Dumbbells vs. Barbells: Q&A with Suzanne

Five years ago this week, this blog was born of that idyllic place between lifting a weight and putting it down. I’m still a passion freak in the weight room and think I’m a pretty badass coach, too. So in honor of this occasion, I’m kicking off a new weekly feature, Nirvana Training with Suzanne. I’ll answer your questions and share about my weekly training, both of which I hope will help you grow as a lifter and reach your goals. Thanks for reading and sharing your {Read More…}

10 Weightlifting Gifts for Women Who Love Muscle

I admit that I’m muscle-obsessed, but I have other obsessions as well. Like being a strong, powerful woman in a weight room filled with dudes… Knowing I’m using elegant, drop-dead gorgeous form with pull ups… And having complete control over what my body looks and feels like. But oh, muscles…  Tweet this! I’m also obsessed with gymwear, gym toys, and anything else that helps me lift weights like a mofo badass. That’s why I’m sharing my top 10 weightlifting gifts for women who are well-muscled or working towards becoming so. Since {Read More…}

A Fun, Full-Body Resistance Band Workout

Are you serious about your workouts? Then it’s time to lighten up! Exercising should be fun, and sometimes that means just being silly. Not that we aren’t serious about our results, but letting ourselves relax, make mistakes, and have fun will motivate us to keep going. The workout I’m demonstrating today is a full-body resistance band workout that you can scale to your own level by using different resistances. This form of strength training provide constant tension to the muscles and a completely different {Read More…}

Giveaway! Rubberbanditz Pull-up Bands

[Giveaway closed! Thanks to everyone who entered. See the winner here.] Pull ups will give you an athletic, strong back faster than any other exercise. They’ll also give you a badass self-confidence bump! But why can so few already-fit people do them? Getting to unassisted pull ups is all in the methodology, and I strongly believe the best way is by using pull-up bands. I know this firsthand as I’ve increased my pull ups to EIGHT and watched my clients crank out pull ups in {Read More…}

Fun Run to Launch New Balance Fresh Foam 980

Many of my clients love running, so I’m excited about the New Balance Fresh Foam 980 running shoe launching this week! This shoe provides a completely NEW approach to neutral running by combining ultra-plush cushioning with a reduced drop heel, offering a super soft, bouncy ride. It’s not only the technology, but the design of the Fresh Foam 980 that makes them really special. I think you will fall in love with the unique spray paint finish – super cool! Here are the deets: {Read More…}

How to Use the Power Rack for Budding Badasses

You’re getting after it in the gym and seeing those muscles starting to pop up. You’re getting stronger, too. Good stuff! At this point you might be starting to eye that long-azz barbell in your gym, the one found in the power rack cage and bench press station. You want to be doin’ it, but you’re still a little shy. Something inside you knows you can handle that mofo if you just knew how… or could overcome your intimidation. If this is {Read More…}