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Mikki Reilly, personal fitness trainer, offers one-on-one fitness training in Santa Barbara, California and personal training online.

The one-on-one programs provides state of the art training, nutritional advice and health information specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of men and women of all ages from beginner to advanced levels.

The online programs provide affordable, convenient and accessible, individually designed exercise sessions and nutritional advice with video clips in which Mikki demonstrates the proper form of each exercise.

A certified fitness trainer since 1992, Mikki brings her experience as a competitive bodybuilder to her personal training business, located in Santa Barbara, California. She competed in the prestigious NPC’s Excalibur and Iron Maiden Body Building Championships taking fourth place her first time out.

Inspired by her success she continued her career, procuring her Masters of Fitness Sciences from International Sports Sciences Association. Mikki was presented the ISSA Distinguished Achievement Award which signified placement in the top 1% of 15,000 certified trainers worldwide.

Mikki graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise and Health Science and Communication. She also completed Women’s Economic Ventures’ (WEV) Self Employment Training, and, continues to stay current in her field through course study and seminars.

More from Mikki Reilly

Flexibility Vs Mobility

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: June 18, 2008

There seems to be a bit of confusion around the concepts of flexibility and mobility. So let’s begin with a couple of definitions. Flexibility is the ability to flex, extend, or circumduct a joint through its intended full range of motion. Mobility is the ability to move a joint through its full range of motion, with control. So mobility is based on active movement while flexibility involves static holds.

A Maverick’s Guide to Booming Fitness

Health and Fitness • Published: May 29, 2008

In the past, aging has often meant a gradual loss of health and vigor as the years progress. But with the recent advances in research on aging, we now know this slow decline is no longer inevitable. With the right exercise and nutritional program, even an unfit person can turn around most of the consequences of aging.

Intermittent Fasting

Health and Fitness: Nutrition • Published: April 2, 2008

In years past, the practice of fasting was usually associated with religious or spiritual customs and traditions. But now, a growing number of fitness enthusiasts are beginning to include intermittent fasts in their lives, depending on goals and circumstances, as a way to lose fat and improve overall health and longevity.

6 Meals vs 3 Meals A Day

Health and Fitness: Nutrition • Published: March 21, 2008

One of my clients recently asked me if I think it’s better to eat six small meals a day or the more traditional fare of three larger meals. Some may ask: Why would anyone want to eat six meals a day?

Burn Fat Faster With Shorter Workouts

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: February 6, 2008

The most frequent reason I hear for not working out is: I don’t have time. With that in mind, I’d like to suggest a couple of ways to effectively work your muscles and increase fat burning while spending less time in the gym.

Three Steps to a Leaner, Stronger Body

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: December 11, 2007

Do you have an image of your ideal body in your mind? Perhaps you’d like to increase the size and strength of your upper body… Or maybe you want to lose that spare tire around your middle… And then again, you may want to look sharp in your business suit for presentations. Whatever it is, this program will transform the image you have in your mind into a reality, if you follow these three steps.

Women and Cardio

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: November 29, 2007

One of the the most pervasive myths around women and fitness is that women need to do a lot of low intensity cardio (aerobics) to be lean and improve body composition. The truth is that performing excess cardio will only make you fatter in the long run.

Women and Weight Training

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: November 29, 2007

One of the myths, regarding women and exercise, is that women will get “too big” if they lift heavy weights. The truth is that women need to lift an appreciable amount of weight to change their body.

Good Carbs Bad Carbs

Health and Fitness: Nutrition • Published: November 29, 2007

In past years, it was thought that simple carbs were the bad carbs and complex carbs (which come from starchy foods) were the good ones. But the distinction between the two is really meaningless. All carbs get broken down into glucose in our bodies. What’s important is how quickly they get broken down.

Set SMART Goals

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: November 29, 2007

Why? Because goal setting works. Research studies have shown a direct correlation between goal setting and enhanced performance in both sports and business.

Eat and Train Like the Hunter-Gatherers

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: August 23, 2007

At first glance, it’s not obvious that we have anything in common with our Paleolithic ancestors. Civilization has completely changed the way we live our lives. But because our DNA evolves so slowly, our genes have not changed over the past 40,000 years; we have the genetic blueprint of our Paleolithic ancestors.

Women and Metabolism

Health and Fitness: Weight Loss • Published: August 8, 2007

One of my clients recently reminded me of some of the myths about women and diet and exercise that are so prevalent in our society. One of which is the idea that women need to starve themselves to lose weight, when in fact, women need to eat to boost their metabolic rate to burn fat.

Reverse the Effects of Aging

Health and Fitness: Anti Aging • Published: May 21, 2007

The Free Radical Theory of Aging is probably one of the most popular theories of aging. It’s about how oxidative stress brought on by free radicals results in aging and the development of a variety of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders and some cancers.

Plyometrics Develop Speed and Quickness

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: May 14, 2007

One of the well-known consequences of aging is the loss of lean muscle mass. In particular, the type II muscle fibers (fast twitch) decrease the most – the ones we use for speed and quickness. Plyometrics, or “jump training” is great method for developing these muscle fibers. This technique was pioneered in Russia back in the 1960s and gained worldwide recognition when the east European athletes dominated the competition at the Olympics in the 60s and early 70s. The Russian secret, as it came to be known, involves stretching the muscle (think rubber band) before it’s contracted.

The Benefits of Stability Ball Training

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: April 24, 2007

The stability ball is one of my favorite training tools because it’s so versatile. It can be used by sedentary individuals to develop proprioception (body awareness). It can also be used by workers to rehab an injury. And most recently, top level athletes are using the ball to improve strength and balance in an unstable environment.

The Deadlift Is A Functional Exercise

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: April 10, 2007

I was working with one of my clients on his deadlift recently. And after he completed a nice set of five reps, I commented that the weight was 235 lbs. Another gym member, who overheard our conversation, asked my client if he was “powerlifting”.

The Leg Curl is a Useless Exercise

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: March 30, 2007

In the traditional gym setting, the leg curl is often considered a staple of lower body strength training. It’s an isolation exercise (a single joint movement), knee flexion, that’s used for strengthening the hamstrings. I believe this exercise is useless because you never use this particular muscle action, isolated knee flexion, lying on your stomach, in your everyday activities and sports. So the leg curl is non-functional; there’s no purpose to it.

Essential Fatty Acids Control Inflammation

Health and Fitness: Nutrition • Published: March 29, 2007

There’s been a lot of research on the aging process recently and the latest findings suggest that low-grade inflammation is the cause of many of the modern degenerative diseases, like coronary heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and some cancers.

Flexibility – The Benefits

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: March 19, 2007

If the idea of having supple muscles and smooth, fluid movements – movements that convey youth and health, regardless of age – sounds appealing, then add flexibility training into your life, if you haven’t done so already, so that you may begin to enjoy the many benefits.

Inside The Fitness Studio

Health and Fitness: Exercise • Published: February 22, 2007

Thinking about getting in shape? If you’re interested in working one on one with a personal trainer the small niche fitness boutiques located in and around Santa Barbara provide an abundance of choices both in the environment and training approaches featured in the different facilities. Recently I visited a number of these studios, looking for a new place to train my clients, and was amazed at what Santa Barbara has to offer.

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