Archives for October 2010

Heavy-Duty Routines for Standout Triceps

Everyone wants to have rockin’ arms, including me. Sure, weight lifting makes you feel strong, inside and out. But a lot of people also love to look at rockin’ arms. I posted my favorite shoulder workout recently, so now I think it’s time to talk about building your triceps. That jiggly triceps thing is something that just happens – unless you lift weights and get lean with clean eating. But there’s one catch: You have to lift heavy. No Barbie weights {Read More…}

When you Stop Moving, You Stop Living

Several people have told me recently that they have back pain that prevents them from doing certain things. I asked each of them if they strength train, stretch, or do core work, and each said no. My question is: Do you want to live with your pain or do you want to do what you used to love? I believe people want that quality of life back but they don’t know how to get it. Or they don’t think anything {Read More…}

Owning the Weight Room – and Your Strength

I’ve been lifting weights on and off for 15 years. I blog about what’s worked for me and what I’ve learned on my own and as a personal trainer. I know how to get stand-out muscle definition, how to lift safely, and how to eat clean. There are two more things I know about: How to have fun lifting weights, and how to be a woman in the weight room. Many, many women are intimidated by the weight room. Both {Read More…}

Losing (or Gaining) When Life Happens

By Special Guest Writer Lisa Benbrook Years ago when I was very young and newly married, I was in a checkout line at the grocery store. Perusing the tabloids and “self helps” displayed there for the impulse buyer, I saw one of those mini-books about calorie counting. I ended up buying it because, especially back then, I was fascinated by all theories on weight loss. I’ve always been just as interested as any other woman in having the perfect figure. Growing up {Read More…}

Don’t Ignore your Chest: A Plan for Strong Pectorals

If you’re not challenging your chest muscles, have you asked yourself why? Are you bored with bench presses or frustrated with your results? Do you think a muscular chest is only for men or are you afraid you’ll get too big? I’ve been focusing on my chest more over the last few months, and although I have more work to do, I’m seeing some nice results. The muscles in front of my underarms are firm instead of floppy. I can {Read More…}

What a Burn! My Favorite Shoulder Exercises

Shoulders are my favorite muscle group to work and I’ve heard a lot of people say the same. With the right form and exercises, you can see a lot of definition in your deltoids. Along with a muscular back, sculpted shoulders can make your waist look smaller, giving you that attractive V-shape everyone wants. Plus, there are three muscles to hit in your shoulder and many exercises to choose from, making boredom a non issue. If you start to struggle {Read More…}