Jimdo Spotlight: Monica Torland

With the 2012 London Olympics right around the corner, some of you will be inspired to channel that excitement and get into shape. To help you get off to a great start, we asked Monica Torland, a strength and rehab personal trainer, for a few healthy workout tips for all our Jimdo readers. Check out her site and let us know in the comments if you will be working towards being in healthier shape this summer!

Why did you become a trainer and sports therapist?

I've always wanted to work in the sport and fitness industry as this has always been one of my greatest interests. Having played semi-professional football (the kind you kick not throw) and represented my country Norway on several occasions, I realized early on the importance of the physical aspect of sport. I also had a back injury when I was 14-years-old and this highlighted the importance a good rehabilitation program plays in helping injured athlethes like myself come back to full fitness as soon as possible.


What's the most rewarding part about your work?

Without a doubt seeing people reach their goals. Everyone has different goals so this can mean winning an important match or just getting into a favorite dress before a set date. It is also great when I get to help people return to play from an injury and support them in their recovery.


What exercise tips would you give Jimdo readers?

What I believe in is actually quite boring: don’t overcomplicate things and keep your training simple! Here are my tips for Jimdo readers:

  1. Use big compound movements, NEVER compromise technique, add variety to your training, and be patient if you want long term results. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your body be!
  2. I want all women in particular to understand and appreciate that STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY. If you want to “tone up” you need to do some form of strength training. 

I see you've been blogging for quite some time, what benefits have you gotten from it?

Blogging is a great way to share your knowledge and views on training. Plus, it is also a great way to create a network with other professionals in my field of strength and conditioning training.


Why did you choose Jimdo to build your website?

Jimdo had all the features I wanted and needed in a website builder. It is user friendly, which to me was the biggest selling point. I wanted to be able to edit the website in my own time without needing too much IT knowledge. It is also easy to get in contact with anyone on the Jimdo team if I ever need any help or guidance. 

Is there anything else you'd like to share with the Jimdo community?

Training is a lifestyle. Being healthy and in good shape takes a lot of hard work, but like with everything else in this life, nothing worth fighting for is easy! Find something you enjoy, doing that is the main thing!

I wish all the sporty people out there a great Olympic Summer! Even though I want Norway to get as many medals as possible, I also wish Great Britain the best of luck :).


What will your summer training look like? Whatever it consists of, don't forget to add strength conditioning into the mix!

Ana R. Alvarado

Public Relations

Would you like to be in our next Jimdo User Spotlight? Leave us a note in the comments!

Comments: 9 (Discussion closed)

  • #1

    NewsOnSignal (Tuesday, 03 July 2012 01:02)

    I would love to be in the next spotlight. I might host one of the largest Jimdo sites EVER!

  • #2

    David Brown (Tuesday, 03 July 2012 08:50)

    I am not sure whether I qualify! However, if you visit my site at, you will be able to see if you think I do.

  • #3

    Xenonlit (Monday, 09 July 2012 21:32)

    My site is I am new to web design and have done a lot to improve my initial efforts as a book publisher. I hope that the artistic details qualify my site for a spotlight.

  • #4

    Ana R. Alvarado (Tuesday, 10 July 2012 00:12)

    @NewsOnSignal, @David Brown, & @Xenonlit: I'll take a look and get back to you :).

  • #5

    Hamilton Argueta (Wednesday, 11 July 2012 03:31)

    What else do I need to do, in order for my site to be on the Spotlight(

  • #6

    cambodia1love (Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:58)

    I'll take a look and get back to you :)

  • #7

    Ana R. Alvarado (Friday, 13 July 2012 06:03)

    Hi Hamilton!

    Thanks for inquiring. I will take a look and get back to you.

  • #8

    Costa Rica Private Investigator (Saturday, 21 July 2012 23:18)

    Monica! Nice site and we wish you the best of luck!!!!

  • #9

    Monica (Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:20)

    Thanks for the nice comment Costa Rica Private Investigator:)