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…}

Eyes on the Prize (Part 2): Secret Rituals of Muscle Building Women

While I was in nirvana last week, doing my weightlifting thing after a four-month layoff, all the subtle techniques (or rituals – I hate the word rules) I use to get results kept popping into my head. Guys ingrained in the lifting culture already know these rituals, but for us, these training subtleties can seem mysterious and unnatural. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do them; we just need to validate the fact that women need muscle-building rituals too. These rituals aren’t optional for building muscle and strength, {Read More…}

Training Lies: Use 3-5 Pound Weights for Muscle Definition!

Ugh! I came across this video awhile back that not only had me aghast but barfing all over my desk. I just can’t overstate the ludicrous nature of this “celebrity workout,” which uses baby weights and a nice dose of male condescension. According to celebrity trainer Steve Moyer, actress Zoe Saldana gets her slim, “toned” body by lifting no more than 3-5 pound weights and a microscopic resistance band. Thankfully, Moyer says Zoe is a “model” client – that is, she does what’s she’s {Read More…}

Why Owning It Is Critical to Aesthetic Goals

Something that will put a pit in my stomach every time is watching a woman downplay her assets, sell herself short, or put her true desires under wraps in an effort to avoid subtle shaming about her goals, aspirations, or body. That’s why I talked about training-for-aesthetics shaming in a previous, passionate post. All this has me thinking about why owning it is a huge, non-negotiable part of getting fantastic results and staying motivated when it comes to strength training for women. In and of itself, I still maintain that training for aesthetics is a {Read More…}

Strength Training for Beginners [Video]

You’ve heard that strength training can help you lose weight. But what exercises should you do? Should you eat differently? How can you stay motivated to learn this whole new way of using your body? I answered these questions and much more in a video workshop with Sam Lomeli’s TipsOfTheScale.com community last week. Check it out: You may also be interested in the podcast interview I did with Sam last year about weight loss and strength training. Questions about how to get started with strength training? Visit {Read More…}