Is Training for Aesthetics a “Good” Goal?

Lately I’ve noticed that while it seems ok for guys to work towards bigger biceps and quads, if a woman train for aesthetics it’s a “slippery slope” of self-loathing and failure. I  call this training-for-aesthetics shaming, which raises the ire of those more concerned with body acceptance than body sculpting. It also wrankles people who believe you should only train to increase performance or functional movement. After I wrote this post I took the longest pee of my life; obviously I feel passionate about the issue because this entire {Read More…}

The Woman’s Guide to Beating Gym Intimidation

I was about to approach the squat rack when I felt it in my gut: gym intimidation. Wut! Me?! Now, I haven’t felt intimidated in the weight room for many years. And as someone with a little brother growing up, I have a built-in fiesty disposition. But then, out of nowhere, a gnawing insecurity gripped me. I needed to approach a rack near a group of guys shooting the bull. This feeling surprised me big time. So I consciously thought to myself, “What the hell? You got this. They’re {Read More…}

Women Empowered by the Iron OWN It

A turning point in my life was when I became a fan of other women instead of their competitor. This happened more recently than I like to admit. I spent many years overwhelmed with insecurity and doubt that turned outward as hot envy and judgment. I hardly ever think of that time now; I’m a vastly different woman. But I can still remember its wretched hold over me. Who’s That Girl? One day, as I sat in my car waiting for the crosswalk to clear, a woman caught my eye as she walked by. {Read More…}

3 Powerful Mindset Shifts for Achieving an Enviable Physique

You’re pumped and your motivation is high. This time you’ll lose the weight. This time you’ll build muscle you can be proud of. If this is all you’ve got, you’ll fail. Why? Because mindset. A powerful mindset is a long-term pattern of thinking that leads to success, not just initial excitement that inevitably wears off. A powerful mindset is required to get to your goals. And mindset is often completely ignored in fitness/nutrition programs. When you feel powerfully successful every day, you’ll get powerful results. High hopes and feeling {Read More…}

Stay Strong Despite Muscle Naysayers

Last week I talked about allowing each other to embrace our desire to look hot. It might seem obvious, but there’s a lot of pushback around training for aesthetics. If you feel comfortable admitting that you do, great – you haven’t bought into the “movements, not muscles” dogma. But these days, there’s so many voices in the fitness world dictating what we should be doing when we need to train in ways that are best for us. There’s also a lot {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Strength Training Mindfully for the Best Progress

Last Friday’s roundup about whether strength training should be gender-specific drew some interesting comments. I’m enjoying the in-depth conversations right here on da blog. This week I’m asking you to think about your training a little differently. I’m also sharing my own thought process about making progress in a long-stagnant area to show you how you can do the same. Why You Doin’ That? It may seem obvious, but unless you have a personal trainer looking out for your goals, you’ve got {Read More…}