Author Archives: joli.guenther

Joli is a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and clinical social worker practicing in and around Madison, Wisconsin. She especially loves working with clients on holistic health issues, work-life balance, and fitness for joy and function in daily life. When not working or working out, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and other hobbies related to her 100 year old farm house and acreage in rural Wisconsin and seeking out adventures with her two young children, husband, and chocolate lab named Gus. You can also find her on Facebook by following JoliYoga.

High Intensity Interval Training is one of the most popular and effective approaches to cardiovascular exercise. Research demonstrates that HIIT bike workouts reduce body fat, increase cardiovascular capacity, and even help to control type II diabetes.  On top of that, HIIT exercise bike workouts are efficient.  Replacing one or more of your moderate intensity cardio […]

The right New Year’s resolution is a powerful way to state your intentions for the coming year.  Whether you choose to focus on improving your health, body image, or stress reduction, your fitness plan should support this goal.  Keep your fitness resolution from losing momentum before Valentine’s Day by trying a new tool to stay […]

Fitting in shopping while prepping for the holidays? Juggling family and financial obligations?  Overwhelmed by parties with too much food and alcohol? There are good reasons that the holidays can skyrocket your stress level.  If you’re looking for ways to relieve that holiday stress, exercise will help. Exercise is one of the most powerful stress […]

Adding a treadmill into your circuit style workouts provides a convenient option that can improve the quality of your training. Including a treadmill in your training program provides a greater range of options to make running more convenient, to increase the level of feedback you receive so that you can push harder during tough workouts, and […]

I often tell my students that breath awareness, one of the major benefits of yoga, is the difference between practicing yoga and simply stretching. Becoming aware of your breath and exploring its effect on your body will deepen your practice and strengthen yoga posture. Pranayama (often referred to as breathing yoga exercises) is an integral […]

As you establish your training plan, it’s important to support your activity through sound pre-workout nutrition. The most common struggles related to sports nutrition includes not eating enough, eating the wrong foods at the wrong times, or skipping workout nutrition entirely. Let’s take a closer look at how skipping a pre-workout meal can set you back […]

If you’re seeking to gain greater muscle definition, visible strength, or want to better address muscle imbalances, there’s no need to add expensive equipment to your strength training workouts. Incorporating a few dumbbells and resistance bands isn’t a big investment in time or space and you can even tuck some into an ottoman or under […]

Are tight schedules and a lack of equipment keeping you from getting the benefits of strength training? If you find yourself making excuses rather than making your workouts, it’s time to develop a program that works with you and your schedule. Low equipment and no equipment forms of strength training are excellent ways to build […]

Treadmills are a great tool to have in every runner’s arsenal. They make sticking to your workouts possible during the winter months, spring rain, and summer heat. They can also make it safer to stick to your running plan when your schedule and family demands leave you training during off hours. That said, if you want […]