Whether you’re a seasoned lifter or just learning how to lift weights, you’ve landed in the right place.
This website is about harnessing the power of strength training and owning it in the weight room and beyond.
I’m Suzanne Digre, NASM-certified Personal Trainer and ACE-certified Weight Management Specialist. I’m also a mentor − and student − of weightlifting.
You might wonder what I mean by “owning it” in the weight room and beyond. To help answer that, here’s a little about where I come from.
From Pain and Lethargy to Energy and Strength
At 50-something, I feel stronger and healthier than I did in my twenties. But this is not how much of my life looked.
More Than Slogging Through Life
Throughout my 20’s, I suffered from ongoing lethargy and debilitating digestive issues. At work, I had to find a place to lie down because of my painful, distended stomach. I felt a deep fatigue and sat in front of the TV every night, unmotivated to do anything. I didn’t have a clue about how my diet and lack of exercise could be impacting my health.
After learning about the benefits of a less-processed diet in a magazine, I gradually began replacing highly processed foods with foods closer to their natural state. For example, instead of high-sodium veggie burgers, fast food burgers, frozen burritos, and deli meats for lunch, I began eating more fresh vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.
I took small steps, yet the improvements to my digestion and energy levels were immediate. Over a period of several years, my awareness increased and my tolerance for overly processed foods decreased. Today, I have a keen awareness of what causes my body to revolt and am particular about what I put in my body. I can depend on my body to have energy throughout the day and don’t have to suffer through stomach aches.
Random story: When I was 31, I told a guy from work that I had “laughed my ass off” at something (who knows what). His reply was a deadpan, “What ass?”
Obviously, that was not a cool thing to say. But his insensitive remark caused me look at my rear in the mirror for the first time and realize that he was right: I had the flattest of asses. And I’d had no previous awareness of this. At all.
I decided at that moment to change my body with strength training. I bought Weightlifting for Dummies and started practicing the movements in my apartment. When I felt more confident with weights, I bought a gym membership.
And this was the beginning of my self-empowerment through weights.
Despite a few pauses along the way − having a baby, a whiplash injury, and a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy − I’ve been lifting weights ever since. Lifting gives me more self-confidence and grit than I ever had as a 20-something. It’s part of who I am.
I know what it’s like to start from square one and rebuild muscle and strength. I will always keep pushing and helping other women to do the same, because the self-empowerment, strength, and confidence I have gained from lifting and eating better just can’t be measured.
What I Believe and Know to Work
Whenever I hear someone say they feel like they were hit by a bus every day around 2:00 p.m., I remind them that it’s not normal. We don’t have to accept feeling tired and achy day after day. We have choices about what we eat and how we move or don’t move. My truths:
- Strength training results in better energy, sleep, flexibility, and lower body fat. It can also give you a sense of power and peacefulness that translates into your daily life. When you own it in the weight room, you own it outside the weight room, too.
- You’ve got more than you know. Most women haven’t even begun to tap their true potential with strength training.
- Eating real foods means focusing on wholesome, nutrient-dense foods most of the time. It’s not something you need to apologize for or explain, either.
- You lose weight with an eating lifestyle, not a diet. Maintaining weight loss is sustainable forever the way I teach it.
- Small, daily changes are the way to big results. Big goals are overwhelming and hardly ever work. Setting small goes make you feel successful!
- Mindset is the key to making this lifestyle something you enjoy and prefer.
I believe everyone has a “workout nirvana.” The secret is in finding what makes you hum. For me, it’s weightlifting, but I also love hiking and the outdoors. Physical challenges in the environment you love create your workout nirvana.
My blog, B.A. in journalism, and freelance writing career allow me to educate people from all walks of life. Over the years, I’ve written 300+ articles here, fitnesstrainermagazine.com, and on other websites to teach and mentor others to lift and eat for their ultimate health and bodies.
Getting the Most Out of WorkoutNirvana
- Read up on strength training (beginners start here) and eating real foods.
- Learn about strength training after a mastectomy− you are not alone!
- Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Thanks again for stopping by!
~ See you in nirvana ~