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A local woman launched a business that encourages dogs to start exercising. Keep reading for all the tail-wagging details.


4 Paws Running Co. gives your four-legged friends a chance to get out and run.

Do you want your furry friend to get more in shape? 4 Paws Running Co. is a startup business that is currently located in Terrace Park, Ohio. Kimberly Renie, Founder and Operations Manager of 4 Paws Running Company, has a passion for dogs and running, and wanted to create a company that was a culmination of both.

“I personally have been a lifelong runner and have participated in half marathons, marathons, and various road races. We also have six teenagers and three dogs living under our roof,” she says. “With all the teenagers, dogs and working full time at our primary jobs, we noticed the dogs would be extra rambunctious if we didn’t take the time to exercise them. When they were not exercised, it was stressful on everyone.”

4 Paws was started with families as the main focus. Renie works with her husband and her three children. “Every family loves their pet, and wants the best, but doesn’t always have the time. We want to help them in the department. Easing the stress on families while doing something we love is very easy for use,” says Renie.

She always wanted to start her own running business. “Because I also love fashion, initially I wanted to own a running company apparel store,” says Renie. “Since I haven’t gotten to the point of building and running apparel part of the company, I took the name and added the 4 Paws, since our main clientele have 4 paws.” The mission of 4 Paws Running Co. is “to exercise our canine friends to help them burn energy, drain anxiety, and lead an overall happy life,” she says.

There are two different services offered at 4 Paws. Dog running involves “pacing the dogs through a vigorous one hour running adventure. Like all good pacers, we make sure the dogs get water and rest breaks when appropriate. The distance is usually two to five miles, depending on the fitness level or the dog and the current weather conditions,” says Renie. “If a new dog can’t initially run for a full hour, we break up the session with periods of walking and slowly building up their endurance. A run recap with statistics is provided to the owner after each workout.” The running rate for a dog is $25 and an additional $5 if there is more than one dog.

There is also walking. “Here we ease up the pace and take the dog on a purposeful stroll around the neighborhood for 25 minutes. During the outing they enjoy fresh air, sunshine hopefully, bathroom breaks and sniffing out their territory.” The walking rate is $15 per outing and every additional dog is $5.

There are so many benefits for dogs to exercise. For walking, it gives you a break from the monotony of the day, but dogs need more vigorous exercise to feel calm and relaxed.  

“Repressed energy can easily translate into anxiety issues and a chaotic household. Our team of distance runners and experienced dog handlers will guide dogs through a fun and challenging workout designed around his or her needs,” she says. R

unning is positive for dogs because it can be a part of a training process. “From being a long time dog owner, I have realized that the structure behind keeping a pace, shortening a leash and verbal positive reinforcement can have the major positive effects on a dog,” says Renie.

4 Paws defines success by having a happy family. “If we can bring happiness to the dogs, which in turn brings happiness to the families, then we have done our job,” she says.

To learn more about 4 Paws Running Co., follow along on Twitter and Instagram.

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Area parks and physicians are teaming up so you and your family can enjoy local parks while learning helpful health information straight from the source.

Walk with a Doc gives you the opportunity to explore nature while talking with a certified medical professional.

Want to take in the beauty of local parks and learn from a physician how to improve your health?

You can do just that through the local Great Parks’ “Walk With a Doc” program, which was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a Columbus-based cardiologist. Today, there are 277 chapters in the country. “We are able to use the name and logo since Dr. Angela Fitch created a local chapter and she and the physicians she works with, runs the programs,” says Amy Roell, Outdoor Education Director for Great Parks.

The Cincinnati-based Walk With a Doc is prepared by Dr. Fitch, who usually prepares a health related topic and talks about it at the beginning of the event, and then the group goes on a one mile (or more) walk around the trails of the parks around the city of Cincinnati.

“People can ask questions, just have a conversation with Dr. Fitch, one of the other doctors that usually joins the group or each other,” she says. “It is not meant to act as a doctor appointment and she doesn’t give specific medical advice that one would get in an appointment with their doctor.”

Walk With a Doc takes place at the different Great Parks in the Cincinnati area for people of all ages. “It’s a great way for people to see the different parks or if they do not like to travel, at least one could come pretty close throughout the year,” she says. To Roell, the event is successful when people want to get out of the house to walk and enjoy the programs. “So even having a small group of five or six is a success,” she says.

Plus, she says, this event is important for the health and well being of people in the Cincinnati area. “Walking has so many positive benefits for your mind, body and soul,” she adds. “Couple that with being out in nature and it is a home run for your health!” Benefits of walking include: reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, strengthens lungs, provides more oxygen to the body, reduces stress by removing lactic acid from the blood, boosts energy, etc. To find out more about the benefits of walking, check out

Some events coming up for Walk with a Doc are Walk With a Doc at Miami Whitewater Forest on March 11 at 1pm, Walk With a Naturalist at Woodland Mound on March 25 at 10am, Wetland Walk at Miami whitewater Forest on April 1 at 11am. If you want to find out more about the events, check out or

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Learn about the local physician who, inspired by her own struggles, opened a medical spa that helps with hormone imbalances, weight loss, and a variety of skin issues.

Inspired by her own struggles with hormone imbalances, weight loss, and aging skin, Dr. Magdalena Kerschner opened her own practice her to help other with those issues.

“I was inspired by my own experience with bio identical hormone replacement and anti aging,” says Kerschner, Medical Director of Victory Wellness and Medspa, a practice which initially focused on weight loss and hormone replacement, but recently expanded with the addition and rebranding as a medical spa. “I am excited to bring the latest and newest anti aging laser and radio frequency technology for skin care, such as Halo, BBL, Thermiva, Pellave, etc.”

The procedures offered at Victory are Halo, which is the latest combination of ablative and nonablative laser technology for the “Hollywood glow,” BBL, which is a photo facial for age spots and other discolorations, and Thermiva, which is for vaginal rejuvenation. “Helps to enhance sexual pleasure, orgasm, and external appearance of labia’s, she says. “Helps to decrease symptoms of leaky bladder. No down time.”

Other procedures include Pelleve, which is radio frequency skin tightening, Hydro facials for anti aging and acne treatments, and Botox and Fillers for facial and hand rejuvenation “Bio identical hormone replacement for both men and women, weight loss program,” says Kerschner.

“My extensive experience as a physician and a woman helps me to understand people’s needs and how to care for them. I have a personal passion for personal growth and passion for beauty. I believe we should try to be the best that we can be at any point of our lives,” she says. “I believe in preventative medicine as opposed to conventional pharmaceutical medicine. Patient interaction. I am very gratified when patients become happy and lead fulfilling lives once again.”

Victory Wellness and Medspa wants people to leave their business feeling better about themselves. “We are unique because we care for the external as well as internal well being of people,” says Kerschner. There is a need for Victory in Cincinnati. “As we age, our needs are not addressed properly by conventional medicine. In spite of the alarming obesity epidemic, patients are not getting help from regular doctors,” she says.

Positive responses are what makes Kerschner’s job worthwhile. A memorable moment for her was “a patient who told me that for the first time she feels alive and enjoys living to the fullest,” she says. “I define success as a grateful smile on my patient’s face.”

Victory Wellness and Medspa is located at 9600 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati. Learn more at

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Learn about a new, locally-launched, low-calorie sports drink that hydrates, fights fatigue and sweetens the deal with only plant-based sweeteners.


Thirty Drink uses plant-based sweeteners to give you a healthier alternative to other recovery drinks.

Are you active and looking for a new drink to give you energy? Thirty is a recovery drink that’s “sweetened with plant-based sweeteners, such as stevia, monk fruit, and real sugar, offering you a healthier alternative,” says Patrick McGinnis, CEO and Founder of Thirty. “All of these essential vitamins and natural flavors are just thirty calories.”

Thirty has a four-person team located in Downtown Cincinnati. Thirty’s employees want the drink to be the best tasting low-calorie sports drink in the market. “It’s important for us to raise awareness of calories and bad products for consumers,” McGinnis says. “Our mission is to help grow the healthy drink category and get this into every consumers’ hands to let them know the healthy option tastes just as good.”

The company started because McGinnis was tired of drinking products after a workout that had too many calories. “When you walk into your every day grocery store or convenience store, the options seemed limited,” he says. “There is no disagreement that water is the King. But instead of drinking a sports drink punched with 80-160 calories, I wanted to create something just as great tasting with minimal calories.”

Thirty is called an isotonic drink. An isotonic drink normally has 4g to 8g of sugar (carbohydrates) per 100mL and has the same osmotic pressure as bodily fluids. “An isotonic drink is taken up by the body about as quickly as water. They are intended to quench thirst and provide energy to the body. Ideal for endurance sports.” Thirty has triple the electrolytes, compared to your average sports drink, natural flavors, monk fruit juice that helps fight fatigue, great tasting liquid and 1/3 less sugar than typical sports drinks.

The sports drink industry is a growing field, and McGinnis wanted to make his mark. “I have been on the adult beverage side of things, selling products that are lower calorie or even gluten free products,” says McGinnis. “I wanted to create a product I knew people would use daily. I want it to be the healthiest product you can buy at your everyday convenience store or local market store.”

Thirty defines success according to the customers and their stories. McGinnis loves to hear the stories of how the customers enjoyed the taste and the benefits of the product on a daily basis.  “Our success comes from the people drinking our product and seeing results that help them live a healthier lifestyle.”

McGinnis’s favorite part of working for Thirty is figuring out what he can do better for his customers. “I love having these brainstorming sessions with the team and myself. Knowing there is always room for improvements is what drives me,” he says. “Our growth potential is such a high ceiling, I don’t want to limit that growth. I look forward to each challenge this company takes on daily.”

If you want to follow what Thirty is doing, check out their website or follow them on Facebook.

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Read on to learn about a farm in Mount Healthy that helps nourish you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Tikkun Farm is a non-profit farm that creates spaces and experiences of healing.

Do you want to experience spiritual healing in your life? Tikkun Farm may be just what you need.

Tikkun Farm is a 3.5 acre non-profit farm located on a quiet, dead-end street in the Mount Healthy neighborhood of Cincinnati. “It uses its lands and buildings to create spaces and experiences of healing, restoration and repair,” says Mary Laymon, Executive Director of Tikkun Farm. “We have a long term vision to offer integrated healing experiences for people recovering from trauma.”

Tikkun is a Hebrew word that Laymon’s son heard at a friend’s Bar Mitzvah. “The young Jewish boy celebrating this milestone invited guests to support him in his work of ‘Tikkun Olam,’ which he told us is meant ‘to repair the world,’” she says. “This is how I learned of the Jewish belief that all Jews should commit themselves to partnering with God in the ongoing ‘repair of the world.’”

Spirituality is at the center of all wholeness and healing. “Healing isn’t complete until we know in the very core of our being that we are the beloved… that no matter what we’ve done, or what has been done to us, we are loved,” she says.

Tikkun Farm has been an idea growing in Laymon’s heart for 20 years. For a long time she has “nurtured a vision for creating a space of hospitality and healing. When my husband and I bought this farm in 2010, we imagined it could be the setting for this vision,” says Laymon. “We moved to the farm in 2013 and began renovating and repairing the buildings. When we applied for non-profit status for the farm in 2015, I became the Executive Director.”

The inspiration behind starting Tikkun Farm was from the sexual abuse that she went through when she was a child. “In 40+ years, I have been healing from this trauma. I have learned how many aspects of a person’s life are comprised by traumatic events and how varied and extensive the treatments need to be to restore a person to wholeness,” she says. “Trauma impacts biological, emotional, spiritual and social systems. Our traditional medical model does not offer an integrated healing approach for this multifaceted wound.”

In Laymon’s role as a pastor and spiritual director, I have worked with people who have gone through traumatic events. “I witness the greatest healing with people who have access to many healing modalities: talk therapy, yoga, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, massage and acupuncture, healing touch, reiki, spiritual direction, Body Talk, etc. I want to offer those seeking wholeness, access to a team of practitioners who work together to help a person recover.”

Tikkun Farm defines success by people being able to trust the employees of the business with their struggles, wounds, hearts, and allow us to accompany them on their healing journey. “Those with resources trust us to be good stewards of their support offered through their time, their gifts and their financial support.”

The farm offers a variety of events and services that will help you to pursue healing. Some of these events include: A New Year’s retreat that she leads every year, seasonal Quiet Days and Prayer retreats during Lent, Advent, Easter, and about themes related to the Sabbath, Healing and All Hallow’s Eve; coaching groups that concentrate on Family Systems Theory, book studies, etc.

Tikkun Farm is located at 7941 Elizabeth Street Cincinnati, OH 45231. To learn more, visit, or follow Tikkun Farm on Facebook.

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Learn about a brand new space in the Hyde Park that’s about to open in the mid-March, hosting special events and fitness classes.


At The LB aims to bring shared fitness classes and special events to Cincinnati.

Are you looking for a place to host a fitness class or a special event? At The LB Hyde Park is a brand new space that is going to be opening in the middle of March of this year and the address is: 3825 Edwards Road, Suite 102A, Cincinnati, Ohio.

It’s located in a premium location that has a wide variety of amenities, including, parking, beautiful design, full wet bar, caterer’s kitchen, 22’ branding wall, well-appointed lobby; fresh fruit, infused water, chocolates and snacks, ability to have an open air studio or event space with storefront canopy system, premium restrooms with amenities, concierge level service, and towel service. The space is mostly going to be used for boutique fitness classes/workshops and hospitality events.

“The LB offers a space for inclusive experiential events of all kinds,” says Betsy Hodges, Vice President of Business Development for At The LB Hyde Park. To learn about using the space, you can go to the website and fill out forms about teaching a class, or hosting an event.

“We created the LB based on the undeniable trend of shared economy. Think Airbnb, Uber and WeWork,” she says. The mantra of the company is “Be Exceptional.”

“We strive for excellence. Our space and service are exceptional and that is what we want you to experience when you are with us. We are synonymous with luxurious comfort and impeccable service. We set our sights high and our standards higher. We are the detail people,” says Hodges. “We’ve developed this stunning space, but the power of the space is how it empowers others to create incredible experiences.”

There is such a need for At The LB Hyde Park. “We are the first and only concept that offers premium rental space for boutique fitness, artistic experiences, and special events. It’s not just shared economy-it’s an entirely new category in the space,” she says. “The LB offers affordable and inclusive experiential space for the hospitality, events, and boutique studio industries. There has never been a business that has empowered boutique studio instructors and the boutique studio industry in such a unique way.”   

If you want to follow what At The LB Hyde Park is doing, you can go to their website to see how you can personally utilize the space. Also, to keep up with what the company is doing you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat. Also, if you have any questions, you can call them at (513) 275-6444.

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Learn about the business education based accelerator program that’s launching new classes soon and accepting applications now from local female entrepreneurs.

CAPTION: (l-r) Nancy Aichholz, Michele Kirn, Christine Kirn, Melyssa Ki and Angela Ozar

Do you want to be an entrepreneur and have a business idea that you want to test out? Bad Girl Ventures (BGV) is offering classes for female entrepreneurs. “From its inception, BGV has been a business education-based accelerator/incubator,” says Angela Ozar, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Program Manager. These classes come in phases: explore, launch, and grow.

Explore Phase In the explore phase, the main focus is deciding whether or not the entrepreneurs’ business idea is profitable. “We go through exercises to determine if the woman has what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and has the right idea that it will be successful. From there, we cover the basics of marketing, accounting, and legal formation that she will need to get started,” says Ozar. Each of the classes meets at the Hamilton County Development Center at 1776 Mentor Avenue, and involves two hours of instruction led by a BGV faculty member, and the last hour involves small group coaching. Explore starts on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6pm and meets every Monday for nine weeks.

Angela Ozar, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Program Manager of BGV.

Launch Phase “In Launch, we discuss topics such as HR and establishing a good culture for your organization, how to perfect your pitch to match your brand, as well as SEO. We also spend two weeks on financials,” she says. The people teaching the class are professionals from the fields of accounting, law, marketing, etc, as well as small business experts. The Launch class starts on March 8, 2017 at 6pm and meets every Wednesday for eight weeks at the BGV office at 114 West Pike Street, Covington, Kentucky.

Also, with the Launch class, there is a loan competition. “Through Launch, each business is working on a business plan, financial projection template, and their pitch. At the conclusion of the program, each founder pitches their business using elements from the business plan and financial template,” she says. “This takes place at a celebration which is open to the community. Our panel of selection committee members judges the pitches and then decides on the winner of the $25,000 loan. “We only ask the organization is owned 51% by a female, in order to be eligible for the loan competition,” says Ozar.

Grow Phase “Grow is our program for continued support of small business owners after they have gone through our program. We also see Grow as a way to engage with all entrepreneurs, whether they have been through one of our programs or not,” she says. “Grow consists of once a month workshops and drop in free legal, small business coaching, and accounting advice at the BGV offices.” Each workshop is $35, and drop in hours are available to BGV alumni.

Ozar loves the first and the last week of the classes the most. “The first week, hearing all the business ideas and concepts, and the last week when we have made relationships with the women and are welcome and are excited to send them off to the races,” she says. the most rewarding part of the program is “meeting the women and seeing how they improve week after week, gaining confidence in themselves and their concept,” says Ozar.

This year is going to be a big year for BGV. “We are currently examining our brand ad positioning in the market place. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements! We are also dedicated to finding more sources of funding for our female entrepreneurs and are co-hosting an Angel Investing 101 course at Union Hall on Saturday, February 25,” she says. “We continue to attract cross industry entrepreneurs and are seeing more and more teach, STEM, teach enabled and corporate executive women joining our classes.”
If you want to see what’s happening at Bad Girl Ventures, visit

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February is Heart Health Awareness month, so read on for all the exciting events and activities the American Heart Association has planned around the city!

Join a celebration of heart health at Cincy Chic’s annual Lady in Red event on February 3 at Macy’s in downtown Cincinnati.

Did you know that Cardiovascular Disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year? The American Heart Association in Cincinnati is an organization that wants to improve people’s heart health.

“The mission of the AHA/ASA is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” says Lori Fovel, Director of Communications for the AHA in Cincinnati. “That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.” It is Fovel’s job to tell AHA’s story and have Cincinnati connect to the mission. The goal of the AHA is to improve the cardiovascular health of people by 20 percent, and reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by 2020.

Fovel has personal experience with heart problems in her family. Recently, her husband, who is an athletic and fit 54-year-old, had a heart attack. “He had a blockage in one artery, which required a stent. This event hit very close to home as you can imagine,” Fovel says. “After sharing stories of those who have been affected by cardiovascular disease for so many years, it got very personal when it happened to my own husband. Heart disease doesn’t discriminate and touches people of all ages, ethnicities and gender.”

The month of February is National Heart Month. The Christ Hospital Health Network plays a big part in the month’s festivities “Their support enables us to activate grassroots programs in our community, such as Learn and Live days at all girls’ high schools to share the message that heat health begins at an early age,” says Fovel. “They also participate in our Little Caps Big Hearts campaign that provides hand knitted baby caps to all newborns in February. Moms receive take home information about heart health.”

To raise awareness for heart health, the AHA of Cincinnati is going to host multiple events. February 3 is going to be National Wear Red Day. “It’s a call to action to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of all Americans,” says Fovel. “Why go red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one women every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we have the power to change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.”

You can paint the town red as you wear your red on Feb. 3 at the 8th annual Lady in Red event at Macy’s downtown. From 6-10pm, you can enjoy a 20% store-wide* Macy’s discount, fashion show, music, swag bag, refreshments, fun photo booth and fundraising activities. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign. Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets.

The next day, February 4, there is a Ride Your Heart Out event. This event consists of “indoor cycling classes that are happening all over the country, hosted by our CycleNation sponsor, CycleBar. The proceeds from this event go to AHA.”

Another event happening is Kendra Scott in Liberty Center. Kendra Scott is a store, and 20 percent of the sales for the whole day will go to AHA. “Dollars raised are used to support local heart and stroke research, educational programs and advocacy efforts,” she says. At Kendra Scott, there will also be a mini event, “Sips, Sweets, and Jewels” from 5-8pm, where there is going to be door prizes, sweets, and drinks. There are also a variety of other events happening, such as the Greater Cincinnati Heart Ball, Heart Mini, and HeartChase NKY.

To keep up with what the AHA is doing, you can follow them on Facebook or check out the Heart Mini’s page; Instagram for both the Cincinnati AHA and the Heart Mini, and on Twitter.

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See how struggles with breast cancer inspired the creation of a family-friendly bicycle event that’s raising millions for cancer research.

Ride Cincinnati is a ride to honor those who have been affected by cancer.

Get active — physically and philanthropically. That’s the idea behind Ride Cincinnati, which was founded in 2007 by Dr. Harvey Harris, his family and two friends, after their lives were touched by breast cancer.

“This event is dedicated to the life of Marlene Harris and all others who have, and continue to be, affected by this terrible disease,” says Allison Schroeder, Public Relations Director for Ride Cincinnati. This is Schroeder’s third year with the organization. “Their true passion for finding a cure for cancer and love for the event is inspirational and makes my job so much fun,” she says.

Schroeder’s favorite part of working with Ride Cincinnati is watching families continually participate in the event, year after year. “Watching survivors celebrate their strength with friends, family and co-workers-it’s an emotional experience,” she says. “Having watched the event grow over the last few years has been amazing. And I can tell you as someone who has run more races than I can even count- this is the best post-event celebration I’ve ever seen.”

This year, Ride Cincinnati works with the UC Health Barrett Cancer Center. The mission of the center is to “transform cancer care in the Midwest Ohio region by providing the most advanced and compassionate patient care built on a foundation of innovative research and education.”

The Barrett Cancer Center is working hard to become the leading resource of cancer care in the region, “delivering the highest quality patient and family-centered care in a collaborative environment firmly based in a competitive research enterprise with an emphasis on education and community outreach,” says Shroeder.

Ride Cincinnati has been partnering with the Barrett Center for 11 years. “We have funded 34 research grants and are looking forward to assisting with many more as they work towards becoming a National Cancer Institute designated center,” she says.

2017 is going to be different for Ride Cincinnati because they are going to be raising money for all types of cancer research at the Barrett Center. “This is a big change for us this year, as the last 10 years, the ride has only funded breast cancer research,” she says. “We decided to expand on our mission because cancer research has advanced to a point in which a single treatment option can apply across a number of different cancers.” Going back to their roots, Ride Cincinnati’s first $250,000 will be going directly to breast cancer research. “To date, Ride Cincinnati has raised more than $2.5 million for breast cancer research at the Barrett Center,” says Shroeder.

Race day will be on June 11, 2017 and will consist of a variety of different races. The different races are 100-mile, 45-mile, 26-mile, 18-mile, and 8-mile bike races, and there’s also a 5k run and Brick (Bike and Run). If you are interested in signing up to participate in the event or want to find out more information, go to Ride Cincinnati’s website. You can also follow what Ride Cincinnati is doing on Facebook.

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Want to get in shape this year? Learn about a local personal trainer who’s making it easier to reach your goals with nutrition services and online training options.

Betsy McNally, Founder of Betsy McNally Personal Coaching

Does your New Years resolution involve getting in shape? Betsy McNally, Personal/Group/Online Trainer and Sports Nutritionist, brings her passion of the fitness industry to help inspire people to get in shape. McNally has been a personal trainer since 2002, but “Betsy McNally Coaching” started in 2012.

”[My passion] was so great that I couldn’t see myself being happy doing anything other than helping people with fitness,” she says. “I know how much fitness had helped me feel my best everyday and I just wanted to share with people how to do this themselves.” Along with passion, McNally brings her knowledge of the human body and how it works, how to put together workout and meal plans with results.

Betsy McNally Coaching offers multiple services, such as group training, one-on-one training, Gymnastics training, meal plans, online personal training, online meal planning, Skype sessions, nutrition seminars, speaking engagements, etc. “I do it all,” McNally says. To find out the prices of her services, check out McNally’s website. She works with athletes, gymnasts, moms, dads, teens, seniors, everyone!

McNally brings her experience from when she spent most of her life as a competitive gymnast. When she retired at the age of 16, she began to work out regularly. After she graduated from Michigan State University, she got a job teaching high school, but a near death experience caused her to question what her passions really were. McNally went from teaching Shakespeare to teaching fitness.

“Soon I was getting so fit, I decided to pursue a career in Professional Fitness Competing and I was awarded my Pro card in fitness in 2008,” she says. “I was able to elevate my own fitness level to a very high one and wanted to help and reach as many people as I could. I also got certified as a sports nutritionist as my passion seemed to go more and more toward helping people with food addictions and obesity.”

McNally defines success by the results that her clients get, in the numbers and their confidence. “I pride myself in my one-on-one relationships with each of my clients, hundreds of them! She defines her success by the clients who come back, month after month, year after year. “When people tell you everyday that you have changed their lives, gave them more confidence and helped them overcome obstacles in their lives…that is success! I’ve done my job,” McNally says. “I also define success by the countless testimonials on my website and on my Facebook page, and I am truly blessed to have the most awesome and loyal clients!”

The most rewarding part of the job, to McNally, is the diversity. She gets so much joy out of changing the lives of people. “I am adding years to people’s lives with nutritional plans, helping them change their lifestyles, helping them quit smoking, helping gymnasts get stronger and achieve their goals,” McNally says. “I am able to help gymnasts who live in Alabama, Canada, California, Texas, all from my home. I am able to put groups of women together and work them out to make sure they get results.” She has clients from 8 years old to 73.

Her coaching style is a role model with a “Keep it real” flavor. “I am positive, approachable, tough, but with a kind edge, use humor often, energetic, motivational, inspirational. I’m attractive to many of my clients because I’m just like them,” McNally says.

If you want to see what’s going on in the life of Betsy McNally, check out her website. Also, follow her on both of her Facebook pages, Betsy McNally Laouar Gymnastics Nutrition and Fitness Specialist and Betsy McNally Laouar FitnessPro. If you want to contact her directly, email her at: