Friday Roundup: Is Designing Your Own Training Program Safe?

In this week’s roundup I’m answering a reader question that relates to last week’s article, Exercising vs. Training Programs. As a sidenote, this weekly feature will soon move to my subscriber newsletter. In coming months I’ll also be creating valuable podcasts and videos for subscribers. So if you haven’t already, be sure to enter your name and best email in the green box to the right. Now on to the insightful question asked by Kathleen: “Hey Suzanne! Thanks for this great {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Exercising vs. Training Programs

If you’re out and about and people steal glances at your physique, you’re probably following a training program. If you struggle with achieving standout muscle definition or building strength, you’re still plugging away with random exercises. If you’ve ever looked back over old workout logs and been amazed by how far you’ve come, you’re following a training program. If you’re confounded about how to progress your goals, you’re still stringing exercises together hoping for results. This week I saw a controversial {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Favorite Exercise of the Week and Gluten-Almost-Free

I’ve been crushing it with comprehensive articles on da blog lately, so take a look at what’s been happening this week! Favorite Exercise of the Week One of my favorite core exercises is the kneeling ab roller. This VERY challenging exercise is one of the top movements for recruiting abdominal muscle activity, according to a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). It’s one of the ONLY pieces of ab equipment I’ll ever recommend. It’s inexpensive and effective. If you’re {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Selfies and Building Muscle

My goal with lifting weights is building muscle and strength, but to what end? Definitely for a strong, healthy body, but also for aesthetics. I’m transparent about training for aesthetics – it’s one reason I don’t lift for maximal strength very often. It’s more important to me to build muscle than be the strongest chick on the block. Everyone’s goals are different! I support you in training for aesthetics, too. As long as you also train your back, haha – {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Are Detoxes, Restriction Part of a Clean Eating Plan?

This week I read two articles that made me ponder: How do detoxes/cleanses and eliminating grains/starches fit in with a clean eating plan? If you’re suffering from digestive woes or want to lose weight, there’s a strong pull to try these two “remedies.” And it’s tough know what’s right when everyone – including the latest best-selling book and everyone in your office – is pushing a new idea. But making major changes to your diet and suffering through fasting can be {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…}