Eyes on the Prize (Part 2): Secret Rituals of Muscle Building Women

While I was in nirvana last week, doing my weightlifting thing after a four-month layoff, all the subtle techniques (or rituals – I hate the word rules) I use to get results kept popping into my head. Guys ingrained in the lifting culture already know these rituals, but for us, these training subtleties can seem mysterious and unnatural. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do them; we just need to validate the fact that women need muscle-building rituals too. These rituals aren’t optional for building muscle and strength, {Read More…}

How to Train for Shoulder Definition: Q&A With Suzanne

Here at da blog, Fridays are for questions about MO’ muscle, less fat, clean eating, or whatevs. This week’s Q&A covers steps to standout shoulder definition plus strength training after surgery. At the end of every Q&A post I’ll tell you a little about my own training too, including recovery from my recent preventative double mastectomy and how I’ll make lifting my bitch again very soon. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, ping me on Twitter, or just drop {Read More…}

Training Lies: Use 3-5 Pound Weights for Muscle Definition!

Ugh! I came across this video awhile back that not only had me aghast but barfing all over my desk. I just can’t overstate the ludicrous nature of this “celebrity workout,” which uses baby weights and a nice dose of male condescension. According to celebrity trainer Steve Moyer, actress Zoe Saldana gets her slim, “toned” body by lifting no more than 3-5 pound weights and a microscopic resistance band. Thankfully, Moyer says Zoe is a “model” client – that is, she does what’s she’s {Read More…}

Weightlifting at 50 and Beyond: You Got This!

I once saw an article saying that after age 40, you should lie down and face the facts: You’re fragile and ancient and you won’t see GAINZ again. In fact, you’ll be lucky if you don’t disintegrate into a little mound of dust. That’s bullsheet, friends. Listen, you will notice differences – your body just doesn’t respond the same way it did. But that doesn’t mean you can’t build muscle and strength and be a complete badass in the weight room. I’ve had many training clients over the {Read More…}

[Video] Eating for Muscle: A Primer for Women

“You’ve got to eat more!” Has anyone ever told you this? Most likely not – we women are conditioned from girlhood to eat LESS. We’re afraid of the “F” word – fat. But if you want to build muscle dear ladies, you’ve got to eat more. More calories combined with a heavy lifting program and an appropriate aerobic component can spell MO’ MUSCLE without more fat. In this video I’ll tell you why and how you can eat for muscle. Get serious about eating for muscle now!

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…}