Lose Your Love Handles 2018

SIXTH ANNUAL Fitness Challenge:  February 4-March 3

$30 to participate, prizes include $100 cash + 4 personal training sessions!

Special offer:  $90 for challenge entry fee + UNLIMITED training during the challenge!  (New clients only)

Want to get moving, eat better, shed pounds, kickstart healthy habits, and have fun doing it with a motivating community?  Then join the Lose Your Love Handles Fitness Challenge!

Scroll down to read more about previous challenges.  Click here for more info.  Weigh ins start January 29 – so contact me now to sign up and schedule your weigh in!


Holiday gift certificates available!

Consider the gift of FITNESS while you’re doing holiday shopping!  For the rest of the year, you can buy a $100 gift certificate to Total Balance Fitness for only $30.  Maybe it’s for that friend who’s often saying, “One of these days, I’ll get in shape.”  Maybe it’s for you, because you want to step your workouts up a bit.  Whoever it’s for, this is a limited time and limited availability offer, so buy now before they are gone!  Also, if you are a current client, you can’t buy this for yourself.  Instead, give it to a friend and invite them to come with you!


The gift certificate can be used for either:  three 30-min personal training sessions, two 45-min personal training sessions, OR four small group training sessions.

Click here to buy online now.  Then I’ll mail you a cute certificate.  Thanks!!



Biggest Loser Jenna!

The Scare Off the Pounds Fitness Challenge, Oct. 1-28, 2017, included 19 hard working contestants and almost unbelievable results from several.

IMG-1789Jenna (left) achieved the title of Biggest Loser with a loss of 12 pounds, 6 inches (from waist, chest, and hips), and a reduction in body composition of 4.3%.  She really nailed it!  Awesome work, girl, I’m SOOOO proud of you!

Amy (right) achieved the title of Biggest Winner with her fabulously high point total of 381.  A perfect score would have been 388.  Wow, that’s hard work!

Points are given for a comprehensive list of healthy lifestyle activities.  If all these are achieved, weight loss is almost inevitable.  Categories that participants tally points in include:  amount of time exercising, daily plank, water intake, servings of healthy fats + proteins + non-starchy vegetables, omitting alcohol + junk food, moderation of carbs, reciting a personal mantra, setting + completing a personal goal, getting enough sleep, talking about goals/successes/failures/attempts, and bonus challenges like trying a new exercise or inviting a friend to exercise with you.

More super high achievers:

Mary won Second Place Big Loser with 3.5″ lost from waist/chest/hips, 5 pounds lost, and a 3% lower body composition.  Way to go, Mary!

Frances lost 7.2 pounds, 1.5″ from waist/chest/hips, and a 2.7% lower body composition.  Wow, Frances!

Jessie lost 4″ from waist/chest/hips, 4.4 pounds, and 1.9% lower body composition. Awesome, Jessie!

Katherine lost 2″ from waist/chest/hips, gained 7.5 pounds muscle (and lost that much fat!), and a 3.3% lower body composition.  Nice job, Katherine!

Kyle lost 4″ from waist + hips and a 2.9% lower body composition.  That means, like Katherine, he replaced fat with muscle.  Go Kyle!

Kristin lost 3.5″ from waist/chest/hips, lost 4.6 pounds, and has  a lower body composition by 1.6%.  Impressive, Kristin!

Suzi lost 2.5″ from waist/chest/hips, lost 2 pounds, and lowered body composition by 2.4%.  So cool, Suzi!

Those were the best stats;  congrats to all participants and thanks for your hard work and commitment!!

IMG-1780We enjoyed a celebratory lunch together at French Meadow Cafe, a great place with lots of healthful food options.  Yum!

Some anonymous feedback from the challengers:

“This was a great start to getting myself back to a place I can run again and are eating healthier. I typically do ok but gave up more carbs which was really effective.”

“Removing alcohol and junk food was the biggest adjustment and it was a great reminder of how much better I feel without those things.”

“My goal was to change my routine and get out of my rut of unhealthy habits. I achieved that, and learned a lot of great new ways to workout in the gym!”

Want in on the fun?  Join us February 2018 for Lose Your Love Handles!

Katie wins Summer Sizzle Fitness challenge

What does it take to be the Biggest Loser of a Total Balance Fitness Challenge?

Well, last June, Katie lost 8.2 pounds; lost 4.25 inches circumference from chest, waist, and hips; and reduced her body composition by 2.7%. (Body composition is a way to measure how lean a person is; it describes the percentages of fat, bone, water and muscle in human bodies.)

Interview with Katie S, July 5, 2017, winner of the Summer Sizzle Fitness Challenge:

Were you surprised that you won?  “Yes, I was surprised I won, I’ve never won before. But, not surprised, because I could see the results the whole time! I’ve never come anywhere near winning this type of thing before.”

What helped you the most?  “I really think it was the diet portion, which didn’t feel restrictive, but still kept me on track. I was never starving. Also, doing training sessions with Amanda during it [the challenge] really amped up the accountability.”

Why did you want to participate?  “I signed up to get back in shape post-baby. Hearing the components of it, it lined up with healthy habits I’d been wanting to form anyway. It seemed sustainable.”

And what do you have to say to anyone else who wants this kind of results:  “Three weeks isn’t that long of a time. You can do it for three weeks and you’ll be in a good spot at the end to go forward!”

Right behind Katie was Mandi with a loss of 4.6 pounds, a loss of 3.5” total from waist, chest, hips, and body composition reduction of 4.8%. Wow!
Third place and fourth place losers were phenomenal as well. Peg (in 3rd) lost 6.4 pounds, 4.5”, and 1.9% body fat. Nora (in 4th) lost 4 pounds, 2.5”, and 3.2% body fat. Nora was our First Place Points Winner.

How are the winners calculated? Each category (inches, pounds, and body composition) are assigned a point value. The person with the most points in each category then is the winner. As you can see, Katie was pretty far ahead in each of the 3 categories. You may notice that Mandi in 2nd place lost 4.6 pounds while Peg in 3rd place lost 6.4 pounds. Mandi got the higher ranking because her body composition changed so dramatically. (Peg’s change of 1.9% was still fabulous though!)

A big Congratulations to all participants!! Fabulous results and hard work to get there.

Total Balance Fitness 21- and 28-day challenges give structure to your eating, exercise, and lifestyle to encourage holistic and sustainable healthy habits.  Join us next October for Scare Off the Pounds!

Memorial Day: Yoga H.I.I.T.

We will have our usual classes Saturday, May 27:
10am Yoga Booty Boot Camp
11am Yoga Slow Flow
at Anytime Fitness on Grand Ave
on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29:
a 9am Yoga Booty Boot Camp or maybe Yoga H.I.I.T.!  One hour.
This one is at Solomon’s Porch, 100 W. 46th Street, Minneapolis.  Go in the glass door, and we will be in the big room at the basement.  Just $20 to drop in, our use your punchcard, or first time free.  No training Monday night.
Please RSVP!  First come first serve, maximum 6 to all classes.  Thanks!!
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Summer Sizzle Fitness Challenge starts soon!

Unknown.jpegSummer Sizzle Fitness Challenge!
May 21-June 10, 2017
$25 to participate * prizes include $100 cash + 4 personal training sessions!

 Want to get moving, eat better, shed pounds, kickstart healthy habits, and have fun doing it with a motivating community? Then join Summer Sizzle Fitness Challenge!

 Weigh-ins start May 14 — Weigh out June 11-17

Includes: -Daily plank challenge – tracking exercise time – nutrition (water, eating more vegetables, including healthy fats, adequate protein intake, less carb/sugar consumption) – adequate sleep, positive self image – sharing your goals & successes – weekly workout challenges (i.e. 100 push-ups/day)

Sign up today to see what you’re made of!

Contact Amanda  to schedule your weigh-in.

Lose Your Love Handles: Peg wins again!

LYLH finish 2017

We did it!

Twenty-two hard-working participants just finished up the 2017 Lose Your Love Handles Fitness Challenge. A few comments from them about the month-long program:

Kati. M. says: My food awareness has improved significantly.

Amy A. says: My first mantra (and the one I’ve kept most if the way through) was “excercise gives me energy.” It was hard to get myself out the door to walk or go to yoga class because I felt tired and unmotivated BUT I always felt soooo good afterwards. Months later I still have to say that to myself all the time to go be active.

Heather M. says: I’m really noticing (already!) how much better I feel when I’m well hydrated, avoiding sugar, and filling up on vegetables instead of easily available (but empty) carbs.

I also want to share some of the great achievements of the month:

Amy A. won an award for her Heroic Start and for Inspiring others. Peg T. won an award for Keeping Amy on Her A-Game. Heather M. was our Biggest Loser in the Body Fat category – reducing her body composition by 1.9 percentage points! C. M. was our biggest muscle gainer with 3.4 additional pounds of muscle gained this month – and note that her body composition lowered by 1.2% as well. Way to tone up, Heather and C.M.! Our 2nd Place Biggest Loser was Ronadel R. with a loss of 5.4 pounds, 1.8% body fat, and 1” circumference. Finally, our Most Points Winner and Biggest Loser was Peg T. with a loss of 6.4 pounds, .5% body fat, and 3.25” less circumference overall. Peg, we are all impressed with your dedication, consistency, and hard work!


A huge Thank You to all participants and Way to Go!!