Smart Exercise

Your complete guide to exercise with K. Aleisha Fetters, MS, CSCS
K. Aleisha Fetters

K. Aleisha Fetters


My mission: to help women empower themselves through smart strength training.

To me, writing and health have always gone together. While earning both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, I concentrated in health and science reporting as well as gender studies. I thought the media’s dialogue surrounding exercise, nutrition, and weight-loss did more to beat people down than build them up. I was going to change that.

Every day, I work with top researchers, fitness experts, and healthcare leaders, enjoying the best fitness schooling the world has to offer. I also have my CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist) certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, which is a fancy way of saying I know my stuff.

Today’s episode is a comprehensive guide to training or all that you need to know. If you are new to fitness, I bet you have a lot of questions about training. There are also a lot of misconceptions about the best way to exercise, especially targeted on women.
How to exercise, when to exercise, how much to exercise, do you need to do HIIT or any other training to reach your goals? How to find time to exercise. Maybe you already love to exercise and in that case you are probably asking how to take it to the next level. And what about training on empty stomach first thing in the morning?
These are just some of the topics we discussed with K. Aleisha Fetters, MS, CSCS in today’s episode.
It takes a lot of time and effort to bring experts into the podcast so if you like the podcast, please rate it, share it with friends and family so together we can promote health and fitness that is so needed.
K. Aleisha Fetters is also co-author of the book Give Yourself More, which I highly recommend to everybody.
For many women, body goals are all about loss. In Give Yourself MORE, Georgie Fear and Aleisha Fetters will teach you how to flip that idea of “loss” into their joyous concept of “more.”

Time Stamps

03:00 What is smart strength training?
04:40 We discussed why workout plans or meal plans are sub-optimal to working with a coach and advantages of working with a coach.
6:20 Typical problems people face with strength training. Mindset and your relationship with exercise. Equipment needed and starting to exercise.
14:30 How to find the right exercise for you.
17:00 I don’t have time for an hour long workout, what should I do? Micro-workouts!
21:50 Microworkouts: Ideas how to exercise throughout the day and get a decent workout out of it.
25:30 How much success can a person achieve by moving more and implementing micro-workouts. Is it enough?
28:030 How to work out, if you workout a few times a week for health and looks.
32:00 Rest is needed for recovery and to make progress. But how to rest even if you love exercise?! 
34:45 I give a tip how to increase your NEAT (non exercise activity) easily. It is why some people struggle to lose weight!
37:00 Calorie counting vs. intuitive eating
40:00 All about HIIT training. Pros and cons, fed and fasted, and is it really necessary?

Give Yourself More Book

What if you stopped trying to subtract from your life (and erase your so-called “faults”), and started adding to it? What if your priority wasn’t on shrinking portions, cutting carbs, or burning calories, but giving yourself MORE of everything you need to thrive?

The answer: You would learn to live more fully, love your body, and take up the space you deserve… mentally, emotionally, and physically. You’d create healthy habits that would fill you up rather than drain you. You would lose weight and keep it off—by defying diet culture.