How To Strength Train After A Mastectomy

It had been about six months since my breast reconstruction surgery and bilateral prophylactic mastectomy. I was at the gym, following an old training program I wrote. Back to training for months, I’d mostly avoided chest training until recently. I glanced down to see which exercise was up next: Push-ups. I felt a little flutter in my stomach and made a spur-of-the-moment decision: I would try push-ups this time instead of skipping them. Since it would suck to lower myself down and choke at the {Read More…}

And the Winner of the Rubberbanditz Giveaway Is…

I’m happy to announce the winner of my Rubberbanditz pull-up bands giveaway!  ** Amie Whitlock from Amherst, New York ** Amie says she is going to rock getting to pull ups with her new bands. I believe it – in my experience, pull-up bands help you push yourself like an assisted machine will not. Rubberbanditz is a great company and I trust their bands to be high quality. Thanks to owner Ari Zandman-Zeman for sponsoring this giveaway. Be sure to Sign up {Read More…}

Giveaway! Rubberbanditz Pull-up Bands

[Giveaway closed! Thanks to everyone who entered. See the winner here.] Pull ups will give you an athletic, strong back faster than any other exercise. They’ll also give you a badass self-confidence bump! But why can so few already-fit people do them? Getting to unassisted pull ups is all in the methodology, and I strongly believe the best way is by using pull-up bands. I know this firsthand as I’ve increased my pull ups to EIGHT and watched my clients crank out pull ups in {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Better Bent-over Rows and 21’s

In this week’s roundup I’m sharing a few exercise videos that will help you rock your workouts. It’s not unusual to find reputable-looking videos demonstrating extremely poor form. That’s because a huge majority of exercise videos suck. It’s not just that they’re poorly made; many videos teach improper technique. At best, following their advice can slow down your progress. At worst, it can cause you to hurt yourself. Before I show you my favorite bent-over rows video and bonus technique for overloading your {Read More…}

How to Get to Pull ups Faster Using Bands

When I tell clients we’ll be doing pull ups, they’re almost always excited. There’s something empowering about actually raising your body through space using your own strength – unassisted. That’s why I use pull-up bands with clients… to get them there more quickly and reliably. What is a pull up exactly? It’s a compound upper-body movement in which you hold a bar with your hands and pull up until your chin moves past the bar. In this way, pull ups {Read More…}

The How-to Guide for Pull ups (Guest Video) by @leanmusclematt

Pull-ups are one of those exercises that everyone wants to do but few can. Why? Because pull-ups require a lot of upper-body strength and are best worked up to using small steps. So I was excited when my friend and fellow fitoholic Lean Muscle Matt created this how-to video on how to rock them. Check out his tips – and let me know how you’re doing! Matt is a Certified Public Accountant and blogging fitness freak. After starting his fitness {Read More…}