The “What to Wear” Dilemma Simplified

You might be surprised to learn that I don’t wear gym clothes 24/7. In fact, you may also not know that I’m a freelance writer, in addition to being a personal trainer. I need to fix up when I meet with clients to plan copywriting projects, and I like that. I enjoy clothes a great deal, actually, but I need them to move with me, not against me. For one thing, I’ve got to feel relaxed in what I wear, even at {Read More…}

The Simple Truth About Muscle And Training Mindfully

I recorded myself doing dumbbell military presses recently, and as always, I was surprised. My wrists were slightly bent, which I never would have noticed otherwise and could cause issues. When I saw the recording, I realized I needed a cue to keep my wrists neutral. “Knuckles up” does the trick, and I filed it away to be used in my next workout. This cue will be one more technique in my invisible toolbox that helps me push harder, safely. Call it {Read More…}

Why You Should Feel Like A Wimp When You Lift (At Least Sometimes)

Swagga: I feel it when I lift. I’m not sure what it looks like on the outside, but when I’m in the zone, I’m Sarah Connor, battling the Terminator and looking cool doing it. Coiled tight with exquisite tension, I’m just one breath away from unleashing devastation all around me. Pure, intoxicating nirvana. You know what I mean, right? My swagga used to be so dominant that I couldn’t stand to decrease the weight for any reason – back-off weeks, higher reps, or even injuries. I didn’t have {Read More…}

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…}

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

Your daily ritutal includes hopping on the scale, followed by excitement or disappointment. But hop off, sister. That scale doesn’t measure jack. Well, it measures one thing – how much your entire body weighs. It doesn’t measure how much fat you’ve gained or lost and it sure doesn’t tell you if you’ve lost or gained muscle. In fact, if you’ve simultaneously lost fat and gained muscle, the scale might not budge at all. Yet that’s tremendous progress! To get an accurate {Read More…}