Motivation Minute Ep 10: 2 Ways to Reach Your Full Strength Training Potential

Welcome! Need a mentor to rock better results with weights and clean eating? Stay updated on blog posts and get a copy of my free muscle-sculpting e-book by subscribing. Thanks for stopping by! In this week’s video Motivation Minute: If I could share only TWO WAYS of increasing your strength training potential – and thus your beautiful RESULTS – it would be these. And trust me, they must be pretty important if they’re my top two. Also, check out the links below for more articles on {Read More…}

Why Am I Always Injured? Q&A with Suzanne

Each week I’ll answer your strength training and nutrition questions in this feature. Sure, you can Google your heart away for any ole question these days, so why should you ask me? Because you want the opinion of someone who knows what it’s like to be a woman in the weight room. Because you can trust that I walk the talk. And I don’t mess around with fads, ads, or bullshit. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, {Read More…}

Digging Deep with Self-Myofascial Release

Using foam rollers and other self-massage tools to eliminate aches and pains and improve flexibility is becoming more mainstream for good reason: Self-myofascial release is one of the best things you can do for your muscles and joints. When your muscles are tight and and your range of motion is decreased, joints and muscles don’t function properly. The result is often pain and even injury, sometimes occurring “out of the blue.” For example, if your hips are tight from sitting all {Read More…}

Just Do It: How to Protect Your Shoulders

If you could see into the future and knew your strength training workouts would be shut down by a shoulder injury, would you start doing things differently today? Not many people spend time maintaining shoulder health, but a lot of people spend time being injured. Shoulder injuries are ridiculously common, and those of us who lift weights should be focused not only building strength and size but on keeping our shoulders healthy. It’s a relatively delicate joint that we punish {Read More…}

How to Beat Tennis Elbow or Tendinitis

When lifting a coffee pot is painful, hoisting iron in the weight room is pretty much off limits. This was my reality for months after I was diagnosed with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) in my right arm. All in all, it took a year to feel 100% with that arm again. Tennis elbow is pain on the outside of the elbow that is worsened by cocking back the wrist, grasping or lifting objects, or simply extending and flexing the arm. This is {Read More…}

Got Injury? Choices for Continuing Training

We all get them: inflammation, pain, injuries, or a mere “tweak” in a joint or muscle. These are roadblocks to our goals, motivation, and all that we’re striving for. So we don’t like to think about them. Ironically, the choices we make about how to train around injuries can impact us as much as the actual problem. Continuing to ignore a small, chronic pain can result in a more serious, acute one, so seeing a doctor early on is always a good {Read More…}