Barbell Front Squat with Crossed-Arm Grip (“Genie” Grip)

If you want to sculpt your quads and build lower-body strength, barbell front squats will do the job like no other strength-training exercise. But two things can stop women from doing them: (1) wrist discomfort and (2) intimidation. That’s why I suggest the barbell front squat with crossed-arm grip (or “genie” grip). Typically, you’ll see the wrist-extended clean grip used for barbell front squats (palms facing upwards). But the clean grip adds a technical, awkward dimension that beginners may not be ready for. And if you have joint or bone issues, bending your wrists backwards {Read More…}

Glute Training with Eccentric Barbell Hip Thrusts

Welcome! Obsessed with getting standout muscle definition? Subscribe to blog updates and you’ll receive my muscle-sculpting ebook – it’s FREE! The first time I tried eccentric barbell hip thrusts, I experienced an intense glute pump unlike any other. That’s no surprise, given the hypertrophic benefits of eccentric training. Eccentric barbell hip thrusts are performed by lowering the weight slowly to maintain constant tension in the glutes. With non-eccentric hip thrusts, you push up forcefully, contract the glutes hard at the top, and quickly lower the weight. This method is all {Read More…}

Dynamic Warm-Up Exercise for Upper-Back Mobility

Do you find yourself leaning forward too much during squats or unable to go heavier with deadlifts? Or do you suffer from ongoing neck and shoulder pain? These could all be signs that you lack good upper-back mobility, a common problem for anyone who works at a computer. If your weightlifting warm up amounts to doing a few light sets before your working set, you could be missing out on improved performance, mobility, and injury prevention. But a quick, full {Read More…}

Motivation Minute Ep 11: Releasing Perfectionism and Fear

Welcome! Need a mentor to rock better results with weights and clean eating? If you want even more motivational, lifting, and clean eating resources, plus my muscle-sculpting ebook, sign up for email updates.  Thanks for stopping by! In this week’s video Motivation Minute: One the main reasons we don’t start – or we quit – is because of perfectionism. But perfectionism is just a mask for fear. See how to change your perception and rise to the potential you know you have. {Read More…}

Motivation Minute Ep 10: 2 Ways to Reach Your Full Strength Training Potential

Welcome! Need a mentor to rock better results with weights and clean eating? Stay updated on blog posts and get a copy of my free muscle-sculpting e-book by subscribing. Thanks for stopping by! In this week’s video Motivation Minute: If I could share only TWO WAYS of increasing your strength training potential – and thus your beautiful RESULTS – it would be these. And trust me, they must be pretty important if they’re my top two. Also, check out the links below for more articles on {Read More…}

Changing Your Mind To Build Muscle And Strength

The women I coach almost never see the it coming. They think they’ll change their bodies by following the program I give them, and they’re right. But that only happens after they change their minds. How important are your core attitudes around food and lifting? It’s this simple: If you doubt yourself, you will not build muscle and strength (or lose weight or whatever). If you question whether you can really eat more for muscle without gaining weight, you will never eat enough. If you fear hurting yourself and thus stick with {Read More…}

Motivation Ep 9: Thinking Small to Get Stronger

Welcome! Need a mentor to rock better results with weights and clean eating? Stay up to date on blog posts and get tips I only share with my newsletter subscribers. Thanks for stopping by! In this week’s Motivation Minute, I want you to think small and look at the hidden reason you can’t get stronger. After you watch my one-minute video, check out the links below for more articles on this topic. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get the latest uploads! Check out these articles {Read More…}

5 Tips for Returning to Strength Training After a Mastectomy

If you’re a woman who lifts weights and find yourself faced with having a mastectomy, you’ll have a lot of research and reading to do. So for Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to share the top five things I wish I’d known as a woman who strength trains and has had a prophylactic double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in March and May of 2015, respectively. When considering these surgeries, of course I was not happy about the prospect of losing muscle and enduring a {Read More…}

Motivation Minute Ep 8: Doing Less Work to Build Muscle

Welcome! Need a mentor to rock better results with weights and clean eating? Stay up to date on blog posts and get tips I only share with my newsletter subscribers. Thanks for stopping by! If you’re frustrated with your muscle-building progress, you may be doing too much work. Learn the two concepts that are essential to building a sculpted, lean physique in this week’s Motivation Minute. Check out the articles below to help forward your knowledge. Check out these articles to learn more about volume and recovery: Weightlifting {Read More…}

How I Lowered My Cholesterol With Lifestyle Tweaks

In the last three months I’ve tweaked my lifestyle in a personal challenge to decrease my cholesterol. The results are in, and yow! Changing your lifestyle really can work. Here’s how I did it and how you can decrease your risk of coronary heart disease, even if you don’t have high cholesterol. Given my healthy lifestyle, I’m pretty sure my high cholesterol is due to genetics (both my parents have high cholesterol). I’ve had high cholesterol since my twenties, varying between borderline high and high. It’s {Read More…}