Macros” (IIFYM), provides a more sustainable solution to living a healthy lifestyle. This approach allows people to stick to foods they enjoy, and offers flexibility when traveling or in social settings. Flexible dieting revolves around tracking your macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates), as well as total caloric intake. It’s important to be mindful of micronutrients as well, including daily recommended fiber intake. 

Is Having An Online Trainer Right For You?

Written by Virginia Bain

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You've been hearing more and more the term "online personal training" and are curious (maybe even a bit confused): WHAT IS IT? HOW DOES IT WORK? CAN SOMEONE REALLY ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS WITHOUT HAVING A ONE-ON-ONE TRAINER MEETING YOU FOR EVERY GYM SESSION?

With upsides such as cost-effectiveness, community support, and real, trackable results ... the benefits of online training vastly outweigh the disadvantages.  

Sure, you may be comfortable at the gym, or working out on your own, but if you are struggling to get results or feel isolated in your fitness and health goals, then hiring an online trainer may be just what you need.

Below are some of the many advantages of having an online trainer:

They help you set realistic goals

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Everyone wants to achieve their goals straight away, whether they be weight loss, cheese grater abs or Hulk-like strength. But these are not always achievable... and if you don’t hit them, then you may be discouraged and backslide. An on-line trainer will not only help you set realistic goals that you will be able to achieve - if you put in the effort, of course - but they will also be able to keep you on track to hit those goals. For example, if your goal is to achieve a ‘bikini body’ for summer, it’s not just about doing 100 crunches a day for a month to work your abs. It’s about altering your diet to eat the correct foods, mixing cardio and weights to work the right muscles, and setting a timeframe in which this can be achieved.

Flexible Workout Schedule

Since the training isn’t in person, you are able to fit in your workouts at your convenience while still being held accountable. Your coach will work with you and build you programs that fit your current and changing lifestyle. This means home, gym and travel plans.

Affordability

Not everyone can afford a one-on-one trainer, which in many cases comes with a hefty price tag... especially if you want to train more then once a week. An online Coach will create you a full month of balanced workouts and nutrition plan for around the same cost of 2 one-on-one sessions!

Communication

How often do you think you would talk to you in person trainer outside of the gym? With SiS, you are in constant communication with your coach. Our App makes it easy for you to ask questions, get feedback and stay supported. Being ‘On-line’ means the lines of communication are always open, giving you a lot of guidance and support tailored to your needs and personality.

Motivation & Accountability

While online training may involve more self-motivation, your trainer is just a click away. And if your online trainer is a good one, they’ll be messaging you each week to check in on your progress and making sure that you are completing your workouts. Plus you get the benefits of a community; many online trainers like SiS will have Facebook community pages that offer you a platform to connect with like-minded people. This gives you chance to make friends, get support and bond with people that have the same goals, achievements and struggles that you may be experiencing.

Results and Ease

With it all being online, everything is trackable. You get to see exactly how many reps and the weight you’ve done to continue improving! Plus the ease and time saving value of having your program created and ready for you at your fingertips is invaluable!

For a small price, you get to continue working out at your convenience, you are provided with a plan to help you meet your unique goals. You are supported by a coach who is an expert in this field, along side a tribe of likeminded women to cheer you on. Online training is a great choice for anyone looking to feel and look better.

 

Post by SiS Coach, Virginia

As a full-time Development Manager and mother of two teenagers, Virginia understands the need for a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Her passion for fitness began 15 years ago as a personal trainer. Since then, she has also gained certifications in holistic nutrition and sports nutrition. Virginia finds strength in being a SiS coach and empowering other women to live like the Power Women they are.

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Do you wish you had someone to REALLY support you FULLY to reach your goals through:

  • EXERCISE (specific to your unique life!), 
  • NUTRITION (specific for your unique body and goals!)
  • Accountability and mindset coaching
  • An approach that takes your long term health and lifestyle into account
  • Peer support from other like-minded women?

Through the unique sisterhood of our Sisters in Shape online client/coach community, women are changing. We know that our affordable, balanced and fully CUSTOMIZED approach to helping you crush your goals is what you've been looking for.

get started today >