Is Training for Aesthetics a “Good” Goal?

Is Training for Aesthetics a "Good" Goal? | Workout Nirvana

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

Butterflies and Musces: Reaching Your Audacious Fitness 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…}

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…}

The Woman’s Guide to Beating Gym Intimidation

The Woman's Guide to Beating Gym Intimidation

I was about to approach the squat rack when I felt it in my gut: gym intimidation. Wut! Me?! Now, I haven’t felt intimidated in the weight room for many years. And as someone with a little brother growing up, I have a built-in fiesty disposition. But then, out of nowhere, a gnawing insecurity gripped me. I needed to approach a rack near a group of guys shooting the bull. This feeling surprised me big time. So I consciously thought to myself, “What the hell? You got this. They’re {Read More…}

Women Empowered by the Iron OWN It

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A turning point in my life was when I became a fan of other women instead of their competitor. This happened more recently than I like to admit. I spent many years overwhelmed with insecurity and doubt that turned outward as hot envy and judgment. I hardly ever think of that time now; I’m a vastly different woman. But I can still remember its wretched hold over me. Who’s That Girl? One day, as I sat in my car waiting for the crosswalk to clear, a woman caught my eye as she walked by. {Read More…}

3 Powerful Mindset Shifts for Achieving an Enviable Physique

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You’re pumped and your motivation is high. This time you’ll lose the weight. This time you’ll build muscle you can be proud of. If this is all you’ve got, you’ll fail. Why? Because mindset. A powerful mindset is a long-term pattern of thinking that leads to success, not just initial excitement that inevitably wears off. A powerful mindset is required to get to your goals. And mindset is often completely ignored in fitness/nutrition programs. When you feel powerfully successful every day, you’ll get powerful results. High hopes and feeling {Read More…}