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

Ab roller

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

Shauna changed her thinking and started losing weight

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)

Workout Nirvana

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

How to get ripped

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…}

Personal Training Online: How and Why it Works

Online personal trainer

Have you ever browsed through a fitness forum and felt overwhelmed by all the opinions and speculation? Even when all the commenters are following the same one-size-fits all program, they’re often getting their answers from their own personal experience or the same prepackaged program. You can certainly find free workouts on the Internet and plenty of advice as well. But when I see these programs or workouts,  I wonder: What if I have an old injury I have to be careful {Read More…}