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When a Midlife Crisis is a Physical Awakening

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Here's a bold example of the life-changing power of exercise! I first met Dr. Alvin Jones a year ago when he interviewed me on his radio show about my book Strength Training for Women. Afterwards, he asked for my help in a weight loss program, and to date, he has lost 73 pounds. (Scroll back to see more posts about Dr. Alvin).

Alvin was 56 when we met over the air waves and began our "virtual relationship" by e-mail and phone. He recently told me that this past year has been "the first year of my life, of being an adult, of maturing. I look better, feel better and it's been the best year of my life."

The program I gave him is so elementary that anyone can do it, no fancy equipment or gym memberships required! You just need your body and commitment to your goals. Consistency and dedication are key. The formula is basic but well-established: daily exercise combined with better food choices equals dramatic benefits for your health, appearance and state of mind.

Beyond weight loss, the positive lifestyle approach has caused a "paradigm shift" for Alvin. Taking care of his body has improved his mental discipline, which extends to other areas of his life. The skill set he learned from our program - consistency, accountability, perseverance – is the baseline for high performance and the foundation for doing something great.

Coming of age can happen anytime in life!


Joan Appears on The Mary Jones Radio Show 1.3.12

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

In case you missed my live interview on the Mary Jones Show last Thursday, you can catch it here now. Mary is a dynamic host and we had a lot of fun chatting about practical fitness tips for the New Year and discussing questions like:

  • Did you make one of the top two New Year's resolutions?
  • How much exercise do you need to lose weight?
  • How can you bust a weight plateau?
  • What does it mean if you are using your arms to get up from a chair?
  • What did Mary Jones do about her (formerly) "flabby arms"?
  • How did Jacqueline Kennedy use strength training to regain her "fearless" edge?

Listen now for answers to these and other questions. The interview runs 22:26 minutes in length.

Interview with Kelly Alexander

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Kelly Alexander conducted a tight, information-packed interview with me regarding the benefits of physical activity for breast cancer prevention and treatment.  Listen on The Kelly Alexander Show, Week of October 13-19, 2011 or download interview mp3 here, run time 19:22. As few as 3 hours a week of exercise can reduce your risk for developing breast cancer and lower a chance of recurrence by as much as 40%.  That's a big return for a small investment!

Tune into the interview to hear more about:
What 30-40 year olds should be thinking about now
Why body fat contributes to the risk of developing breast cancer and other diseases
The importance of cardio to improve feelings of well-being
How strength training helps prevent lymphedema
Easy exercises to open up the front of the shoulder and chest
The role deep breathing plays in returning to normal

Jackie Kennedy’s Personal Fitness Training Program Revealed

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

As many of you know, one of the highlights of my career was the privilege of training the former first lady, who was an inspiration to me in the way she embodied graceful aging, fitness and beauty.  With the release of the new book and accompanying recordings, "Jacqueline Kennedy:  Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy", we get a more personal view of her outlook on life.

Jackie O was very clear in her goals and in what she hoped to achieve through fitness training.  At the age of 60, she sought my help to strengthen her body so that she could continue to enjoy all the activities of her normal, energetic lifestyle.  Her proactive approach to aging sends a positive message to all of us.

For an inside look at her personal fitness routine and how she made it manageable in a busy schedule, please listen to the free audio.

Free Recording: Jackie O's strength training workout

Jackie O’s Strength Training Workout

Friday, March 4th, 2011


Listen/Download to the story of how I came to train Jackie O
and learn why this icon embraced exercise.