Start by believing

Trying out for cheerleading and making the team when I was 15 was the best thing that happened to me. I felt like I had found my home. I had been a swimmer and softball player, but never really connected with either sport. With cheerleading, I was part of a team that counted on each other to do their own part, yet also support others in their part too. I could do choreographed dances to music I loved. I could climb on people like I had climbed trees as a child. I could stand in front of a crowd, remember…


Push your limits! Try something new

I recently signed up for Misfits Market, a subscription service for “funny looking organic produce”. This weeks box of produce included some mangos and papaya, which is not a fruit I would normally buy. I am also not a fan of bananas, yet I’ve started adding a banana to my smoothies, not because I like them but because it’s a different fruit and sometimes to make a change we need to try something different.

Check out Misfits Market here. I was quite impressed with that first box. SO much food. Not so much money :) https://www.misfitsmarket.com/faq#1

In my last article…


I recently returned from a weekend away. Before I left I committed to trying an online workout program. I did this for a couple reasons. 1-I get bored and needed to switch it up and 2-my client told me she loves her online routine and really wants to continue doing it, even though she is limited by pain. It’s a plan that changes workouts daily, and she couldn’t fully explain what she was doing, so it was hard to give her recommendations for modifications. Thus, I jumped on the bandwagon and am giving it a go.

There are definite pros…


Knee pain is a common diagnosis that I see in the physical therapy clinic. Many are traumatic injuries such as a fall which results in a torn ligament or meniscus. For the majority of clients, the pain is progressive over time and there is no specific injury. Generally, these clients present with pain that is in the front (anterior) of their knees and is worse with things like transitioning from sit to stand, climbing or descending stairs and walking down hills.

On every evaluation, I always ask for a prior injury history. This is not only limited to a prior…


High school cheerleading tryouts will start in MA on February 22 this year for the “fall 2” season. The rules for building are very different this year which can lead to a big challenge as coaches and cheerleaders prepare themselves for tryouts. Most high school cheerleaders haven’t been in a cheer program in a year. This means their skills are likely to be rusty. If they’ve continued to work out, or even better, been in another sport, they probably have maintained or even built on their strengths, which will set them up for success. If they h aven’t done the…


Have you ever told yourself you’re stupid or fat or weak? Did it motivate you to make a change or did you feel more weak and worthless?

I have always struggled with feeling like an outsider and with feeling fat and stupid. I’d kick myself when I made a mistake. Berate myself for overeating as I binged out on a box of pasta. Wallow in pity when I was just too tired to motivate myself off the couch for a sweat session. …


I recently answered this question in a Facebook Live, as the warmup. I do think this is one of the most underestimated pieces of a strength program. However, after I posted that, I began to think of the answer I like better.

One reason the warm-up is the most underestimated parts of a workout, is most people either warm up by doing the activity they’ll be training: jog before a run or doing light weights before diving into a strength routine. Sometimes we even skip warming up and just dive into the bulk of the exercise. …


Plan for the joy of the process and not the end result

I have listened to a lot of educational material recently regarding planning and looking at the positive changes vs focusing on the negative. I was also reminded by my own coach that I need to celebrate the wins along the process vs only concentrating on the end result. In order to do this, I need to get organized and follow a plan.

I used to cringe when people wanted me to plan out everything. How could I be spontaneous and fun if everything was scheduled out? I still like to be able to fly by the seat of my pants…


Virtual fitness and telehealth is as easy as turning on your computer

Hello welcome to 2021! I hope everybody had a happy and healthy new year and is looking forward to all good things to come in the upcoming year.

Somebody asked me about how I have dealt with the transition from in-person training and physical therapy to Tele health visits. My response was I love it!

I love working with people via Telehealth. I find it very easy. I tend to be an exercise basedtherapist anyways, so watching somebody move on video to me is just as easy as watching somebody in person . Truthfully, I like it more because I…


Resolve to not resolve

I have a love hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. Sticking with them is a challenge, yet making an assessment of where you’re at and where you want to go makes a lot of sense. I would like to do this more frequently. (Hmmm..maybe that’s one for my list this year.)

When we regularly check in with where we are at, we can make adjustments along the way and can stay on course to be the best version of ourselves. This also helps us to remember what we want to achieve. I think it’s common to…

The Cheer PT Move Better

I am a physical therapist, strength coach and former cheerleader and coach. My goal is to help current and former cheerleaders stay healthy and moving well.

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