Eyes on the Prize (Part 3): Eating For Your Goals

Eating for your goals | Workout Nirvana

In the last five months I’ve had two surgeries – a preventative double mastectomy and an implant exchange surgery. You can compare my coming back to a fitter body to your own fat-loss or muscle-building journey. How do you – and I – go about such a thing? For an extended time I couldn’t do any heavy strength training and my activity naturally decreased. Plus, there was some carrot cake that happened. Therefore, after a self-assessment (Part 1), I learned I’d gained  1-2% body fat and {Read More…}

Do I Need Pre-Workout Supplements? Q&A With Suzanne

This week we’re talking about “pre-workouts” – those supplements you see advertised mostly for guys to “elevate performance” and otherwise activate beast mode. Are they for chicks, too? Plus my training update is at the end of this post. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, ping me on Twitter, or just drop me a line. Q: I have seen on social media more women saying they are taking pre-workout supplements before a session, {Read More…}

Why Am I Always Injured? Q&A with Suzanne

Why Am I Always Injured? | Workout Nirvana Fitness

Each week I’ll answer your strength training and nutrition questions in this feature. Sure, you can Google your heart away for any ole question these days, so why should you ask me? Because you want the opinion of someone who knows what it’s like to be a woman in the weight room. Because you can trust that I walk the talk. And I don’t mess around with fads, ads, or bullshit. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, {Read More…}

Why Am I Plateaued? Training Q&A with Suzanne

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You got questions, I’m answering ’em in my new Nirvana Training with Suzanne Q&A feature. You’ll get my perspective on strength training and nutrition for your goals, along with insights into my own training. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, ping me on Twitter, or drop me a line! Q. I’ve been following a popular strength-training plan consistently. Why have I plateaued? A. When people come to me for help and say they’ve been following {Read More…}

Clarifying Clean Eating: Moving to the Next Level

Clarifying clean eating: Moving to the next level | Workout Nirvana

Occasionally I’ll read a nutritionist’s “healthy” food suggestions that I don’t consider clean eating at all. Take “whole-grain” pita chips and crackers, for example, which are refined food products. If you’re looking for fiber, there’s hella better alternatives than a snack containing half your daily sodium allowance and a long list of undecipherable ingredients. When it comes to clean eating, you have to start where you are. If a typical snack for you consists of Fritos and ranch-style dip, then whole-grain pita chips are a step up in {Read More…}

The Two F-Words Holding You Back Next Year

The Two F-Words Holding You Back Next Year

This time next year, we’ll be celebrating our achievements. We’ll have champagne toasts, big smiles, pats on the back, and renewed confidence. We’ll keep saying, I can’t believe I did that! But now we know we can. Does this sound too good to be true? It’s not – 2015 could be the best freaking year you’ve ever had. But first you need to know about the two  F-words that could derail you early on: Fear and lack of follow-through. Even people who rock confidence all year long and succeed in many other ways are thwarted {Read More…}