Category Archives: Fitness Tips

It’s time to EAT CLEAN

It is that time of year when all the holiday parties are over, there are no more big-game parties to worry about…so now it is your time to do something to get back into a healthy lifestyle! So why not join me on February 15th and start the 24 day Advocare Challenge!

What is the 24 day Challenge?

Simply put: it’s a weight loss program…but not just any weight loss program. On the Advocare Challenge program, normal (as in really normal) people have been losing up to 9 inches and 12lbs – in just 24 days.

Sound unreal?

Well, check out a short video that will tell you more.


Come check out my site.

I am offering a free week to anyone new to Giant Strides through the month of February. All classes are offered at Windgate Ranch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:45 AM or 9:00 AM. You can sign up on the Giant Strides Website.

See you soon!


Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Who’s With Us?

On February 15th, Danielle will begin the Advocare 24 Day Challenge to help get back into shape after having her baby.  Who out there wants to join her?  The Challenge is a great way to help clean up your eating habits, whether you overindulged during the holidays, at the Superbowl, or perhaps ate a little too much candy at Valentine’s Day. 
What exactly is the Advocare 24 Day Challenge? 
Simply put, it’s a comprehensive supplementation and nutrition program designed to give your body the jump start it needs to help you reach your goals. 
There’s something for everyone, whether you are looking for weight management, energy, overall body composition, or body wellness.  You will have access to a daily nutrition guide that will help you with water and food recommendations, along with healthy recipes that can be used in conjunction with the challenge food recommendations.
And yes, there is even an app for your phone to help keep you on track.
Let us know if you are interested and Danielle will help to get you set up with everything that you will need to get started on February 15th. 
For questions, or to email Danielle, please visit the Giant Strides Fitness website.

How Is Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution Coming Along?

Well, we are 15 days in to the new year…have you been able to keep up with your new year’s resolution to get/stay fit? 
No? Not sure?
Then, maybe it is time to kick it up a notch and come to boot camp!
We run classes at Windgate Ranch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5:45am and 9:00am.
Need another incentive?
Well…for January AND February you can come and experience A WEEK of boot camp for FREE! If you’ve not experienced a Giant Strides Fitness Boot Camp, you don’t know what you’re missing.
So, call us or visit our site at and get 2015 off to a fit start – you’ll be glad you did!

Racing Season Is Up On Us – Marathon Training Time

Have you ever wanted to compete in your first half marathon or get a PR in your next race?

Giant Strides Fitness is here to help you achieve your goals! Racing season is upon us, and the San Diego Rock n’ Roll is the next big race to prepare for.

Although the race is June 1st, individual training will begins March 10th and the first group run is March 15th. If you are interested, we offer racing plans for the inexperienced runner all the way to the experienced. For just $150 you will receive a 12 week training plan as well as weekly long runs on Saturday with the group at various locations.

If you already have an idea of a plan you are more than welcome to come join us on long runs for just $5.00 a run, all group runs will begin the March 15th. Please let us know if you are interested in joining our group.

We also wanted to remind everyone of the great special that I am running this month, if you are a new client to Giant Strides you can buy a one, two, or three month membership and get an extra month for free.

So if you have a boyfriend, husband or friend that is looking to get into shape for the upcoming spring and summer months, now is the time to sign up. Please go to our site to sign up:

It’s Racing Season Again! Time for 1/2 Marathon Training!

It is that time of year…the scent of fall is in the air, the temperatures are finally starting to cool a little, and the racing season is just around the corner!

Why not make 2013 your year to try a 1/2 marathon? Already done one or more? What about setting a personal record in your next half?

Of course, Giant Strides Fitness is here to help you accomplish both!

I will be training a group of runners to run in the Fiesta Bowl/ Runner’s Den 1/2 marathon that will take place on December 15, 2013 in Old Town Scottsdale. If you are interested, I offer a range of racing preparations plans for both the inexperienced runner and the veteran.

For just $150 you will receive a full 11-week training plan, and weekly long runs, building in intensity and distance, on Saturdays with at various locations. If you already have a training but would like some company on your runs, you are more than welcome to join us for our long runs for just $5.00 a run. You can save and purchase an 10-run package  $45.00.

All group runs will begin the first weekend in October. Please visit the running page at for signup information.

Don’t forget our early morning workout and mid-morning fitness programs for men and women. See the website for full information, locations and prices.

See you soon!


Doing anything on Sunday?

On Sunday we will have a group swim at Tatum Ranch Pool near the corner of Tatum and Cave Creek Roads. The swim will begin at 7:30 am and should last about an hour. I will be going over swim drills to help with your stroke as well as providing a quality swim workout for you. The group swim will be $5.00, please just let me know if you are interested in participating.

If you can’t join us this weekend for a ride or swim we will be doing this again in two weeks. If you have any questions about any of the activities that Giant Strides Fitness provides please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone 480-710-7981 or email


It’s almost Holiday Season, a time for shared joy and pleasure, family reunions…and eating. Many people dread this time of year and struggle with the eternal question:

Do I try to be good and eat well or do I give in and worry about it later?

This can be a tough time of year. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then it’s Christmas, then New Year. Between now and then there are get-togethers with friends and family, and eating and drinking galore. It can be hard to find the time to work out, never mind the eating well.

At Giant Strides we believe in a balance between exercise and eating well. It’s the holiday season, after all, and if you’re not going to be miserable, you’ll want to partake. But you don’t have to surrender completely and then pay the price in your New Year’s resolutions…here’s our “top 5” list of holiday fitness and eating tips.

5) Walk More

Consider making shorter trips on foot. Of course, personal safety is paramount, so don’t take any risks. However, walking as much as possible helps burn calories. If you don’t have time during the week, try and get a hike in at the weekend. Consider Giant Strides Hiking Club, where you can meet like-minded people and enjoy a low-impact workout with breathtaking views and all the health benefits that go with it!

4) Eat Slowly

It can take several minutes for the stomach to catch up to the brain (or vice versa). Especially at this time of year, it’s easy to overeat. By the time the stomach gets the “I’m full” message to the brain, we’re stuffed to capacity and feeling it.

3) Casual Exercise

You don’t have to do a full workout all the time. Add a couple of pounds of weight when you’re walking, either with small dumbbells or ankle or wrist weights. Watching TV? Try some crunches while you’re doing so. If you can find time for an early morning class, join us for one of the Giant Strides Weekly Workout programs. You don’t have to be there every day, but once or twice a week will help you keep in shape over the holidays!

2) Stay Hydrated

Drink lots of water. This may sound obvious, but it’s easy at this time of year to forgo water in favor of other things. Water keeps your system flushed, and it has the added benefit of making you feel a little more “full”, so you won’t be as hungry…or tempted! Try to keep sodas, alcohol and other beverages to a minimum.

…and our top tip…

1) Give Yourself a Break!

You’re only human. If you overdo it once or twice, it’s okay to forgive yourself. Try to add an exercise session or two to make up for it. Don’t let it ruin your holidays. The important thing is to try and find a balance between having fun and staying in shape. It shouldn’t be a chore!

Feel free to contact us with any questions. You’re always welcome to join one of our sessions, even at the last-minute. Most of our fitness programs have drop-in slots so if you find you have an hour to spare, come join us. Visit our website at

Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!