2014 Michigan Battle of the Badges

Here is another incredible opportunity to join in on more FIT Fun.  I am thrilled to report that the Michigan Battle of the Badges has been rescheduled to August 22-24th, 2014.  Just in case you forgot, in addition to all of the other cool fitness and wellness stuff I do, I am also the resident Fitness and Wellness Specialist on the Board of Directors of this amazing, non profit organization called, First Responders for Fitness. (FR4F) www.FR4F.org

FR4F

We believe that all First Responders and their families should embrace and find balance, with 4 strategic areas of fitness and wellness: physical, psychological, spiritual, and nutritional. With this as the cornerstone, we believe all First Responders can in turn better serve our communities.

We are planning an amazing event- the first ever of its kind- called, ” The 2014, Michigan Battle of the Badges” to be held on Bell Isle this summer, August 22 – 24th, 2014. Police officers, Firefighters, EMS, and Lifeguards are all First Responders who must be *FIT and Ready* at all times to protect and serve our communities. This weekend long event will be packed full of games, challenges,  and friendly competition, some of which include:

  • Toughest First Responder Challenge, Medic Challenge, Police Vs. Fire Tug-0f-war,  5k/10k Charity Run/Walk,  Vehicle Extrication Challenge, 3 on 3 basketball, Police, Vs. Fire- Flag Football, Water rescue Challenge, and more.  In addition to all of the FIT challenges, there will  be family and community fun, entertainment, and more.

“The Rock” as Bell Isle is affectionately called by Detroit folk, was my stomping ground as a youngster while growing up in Detroit.  I spent many a day there and I am proud to bring it back home, and contribute to my city and community. If you are interested in training for any of these events, be sure to visit our brand new training ground in Detroit called Detroit Tough. It is located in Corktown at 1244 Beech St. www.detroittough.com

Are you ready to BATTLE, and have BIG FUN??  For more information, please visit the website, www.FR4F.org. Stay tuned for more exciting details to come!

Happy Spring 2014!

Greetings FIT folks! It’s been a while since my last post in October 2013, and I’m happy to report that I am healthy, and ready for this snow and cold in the greater Detroit area to be gone. Aren’t you? I thought so! So, some of you may follow my FIT Enterprises page on facebook, where I update regularly, but just in case you are not a facebooker, here are some tidbits, starting with my weekly schedule:

For my local FIT friends. Spring weather is right around the corner and before you know it, the heavy winter attire will be gone. Can’t wait!! Wanna get FIT? Let’s work!

FIT Schedule through Sat. 3/29:

Monday 3/24: FIT demo’s
TRX and stability/balance Training at Powerhouse Gym West Bloomfield; by appointment.

Tuesday 3/25: Outdoor Trail Buzz
8am-12pm West Bloomfield Trail network. Get high off of nature!

Wednesday 3/26: CIRCUIT FUSION
9:15-10:15am ; Jewish Community Center West Bloomfield.
Cardio, 2 studios, TRX, various other toys, athletic, innovative, sweat and calorie torcher.

Thursday 3/27: BUILD that BODY
8:30-9:30am; Powerhouse Gym West Bloomfield. 3 for Thursday sets of Stabilty→Strength→Power
Step, BOSU, Body bars, and rubber.

Friday 3/28: Wrap up 3 at the JCC!

★8:15-9:15am ~ Muscle Jam
Work the entire body from head to toe with free weights and med ball.

★9:15-10:15am ~ Core N More
Integrated training for the CORE working inner to outer unit, incorporating vertical work, with plenty of balance challenges.

★10:15-11:15 am ~ DRUMS ALIVE
Drumming on the stability balls for one of the most invigorating, unique, musical and movement classes you will have ever experienced. Work right and left brain, build new neurological pathways, enhance brain plasticity, work the entire body and have FUN!

More FIT blog post will be forthcoming. Thanks for stopping by!

Someone told me I have MS, but MS does not have me!


I have never publicly declared on this blog  that I have an autoimmune condition but guess what? I do. I have Multiple Sclerosis, aka MS. I am a warrior woman- through and through- so I may have MS, but it certainly does not have me. Do I run around telling everyone? No, and quite frankly it is something I have struggled with- even admitting that I do in fact have a disability. Some people know I have MS, but many do not. I have been an athlete, dancer, group fitness instructor, and personal trainer for more than half of my life. I have been a physical person my entire life, and wrapping my head around the fact that I can’t do certain things as I used to, has been a serious drop kick to my spirit. But more recently I have come into a special place where I realize there is sooooo much that I can do. Yay! Why do I reveal such personal information? Many of my close friends have chastised me for not bringing this fact to the forefront. They say that I am hurting myself, and maybe other people who I could potentially help by telling my story. I reveal this information; not to ever have anyone feel sorry for me, but to let everyone in the world know this:

No matter what struggles we are faced with, whether we have MS, Cancer, Lupus, Parkinson’s…high cholesterol, high blood pressure, epilepsy…whatever: There is hope, there is so very much that we are capable of doing, and we are not alone!  Those who know me well know that I will fight until my last breath. If I can do it, so can you! We are one people and we need to be there for one another.

I am also revealing this personal information to let everyone know that I have been able to manage my life beautifully with regular exercise, yoga, meditation, prayer, and proper nutrition. We all know that exercise and eating well will benefit us, right? While many people know this, many choose to turn away from this for a variety of reasons and excuses: I’m too busy, too tired,  no time, and the list goes on and on. We have only one body, so it is our job to take the best care of it as we possibly can. We simply cannot afford to do otherwise.  Not everyone experiences an autoimmune condition in the same way, and there are many levels of disability. Some folks are in wheelchairs, some have invisible symptoms,  and do not look sick at all. I pretty much fall into this second category, but my tell tale Detroit- swag way of walking,   is in fact due to a little nerve issue on my left side that plagues me intermittently. And yes, I sometimes trip, and no, it is not because I have had too much too drink. I get it. Some have very little disability, and are able to manage easily, while others may need a little more assistance.

I am a Master Instructor Trainer for a very cool exercise system called Drums Alive. It is quite remarkable in that research has shown that drumming enhances brain plasticity,  and helps to build new neurological pathways.  This is exactly what people like us need.  It is so much fun; exhilarating, and anyone can do it-  even people in wheel chairs.  The fact that I am a musician,  highly skilled  experienced trainer, specializing in corrective exercise,  and that I do in fact have a  disability, makes me uniquely qualified to help other people who are  like us.  I know you may think that there is nothing that can be done for you if you have an autoimmune condition  in the way of exercise, but you are very wrong.  Besides, I love my work so very much, and know that this  is exactly why God put me here: to help others. Yes, I can help you too!

So, that said, please reach out to me if you have ANY questions. I am a warrior woman- through and through- and if I can do this, so can you!

I post to my facebook page regularly so, please check me out there in addition to this site. www.facebook.com/fitenterprises