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Perspectives

Here we explore a variety of fitness topics and sort out the good from the bad information.


Should I add specialty equipment to my home gym?

Many experts would quickly say “NO.” Specialty products could be anything from gimmicky “as seen on TV” products to high-quality attachments that have one specific purpose.

Why the Wait for Weights? The complex story of supply & demand, and what Flaman Fitness is doing for our customers

“Do you have any dumbbells in stock?” That may be the quintessential question of 2020, at least for retailers of home fitness equipment like us. But why aren't there any dumbbells to be found, at our store and globally? And when will that situation change? This is the story of how a pandemic and worldwide factors caused a shortage of such a popular piece of equipment.

Five Reasons You'll Love Shopping at Flaman Fitness

Flaman Fitness isn't your usual exercise equipment dealer. Its customer relations philosophy and practice are unique and deeply ingrained. Here are five ways the company makes your purchase experience pleasant, productive and worth repeating.

2020: The Year to Re-think the “Resolution”

Instead of feeling ashamed about past health experiences, be curious and learn from your “past you.” Instead of making grand “wishes” for 2020 — broad unrealistic claims divorced from growth, reflection, and reality — make intelligent, realistic GOALS. For many, the New Year — the demarcation of a “new beginning” — is motivating. If this is true for you, GREAT! Capitalize on the surge of motivation. Since the New Year is now, it is as good a time as any to make a health goal. As my mother taught me, don’t put off ‘til tomorrow what you can do today.

Foam Rollers: What to Know Before You get Rolling | Flaman Fitness

There are so many different foam rollers. Which one is right for you? Here are some questions that will put you on the path to post-workout relief.

Nutrition 101 with Kathleen — 5 tips to get started

Today, a break from my recent “How to use X” series to focus on (drum roll please…) nutrition! Why? After over 15 years in the fitness field, I know one thing for certain: Unless you have impeccable genetics and are in your prime, training alone will not ensure you reach your fitness goals! Here and in the next blog I will outline 10 simple tips for healthy, nutritious eating.


Kathleen’s 7-Day Fat-Blasting Plan

Recently I have been writing a “How to use X” series of blogs. I have covered everything from how to use equipment such as the foam roller and the bike and how to set-up a home gym.

Today we discuss the “how to–ness” of enacting that knowledge to achieve your fitness goals — specifically your fat and weight loss goals.

Meet your new best friend — YOU!

Most of us have an enemy living inside our own head! (Reflect on that. Most of us walk around with a “non-friend” in our heads. We spend hours with someone being mean to us — not believing in us. That saddens me to my core. No wonder so many of us overeat, drink too much, and under exercise.) Most of us are extremely cruel to ourselves. We need to learn to be on our own side!

What to do when you want to get in shape, but hate the gym…

I love that I can legitimately wear yoga gear 24/7, am comfortable strutting around a gym and know what to do with dumbbells, barbbells, bosu & stability balls, TRX and a whole slew of other fun fitness gear. And get this…I actually think working out is fun…yup..FUN! But I know I am part of a minority here. I know that LOTS of people just generally dislike (or maybe go as far to say…despise) the gym. So what to do?

5 life lessons from the fitness field

I recently graduated as a Level 2 Life Coach. Life coaching is an inherently awareness-building, reflection-generating experience … thus, the question that inspired this blog: “What does Kathleen the fitness professional wish the younger (and less fit) Kathleen had known?”