In-Person Small Group Training is Badass

Small group training | Workout Nirvana

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…}

Two Missing Pieces of Your Weight Loss Attempts

Two Missing PIeces of Your Weight Loss Attempts

It’s not so easy to change habits, even when we want it bad. Our brains are habituated into automatic behaviors. This “sleepwalking” behavior happens without any awareness whatsoever. We’re programmed for routine – it allows our brains room to think of other things. Yet when we become aware that we need to change our binge eating, late-night snacking, or couch behavior habit, we think of sacrifice and deprivation. And if even if we do manage to make changes for awhile, our persistence often falters and we end {Read More…}

Podcast Interview with Side Quest

Listen: Podcast with Suzanne Digre and Side Quest | workoutnirvana.com

Last week I spent some time with Rob Farlow of Side Quest (the “unofficial” podcast of Fitocracy) to talk about how I approach life , coaching, and owning it in the weight room and beyond. Rob’s super easy to talk to, and we delved into all kinds of topics, such as how to conquer those nagging negative voices holding you back. I also share a few fun favorites, like my go-to meal in a pinch, favorite lift, and music I don’t tell anyone I listen to {Read More…}

Butterflies and Muscles: Reaching Your Audacious Goals in 2015

Butterflies and Musces: Reaching Your Audacious Fitness 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

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…}

Strength Training for Women Made Simple

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Last week I posted a FAQ about my holistic approach to fat loss. But what if your goal is building muscle and strength? This week I’m answering frequently asked questions about how you can do that. While some of my Lean and Strong clients want to lose fat, others simply want to regain their sense of owning it in the weight room. Here’s answers to questions you might have. I’m Experienced with Weights. Is this the Right Group for Me? Absolutely. This program will benefit {Read More…}