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Mom and Me Gluten Free Baking Class hosted by Fitness Inside & Out personal training and nutrition center

Fitness Inside & Out is hosting a Mom & Me Gluten Free Baking Class that features recipes from the specific carbohydrate diet. Of course, Dads are welcome too.

Most gluten free foods at the grocery store are highly processed and contain additives and starches that can inhibit intestinal healing and wellness. Fitness Inside & Out’s cooking class recipes feature healthy almond flour.

Almonds are high in a key amino acid that helps your body repair and restore the mucosa lining the intestinal tract. Many of the added starches in gluten free baking products and mixes contain replacement starches that are more difficult for the body to digest. Undigested starch can ferment in the gut and do further injury to the intestines. The healthy benefits of cooking with almond flour were recently featured on a segment by Dr. Oz.

The Mom & Me Gluten Free baking class is open to parents and kids ages 8 and up. At the class you’ll learn to make waffles, two different kinds of cakes, monster cookies, pizza crust, cobbler and donuts. All recipes are also lactose free and substitute honey for inflammation-promoting refined sugar.

The class is co-taught by Sydney Edwards, age 12, who was gluten and starch free for more than 3 years on her journey to healing and wellness while living with Crohn’s disease. She can give kid-to-kid advice on coping with being different at all those birthday and class parties.

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Fitness Inside & Out personal training studio selected to partner with national doctors network

Naples, Fla. — Fitness Inside & Out personal training studio has been selected to perform fitness assessments for a network of doctors in Naples and Southwest Florida. The nationwide health network selected Fitness Inside & Out because of the qualifications and experience of Fitness Inside & Out owner Mike Edwards, who holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology.

In depth fitness assessments at Fitness Inside & Out include a health history evaluation, a cardio health assessment, flexibility evaluation, strength testing, posture assessment, body mechanics review, girth measurements and percent body fat evaluation.

“Now’s the time of year when many people refocus on their health and fitness goals,” said Mike Edwards. “Our in-depth fitness assessment can help you identify strength and flexibility weaknesses so you don’t injure yourself when working out.”

More and more, physicians appreciate and understand the critical prevention role that exercise plays in overall health and well being. The doctors who’ve partnered with Fitness Inside & Out have chosen to provide these fitness assessments with personal trainers as a benefit for their patients. 

“Exercise programs are not one size fits all, particularly with older clients,” Edwards said. “We address individual needs and we have the education and experience to design programs tailored to your level of fitness, your age and any physical limitations you might have.”

About Mike Edwards: Mike Edwards holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and a bachelor’s degree in sports psychology from George Mason University. He has experience working in clinical settings and has worked with diverse client populations from total hip and knee replacement and other post-rehab clients to nationally competitive athletes. Mike has trained some of Naples’ top Junior National Tennis players, including more than 14 who have received NCAA Division I scholarships. While at George Mason, Mike served as a team manager of the Men’s Division I Basketball Team under former NBA Coach Paul Westhead.

About Fitness Inside & Out: Locally owned and operated since 1994, Fitness Inside & Out provides personal training and post rehab training in a private studio setting. Fitness Inside & Out personal trainers hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees in health science fields and regularly work with special needs clients including those with total knee replacements, total hip replacements, rotator cuff injuries and back problems. Fitness Inside & Out also offers therapeutic massage including neuromuscular therapy, sports/ orthopedic massage, deep tissue and Swedish massage. The studio also offers whole foods cooking classes that focus on seasonal and organic ingredients.

Contact Mike Edwards
Fitness Inside & Out
4760 Tamiami Trail N. Suite 1
(Sandalwood Building by Holocaust Museum)
Naples, Florida 34103
Phone: 239-649-7181
Cell after hours: 239-272-4111


Thank You for your Business

Welcome to Fitness Inside & Out. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your fitness and health goals. 

A studio representative will contact you by phone within 24 hours to schedule your appointments and find out a bit more about you so we can place you with the team member who can best meet your needs. 

Feel free to call the studio at 239-649-7181. During season, it’s easiest to reach us by email first at

Fitness Inside & Out is located at 4760 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 1, Naples, Florida 34103.

For a map of our location, click here.

Set your Goals with Fitness Inside & Out

Set your health and fitness goals for 2012 with Fitness Inside & Out personal training and fitness center. Our services include fitness assessments, personal training, and post rehab training in a private studio setting.

We specialize in injury prevention. Working with a personal trainer can give you the motivation and accountability you need.

Our trainers have bachelor's and master's degrees in health science fields and we have experience in clinical settings and with clients who've had total knee and total hip replacements and numerous sports injuries.

Call 649-7181 or email to schedule an appointment. 

Fitness Inside & Out launches Specific Carbohydrate Diet cooking class for Crohns, Colitis and anti-inflammatory conditions

Fitness Inside & Out has opened registration for a cooking class on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet, also known as the SCD diet, has helped thousands of suffers of Crohn's, Colitis, IBS and autism. The diet is a gluten free, grain free, lactose free diet with no processed foods or chemical preservatives. Our class at Fitness Inside & Out further focuses on whole foods cooking tehcniques. The diet, although very different from the standard American diet, is nutrient dense and healthy for the whole family, particualry anyone with an auto-immune or inflammatory condition.

At the class, you'll learn how to make super-charged homemade probiotic yogurt that contains virtually no lactose. It's got healing properties that help to re-colonize the gut with healthy flora, and it's great for anyone who is coming off antibiotics or steroids. You'll also learn how to make homemade healing bone broths, an art lost on many modern cooks. 

At the class, you'll learn about the science behind the diet, online resources and support groups,  ingredient sources and you'll get some great recipes and kid-friendly, on-the-go food ideas. We'll teach you how to get started and also how you can establish cooking routines to adjust to this "slow food" way of cooking and meal prep.

For more information on the class, email or call Fitness Inside & Out at 649-7181. The first class is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. We are a Crohn's family and we want to share what we've learned to benefit others who have this difficult disease.


Snow Pea and Avocado Slaw Recipe

Snow pea salad 



Thinly slice 10 ounces snow peas lengthwise. Toss with 2 thinly sliced celery ribs and some toasted walnuts. Dress with olive oil and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Gently stir in a thinly sliced avocado and minced chives.

Vary it to what you like.  You can use cabbage or mixed greens as well.  If you want you can add chicken, black beans, or garbonzo beans (chick peas) for more protein.

To roast the walnuts place in a saute pan on medium heat till the start to change in color (one to two minutes).  Do the same with sliced almonds or sesame seeds.

Receipe  from Cooking Light modified by Mike Edwards


Citrus Salmon with Garlic Greens Recipe



2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
4 (6-ounce)  wild salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick)
Olive oil, coconut oil, or safflower oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 (10-ounce) packages fresh spinach
1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced (optional)

Combine first 3 ingredients in a zip-top plastic bag; add salmon. Seal bag; marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 475°.
Remove fillets from bag, and discard marinade. Place the fillets, skin sides down, in a shallow roasting pan coated with oil; cook at 475° for 13 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add garlic, salt, and one package of spinach; sauté 1 minute or until spinach wilts. Add remaining spinach, and cook 2 minutes or until the spinach wilts, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; toss with rice vinegar. Arrange 2/3 cup spinach mixture on each of 4 plates; add 1 salmon fillet. Garnish with onions, if desired.

Recipe from cooking light with modifications Mike Edwards

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Mayo Clinic-Strength vs Aging Study

Studies have found that only about 30 percent of the difference in strength between young adults and older adults is due to aging.  A decline in physical activity is responsible for around 70 percent of the strength people lose.  The good news is that if it has already occured, the loss can be regained.  Older adults often experience remarkable improvement in strength within weeks or months of starting a strength training program, according to the Mayo Clinic.

According to th study: Muscles are responsible for every movement you make, and stronger muscles make it easier to live a full and productive life.  Strong muscles influence your health in other ways.  For example strength training can improve bone health, promote weight control, reduce risk of injury, alleviate back or arthritis pain, promote diabetes control, and improve cognition.

That is where the benefit of a trainer comes in.  People tend to start an exercise program and then tend to not modify it or reconize the areas that need to be emphasized.  A personal trainer at Fitness Inside & Out will evaluate your strength and endurance and also your flexibility and balance.  A personal trainer is able to adapt your exercise routine to your various conditions to improve your overall health.


Naples Junior Tennis Update on Josh Dancu and Brett Clark

The Barrion Collier boys tennis team won states this year making it five out of the last seven years.  They will return the same team next year to defend their title.  Brett Clark played number one for the team.  In addition to winning the team title he took home state titles in singles and doubles.  In the finals he beat senior Josh Dancu from Naples High.  Josh will be attending Depaul in the fall on a full scholarship.  Josh and Brett both have trained at Fitness Inside & Out on footwork, agility, and strength.  Brett has also won the Florida State close and the Boys 18s Bush Florida Open this summer.

One player not on the Barrion Collier team this year was Bjorn Fratangelo.  The 17 year old has been playing in satellite tournaments against former college players playing professionally.  He won the boys French Open making him the first American to win the title since John McEnroe in 1977.  He will also Clark tennis compete in the boys U.S. Open.  If you get a chance check out the boys team next Spring.

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