Breaking Through to That Crazy Muscle Definition You Want

Steps to Muscle Definition

Your eyes are on hardbody muscle definition and a lean physique that never stops. Your transformation is so close – you’re eating clean and rocking your workouts, but you can sense obstacles standing in your way. Will you reach your full potential or stop short of attaining the badass hardbody you know you’re capable of? Lack of direction… flagging motivation… the dreaded plateau. How you handle these challenges will determine whether you gain standout muscle definition or remain where you {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…}

How to Use the Six Stages of Behavioral Change

Understanding the six stages of behavioral change

I have a lot of empathy and respect for my training clients who are navigating their chosen path of change. That’s because it’s very common to get stuck when you’re trying to make a change – change is not always easy. How do people make meaningful, long-lasting changes to their health, body, or fitness level? Behavioral change was the subject of an outstanding session at FitSocial 13 by Dr. Denise McGuire, a licensed psychologist at the University of Colorado Center for Integrative Medicine. {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Are You a Small-Sized “Large?”

Squats and barbell hip thrusts for a tight booty

I had great feedback on my first roundup last week and yes, I am doing it again this week. Today I share a real-life anecdote about how muscle changes your body along with a thought-provoking message from a fellow blogger. How Clothes Fit When You’re Fit I was at one of those “I-wish-I-was-rich” workout clothing stores (not a good thing as I’m severely addicted to workout clothes), trying on various wish-list items. I went through about 10 small and medium sizes {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…}

Muscle Motivation: The Integrity of Self

GO SIGN

Today I begin a new series, Muscle Motivation, that will talk about how to GO with your goals. When you encounter someone with genuine integrity, it can be a beautiful, enriching experience. You feel gratitude for the experience, almost like it was a gift. But integrity is a highly valued quality and for another reason too: Lack of integrity can hurt people. It ruins trust and creates a harsher world where we have to cater to the lowest common denominator. I {Read More…}