How To Tell If You’re Losing Fat or Muscle

You hop on the scale and it’s down – YES! But slow down, mama. How can you be sure you lost FAT and not MUSCLE? If you’re thinking, “Who cares? The scale went down!” then we need to talk. You really don’t want to lose muscle while you’re cutting calories. Muscle is metabolically active tissue and can make you a fat-burning machine. If we don’t use it, we DO lose it. Plus muscle is just beautiful, you know? It shapes and sculpts your body and helps {Read More…}

7 Ways To Elevate Your Strength-Training Gains

Learn how to rock your most chiseled, strong physique that screams sexy athleticism in 2016 with these 7 pillars of strength-training gains.

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…}

MO’ Muscle Talk For You, Video-Style

I’ll be honest – it’s like pulling teeth for me to blog lately. But I’m totally inspired by a groovy new alternative – video! (I know, I know… I’m a little late to the party. Ha) Last week I started two new video features that let me share my message and content with you in a mo’ fun, interactive way. Ready for em? (Psst – You can also browse my five years’ worth of mindset, strength training, and clean eating articles til I ramp up the blogging {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…}

Eyes on the Prize (Part 1): A Plan for Muscle Growth and Fat Loss

There’s really no question in my mind that by this winter, I will have rebuilt substantial muscle in my shoulders, arms, back, and legs. (Chest is another matter – right now I’m just teaching my pectorals to function in a different position after my bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction.) By this time next year, I’ll be back to where I was, if not much sooner. I can’t see into the future, but these are my goals. Now that I’m back to hardcore {Read More…}