Joanne Blackerby

Joanne Blackerby is a internationally recognized fitness professional. A veteran in professional fitness coaching, Joanne is an accomplished Speaker, Presenter, Educator and Author.

I'm Doing It Wrong

Am I doing it wrong? My head is instantly filled with the image of Michael Keaton in the Mr. Mom movie, driving the wrong way through school carline and being reminded by every perfectly primped mother that he is 'doing it wrong." I've run out of the number of times I do it wrong.

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Dirty Kids

I have these three little kids that come to the gym every week with their Mom. All boys, they always smell like sunshine, dirt and puppies. They remind me of the Lost Boys of Neverland - ever ready for action and adventure. Energy and excitement flow from the streaked and painted faces (they love face paint - seriously) and they always have a new story of some far flung adventure that makes me stop whatever I am doing and just gasp and listen in horror and wait to see if this will be yet another occasion of one of them extracting some unknown artifact or exoskeleton from his pocket. These kids make me smile and laugh. In their sixes and sevens they remind me of how outrageously exciting life was at one point and of the simplicity of learning all you need to  know - and actually anything you deem worthy or learning- by digging under dirt, inhaling fresh air and having a good story.

 Somehow getting dirty was just part of getting a good story, even though you might not have know it at the time. 

 I miss the stories. We should bring more of them back. Tall tales, surprising adventures, love lost, bravery found. There was a time when a good story was worth putting everything down and sitting sticky fingered, sticky haired down to listen with eyes wide open.  

Winged Victory: O' Mighty Isis

It is official. My first book is complete and available for purchase. Writing Training Effects was was one of the most difficult and dangerous challenges I have ever undertaken. Writing this memoir, creative non-fiction, or personal reflection book - there are so many genre labels - was a practice in the discomfort of diligence. Reviews and feedback have been overwhelmingly positive. People are experiencing the "I couldn't put it down" read. I know. It tool me two years to put it down. I am now facing faces with questions and those who "want to know more", it seems everyone wants to know more about Gran. In time. In time. 

Stay with me through this journey. I look forward to the quieter moments I can spend with you to provide the missing pieces and answers to your questions about Training Effects.

A bit  more about the cover image, Winged Victory, Nike of Samothrace

In Greek mythology, Nike (Greek Νίκη pronounced [níːkɛː], meaning Victory), was a goddess who personified triumph throughout the ages of the ancient Greek culture. Depending upon the time of various myths, she was described as the daughter of Pallas (Titan) and Styx (Water), and the sister of Kratos (Strength), Bia (Force), and of Zelus (Rivalry). Nike and her siblings all became described as attendants of Zeus when his cult gained the position of the dominant deity of the Greek pantheon and the roles of older deities were changed in new myths. According to classical (later) myth, Styx brought them to Zeus when the god was assembling allies for the Titan War against the older deities. Nike assumed the role of the divine charioteer, a role in which she often is portrayed in Classical Greek art. Her Roman counterpart is Victoria. Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance with Athena goddess of wisdom. Nike is often related with Isis in Egyptian mythology. (

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