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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 - Shane Doll

This is a post I’ve wanted to write for some time but it kept getting pushed aside by other projects. Today I made time to get it done.

What I wanted to write about was the fact that we’ve got some great resources for health, wellness, and fitness information right here in our own beloved hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.

There are some truly passionate people in our community writing blogs to educate, coach, and inspire others. While the major news feeds get most of the attention on the internet, I wanted to fill you in on some of these local gems.

I’ve been fortunate to meet many of the individuals I’m about to mention, a few I haven’t had the privilege yet. But one thing is for certain, they all have my gratitude and respect for the work they do.

In no particular order here are some of the top health and fitness related blogs in Charleston.

More after the jump…

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 - Shane Doll

There’s no denying the impact that daily deal websites like Living Social, Group On and others have had on how consumers search for discounts on everything from massages, dining out, and even fitness training.

Time will tell whether or not this is a trend that’s here to stay or if business will start opting out in favor of other marketing mediums.

Consumers have flocked to join these services where you’re notified with daily emails on the “deal of the day” and understandably so. For most products or services offered there’s a significant discount of 50% or more. The purpose of this post is not to get into pros and cons from the businesses standpoint. That’s a discussion for another day.

Rather, I’d like to talk about the buyer’s perspective when considering whether or not to take advantage specifically with a fitness offering.

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Thursday, January 26th, 2012 - Shane Doll

Charleston, SC has numerous options from various weight loss clinics for Lowcountry residents looking to drop unwanted body fat. In this article we’ll discuss what you can expect by going to a commercial weight loss clinic along with an alternative you can consider.

This is not an endorsement of any particular franchise or business but rather an object review of the weight loss techniques used in commercial weight loss clinics along with their short and long term benefits.

Let’s start by looking at what all commercial weight loss clinics in Charleston have in common…

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 - Shane Doll

As you know, there are numerous exercise options for individuals looking to lose those unwanted pounds and get in shape.

Charleston health clubs and gyms in 2012 continue to offer up a multitude of equipment to use on your own along with group classes with everything from traditional aerobic classes to modern day variations like Zumba and BodyPump.

In recent years there has also been significant growth in small private studios in Charleston offering fitness training with specialized instruction on Yoga, Pilates, Barre, personal training, and others.

The good news is this provides Lowcountry residents with lots of options according to their individual wants, needs, and budget. The question becomes which is the best workout or facility to go to?

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 - Shane Doll

This week our Charleston preferred provider spotlight is on Alexandria’s Salon and Spa. Founded by the mother-daughter team of Coralie White and Alexandria Watson, they’ve created a very impressive business.

Mandy initially found out about them a couple of years ago and has been going back ever since to have Alex cut and hi-light her hair.

I went to go check them out about six months ago for a massage and absolutely loved the service I received as well. If you’re looking for a good massotherapist, Lacey is your girl! She is very knowledgeable in the physiology and kinesiology of the human body which makes her stand out as a therapist in my opinion. Go see her for a massage and you won’t be disappointed.

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 - Shane Doll

This week our Charleston Preferred Provider spotlight is on Chiropractic USA. I’ve been a client for several years now and I can’t say enough good things about this business.

Not only because of the treatment I receive as a patient but also for their professionalism and caring staff.

While personal touches and true customer service seems to be a lost component with so many businesses today, Chiropractic USA exceeds in this area. It’s the simple things like receiving a follow up phone call from the doctor to see how I’m feeling after my adjustment.

How many times does that happen with most medical practices?

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Monday, October 3rd, 2011 - Shane Doll

Each week at Shaping Concepts we’ll now be featuring a local business in part of our new Charleston Preferred Provider program. The idea is to help promote Lowcountry businesses that we’ve found to provide high quality products and services.

It’s a way to let our clients and friends know about local providers that have a history of professional service, quality, and integrity with how they operate their businesses.

As we develop this program you’ll be able access a complete directory of local businesses we refer to along with receiving exclusive discounts. In our first feature this week we’re spotlighting AesthetiSpa located in Mt. Pleasant.

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Friday, September 16th, 2011 - Shane Doll

Nutrition is the building block of fitness, literally. You can run, swim, cycle, or lift weights all you want, but if you are not following a supportive nutrition diet your results will be minimal, if there are any at all.

There’s no question that proper nutrition is at the foundation for all improvements in body composition or performance. A lot of people will tell you it’s the most challenging aspect of “getting in shape.”

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