Why Owning It Is Critical to Aesthetic Goals

Something that will put a pit in my stomach every time is watching a woman downplay her assets, sell herself short, or put her true desires under wraps in an effort to avoid subtle shaming about her goals, aspirations, or body. That’s why I talked about training-for-aesthetics shaming in a previous, passionate post. All this has me thinking about why owning it is a huge, non-negotiable part of getting fantastic results and staying motivated when it comes to strength training for women. In and of itself, I still maintain that training for aesthetics is a {Read More…}

In-Person Small Group Training is Badass

Thirty reps of bicep curls in slo-mo to the time of a great workout song. I see you in that big-box gym in that big-azz class. Back when I used to take “body pump” type strength training classes, I loved the regular class time with a knowledgeable instructor. I felt motivated to get my workouts in and saw pretty good results for awhile. But there were also problems… The high repetitions were wreaking havoc with my joints. I stopped getting stronger because the workouts didn’t change {Read More…}

Butterflies and Muscles: Reaching Your Audacious Goals in 2015

It’s almost done! My clients and I have set our one-year goals. When I see their deliciously audacious goals, I get butterflies. When I set my own I felt slight trepidation. Don’t you? If you read my post last week, you’ve visualized your victory celebration one year from now. You know where you want to be in a year and have looked back to see how last year went. (See my goals at the end of this post.) The next question is, where do you stand? Right {Read More…}

The Two F-Words Holding You Back Next Year

This time next year, we’ll be celebrating our achievements. We’ll have champagne toasts, big smiles, pats on the back, and renewed confidence. We’ll keep saying, I can’t believe I did that! But now we know we can. Does this sound too good to be true? It’s not – 2015 could be the best freaking year you’ve ever had. But first you need to know about the two  F-words that could derail you early on: Fear and lack of follow-through. Even people who rock confidence all year long and succeed in many other ways are thwarted {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…}

[Video] How to Set up for Barbell Hip Thrusts

Barbell hip thrusts are a fantastic strength-training glutes builder, but you need to keep adding weight to the bar to progress. And even if you’re crazy motivated to build sexy glutes, it can seem intimidating to get under larger loads. Barbell hip thrusts are not for beginning trainees. You need to master glute bridges and hip thrusts in their various progressions before adding weight.  If you’re not quite ready to use an Olympic-sized barbell with bigger plates that roll over your legs, see how to set up using {Read More…}