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Iron Woman Competes for Fallen Friend

April Hartsook Ironman Triathlon

April Hartsook Ironman Triathlon

Noted fitness instructor April Hartsook has entered the prestigious and grueling EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, which takes place June 10 in Cambridge, Maryland.

The Triathlon involves a 1.2 mile Swim, a 56 mile Bike ride, and a 13.1 mile Run “The Ironman race is really a test of your physical and mental toughness”, said April Hartsook. “It’s also a chance to compete against professional tri-athletes from around the world” .

But April’s participation isn’t just an extension of her work as a personal trainer and fitness instructor.

“I chose to do this event as a demonstration of my personal fight against ALS, which took the life of my friend and mentor Jon ‘Blazeman’ Blais,” said Hartsook.

Race officials say that this year’s Ironman event will present great challenges due to extreme conditions such as heat, winds, choppy waters, and lack of shade.

“This Ironman competition is not as tough as Jon and others who suffer with ALS, but I race because I can. I hope that by raising awareness, we can raise enough money, so that one day soon we can find a cure”, said Hartsook.

In addition, at the conclusion of the event, special recognition will be given to some of the outstanding participants.

“In honor of Jon, we will be giving the Blazeman Spirit Award to Ironman athletes who exhibit the spirit which Jon shared with all of us!” said Hartsook.

To make a donation visit www.active.com/donate/teamblazeman/ahartsook.

To register for the event visit www.tricolumbia.org/events/?eid=2.

For more information on My ALS DONATION WEBSITE visit www.active.com/donate/teamblazeman/ahartsook.

Here is a link to why IRONMAN EAGLEMAN IS IMPORTANT. I won this in 2010: www.waronals.com/spirit_award.php.

Noted Trainer to Support Paralyzed Vets

April Hartsook on bike

April Hartsook on bike

April Hartsook, Personal Training guru, will partner with paralyzed vets in the upcoming “Capital Clash on the Potomac” bass fishing tournament.

In the tournament, Ms. Hartsook along with professional fishermen, or “Bassmasters”, will team with paralyzed Veterans who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in boat fishing.

“I will be with them on the dock to assist with baiting and prep work. But mainly we just want to make it possible for these vets to get outside and enjoy the fresh air”, said Hartsook. “I come from a long line of military men, at least six generations, so I am truly honored that I can give something back”.

“Capital Clash on the Potomac” is being held on June 8, 9 and 10, at 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury MD 20658.

To register or for more information, visit www.pva.org.

Hartsook to Judge “Art at the Heart”

Noted personal trainer, April Hartsook, has volunteered to judge an art show on Friday, May 4, from 10am until 3:00pm, at Old Richmond Elementary School. The show is part of “Art at the Heart”, a local program that enhances children’s appreciation for different kinds of art.

Prizes will be awarded for the first place winner in each grade and in each category of art, with medals awarded for 2nd and 3rd place finishers, and participation ribbons for all students. In addition, a Best in Show prize will be awarded for k-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade.

Contest categories will include drawing, painting, photography, clay, mosaic and literature.

“We want to give our children the experience of being artists, and in a fun environment. In addition to the contest, we’ll have a reception with music and snacks. We’ll also display all of the artwork along the walls, so that children will experience their work in a gallery type atmosphere”, said Kelly Melang, Art Teacher at Old Richmond Elementary. “Our school loves to show off the talent of these young artists, and, at the same time, demonstrate to them that Art is really at the Heart of Old Richmond Elementary”.

April Kicks-off Biggest Loser Contest

April Hartsook training with client

April Hartsook training with client

The staff of Orthopedic Specialists of North Carolina is kicking-off their version of the Biggest Loser Campaign on April 16. In conjunction with the campaign, noted personal trainer April Hartsook will give a motivational speech on Wednesday, April 18 at 8am.

“This is what I live for”, said Ms. Hartsook ” I enjoy sharing my passion with others, and, hopefully, inspiring them to make some lifestyle changes”.

If you would like April Hartsook, Personal Trainer to speak to your group, or if you want to inquire about private training sessions, please click here.

Personal Trainer Launches Her Own Company

For many of us, losing weight and getting fit was an important New Year’s resolution. Now, five weeks later, we’ve spent a lot of money on gym memberships, but haven’t seen any results. April Hartsook who counts among her clients some of the area’s most notable TV personalities, has a solution. “The best way to start working out is to hire a trainer, someone who can spend time with you, help you understand your body shape, learn to use gym equipment, and encourage you to stick with a fitness plan”, said Ms. Hartsook.

Hartsook has over 15 years experience in endurance athletics, sports recreation, nutrition counseling and sports conditioning, and today as a personal trainer and life coach, she translates that experience into helping her clients enhance their lifestyle and attain realistic goals. “I started my own company because I wanted to be able to provide my clients with a workout that works!”, said April.

The hallmark of Hartsook’s approach is to personalize a training regimen which suits each person’s individual needs. “Getting into shape isn’t easy, but it’s easy to give up when you’ve been thrown into a cookie cutter program. I work with my clients to set goals, not just for exercise, but for healthy living. I love training, and I want people to succeed!”.