Approach the Bench is a lifestyle blog with an emphasis on balancing health, wellness, and fitness with fun. You’ll find healthy recipes, “treat yourself” recipes, healthy product reviews, and the occasional fitness class review. This blog also follows my personal life, so you’ll find posts about living with anxiety, my personal fitness journey, being a lawyer, raising an insane rescue dog, and my weekend adventures.

My name is Rachel, and I am a lawyer living in East Brunswick, New Jersey. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, attended college in Binghamton, New York, and then had a three-year adventure in Williamsburg, Virginia for law school.

I was a very overweight teenager, but as I got older, I discovered a passion for health and fitness, and I’ve never looked back. My health and fitness motto is to find something you like and stick with it! Results come to those who are consistent.

With Rachel Gains, I hope to inspire others to live an active, balanced lifestyle. Respecting my body and its needs has helped me gain confidence, muscle, and a positive outlook on life. I hope I can inspire someone reading this to do the same.

I am not a dietitian, I am not a fitness instructor, and I am not a therapist. Anything that I write about on this blog is just a chronicle of my own experiences, and your mileage may vary. I hope that I can inspire you to find your own version of a balanced and healthy lifestyle, but please check with a doctor before changing your fitness routine, adding new foods to your diet, or otherwise embarking on any health or fitness journey. And, of course, if you are experiencing any mental health issues, please seek professional help. Positive vibes and self-care are helpful, but they are no replacement for a mental health professional.