Returning to Online Coaching

Hi Everyone, As promised, this is my official announcement for returning to online coaching. A break was needed while I made my move to Toronto, and also to reevaluate my online coaching style as well as balancing family and work! For those who have inquired by email the last couple months, I will be sending out a mass email with a couple docs to review that include my … [Read more...]

Recommended Resources: Starve Mode by Leigh Peele

I first heard of Leigh Peele in reverent whispers from other trainers I admired. It usually went something like "Oh Leigh? Yeah she's great. Smart, excellent resource." Yet, I hadn't heard much about her. Unlike yours truly, she doesn't smear herself all over social media. Yet, her body of work, and the respect she garners from top coaches, her clients, and other trainers is … [Read more...]

Your Problem With Sugar is THE Problem With Sugar

Why this matters: Nothing is easier than blaming sugar when it comes to unsuccessful dieting, but that blame is often very misplaced. Learn what sugar is and why it's not as devilish as you've been made to believe.  [Read time: 25 minutes (stick with it; it'll be worth it!)]   "When you start from an incorrect assumption, you reach an incorrect conclusion." - … [Read more...]

The Mistake You’re Not Learning From

We hear these kinds of phrases all the time: "Learn from your mistakes" "It was a learning experience" "I am ok, because I learned something from it". Totally true. In fact it will be true for the rest of your life. But part of progress is making different mistakes. New ones. Not repeating the same ones. Progress is fighting new battles. I was sitting around … [Read more...]

Can You Learn About Fitness From Unrequited Love?

When I was 20, I was out of my first relationship that had lasted 4 years. I was living with my dad in Japan and had the cutest fat little baby girl who looked like a brown Shirley Temple. I even called her Charlee Temple. I  lived in a beautiful compound in the mountains about 3 hours from Tokyo and 20 minutes from the beach. I was working as a nonprofit volunteer with a … [Read more...]

Why Lifting Weights Lets You Eat More Carbs and All About Metabolism

Why this matters: Women, it's time to de-mysticize metabolism and carbs and learn how to fuel your workouts, gain muscle, and get lean (with carbs!).  [Read time: 25 minutes (stick with it; it's worth it!)]   Let's get on with talking about carbs, muscles, and metabolism. Metabolism is such a cool word. It implies all kinds of sciencey things. "I don't … [Read more...]

12 Tips From My 2012

Come on, I gotta do some kind of New Year post to keep up with every other trainer blogger. :D But seriously, here's 12 tips ranging from potentially life-changing to trivial, depending on how brilliant you feel I am. Feel free to let me know if I've totally saved your sanity somehow and/or improved your quality of life through my insightfulness. Or you can buy me … [Read more...]

Consultation Question and Answer Sample

I get quite a few emails from people inquiring about consultations, and/or just asking questions. This is great for me as a coach, because it exposes me to a wider variety of problems! Right now, besides working with an online client, I deal daily with mostly strength and conditioning factors for young athletes. Getting experience working with other types of clients is not as … [Read more...]

Quick Question: Is it true that I should only eat 20-30 grams of protein at a time?

Short answer: No. Better answer: From Alan Aragon in this interview here: machinemuscle.com Interview with Alan Aragon "You wrote an article regarding protein per meal, could you give the specifics on the research?" "Wow, it seems like forever ago that I wrote that article (here). The general thrust is that people mistakenly think that there’s a strict limit to how … [Read more...]

A Few of the Funniest Things I Ever Believed

Reminiscing is a bitch. It's actually super fun to look back and see how much smarter you are now than you were once. I can still remember the day I chose to "start working out". I was 15, and helping my school get a soccer team going. This was a private rich brat school in Panama City, Panama. Small by comparison to the larger public schools, but this school taught in English, … [Read more...]