June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, and chances are, someone in your family or someone you know, suffers from Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive and irreversible neurodegenerative disease that impairs memory and cognitive function. The disease can start out as simply forgetting words or having short-term memory loss. As the disease […]
May is National Bike month and for many people that will mean dusting off the ol’ mountain bike or cruiser and tooling through their neighborhood, or maybe even tackling a local bike trail. But, there’s a whole other category of bikes that cannot be ignored…the indoor exercise bike. If you have ventured into any […]
April is national Stress Awareness month (appropriately enough), and I dare say we are all feeling a bit more stressed at the present time than we normally would. Being in the midst of a pandemic, where we are socially isolating ourselves and where most of the country is currently under a “Stay at Home” […]
Having been both a competitive bodybuilder and Olympic-style weightlifter in my mid-twenties, I began learning how to manipulate my diet in order to obtain the desired effect. I think that’s when my interest (my friends would say obsession) in food and nutrition began and then later led me to obtaining degrees in both Exercise Science and Sports Nutrition. Read more
A native of North Carolina, Gina currently lives in Charlotte, and has been in the fitness industry since 1990. During that time, her roles have included strength coach, personal trainer, college instructor, and competitive athlete (both bodybuilding and Olympic-style weightlifting). Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University she relocated to CO where she interned at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Her primary role there was to instruct resident athletes on the Olympic lifts. She relocated to Charlotte in 1996 where she worked for the YMCA and then later began her career in 1998 as a fitness equipment consultant. She holds a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Sports Nutrition and holds multiple certifications through NASM, NSCA, and ISSN. She enjoys camping, mountain biking, working out and hiking, all of which she does with her dog Pia.