Training Tips

When is Being Sick TOO Sick to Workout?

When Is It Ok to Workout

        This time of year, it is quite common to get sick.  In fact, the average person has about three respiratory infections each year.  One question I often get asked is, "should I workout when I am sick"?  There is not a clear yes or no answer here, but I have pulled together some information that may help you decided if you should lace up your shoes and aim for a light wor ...[Read More]

Why Do I Still Have My Post-Baby Tummy? – Diastasis Recti (Part 1)

Diastasis Recti

  Jen from Mama Lion Strong kindly agreed to do a guest blog for me today!  Jen is a mom to three young boys, a women's health advocate, and the author of the blog Mama Lion Strong.  I stumbled across one of Jen's blog posts a while back and fell in love with her writing style.  We connected via social media and have been online friends for over a year.  I often find myself feeling like Jen h ...[Read More]

Why So Many Photo Shoots Lately?

Natalie Hodson

  If you've been following me on Facebook or Instagram lately you may have noticed that I have been doing a lot of photo shoots lately.  I've gotten a lot of questions asking what is up with all the photo shoots.  The reason....a lot of exciting things are happening!  I am going to share them with you in this blog post and give you some fun sneak peaks of some of the photo shoots also. The ne ...[Read More]

All or Nothing….

All or Nothing Mentality

This was me walking into the gym today with my kiddos.....but what this cute little picture doesn't show is that about ten minutes later I got called out of my workout because of a dirty diaper that needed changed. Whenever I do my workouts at home it never fails....I always have littles crawling on my back when I do planks, pulling on my shorts as I do calf raises, or wanting to be held as I do s ...[Read More]

Killer Bicep, Tricep, and Ab Workout


I'm finally starting to get my strength back after spending so much time in the mountains this summer. We had a blast fishing for salmon in Idaho for 4 weeks, but there are no weight rooms in the back country and so I lost a decent amount muscle. My arms are shot after this workout, try it and let me know what you think. Because of the supersets, it is a pretty quick workout. I'll put the weight I ...[Read More]

Beat the Trainer Challenge

Beat the Trainer Challenge

If you follow me on my Facebook page, you know that I've been doing a "Beat the Trainer" Challenge the past few days.  My gym is doing this really fun little challenge where each day there are a series of exercises you have to do, and if you can beat the trainer's score than your name gets entered into drawing for fun prizes like an iPod shuffle, tablet, etc. I didn't actually realize the challeng ...[Read More]

Top 4 Tips for Working Out Early

Early Morning Workouts

Yesterday I told you in this post here why I like working out early.  Pretty much every morning I contemplate sleeping through my alarm, and the first five minutes I'm awake I want to head back to bed.  But, once I am up and going I never regret waking up early to workout.  Whenever I fall out of my normal routine of waking up early to workout, it can seem so dang hard to get back into the swing o ...[Read More]

Why I Like Working Out in the Morning


Why I like working out in the morning: I usually eat better during the day when I've worked out in the morning (just a psychological thing for me I guess). When the craziness of getting the kids fed, bathed, teeth brushed, bedtime stories read, put to sleep, dishes done, kitchen cleaned and house tidied up (easier said than done with two littles) up is over I can relax instead of needing to head t ...[Read More]

4 Exercises to Get Bikini-Ready Abs

Bikini Ready Abs

In this video I show you four of my favorite ab exercises that you can do at home to get your abs ready for the beach.  If you try these let me know what you think! ------ Natalie is a mom of two showing how to balance family, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle.

Does Lifting Weights Make You Bulky?

Do Girls Get Bulky From Lifting Weights

I have been a long distance runner for most of my life.  I started running when I was in fifth grade because my best friend's parents were making her join the cross country team and she didn't want to go by herself.  I remember the day vividly because the only tennis shoes I owned were those old school white Keds, so that is what I showed up in for my first day of practice.  I think I ran in those ...[Read More]