Will You Gain Weight From Lifting Weights?

Can you gain weight from weightlifting?

From what I’ve seen, there are two camps when it comes to women and weightlifing: 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 these {Read More…}

Your Training Year: Looking Back Before You Look Ahead

Tracking my glute growth this year

Heads up! My Friday Roundup Feature is moving to my newsletter subscribers only. This week I’ll be sharing the Best of 2013 and why I don’t agree with the experts about several major issues. Sign up to be a part of the updates! Does it make you squirm trying to remember the details of where you started last year with your goals? If so, I’m curious about that. It’s a little uncomfortable, isn’t it… you’ve increased your strength (or muscle, {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Is Designing Your Own Training Program Safe?

This is just ONE way to design a training program.

In this week’s roundup I’m answering a reader question that relates to last week’s article, Exercising vs. Training Programs. As a sidenote, this weekly feature will soon move to my subscriber newsletter. In coming months I’ll also be creating valuable podcasts and videos for subscribers. So if you haven’t already, be sure to enter your name and best email in the green box to the right. Now on to the insightful question asked by Kathleen: “Hey Suzanne! Thanks for this great {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Exercising vs. Training Programs

CrossFit is exercising

If you’re out and about and people steal glances at your physique, you’re probably following a training program. If you struggle with achieving standout muscle definition or building strength, you’re still plugging away with random exercises. If you’ve ever looked back over old workout logs and been amazed by how far you’ve come, you’re following a training program. If you’re confounded about how to progress your goals, you’re still stringing exercises together hoping for results. This week I saw a controversial {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…}

Friday Roundup: Strength Training Mindfully for the Best Progress

To progress with an exercise, you've got to stretch yourself.

Last Friday’s roundup about whether strength training should be gender-specific drew some interesting comments. I’m enjoying the in-depth conversations right here on da blog. This week I’m asking you to think about your training a little differently. I’m also sharing my own thought process about making progress in a long-stagnant area to show you how you can do the same. Why You Doin’ That? It may seem obvious, but unless you have a personal trainer looking out for your goals, you’ve {Read More…}