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…}

Stay Strong Despite Muscle Naysayers

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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…}

Friday Roundup: Are You Vulnerable or Invincible?

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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…}

Muscle Motivation: The Integrity of Self

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Today I begin a new series, Muscle Motivation, that will talk about how to GO with your goals. When you encounter someone with genuine integrity, it can be a beautiful, enriching experience. You feel gratitude for the experience, almost like it was a gift. But integrity is a highly valued quality and for another reason too: Lack of integrity can hurt people. It ruins trust and creates a harsher world where we have to cater to the lowest common denominator. I {Read More…}

Fitness Fails: Getting Real and Getting Help

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Why can’t we take care of ourselves? And, where are our priorities? These are two questions I ask myself a lot these days. I see people doing one or two personal training sessions and quitting because of “finances.” Not to cast judgment, but these same people have smart phones, eat dinners out, and go skiing. These same people are also carrying way too much extra weight and lack lean muscle mass. Why can’t they take care of themselves, or more {Read More…}