Author Archives: Amber Ellison Walker

Holy Eating: A Personal Trainer’s Guide to Eating Gracefully during the Holidays

hol-i-day /’hälǝ,dā/ 1: holy day 2: a day on which one is exempt from work; specifically: a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event. Webster’s Dictionary Online Definition #2 is very functional. It describes from a practical point of view what a “holiday” is. Definition #1, however, is the…

5 Reasons to Stand Up for your Health


If I could instill one and only one habit in my clients, it would be to spend less time sitting. Sitting for long-hours is arguably as dangerous to the body as smoking cigarettes. Here are but a few of the reasons why: #1 Sitting too much causes depression. This Huffington Post article examines a study…

Playground Workout Routine (or non-routine) to Make you Feel Like a Kid Again!


Do you watch your kids play at the playground from the comfort of the park bench? Perhaps you check your email on your smartphone. Or maybe you catch up on the latest celebrity gossip? Well, let me suggest a better use of your time. Why not join your kid on the playground.  You can get…

102 Holistic Nutrition Recipes, 3 Eating Rules and 1 Great Blogger


This blog entry is about Andrew Wilder, (not to be confused with the heavily-bearded alternative medicine guru Andrew Weil).  Andrew Wilder runs the healthy eating blog ‘Eating Rules’. In my profession as a personal trainer I have learned to be a sceptic. The fitness and food industries are so riddled with commercial interests that my default…

Caravan Training is a HIIT!


In the past several months I Think I Can Fitness has been quietly and diligently developing a new workout program called Caravan: Group Personal Training ©. It is an experiment that questions some of the basic foundations of the fitness industry. Do you need to workout at a gym to get results or can you do…

5 Motivational Youtube Video Clips: A Global Workout


Youtube can sometimes be a mess of junky advertisements for weight lifting supplements or the latest thighmaster. But I’ve spent some time digging through rubble to find these gems. Next time you don’t feel like working out just play one of these video clips. Thor’s Daughter – Iceland Annie Thorrisdottir is from Iceland. She earned…

Why beauty just won’t sit still.


Do you want to look good?  Sure you do.   This is a basic human desire.   Clients often come to work with me simply because they want to look good. But what looks good to you?  Is it this?     by  ZUPAMODOLLZ   Look closely.   This is actually a doll.   A perfect example…

Weight Training for Cyclists


My family has more cyclists per capita than anyone in Minnesota.  I have more uncles, aunts and cousins who are cycling enthusiasts than I can count on both hands.   So I thought I’d kick off the ‘weight-training’ category of this blog with a little advice on weight training for cyclists.   Why Bother? As with…

Welcome to the “No Shortcuts” Blog


After 6 months of prep work it is ready.  My site and blog are open for business! There is no shortage of fitness blogs in the world.   With each new blog comes a new voice to add to the noise.   Misinformation is the norm in the fitness industry.  It is sad but true….