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…}

There Has To Be A First Time

Today I went to the gym for the first time in nine weeks. Even though I could only do a light workout, mentally I needed to make this happen. As I was getting ready, I felt afraid. Afraid of feeling out of place. Afraid of making a mistake and overdoing it. Afraid of being demotivated by doing a light workout, when I was used to the heavy lifting prior to my surgery. Fears, even though I’ve been to my gym hundreds of times. As I heard these fears run through {Read More…}

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…}