How to Use Warm-Up Sets For Big Lifts

Last week I talked about liberating myself from self-imposed, rigid mandates that have bogged down my blog. So I’m kicking off my more relaxed approach with a topic you don’t read about very often: Using warm-up sets to your advantage, instead of letting them ruin your progress. Recently, I was checking in with one of my long-time online clients (who is a badass woman lifter, I might add). While reviewing her workout logs, I noticed that she wasn’t exactly sticking to {Read More…}

Barbell Front Squat with Crossed-Arm Grip (“Genie” Grip)

If you want to sculpt your quads and build lower-body strength, barbell front squats will do the job like no other strength-training exercise. But two things can stop women from doing them: (1) wrist discomfort and (2) intimidation. That’s why I suggest the barbell front squat with crossed-arm grip (or “genie” grip). Typically, you’ll see the wrist-extended clean grip used for barbell front squats (palms facing upwards). But the clean grip adds a technical, awkward dimension that beginners may not be ready for. And if you have joint or bone issues, bending your wrists backwards {Read More…}

Glute Training with Eccentric Barbell Hip Thrusts

Welcome! Obsessed with getting standout muscle definition? Subscribe to blog updates and you’ll receive my muscle-sculpting ebook – it’s FREE! The first time I tried eccentric barbell hip thrusts, I experienced an intense glute pump unlike any other. That’s no surprise, given the hypertrophic benefits of eccentric training. Eccentric barbell hip thrusts are performed by lowering the weight slowly to maintain constant tension in the glutes. With non-eccentric hip thrusts, you push up forcefully, contract the glutes hard at the top, and quickly lower the weight. This method is all {Read More…}

How to Build More Arm and Shoulder Muscle Definition: A Woman’s Guide

There’s nothing like sculpted arms and shoulders to make you feel sexy and fit. And let’s face it, muscle definition can make you stand out from the crowd. How many people really have the persistence and commitment to make standout muscle definition happen? Not many. If you’ve been training awhile and still haven’t attained the look you want, it’s time to look back at old photos. They tell the whole story of how you’ve been training, how you’ve been eating, and what your {Read More…}

Muscle Definition That Makes People Look Twice

Since I haven’t quite mastered the art of mind reading, I was pumped to see the answers to the survey I conducted last week. Sure, as a personal trainer and group coach I have ideas about my readers’ true desires and roadblocks. But guessing is never a good idea when it comes to helping people reach their ideal body and health. So what were the survey results and how do they affect you – a gal or guy who lifts (or aspires to)? When you’re {Read More…}

Giveaway! Rubberbanditz Pull-up Bands

[Giveaway closed! Thanks to everyone who entered. See the winner here.] Pull ups will give you an athletic, strong back faster than any other exercise. They’ll also give you a badass self-confidence bump! But why can so few already-fit people do them? Getting to unassisted pull ups is all in the methodology, and I strongly believe the best way is by using pull-up bands. I know this firsthand as I’ve increased my pull ups to EIGHT and watched my clients crank out pull ups in {Read More…}