In-Person Small Group Training is Badass

Thirty reps of bicep curls in slo-mo to the time of a great workout song. I see you in that big-box gym in that big-azz class. Back when I used to take “body pump” type strength training classes, I loved the regular class time with a knowledgeable instructor. I felt motivated to get my workouts in and saw pretty good results for awhile. But there were also problems… The high repetitions were wreaking havoc with my joints. I stopped getting stronger because the workouts didn’t change {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Is Designing Your Own Training Program Safe?

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: Favorite Exercise of the Week and Gluten-Almost-Free

I’ve been crushing it with comprehensive articles on da blog lately, so take a look at what’s been happening this week! Favorite Exercise of the Week One of my favorite core exercises is the kneeling ab roller. This VERY challenging exercise is one of the top movements for recruiting abdominal muscle activity, according to a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). It’s one of the ONLY pieces of ab equipment I’ll ever recommend. It’s inexpensive and effective. If you’re {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: A Client’s Journey to Muscle Definition

This week I received an insightful, honest account from one of my online training clients about how she’s changed her mindset to start losing body fat. Shauna wants to lose 3.5 percent body fat and be in the best shape of her life by next spring. She’s already lost over one percent body fat in the last few weeks! As you can see from her progress pictures, Shauna can now see muscle definition in her abs and is looking hot! Shauna’s Goals {Read More…}

Of Self-Doubt and Forging Ahead (and Happy 3rd Blogiversary)

If you’re looking for positives about getting older, you may not see them until you’re actually there. I knew I was suffering badly during my 20’s, but it’s only now that I can look back and see how far I’ve come. I was a late bloomer; I didn’t develop true self-confidence until after I had my daughter and returned to strength training. My wiser, broader perspective made me realize that  comparing myself to others is a losing game. While competing can be {Read More…}

Why You Should Ignore Celebrity Workouts

When I stumbled upon this little video of a celebrity trainer showing how to achieve a celebrity’s upper body, I was flabbergasted. If you believe this trainer, to look like this particular celebrity you need to lift three-pound weights for 10-15 reps and use microscopically thin resistance bands. We wouldn’t want you to break a nail! And heaven forbid you “bulk up,” the authoritative male trainer warns us. What the f*ck? Seriously – I thought this kind of misinformation was just legend at this {Read More…}