September Movement Challenge

On August 11, 2016, in Health and Wellness, by Anne

Do you (or does someone you love) suffer from chronic pain?

What if I told you there was a simple effective pain relief strategy that includes simple movements that you could do on your own in just minutes a day? Would you be willing to experiment with me for one month?


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Now comes the hard part: the obstacles. “But I don’t have time” you say. Do you have five minutes a day? “I am traveling this month”. No problem, you can do these moves on the road. “I don’t have a gym membership”. No worries you don’t need a gym or any equipment to do these moves. “I don’t live in Portland”. No problem, You may do this challenge remotely, connecting with me via phone or skype when you have questions.


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  • Who: You!
  • What: Simple, gentle exercises.
  • When: Challenge starts September 6th and runs through October 4th.
  • Where: Your home, office, my studio, in the woods, a hotel room… anywhere!
  • Why: To regain mobility and decrease pain.
  • How: Contact Anne to register. (503) 705-4762


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Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers one on one training, group classes, and massage therapy. Anne encourages her clients to utilize the combination of movement + massage to relieve chronic pain, gain strength and mobility, and improve the quality of their lives.

Ah the dreaded Mountain Climbers. Second only to Burpies (or maybe Medicine Ball Push Ups) for the amount of cursing that goes on during class or a training session when we do these. Never fear, I have an easy beginner version that does not involve jumping. If you have healthy knees please do try to do these as quickly as you can (moving without pain of course). Camel is one of my most/ least favorites, meaning it is very difficult for me and something I should be doing more of.

The photos below are meant to jog your memory about the exercises we have done together. Click here for detailed descriptions of these exercises. If you are new to this type of movement please join one of our ongoing classes or schedule a one on one session with me so we can go over these safely. As always our goal is to push ourselves just enough to feel challenged, but not enough to cause pain of injury.

September Five:


Mountain Climbers

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Side Plank

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Camel 9.15


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Roll up

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Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. Please see your medical professional prior to beginning a new exercise program.

Pesto, Corn And Tomato Salad

On September 1, 2016, in recipes, by Anne

People have been bringing me tomatoes (and tomato soup – thanks Concetta!) all month. Hooray for end of summer produce! Last week at the farmers market I found fresh corn, garlic and basil and decided to put them all together. First I made a pesto with basil, pecans, parmesan, garlic and olive oil, then I added the pesto to chopped corn, tomatoes and onions. Yum!


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Homemade pesto is so easy and versatile. Traditionally made with pine nuts, you can also use walnuts or pecans. You can toss any leftover pesto into warm pasta, or serve it over mashed potatoes like they do at La Buca. Try this recipe and let me know what you think…

Pesto, Corn and Tomato Salad

First make your pesto:

  • One bunch of fresh basil (about two cups of packed leaves)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

If you have the time and would like a great arm workout, chop all ingredients by hand. Otherwise place basil, garlic, nuts, and cheese in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Slowly add the olive oil until the mixture is incorporated. Taste it to see if you need any salt (the cheese may be salty enough) then add salt and pepper to taste, stir to combine.

Now assemble your salad:

  • 2-3 ears of fresh corn
  • 4-5 tomatoes
  • 1/2 of a large red onion

Boil corn for 5-10 minutes and let cool. Meanwhile chop tomatoes into bite size pieces and finely dice your onion. Once the corn is cool enough to handle take a sharp knife and carefully slice off the kernels. Mix your corn kernels, tomato and onion together. Add pesto to taste (you may have some pesto leftover. Spread it on sandwiches, use it as a veggie dip…).

I served my corn salad over a bed of arugula and shredded chicken for a delicious farmer’s market lunch!

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Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers this recipe to tickle your taste buds. Please see your medical professional for specific dietary advice.

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