Eyes on the Prize (Part 1): A Plan for Muscle Growth and Fat Loss

There’s really no question in my mind that by this winter, I will have rebuilt substantial muscle in my shoulders, arms, back, and legs. (Chest is another matter – right now I’m just teaching my pectorals to function in a different position after my bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction.) By this time next year, I’ll be back to where I was, if not much sooner. I can’t see into the future, but these are my goals. Now that I’m back to hardcore {Read More…}

How Can I Get Defined Abs Without “The Pooch?” Q&A With Suzanne

Does the fact that I’ve been strength training for over 15 years make me an expert? Not a chance. I could’ve been training the wrong way all those years, and many people do. You can even be under the tutelage of a personal trainer and look the same year in and year out (although that might be your doing outside the gym). However, due to my hard work, education, mentors, and coaching experience, I continue to produce results for both my clients and myself. I’m a {Read More…}

Why Comparing Ourselves is a Losing Game

Today continues my series that gives you a peek into what it’s like to have a preventative double mastectomy with reconstruction and how my lessons learned apply to everyday life. In the early weeks after my mastectomy, I was nauseous, dizzy, and in pain, unable to put any weight on my arms or even take a walk without help. There were long drains coming out of my armpits that kept me in constant discomfort, and I could barely dress myself due to limited chest and shoulder {Read More…}

How to Build More Arm and Shoulder Muscle Definition: A Woman’s Guide

There’s nothing like sculpted arms and shoulders to make you feel sexy and fit. And let’s face it, muscle definition can make you stand out from the crowd. How many people really have the persistence and commitment to make standout muscle definition happen? Not many. If you’ve been training awhile and still haven’t attained the look you want, it’s time to look back at old photos. They tell the whole story of how you’ve been training, how you’ve been eating, and what your {Read More…}

Will You Gain Weight From Lifting Weights?

From what I’ve seen, there are two camps when it comes to women and strength training: Those who don’t want to gain weight from lifting weights and those who do want to (that is, gain muscle). This article will give you the facts about achieving either goal with weightlifting. Fat Loss and Weightlifting Hopefully you understand that lifting weights is critical to fat loss. Even so, you might be worried you’ll actually gain weight from lifting weights. If this is you, check out {Read More…}

Your Training Year: Looking Back Before You Look Ahead

Does it make you squirm trying to remember where you started last year? If so, I’m curious about that. It’s a little uncomfortable, isn’t it… you’ve increased your strength (or muscle, etc.) but you can’t be sure how much. Or you haven’t made much progress and you’re not sure why. Making new goals (or resolutions, if you dig that) means looking back first. How’d you do this year? If you did set goals and didn’t reach them, did your priorities change, did {Read More…}