Do I Need Pre-Workout Supplements? Q&A With Suzanne

This week we’re talking about “pre-workouts” – those supplements you see advertised mostly for guys to “elevate performance” and otherwise activate beast mode. Are they for chicks, too? Plus my training update is at the end of this post. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, ping me on Twitter, or just drop me a line. Q: I have seen on social media more women saying they are taking pre-workout supplements before a session, {Read More…}

How Can I Stay Motivated? Q&A With Suzanne

How Can I Stay Motivated? | Q&A With Suzanne

I am loving your questions for this feature and I’ve had a lot of feedback that you love it too. So let’s keep it going! This week we’re talking mindset and veggies for training. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, ping me on Twitter, or just drop me a line. Q: I’m feeling down and demotivated. I just can’t seem to stick to a program long enough to see results. Advice? A: In my {Read More…}

Why Am I Plateaued? Training Q&A with Suzanne

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You got questions, I’m answering ’em in my new Nirvana Training with Suzanne Q&A feature. You’ll get my perspective on strength training and nutrition for your goals, along with insights into my own training. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, ping me on Twitter, or drop me a line! Q. I’ve been following a popular strength-training plan consistently. Why have I plateaued? A. When people come to me for help and say they’ve been following {Read More…}

Clarifying Clean Eating: Moving to the Next Level

Clarifying clean eating: Moving to the next level | Workout Nirvana

Occasionally I’ll read a nutritionist’s “healthy” food suggestions that I don’t consider clean eating at all. Take “whole-grain” pita chips and crackers, for example, which are refined food products. If you’re looking for fiber, there’s hella better alternatives than a snack containing half your daily sodium allowance and a long list of undecipherable ingredients. When it comes to clean eating, you have to start where you are. If a typical snack for you consists of Fritos and ranch-style dip, then whole-grain pita chips are a step up in {Read More…}

Strength Training for Beginners [Video]

You’ve heard that strength training can help you lose weight. But what exercises should you do? Should you eat differently? How can you stay motivated to learn this whole new way of using your body? I answered these questions and much more in a video workshop with Sam Lomeli’s TipsOfTheScale.com community last week. Check it out: You may also be interested in the podcast interview I did with Sam last year about weight loss and strength training. Questions about how to get started with strength training? Visit {Read More…}

Clarifying Clean Eating: The 80/20 Principle

Clarifying Clean Eating: The 80/20 Principle

Six years ago I was a lethargic woman who couldn’t eat anything without bloating up three waist sizes.  Sometimes it was so bad that I had to lie down to alleviate the cramps. I thought this was just normal for me: eating equaled pain. I never even considered that eating refined, overly  processed foods high in sodium, fat, and additives was causing my digestive issues. It might seem far-fetched that I just carried on this way, but when you aren’t aware of what a truly nutritious {Read More…}