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…}

Building Muscle for Women: A Fierce Def FAQ

Experienced women lifters have unique needs. You can be a seriously fierce woman in the weight room and still not ever achieve the muscle definition you want. That’s why today I’m answering frequently asked questions about building muscle for women in Fierce Definition, my unique 12-week online group training program for experienced lifters. –> Subscribe to hear about the next Fierce Def! Why is Fierce Def so unique? Most programs are for beginners. I recognized that there are many women out there who are ready {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…}