I’m Not So “Strong” – I Just Got F*cking Goals, See?

Not counting a couple of interruptions due to a car accident and the birth of my daughter, I’ve been lifting weights for over 15 years. Weightlifting’s been my mama, spanking my ass one day and wiping my tears the next. But four months off is not gonna kill me. It’s been two weeks since my exchange surgery and I’m on fire, taking one-mile walks and doing bodyweight squats. And today I’m doing split squats. For 10 weeks I had awesome, immovable jugs installed in my chest to stretch my skin to a smooth shine and {Read More…}

There Has To Be A First Time

Today I went to the gym for the first time in nine weeks. Even though I could only do a light workout, mentally I needed to make this happen. As I was getting ready, I felt afraid. Afraid of feeling out of place. Afraid of making a mistake and overdoing it. Afraid of being demotivated by doing a light workout, when I was used to the heavy lifting prior to my surgery. Fears, even though I’ve been to my gym hundreds of times. As I heard these fears run through {Read More…}

How I Learned to Love the End Goal

During the last six weeks I’ve had just enough energy to take care of my clients, focus on my family, and heal from my preventative double mastectomy with reconstruction. Today, I’m starting a series of posts that will give you a peek into what it’s like to undergo this big life event, because in so many ways, these lessons apply to everyone, every day. I began planning my big surgery when I realized my life in the future would look a lot {Read More…}

How to Stay Motivated to Train in the Summer

Let’s talk about what’s going to happen to your training schedule this summer, shall we? It’s no mystery why your gym is empty in the warm months. We spend most of the winter looking forward to being outside in the sunshine. Factor in vacations, and staying motivated to train in the summer is worse than during the holidays! I know this firsthand, because my “other” nirvana is hiking. Listening to my boots hit the gravel, smelling the sweet foliage all around me, and feeling my body hum {Read More…}

Is Training for Aesthetics a “Good” Goal?

Lately I’ve noticed that while it seems ok for guys to work towards bigger biceps and quads, if a woman train for aesthetics it’s a “slippery slope” of self-loathing and failure. I  call this training-for-aesthetics shaming, which raises the ire of those more concerned with body acceptance than body sculpting. It also wrankles people who believe you should only train to increase performance or functional movement. After I wrote this post I took the longest pee of my life; obviously I feel passionate about the issue because this entire {Read More…}

Butterflies and Muscles: Reaching Your Audacious 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…}