Starting Over After A Training Layoff: One Year Later

I just realized that it’s been one year since I returned to training after my surgeries.  Wow. Returning to strength training wasn’t a seamless sort of thing. No “Bam, it’s time to lift heavy again.” After four months without heavy lifting, it took weeks just to feel comfortable in the gym again. Then I had to regain enough flexibility and neuromuscular control to lift heavier – much longer than I thought, actually. Coming back was a slow process. My upper body changed fundamentally after having my bilateral prophylactic mastectomy with {Read More…}

Motivation Minute Ep 11: Releasing Perfectionism and Fear

Welcome! Need a mentor to rock better results with weights and clean eating? If you want even more motivational, lifting, and clean eating resources, plus my muscle-sculpting ebook, sign up for email updates.  Thanks for stopping by! In this week’s video Motivation Minute: One the main reasons we don’t start – or we quit – is because of perfectionism. But perfectionism is just a mask for fear. See how to change your perception and rise to the potential you know you have. {Read More…}

Changing Your Mind To Build Muscle And Strength

The women I coach almost never see the it coming. They think they’ll change their bodies by following the program I give them, and they’re right. But that only happens after they change their minds. How important are your core attitudes around food and lifting? It’s this simple: If you doubt yourself, you will not build muscle and strength (or lose weight or whatever). If you question whether you can really eat more for muscle without gaining weight, you will never eat enough. If you fear hurting yourself and thus stick with {Read More…}

Motivation Minute Ep 8: Doing Less Work to Build Muscle

Welcome! Need a mentor to rock better results with weights and clean eating? Stay up to date on blog posts and get tips I only share with my newsletter subscribers. Thanks for stopping by! If you’re frustrated with your muscle-building progress, you may be doing too much work. Learn the two concepts that are essential to building a sculpted, lean physique in this week’s Motivation Minute. Check out the articles below to help forward your knowledge. Check out these articles to learn more about volume and recovery: Weightlifting {Read More…}

How Can I Stay Motivated? Q&A With Suzanne

I am loving your questions for this feature and I’ve had a lot of feedback that you love it too. So let’s keep it going! This week we’re talking mindset and veggies for training. 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’m feeling down and demotivated. I just can’t seem to stick to a program long enough to see results. Advice? A: In my {Read More…}

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…}