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Starting an Exercise Routine

In this episode, Jess picks the brain Wellness Whisk Maxine Yeung, a Certified Personal Trainer extraordinaire and a Registered Dietitian at Stanford. 

Jess and Maxine used to work together years ago in Brooklyn at Kings County Hospital Center as inpatient dietitians, and now they both live in the beautiful Bay Area, California. In addition to being a wellness Registered Dietitian at Stanford’s Primary Care Clinic, Maxine is also a private dietitian and certified personal trainer for her company, Wellness Whisk.

In this episode, Maxine breaks down everything you need to know about fitness, particularly from a woman’s point of view.

We chat about:

  • How much exercise you need in a day and some of the important health benefits of physical activity
  • What are some of the best exercises you can do — in the gym and at home
  • Women in weights – and why strength training is so important
  • How to build a booty, because, let’s face it, this is why we REALLY workout (kidding!)

Right below is Maxine! To learn more about scheduling a nutrition and personal training consult with her, click here. You can follow Maxine’s yummy instagram feed here.

If you enjoyed our episode, make sure to share with a friend who you think may benefit. What are your favorite exercises to do at the gym or at home? Let us know in the comments below what you do to stay in shape.

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4 Comments on Starting an Exercise Routine

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    Brynn at The Domestic Dietitian
    April 18, 2016 at 10:31 pm (5 years ago)

    What a great episode! I was just talking to a friend of mine (and fellow RD) over the weekend about how badly I needed to set up an exercise routine. I feel like as RD’s we usually have the nutrition side down but a lot of us lack the exercise part and you have to have both!


    • Wendy
      April 19, 2016 at 12:14 am (5 years ago)

      RD’s in the house!!

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    Zeynep Kızmaz
    December 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Wendy and Jess!
    I just listened to your podcast. I hadn’t thought about having a personal trainer before and I didn’t think it was necessary until now. I see that without supervision, the sport you do can do more harm than good to you. I didn’t have a personal coach and I guess I wasn’t listening to my body about which exercise was good and bad for me. Even though normally sports make you feel stronger, I felt weaker and weaker. I guess this is where you need a personal trainer: coming up with a program that is special to you. Of course I don’t say the sports you do shouldn’t be challenging; if they are not, there is no point in doing it. But I think it should at least make you feel your body is improving in a way that it becomes stronger, not weaker. But what I think this podcast lacks is the range of sports you mention. You mostly talk about fitness and walking and running etc. There are other sports as well, like swimming, tennis, volleyball. I don’t think the only recommendations should be self-centered sports but more extroverted sports that require teamwork or at least are mutually-played. Maybe you would want to point out too. But thank you for inviting a professional and informing us about sports!

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    Stacy Summers
    December 29, 2016 at 12:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I really want to get into strength training because it’s key in weight loss, but as you all stated the men in the weights area can be so intimidating. My problem is I have a huge butt and wide hips that stand out because I have a smaller waist. I REALLY don’t want to deal with the stares, comments, unsolicited “help” and flat out being hit on. I think a women’s only gym is in my future lol.


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