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…}

How to Use the Six Stages of Behavioral Change

I have a lot of empathy and respect for my training clients who are navigating their chosen path of change. That’s because it’s very common to get stuck when you’re trying to make a change – change is not always easy. How do people make meaningful, long-lasting changes to their health, body, or fitness level? Behavioral change was the subject of an outstanding session at FitSocial 13 by Dr. Denise McGuire, a licensed psychologist at the University of Colorado Center for Integrative Medicine. {Read More…}

7 Stepping Stones to Body Love

Long before images of perfect, six-pack abs and lithe, youthful actresses dominated the media, women were terribly hard on themselves. It continues today, maybe more so than ever: If our bodies don’t meet our stringent personal or cultural standards, we indulge an ongoing internal flogging: “I hate my legs.” “I’m so fat. I’m disgusting.” “I can’t even fit into my clothes. I hate my body.” As a trainer and coach I hear comments like these often, and I always flinch {Read More…}

Of Self-Doubt and Forging Ahead (and Happy 3rd Blogiversary)

If you’re looking for positives about getting older, you may not see them until you’re actually there. I knew I was suffering badly during my 20’s, but it’s only now that I can look back and see how far I’ve come. I was a late bloomer; I didn’t develop true self-confidence until after I had my daughter and returned to strength training. My wiser, broader perspective made me realize that  comparing myself to others is a losing game. While competing can be {Read More…}

Muscle Motivation: The Integrity of Self

Today I begin a new series, Muscle Motivation, that will talk about how to GO with your goals. When you encounter someone with genuine integrity, it can be a beautiful, enriching experience. You feel gratitude for the experience, almost like it was a gift. But integrity is a highly valued quality and for another reason too: Lack of integrity can hurt people. It ruins trust and creates a harsher world where we have to cater to the lowest common denominator. I {Read More…}

A Plea for This Holiday Season: Live in This Moment

I noticed it yesterday when I was out and about shopping: People with palatable tension, pushing carts a bit faster; annoyed faces; drivers with less patience; and a sense that I was in certain people’s way as I went about my business. It’s the holiday season – a time when everyone seems pissed off, in a hurry, and intolerant. Everyone’s rushing around trying to prepare the perfect holiday experience. People with too much on their calendars. Working, taking care of {Read More…}