Stay Strong Despite Muscle Naysayers

Stay strong despite muscle naysayers

Last week I talked about allowing each other to embrace our desire to look hot. It might seem obvious, but there’s a lot of pushback around training for aesthetics. If you feel comfortable admitting that you do, great – you haven’t bought into the “movements, not muscles” dogma. But these days, there’s so many voices in the fitness world dictating what we should be doing when we need to train in ways that are best for us. There’s also a lot {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Selfies and Building Muscle

Building muscle means selfies!

My goal with lifting weights is building muscle and strength, but to what end? Definitely for a strong, healthy body, but also for aesthetics: A high, firm booty. Defined, standout arms. Shapely, lean legs. And I love having tight pectorals, which complete the athletic, fit look. I’m betting that you’re lifting for aesthetics too. (At least a little? Wink wink) I’m transparent about training for aesthetics – it’s one reason I don’t lift for maximal strength very often. It’s more {Read More…}

A Workout You Can Do Anywhere and 65 Tips!

Workoutnirvana's free workout and tips

I just finished a new, free download for you that I’m seriously proud of. Why? Because I believe you will truly benefit from these 65 weightlifting, clean eating, and body love tips and the customizable “Do-Anywhere” workout. (To download, just enter your name and email in the box on the Home page or the bottom of this post.) Do-Anywhere Workout The workout I’ve created for you includes 19 photos and detailed descriptions of the exercises to get you going quickly. This {Read More…}

7 Stepping Stones to Body Love

Be faithful to yourself - love your body no matter what.

Long before images of perfect, six-pack abs and lithe, youthful actresses dominated the media, women were terribly hard on themselves. It continues today, maybe more so than ever: If our bodies don’t meet our stringent personal or cultural standards, we indulge an ongoing internal flogging: “I hate my legs.” “I’m so fat. I’m disgusting.” “I can’t even fit into my clothes. I hate my body.” As a trainer and coach I hear comments like these often, and I always flinch {Read More…}

Of Self-Doubt and Forging Ahead (and Happy 3rd Blogiversary)

Workout Nirvana

If you’re looking for positives about getting older, you may not see them until you’re actually there. I knew I was suffering badly during my 20′s, but it’s only now that I can look back and see how far I’ve come. I was a late bloomer; I didn’t develop true self-confidence until after I had my daughter and returned to strength training. My wiser, broader perspective made me realize that  comparing myself to others is a losing game. While competing can be {Read More…}

What is the Obsession with Body Weight?

Scott Dueball

Guest Post by Scott Dueball Every trainer (worth their weight in whey) will tell you that body weight is among their least important metrics. Changes in body weight can be coy and sporadic. The typical exerciser has little understanding of what creates realistic expectations of body weight loss. As a result, the expectations are often set too high and without reason. Your trainer or coach will no doubt explain that lean mass weighs more than fat mass and in many {Read More…}