How to Use the Power Rack for Budding Badasses

How to use the power rack for budding badasses

Hey there! Check out my new podcast interview with TipsOfTheScale about losing weight using clean eating and strength training. And be sure to sign up for my free newsletter in the green box to get exclusive articles and content.  You’re getting after it in the gym and seeing those muscles starting to pop up. You’re getting stronger, too. Good stuff! At this point you might be starting to eye that long-azz barbell in your gym, the one found in the power {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Favorite Exercise of the Week and Gluten-Almost-Free

Ab roller

I’ve been crushing it with comprehensive articles on da blog lately, so take a look at what’s been happening this week! Favorite Exercise of the Week One of my favorite core exercises is the kneeling ab roller. This VERY challenging exercise is one of the top movements for recruiting abdominal muscle activity, according to a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). It’s one of the ONLY pieces of ab equipment I’ll ever recommend. It’s inexpensive and effective. If you’re {Read More…}

How to Get to Pull ups Faster Using Bands

When I tell clients we’ll be doing pull ups, they’re almost always excited. There’s something empowering about actually raising your body through space using your own strength – unassisted. That’s why I use pull-up bands with clients… to get them there more quickly and reliably. What is a pull up exactly? It’s a compound upper-body movement in which you hold a bar with your hands and pull up until your chin moves past the bar. In this way, pull ups {Read More…}

Workout Tunes without Wires: Freedom Found

BlueBuds X for wireless workout music

Workout music fuels me when I’m crushing it in the gym and there’s no denying it. Sure, I can strength train to the sounds of a clanking iron and idol chatting, but I much prefer pump-up music blasting bass as I eke out that final rep. I used an MP3 player for several years until I discovered iHeart radio (and my fantastic Armin Van Buuren station). After that, enjoying workout tunes involved stuffing my iPhone down my shorts and trying {Read More…}

3 Ways to Maximize Your Strength Workouts

Maximize your workouts

I often hear people say they want to “maximize” their strength-training workouts. The translation of this statement is usually “my workouts aren’t giving me what I want.” If this is you, you’re smart to think you should be doing something differently to build muscle or lose fat. But what is that “something?” You can improve your workouts – and your body composition– by changing an almost endless array of variables. Here are just three ways to start seeing better progress immediately. Avoid Ineffective {Read More…}

Beat Weight Room Boredom with Cable Supersets

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I’ve talked about the benefits of supersets but sometimes we need a fresh kick in the pants to challenge ourselves (or just a fresh workout). Sure, supersets can overload your muscles, save time and help break us out plateaus. But as with anything, supersets (two exercises back to back without rest) can become boring and routine if repeated relentlessly. That’s why a little creativity goes a long way. (In case you didn’t know, you can be creative with your workouts. They can be fun!) {Read More…}