About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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Paralympics and Boston Bombing Victims

Recently I wrote about the Boston Marathon bombing and my thoughts about this year’s pending race. I’m conflicted for sure … but one piece of my research that I thought was kind of amazing was how a former Paralympic athlete has reached out to bombing victims providing them with prosthetics. New Yorker Amy Palmiero-Winters is nothing […]

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The Boston Marathon Cometh: I’m Not Ready

Last year I was playing tennis with my family when we heard the bombs go off. I looked up to the clear blue sky and thought maybe it was a plane going by; one of us said it was probably a truck. About an hour later I knew what happened because a couple dozen people […]

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If I Couldn’t Walk (The Paralympics Are Here)

When I was a kid, I read the book Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter. The main character, a young girl, has a very sunny outlook on life, which she shares with everyone else in her small town. But her disposition is tested when she gets hit by a car and loses the use of her legs, […]

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I Broke Myself

Sometimes my body gives me a warning shot and I ignore it.  This is always a bad move.  Thursday it was a somewhat crick-y back that I silently willed to leave me alone.  So, Friday morning when I hobbled out of bed bent over I realized I’d been bitch-slapped.  My body does not fool around, […]

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Fitness Industry In-Fighting: Liberals vs. the Tea Party

A schism exists between the “kindness towards your body” and the “feel the burn” workouts.  People cleave avidly to only one group, there is little mixing.  Like liberals and Tea Party Members it’s best not to get them in the same room, both thinking they are far, far superior to the other.   Clearly I’m […]

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When Famous People OD

I took the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing stoically, mostly shrugging it off and watching the collective wail for wasted talent echo through social media.  I have a friend who works in drug rehab and when I ask her how her practice is going she always responds, “some are going up, some are going […]

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Surviving Thanksgiving

Not your family … your dinner plate. How do you make it through Thursday without overindulging? Here are some strategies proven to work.

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VIDEO: 3 Quick Tips for How to Hoop

It’s ridiculous how simple it is to learn how to hoop. And it’s a hard workout that burns calories and tones. Learn how to hoop in just a few minutes’ time!

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