Here Today, Gone to Maui

Aloha friends! Eric and I are Headed to Hawaii for some R&R March 12th through the 20th.

While I will be reachable by phone, I will not be checking my email. Thanks for your understanding as I take a break from my computer.

Fit Club subscribers, check your inbox! On Sunday you received recordings of all of our fitness and meditation videos from the past three months.

These include:

  • “The Monthly Five”
  • 3 minute hand and foot therapeutic exercises
  • 5 minute hip strength and mobility
  • 7 minute foam roller neck and shoulder release
  • 60 minute yoga and Pilates classes
  • Two 15 minute guided meditations
  • …and a bonus ten seconds of cuteness of my three year old buddy talking you through tree pose

If you would like to be added to this list (and you want to be able to have access to your video library this week) you must sign up prior to Thursday March 11th. While I have been able to automate parts of my business (like the payment system) there are still parts I am doing by hand, like adding your email to the Fit Club list.

If you are curious about me, or these fitness videos check out my latest video here:

Don’t forget to like and subscribe to my YouTube page! I upload new content here regularly. Some videos are seen by everyone, other videos are only available to Fit Club subscribers.



All I Want For Christmas Is A BOSU!

What is the most cost effective, biggest bang for your buck, piece of home gym equipment? The BOSU of course!

Looking for a gift your your special person? Get them a BOSU! I have a purple one with your name on it available today!

These retail for $140. I am offering YOU a special price of $105 – that’s a 25% discount – if you contact me by December 31st.

I often use BOSU balance trainers in personal training sessions, as well as Pilates and yoga classes. This is an excellent low-tech, and cost-effective workout tool.

What is a BOSU?

A dome shaped fitness tool that has a round side and a flat side, resembling half of a stability ball.

What can I do with my BOSU?

Standing or sitting on it is a great start! Also squats, lunges, push ups, standing yoga poses like Tree and Dancer, and Pilates core exercises like Boat, and Half Roll Back.

Why use a BOSU:

Number one reason – Improve your balance! Also strengthens your feet and ankles. Engages your core. And it’s fun!

*fine print – special price of $105 for a purple BOSU good until December 31st 2018. Pick up at Anne’s Sellwood studio. Anne has one of these in stock right now, and when it’s gone, it’s gone baby.


Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood) Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She works with her clients one on one and in small group classes, to aid in pain relief, increase mobility and strength, and reduce stress.


New Pilates And Yoga Class Times Start This Week!

Want to meet a group of fun and irreverent ladies who will encourage and support you? Come to one of Fluid’s classes! This is not your typical fitness class. Depending on how stressful the day has been, you may hear some cursing, or office war stories. One thing my ladies always say at the end of class is “man I feel so much better now than when I came in here!” Think of this as your self care, happy hour, stress reduction, and ladies night, all rolled into one.

Plus you get to visit with me for an hour! Oh and we do lift weights, stretch, and otherwise move our bodies.

Our current evening class schedule (all classes run 6-7 pm):

  • Monday yoga
  • Wednesday Pilates
  • Thursday Energy Flow

Fall 2018 we are we meeting for a quick 30 minute strength session:

  • Monday at 1:30
  • Wednesday at 11
  • Friday at 11

And if Saturday is your me day:

  • 10 am Barre


Click here for class schedule and descriptions. Call or text me (Anne) at 503-705-4762 to sign up!

Twin Lakes Hike Sunday July 30th

It’s Laurie’s birthday weekend! Help her celebrate with a hike on Mount Hood Sunday July 30th. This 7 mile hike starts at Frog Lake sno-park, and goes out and back, with loops around two lakes (upper and lower twin lakes). We leave Sellwood at 8 am, contact me if you’d like to carpool, or if you have questions. (503) 705-4762


Anne McCranie is a Portland, Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She organizes seasonal hikes, outdoor classes and other fun activities to take advantage of our beautiful summer weather. Please read the details of this hike carefully (see above link) and consider your hiking experience, and your fitness level to decide if this hike is for you.

Learning Proper Pull Up Form From Rastafarians In The Park

If you have spent any time with me in the past six months you have probably heard me talk about my pull up goal. I am working on doing a proper pull-up (from hanging with straight arms, not jumping, overhand grip, shoulders down, pulling my face up higher than the bar, then all the way back down to straight arms in one smooth motion). My goal was to do one of these by my 43rd birthday (which was June 28 – mark your calendars for next year). It is now mid July and I am this close! I can jump, grab the bar and pull up, and I can do a chin up (underhand grip) from hanging, so I know that soon I will have it.


One of my clients recently brought me this New York Times article the author talks about his struggle with pull-ups, and how after running into some men at the park (not personal trainers by the way, just regular dudes) he realized he was doing pull-ups all wrong. What I love about his story is the way the men offered him corrections on his form. They seemed so sweet, as if they were genuinely trying to help him, not make him feel bad, or show him up.

The author realizes that in addition to correcting his form, he needs to strengthen all of his muscles, not just arms to effectively pull himself up. He writes:

“Novices rely too much on their biceps. A proper pull up is a yogic feat of concentration and grace. It’s possible only when multiple muscle groups are working in tandem: the biceps, the lats, legs, abs, and lower back”

What are your summer fitness goals and how can I help you achieve them?


Anne McCranie is a Portland, Oregon based licensed massage therapist and personal trainer. She works with her clients one on one and in small groups to aid in pain relief, build strength and reduce stress.