5 Fixable Roadblocks to More Muscle

5 Fixable Roadblocks to More Muscle

Heads up that I have two guest posts this week! Check them out: The Difference Between Building MUSCLE and Building STRENGTH at cottercrunch.com and Why Recover? at 110pounds.com. Last week I talked about the common mistake women make of focusing too much on body fat when trying to get to standout muscle definition. While it’s true that a lower body fat helps rock a sculpted, athletic body, it’s not the only factor. Today I’m revealing several other roadblocks that stand in the way {Read More…}

Why Your Body Fat Isn’t Preventing You from Looking Cut

How can you get muscle definition without a ridiculously low body fat?

Last week I was training next to a woman for awhile and watching her out of the corner of my eye. I do this out of habit, probably my professional side waiting to be impressed by her knowledge or form. And I was impressed – she pushed 45-50 pounds overhead with relative ease and you just don’t see that very often. I was amazed that she followed this immediately by doing pushups. I, on the other hand, was wicked tired already and barely {Read More…}

Muscle Definition That Makes People Look Twice

Muscle definition that makes people look twice

Since I haven’t quite mastered the art of mind reading, I was pumped to see the answers to the survey I conducted last week. Sure, as a personal trainer and group coach I have ideas about my readers’ true desires and roadblocks. But guessing is never a good idea when it comes to helping people reach their ideal body and health. So what were the survey results and how do they affect you – a gal or guy who lifts (or aspires to)? When you’re {Read More…}

Calling All Women Ready to Build Muscle and Get Cut!

Calling all iron sisters who want to build more muscle!

SOLD OUT! Sign up for updates to learn about my next group opening up! (Just enter your info in the green box at the right.) “I can’t believe the compliments I’m getting on the definition in my arms.” “I’ve gone from zero to three pull ups in the last two months!” “I feel stronger and more confident when I walk up to the squat rack.” Starting February 10th, I’ll be leading a group of women to more muscle in a {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…}

Smart Training Strategies for Muscle Definition

Should everyone do squats for muscle definition?

For most of us, getting ripped is about having noticeable muscle definition and a lean, athletic physique, not looking like a bodybuilder. I call this body sculpting and I’ve been working on it for years. While weight training can definitely get you there, clean eating is also a must. Maybe you’re already lean and just don’t have a lot of muscle yet. Or you have muscle but it’s under a layer of fat. Regardless, let’s assume having a lean physique {Read More…}