Training Tweaks for More Muscle Definition

Tweaks for More Muscle Definition

Do you ever look back at photos of yourself from a few years ago? Your photos tell the whole story of how you were training, how you were eating, and what your priorities were at any given time. They tell you whether you’re making progress at a snail’s pace or rocking freaking awesome results right up to this moment. It can be painful to look back. Check out these two unaltered photos of yours truly, taken four years apart: Here’s what I see in {Read More…}

Stay Strong Despite Muscle Naysayers

Stay strong despite muscle naysayers

Last week I talked about allowing each other to embrace our desire to look hot. It might seem obvious, but there’s a lot of pushback around training for aesthetics. If you feel comfortable admitting that you do, great – you haven’t bought into the “movements, not muscles” dogma. But these days, there’s so many voices in the fitness world dictating what we should be doing when we need to train in ways that are best for us. There’s also a lot {Read More…}

Breaking Through to That Crazy Muscle Definition You Want

Steps to Muscle Definition

Your eyes are on hardbody muscle definition and a lean physique that never stops. Your transformation is so close – you’re eating clean and rocking your workouts, but you can sense obstacles standing in your way. Will you reach your full potential or stop short of attaining the badass hardbody you know you’re capable of? Lack of direction… flagging motivation… the dreaded plateau. How you handle these challenges will determine whether you gain standout muscle definition or remain where you {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Are You Vulnerable or Invincible?

Workout Nirvana group fitness program

These weekly roundups have been more like “sound-offs,” so maybe that’s a more appropriate title. All the same, this week I’m talking about another issue that you’re likely to have a strong opinion about. You work hard in the gym and you’re looking hot. Plus you go heavy with fantastic form and people notice (nice job). Do you keep your head down or enjoy the attention? Disrespect vs. Validation This week I asked my Facebook readers what they thought about {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Strength Training Mindfully for the Best Progress

To progress with an exercise, you've got to stretch yourself.

Last Friday’s roundup about whether strength training should be gender-specific drew some interesting comments. I’m enjoying the in-depth conversations right here on da blog. This week I’m asking you to think about your training a little differently. I’m also sharing my own thought process about making progress in a long-stagnant area to show you how you can do the same. Why You Doin’ That? It may seem obvious, but unless you have a personal trainer looking out for your goals, you’ve {Read More…}

How to Use the Six Stages of Behavioral Change

Understanding the six stages of behavioral change

I have a lot of empathy and respect for my training clients who are navigating their chosen path of change. That’s because it’s very common to get stuck when you’re trying to make a change – change is not always easy. How do people make meaningful, long-lasting changes to their health, body, or fitness level? Behavioral change was the subject of an outstanding session at FitSocial 13 by Dr. Denise McGuire, a licensed psychologist at the University of Colorado Center for Integrative Medicine. {Read More…}