Weightlifting Ideas to Pump Excitement into Your Recovery Week

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Ever since I started periodizing my training, I’ve had to grapple with entire weeks of backing off the weights. As those who lift smartly know, you can’t go hard every single day. There need to be lighter intensity weeks cycled in so that your joints can recover from the stress of hard training. I went hard nonstop for years because I hate backing off the weights. Having to lift lighter during my usual routine makes it very hard for me {Read More…}

4 Questions to Ask Before You Take Fitness or Diet Advice

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“There’s more than one answer to these questions pointing me in crooked line.  The less I seek my source for some definitive  The closer I am to fine.” ~Indigo Girls, Closer to Fine Since basically anyone can dispense advice on their blog, social media, publications, or TV, everyone’s a fitness and nutrition “expert.” Admittedly, I don’t see a lot of the really poor sources because I’m very particular about where I get my information. But I know it’s out there; {Read More…}

Making Clean Eating Work for You, Not the Other Way Around

A "clean eating" meal to me: And yes, I ate the bread

I’ve been watching different interpretations of the phrase “clean eating” and scratching my head a bit.  Clean eating has more interpretations than many other “diets” out there, and I like to think that’s because it’s is an eating lifestyle, not a diet. But are you making clean eating work for you rather than trying to change your life for clean eating? And are you confused by what eating clean is, exactly? Over at the Gracious Pantry, recipes like “Clean Eating {Read More…}

Looking Great Naked: Interview with JC Deen of JCDFitness

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I’m particular about who I listen to when it comes to fitness and nutrition. If a fitness pro is smart, experienced, and can write, then they have my attention. If they’re up on the latest research, I’m listening even more. If they have strong opinions this is good as well, as long as they’re open-minded. But when someone I listen to is also generous and accessible, I respect their opinions even more. My friend and popular strength expert JC Deen {Read More…}