Mari Wolkstein is a competitive hockey defensewoman. She is small but mighty. It has been so much fun to watch this young athlete develop physically and emotionally. Mari has grit. She is determined with a deep sense of purpose. She is an athlete who needs no external motivation, because her engine is fired deep within. That level of motivation, a strong inner force that causes behavior, is a rare quality in anyone – but especially someone of Mari’s age. Her athletic achievements are astounding. She is not only training with Coaching by G 4-6 days a week, but playing hockey as much, traveling to tournaments, a rockstar in the classroom, an avid reader, guitar player, and much more. Mari is an example to everyone in the gym: she is not waiting for her life to happen, she is actively engaged in designing the life she wants. (Are you struggling with designing the life you want, specifically when it comes to diet? Here’s a whole bunch of nutritional know-how to help you harness the power of your biochemistry.)… continue reading »
Hooray! Summer is finally arrived in the Midwest. And with it, the uptick in outdoor activities and sports programs for youth. Some of the advice we like to offer for injury prevention in young athletes is pretty common sense, but worthy of a reminder…. continue reading »
I became a youth sports coach to help youth to become better athletes so that they can choose their own path; because that is what I needed when I was their age.
Do you, or the youth in your life, struggle with confidence, trusting the process, injury, understanding your own biochemistry, navigating life-sleep and nutrition and balancing academics, sport, and social life? Me too! As a teen, I was unsure of what to eat to support the body and achieve the sport goals that I wanted. I had no understanding of the importance of quality sleep. My basketball, field hockey, and track coaches gave me conflicting advise for training and, as a teen, anything my parents offered I immediately dismissed because it came from them—I mean, what do parents know? :). … continue reading »
At Coaching by G, we work with you to discover what motivates you to want to become the best version of yourself. We know that is different for everyone, and that it changes over time with the ebb and flow of life. At Coaching by G we also know that coaching (remotely or in person) is all about the relationship we build together. When you schedule your free consultation we begin building the relationship that will help to change your life.
We live in Chicago where weather is a fickle thing. Here we are in April with snow AND THEN 80’s! Summer is actually coming and with it, the desire to wear less clothing. That means looking at parts of your body that have been covered up for months. And that means it is the best time to start a training program!
Coaching is my calling. When I coach, I work with each person individually; I meet you where you are. Your goals, your fears, your hopes… we work through them all.
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Currently, big group classes are “in.” From Crossfit gyms to Orange Theory, and online plans that promise results, there are so many different types of workouts you could follow.
At Coaching By G, there are no group fitness classes. I treat each of my clients as unique individuals with unique goals. By using my Individual Design coaching model, I create a personal fitness journey expertly tailored to each of my clients. This includes a training plan, nutrition counseling, and analysis of sleep and lifestyle habits. By using your individual goals, I will create a plan just for you that will get you to where you want to be.
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I was attending an event for one of my athletes the other day; cheering them on and seeing them in action is really meaningful. While I was watching, someone else on the team came up to me to ask me a question…. continue reading »
It’s a question that you’re sure to ask yourself at one time or another as you pass certain age milestones:“I’m doing all the things I used to do from an exercise standpoint. So why am I not losing the weight like I used to?” One of the most important things to understand is that as we age, our bodies start to give up muscle. Muscle is very expensive tissue to maintain…. continue reading »