Archives for December 2013

Your Training Year: Looking Back Before You Look Ahead

Does it make you squirm trying to remember where you started last year? If so, I’m curious about that. It’s a little uncomfortable, isn’t it… you’ve increased your strength (or muscle, etc.) but you can’t be sure how much. Or you haven’t made much progress and you’re not sure why. Making new goals (or resolutions, if you dig that) means looking back first. How’d you do this year? If you did set goals and didn’t reach them, did your priorities change, did {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Is Designing Your Own Training Program Safe?

In this week’s roundup I’m answering a reader question that relates to last week’s article, Exercising vs. Training Programs. As a sidenote, this weekly feature will soon move to my subscriber newsletter. In coming months I’ll also be creating valuable podcasts and videos for subscribers. So if you haven’t already, be sure to enter your name and best email in the green box to the right. Now on to the insightful question asked by Kathleen: “Hey Suzanne! Thanks for this great {Read More…}

Living Gluten-Free as an Athlete [Guest Post by @LCCotter]

Today I’m excited to have gluten-free expert and blogging buddy Lindsay Cotter here on workoutnirvana.com. I’m not gluten-free myself, but I’m sensitive to gluten and have started reducing it. Take a look at Lindsay’s in-depth knowledge about how to work around gluten! ____________ G’day! I’m Lindsay (aka James’ wife) from Cotter Crunch. I am a gluten-free blogger, pro triathlete’s wife (aka the Sherpa), nutrition manager, and yada yada yada. So many titles, should make for some interesting posts, right? Well, {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Exercising vs. Training Programs

If you’re out and about and people steal glances at your physique, you’re probably following a training program. If you struggle with achieving standout muscle definition or building strength, you’re still plugging away with random exercises. If you’ve ever looked back over old workout logs and been amazed by how far you’ve come, you’re following a training program. If you’re confounded about how to progress your goals, you’re still stringing exercises together hoping for results. This week I saw a controversial {Read More…}

Your Guide to Bloating: Causes and Remedies

“She’s writing about bloating, of all things,” said my nine-year-old when she saw this article. Yes… yes I am. Bloating isn’t a popular topic of conversation, but it has more than likely been on your mind at some point or another. If you experience chronic bloating, you’re probably looking for answers, because you spend a lot of time feeling lethargic, heavy, and crampy. And if you’re not bloated at least occasionally, I hate you. Frankly, the emotional cost of belly distention {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Favorite Exercise of the Week and Gluten-Almost-Free

I’ve been crushing it with comprehensive articles on da blog lately, so take a look at what’s been happening this week! Favorite Exercise of the Week One of my favorite core exercises is the kneeling ab roller. This VERY challenging exercise is one of the top movements for recruiting abdominal muscle activity, according to a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). It’s one of the ONLY pieces of ab equipment I’ll ever recommend. It’s inexpensive and effective. If you’re {Read More…}