Author: JillRuthRooks

Where is the Love?

We have to ask this question. In today’s world, we need more of it. As we try to understand how love has been replaced with hate and anger, we are also reminded that it is up to each and every one of us to take personal responsibility and be more love. At The Energy Lab, where we train for life, working out allows us to manifest and realize our internal strength to be able to accomplish life with confidence and ease. What we learn in our training, when we bring it to life, we realize that we are always stronger than we think we are. “Where is the Love?” is one example of why we train.

What will Pilates with Jill Teach You?

As I found myself working on my rough draft for the book I am a part of, I kept coming back to Pilates. It is an essential part of my practice and what keeps not only my mind right, but my body right. I am so blessed to be as active as I am and injury-free, which I directly attribute to BALANCE! Time for Pilates is essential, along with cardiovascular fitness, my cycling time (which is another of my favorite therapies and one of the best moving meditations!) and then my TRX practice reminds my body how to integrate and strengthen, lengthen, and stabilize. My other workout classes give me 3D movement and play that I feel confident in my body to accomplish based on my foundations of Pilates, core fitness, Cycling, cardiovascular fitness, and TRX, system fitness.
I hope this helps for anyone who is currently out of sync in their bodies or experiencing injuries to reconsider their training plans and incorporate some focus and attention to where it all comes from!

5 ways a HEALTH COACH Can Keep You Healthy Through The Holidays!

The clocks are about to turn back. The nights are cool and HOLIDAY is in the air! Now and NOVEMBER, more than ever, is a crucial time to BUILD UP! What do I mean by that? We all know how to “break ourselves down”, to workout hard, to put a lot on our plates and to rush through life sometimes. When we look back, we often do not even remember where we have been or what we accomplished because we are already on to the next thing. What I am suggesting NOW is to take the opportunity to work with a Health Coach and LEARN HOW TO BUILD UP!  Building up will: Increase your energy Support your immune system Help you to stay healthy through the weeks ahead and the holidays It will let you move through life with more ease and less “dis-ease” Provide a sense of gratitude and calm in your life Promote clarity and good decision making And, you will thank yourself for emerging into a New Year, not as the run-down-version …

Health STARTS with PMA

Five years ago I developed a program where like-minded people had an opportunity to come together, to both exercise and to explore their deeper potential. We call it PMA Lab (Positive Mental Attitude). It began as a Boot Camp series where I included self-development and readings from books like The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer and The IMPACT Body Plan by Todd Durkin. We followed the books through workouts and nutrition and always ended up in a “work-in” experience to GET THE MIND RIGHT! Our PMA Lab has evolved as we have evolved. It is back this Fall, with a “shift”, meaning, it has evolved. When I am asked what the theme of this PMA Lab is, I can only answer, “that you will experience a shift where you leave what you knew behind, find yourself navigating through elements of chaos, and land in a place of serenity.” In the end, finding yourself surrounded by others on the same mission as you. PMA. Try it.

30 Day Challenge, Simplify September

SIMPLIFY SEPTEMBER, a 30 day challenge that focuses on simple acts leading to big results! The goal is 30 days of SIMPLE ACTS Start the first of the month (or on Sunday if need time to figure out your challenge goals) with an INTENTION for the first week of the month and then follow with daily simple acts that lead toward fulfilling it. Grab a blank calendar. Write down 4 things you’d like to bring to light in your life right now (joy, exercise, kindness, health, focus, friendships, health, self-care, mindfulness, organization, etc) Week one, write down ONE of those intentions For each day of that week, write down ONE thing you can do to work towards that goal. (this may end up being several different things, or can be something repeated to reinforce a habit) Do the same for weeks two, three and four, filling in each calendar day with an action step. Example: INTENTION #1 to start an exercise program Day ONE, tell a friend or family member *and research or plan on …

10 years

10 years ago tonight I remember sitting under the stars pleading with the dark sky for answers. Searching for my dad. It was 3 days after he died and the night before his 65th birthday and his funeral. Tonight when I went outside I didn’t even need to turn on the porch light. The light of the full moon is shining down. I’m going to moon bathe for a bit and soak up its energy. The sky looks different now. People said it would happen; that time would change things and it would get easier. I couldn’t believe them then and I’m not sure I believe it now either. But somehow I’ve changed. My dad would be 75 tomorrow, August 18. Last week I got to celebrate the birthday of a very special 99-year-old. I wished my tiny, spunky, we-don’t-know-exactly-how-old-she-is friend who sees me every week a happy birthday. I made Sean his favorite birthday cake, and I keep thinking about my life 15 years ago when my Natalie’s heart and mine became one on …

Snap out of it

There are days, times, seasons when the world feels like it is crashing down. Do you ever feel like that? Like the weight is too much? It is coming at you from all directions? And you don’t know which way to turn? I have been feeling that a lot lately. We do so much to stand tall day after day; to handle all the little things and to continue picking up the pieces, trying desperately to patch them back into as organized a shape as we can. If you don’t stop and notice what you are doing, it is fine, you can continue doing it for quite awhile. Most of us are proof that crazy amounts of resiliency do exist.  But if you have one wavering moment where you pause, look around and question, “whose life is this?” and “how did it I get here?”, then watch out. You are probably about to fall off the cliff you’ve been teetering on into the abyss of self-pity, exhaustion, perhaps resentment, and apathy towards taking care of …