Age Is Just A Number – Or Is It?

When I mentioned my age on my Facebook page the other day, people’s reactions reminded me of something pretty significant: I have never talked about my age since creating Workout Nirvana back in 2010. This was actually the first time. Rejecting age talk hasn’t been an oversight on my part. It’s been a conscious decision, a mindset, evolved from experiences in my early twenties, when ironically, I felt that I was always the oldest person in the room. My perception of always being the oldest {Read More…}

Starting Over After A Training Layoff: One Year Later

I just realized that it’s been one year since I returned to training after my surgeries.  Wow. Returning to strength training wasn’t a seamless sort of thing. No “Bam, it’s time to lift heavy again.” After four months without heavy lifting, it took weeks just to feel comfortable in the gym again. Then I had to regain enough flexibility and neuromuscular control to lift heavier – much longer than I thought, actually. Coming back was a slow process. My upper body changed fundamentally after having my bilateral prophylactic mastectomy with {Read More…}

5 Clean-Eating Myths That Need To DIE

According to some players in today’s fitness world, “clean eating” is a plague. At its worst, clean eating causes people to obsessively control – and even scrub – their food. At its best, clean eating confuses innocent bystanders, because what even is “clean” or “dirty” food, anyway? Don’t get me wrong, soothes the critic. I believe in eating mostly whole, minimally processed food. But people need FLEXIBILITY in their diets, not rigidity. But clean eating – the way I interpret {Read More…}

How Obesity Deceives Us

You could say I’ve been living in a bubble. During a recent visit to Walt Disney World in Orlando, I was completely taken aback that the majority of visitors were very overweight. The obesity crisis up close and personal for a naive Coloradan. Statistics estimate that 69% of American adults are either obese or overweight [1]. But here in Colorado, where only 16.4% of adults are inactive and 21.3% are obese [1], our general population is closer to their ideal body weight. And although I’m a personal trainer, the {Read More…}

Title Nine Fit Fest For A Better Fitting Bra

About a year ago, I was invited to the Title Nine Fit Fest, which hosts local bloggers for a bra fitting, a complimentary bra, and a bra to give away. Public parties with Title Nine “bravangelists” follow soon after the blogger event. I wanted to go so bad. But more than a little ironically, I had just undergone a double prophylactic mastectomy. I couldn’t even get my arms over my head, much less try on numerous sports bras. I also had no idea what my final bra size {Read More…}

Why Booty Building Is Highly Individual (And Contributes to World Peace)

Being the deep thinker that I am, I theorize that booty building is hot right now because it’s attainable. Anyone can build a tighter, perkier tush using strength training or even bodyweight training. Booty building can change the way your pants fit exponentially and also give you a decent self-confidence boost, if not outright increase your self-esteem. (That might ruffle a few tail feathers, but who cares. The fact is, booty building is great fun. And if everyone had more fun, the world would {Read More…}

The Most Overlooked Way To Get Freaky Muscle Definition

Ginny is a 41-year-old client of mine who loves lifting and has developed a strong, athletic body in the last eight months. She’s proud of doing four unassisted pull ups (so far) and gaining five pounds of lean muscle mass. Ginny enjoys a good slice of pizza and piece of chocolate now and then, but she knows how to eat clean and usually does. But what’s still missing for Ginny is the holy grail of a lean, muscular physique: Freaky sculpted muscle definition that shouts feminine and athletic at the same time. What’s holding Ginny back? {Read More…}

How To Tell If You’re Losing Fat or Muscle

You hop on the scale and it’s down – YES! But slow down, mama. How can you be sure you lost FAT and not MUSCLE? If you’re thinking, “Who cares? The scale went down!” then we need to talk. You really don’t want to lose muscle while you’re cutting calories. Muscle is metabolically active tissue and can make you a fat-burning machine. If we don’t use it, we DO lose it. Plus muscle is just beautiful, you know? It shapes and sculpts your body and helps {Read More…}

Sorry I’m Not Sorry If You Hate Goals

Lately, it seems all the rage to diss fitness goals, of all things. “Don’t set goals – you’ll feel like a failure when you don’t reach them!” “Don’t set goals – they’ll kill your motivation!” One article even argued that long-term goals cause you to “define your limitations.” So, for example, if you set a goal to run a sub-3:30 marathon and end up doing better, you’ve “sold yourself short.” If you do worse than that, you’re disappointed. Bam? In a Periscope broadcast I happened upon, a well-known coach explained {Read More…}

7 Ways To Elevate Your Strength-Training Gains In 2016

Learn how to rock your most chiseled, strong physique that screams sexy athleticism in 2016 with these 7 pillars of strength-training gains.