Jen Weir

I'm a lover of all things outdoors and fitness -- inspiration for my work. I hold a B.S. in Exercise Science, am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, an ACE-Functional Training Specialist and also maintain a Personal Trainer Certification. I own and operate Front Range Fitness & Health Coaching where I offer coaching in-person and online to help clients conquer their mountains (metaphorical and literal). I am Montana born and raised and strive to spend every spare minute enjoying all this big beautiful state has to offer with my adventurous little family.

5 Knots Every Adventurer Should Know

Make tying down or hanging up a cinch with this basic knot guide. By now, most of us know how to tie our shoes and, for some, that’s as far as our “tying” knowledge goes. If you’re OK with this limitation, it’s cool with me; but if you’re tired of losing gear or having your slackline abruptly hit the ground, I’ve got you covered. Because knots aren’t just for Boy Scouts, climbers, and sailors, I’ve rounded up (what I consider to be) the top five basic knots every adventurer needs to know. Perfe

Hike Jones Creek

The Jones Creek hike is gorgeous no matter which way you turn -- as you meander through a gorgeous green and forested valley, you're surrounded by peaks on all sides. The trail head to Jones Creeks is just off of Teton River Road (the road that takes you up to Teton Pass Ski Area) and is marked with a sign, however it's only visible when you're coming down from Teton Pass. If you miss the sign, keep in mind it's about two miles past the Cave Mountain Forest Service campground. Aside from a camp

Run the Glacier Half Marathon

Whether you like to run or hate it, the Glacier Half Marathon is an experience you won't soon forget. I've ran a handful of half marathons, but the Glacier Half is, by far, my favorite. The jaw-dropping scenery was enough to keep me distracted from the pain my body was enduring. Not only was the race itself amazing, but the race expo the day before is an experience that will not soon leave my mind -- the Blackfeet Nation put on an impressive dance exhibition prior to race check-in. This

4 Exercises to Prepare You for Ski Season

In a few parts of the country winter has arrived and Mother Nature has been busy laying down some solid base. If it hasn't reached you yet, you know it's just a matter of time until you'll be clipping into your bindings and immersing your tips into some sweet, sweet #powpow. Before you hit the slopes this year, I'd like to recommend a few mobility exercises to prep your knees and hips. The knee is a very common site of injury among skiers, particularly the ACL and MCL. And while the hips are

Earn Your Turkey: 5 Ways to Get Outside and Move More for your Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving is a time of gluttony, football, family arguments and naps. If you're good with this, keep on truckin'. If you're tired of feeling like a bloated zombie, maybe it's time for a change. After all, while Thanksgiving revolves around good food, we need to remember what the holiday is all about; family, friends, a good beer or two and maybe even a little time spent feeling thankful. Rather than binging, yet again, earn your turkey this year -- get outside and move your body.

Winter Fitness: The 7 Best Stretches For After A Day On The Slopes

Whether you’re a backcountry thrill seeker or you spend most of your time on the magic carpet, stretching after a day on the mountain is a good idea for any skier or snowboarder. Stretching is often overlooked and underappreciated. The thing is, it’s pretty darn important. For starters, stretching improves blood flow, getting rid of metabolic waste and delivering more oxygen and nutrients, which means you might not be as sore in the morning as you otherwise would’ve been. Second, stretching

Winter Fitness: 7 Exercises To Prepare You For Ski Season

With ski season already underway in many parts of the country, if you haven’t already, it’s time to get that body slope-ready. Some outdoor enthusiasts have no problem transitioning from one season to the next – after all, if you’re already in backpacking shape, you should be able to snap into a pair of skis without a problem. But if the snow is late coming or you’ve just been couch surfing for the last month or two, consider taking some time to prep those neglected muscles for ski season. It’ll

Winter Fitness: 7 Tips For Running This Winter

There are a lot of fair weather runners out there – taking up residency on a treadmill from the time the first snow falls until the last one has fully melted into the greening spring ground. Then there are those runners who, come hell, high water, or a snowpocalypse, are lacing up to head out for a run, even if that means post-holing it through waist-high drifts the entire time. Whether you’re looking to become a full-on badass winter runner or you’re just looking to spice up your outdoor workou

6 Tips For Hiking With A Bun In The Oven

When you’re expecting, there are several activities you must abstain from – things like keg stands, hang gliding and water boarding are frowned upon. Thankfully, hiking is something you can enjoy right up until D-day and is even a useful tool for getting things moving when baby doesn’t want to come out. Get out and enjoy the trail while you can, following these tips to keep you and your little bambino safe and comfortable. You’ve never experienced hangry until you’ve seen a pregnant woman in a

6 Reasons Why A Post-Hike Beer Can Actually Be Good For You

You know those times when you’ve spent all day on the trail – you’re exhausted, starving, parched and all you want is a cold one? While many of us wouldn’t think twice about enjoying that glorious nectar, some of you more health-conscious individuals may feel obligated to opt for water or Gatorade instead -- it’s alright, I’ll twist your arm. If beer isn't for you, all the power to you. But for the rest of us, here are six reasons why you should consider indulging in a beer (or two) after your n

10 Tips To Keep Your Feet Trail-Ready

Aside from swarms of mosquitos or an encounter with Sasquatch, nothing can ruin a hike or backpacking trip like sore, blistered feet. Have you ever heard of the 6 P’s - Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance? On the trail this couldn’t be more true - slowly hobbling down the trail will make for a long, miserable trip, not to mention increase your risk of a more serious injury. If you’re planning an excursion up the trail, give your feet a fighting chance with a few tried and true tips

7 Core Training Exercises For The Everyday Adventurer

Your core is the central hub of all movement – the muscles of your torso and hips work together to transfer energy throughout your body. A stable core will improve dynamic stability of the back, hips and legs. You'll also be more aware of your body position and posture while running, hiking, climbing, slacklining or doing whatever it is you love to do. To put it simply, a weak midsection is no bueno. Poor core strength can provoke unnecessary and inefficient movement in other parts of the body,

12 Tips For Hiking Safely In Bear Country

While most bears do their best to avoid the people traipsing around their back yard, every time you embark on an adventure into bear country you’re opening the door for a bear encounter. Bears are naturally afraid of humans, but as the lines between bears and humans become less defined, bears become more audacious in our presence. This is especially true in areas where they’re accustomed to seeing us, like hiking trails. Aside from always packing your bear spray, there are a few other precaution

6 Tips For Hiking With Young Kids

Kids are awesome – they fill your heart with joy, keep your life interesting, and even wake you up in the middle of the night just to see how you’re doing. Despite these undeniable perks, kids also have the potential to put a damper on your outdoor pursuits. You’ve likely noticed, as your brood grows, your outings occur less frequently. Rather than using your kids as an excuse not to get out, load them up and show them a thing or two about the great outdoors. Before you hit the trails, do your k

Winter Fitness: 5 Awesome Lunch Break Workout Ideas

Lunch break...those beautiful 30 to 60 minutes that signify your work day is halfway over and you’re that much closer to escaping the confines of your office. If you’re looking for a way to fill this time with some sweat-inducing action, but don’t have the time or desire to hit the gym, experiment with a few of these ideas. Get in some mid-day movement that will strengthen your body and mind but mainly just take the opportunity to get outside and break up the monotony of the work day.

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Carry Whiskey In Your Pack

When you’re gearing up for your next adventure and organizing your pack, you may want to consider making room for one more item – a flask of whiskey. It’s not only handy to have for an impromptu mountain party (or working up the courage to wrestle with Sasquatch or talk to that hottie you passed earlier on the trail), but whiskey could also be your saving grace if you find yourself up a creek, so to speak. Aside from its recreational qualities, whiskey has a few, more practical, applications.

5 Reasons Why You Should Try Snowshoeing

Bored of the same old winter routine? Has cabin fever set in and left you desperately searching for an escape? Perhaps snowshoeing may be the cure for your winter woes. Not only is it a ton of fun, it also gives you an excuse to pack a flask of warm-up whiskey. If that's not enough, here are five more reasons you should try snowshoeing: When winter rolls around, it can be tempting to make like a bear and hibernate (powder hounds excluded, of course), but those cold-weather days are some of the
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