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Tracy L. Markley has been working and studying in the fitness industry for over 20 years. She is the owner of Tracy's Personal Training Fitness, Pilates & Yoga Studio. Previously, in Huntington Beach California for 17 years and re-located to Oregon in 2013. She is a Certified Health Fitness Specialist, Personal Trainer, Dance & Group Exercise Leader, Fitness & Nutrition, Biomechanics Specialist, AFAA Group Exercise Examiner, BOSU Master Trainer, FiTOUR Pro-Trainer, as well as a Pilates and Yoga Instructor. In November 2017, She published her first book, "The Stroke of an Artist" The Journey of a Fitness Trainer and a Stroke Survivor. Her work and book has been Nationally Recognized. Her second book, "Tipping Toward Balance" A Fitness Trainer's Guide to Stability and Walking, published in March of 2018.

How many books have you written? If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy?

I have written and published two books. “The Stroke of an Artist, The Journey of a Fitness Trainer and a Stroke Survivor was my first book. It published November or 2017. This book, Tipping Toward Balance, published March 2018. They are great companion books of each other.

Tell us a little about your book.

In this book I share eight exercises and the reasons why they have helped clients regain their balance. These particular exercises have helped clients stop tripping and falling and to regain the ability to feel safe in movement again. I also share some short stories of clients who all have various reasons for losing their balance. A range of personal and specific factors may play a role in the body’s balance and walking gait as they become off-kilter. This leaves people feeling unsafe in their movements, which, in turn, causes the walking gait to change and slow down because they feel out of balance or unstable. At this point, individuals may find themselves tripping often and/or falling down. At any age, but often as we get older, the body can become weaker. That can be due to illness, lack of exercise, neurological challenges or a diagnosed condition. In many of these cases, the body begins to move more slowly. You can feel unsafe in everyday movements, even just walking. The center of the body, known as the core, must be built up in strength for the rest of the body to be able to perform movements at their best. Frequently, building core strength is thought to be achievable only when you get down on the floor and do crunches. Many clients with weakness or stability issues do not feel safe getting down to the floor. Consequently, that leaves them thinking it is a lost cause to attempt to strengthen the core muscles. Thankfully, this is not the truth ...

Did you have an editor edit your books?

Yes I did.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer printed books on paper. I don’t like to read off the electronic devices, but I do love audible books. One of my books is in audible too.

Where do you prefer to buy your books?

Anywhere, but I love book stores.

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author?

Yes I self published on create space

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?

Yes always. I write in whatever I am comfortable in.

What are your pet peeves?

My pet peeves are when people interrupt to talk before I am done with a sentence, especially those who like to give advice before I even finish what I am saying they feel they need to offer advice too. They end of advising and conversing in a illusion of what they think I am saying instead of being quiet and listening completely. It annoys me very much.

Pick one - Wine, Chocolate or shoes?

Chocolate with nuts.

Cats or dogs?

I love cats and dogs. I have had them both. At the moment I only have my 1 dog and he is the best.

What is your favorite food and beverage?

I love sushi and sake.

Where can your readers stalk you?

Ha, funny question. I have two websites, www.tracyspersonaltraining.com and www.tracymarkley.com one is my author site the other is my fitness studio site that also includes me as an author. My Instagram is motivate_healthyfit my twitter is tracysfitnesshb I have a facebook page for each book I have written as well as facebook.com/tracyfitt being my fitness and books combined page.

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?

My books are in kindle and paperback and my first book is also on audible, since many stroke survivors lose their skill to read.

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The books are available on Amazon: www.amazon.com.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tracysfitnesshb.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/motivate_healthyfit.

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Comment by Bobby Nash on April 30, 2018 at 8:59pm

Nice interview.

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