What I am dying to tell my clients about training…..that’s not about training

Over the past several months, I've had the pleasure of communicating and training several clients who went through stressful life changes and events. Often, training took a backseat and talking took a frontseat. I learned to listen better because of what they shared, and saw what they needed beyond just exercise prescriptions, better technique or sets and reps. There's much … [Read more...]

Coaching tricks for hypermobile chicks (and guys too, of course)

Why this matters: Whether you are hypermobile, or you are a coach who may train a hypermobile client, these 4 tips are absolutely essential for building a solid foundation and preventing potential injury and frustration.  [Read time: 15-20 minutes]   I've written previously on lifting and hypermobility, as it is a topic close to my heart. In this blog post, I … [Read more...]

Stop lying about time. If your time isn’t yours then neither is your life.

I reached a bit of a peak (or rather a valley) in the last couple months feeling unproductive, forgetful, sluggish, aimless, sleeping badly and even not "finding" time to train. I felt harried.  Not all the time, mind you. But this was a trend I was experiencing. It frustrated me. I felt like my mind was being glossed over and the color of the paint was called "Meh". I … [Read more...]

Does the menstrual cycle impair training performance?

In the course of my research for my presentation at the Structured Training Seminar in NYC next week (check it out here), I came across a surprising thing. Surprising because it is one of those soundbites you hear repeated frequently enough, yet I had never really sat down and researched the answer. You often hear: "Women can't perform as well during their menstrual cycle. … [Read more...]

Fitness for Dummies: Practical Tips

I know you. You exercise anywhere from a couple of times a week to maybe 4 times max (one of those days is yoga, isnt it?). You want maximum results, with minimal in-gym work. Exercise is work. Working out is work. You have lots of work. Your trainer is perhaps a progressive, smarty pants type (at least you should hope so). He/she knows words like "Stuart McGill" … [Read more...]

There Is No Such Thing As Perfect Form

I have been exercising for a long time, and I have dealt with some longstanding frustrations about getting my body to do the things I want it to do. Exercise is more than just working out. It’s part of one of our most important relationships – the one with our own bodies. Through movement, what we eat, physical exploration, pushing physical limits, and setting physical … [Read more...]

Train Tall, Not Tucked

Dan Pfaff, track and field coach extraordinaire, says: "I believe strongly that mechanical efficiency should drive training, and that mastery is key. If you want healthier, more confident athletes, make them more mechanically efficient." Katy Bowman, biomechanist, engineer, and anatomist, says: "Alignment matters because load matters. The load is not the weight. The load is … [Read more...]

Can I lift weights while pregnant?….and other questions about buns-in-the-oven and fitness

Short answer: it depends on the training level of the woman prior to pregnancy and any possible complications that may be applicable. Long answer: that's not a good question and I want to rant more about the bigger picture of making a baby in your belly and staying fit. First let's get the appeal to authority over with. I had 2 babies. This qualifies me to....wait for … [Read more...]

Olympic Lifting for Everyone – Guest Post by Jamie Hale

This is a guest post by Jamie Hale, that he was gracious enough to publish on my blog. His timing was impeccable (though he did not know it), as the topic has been on my mind lately as I use variations of the Oly lifts with just about all of my clients! I am NOT an Olympic lifter, and I have not trained the Olympic lifts exclusively, nor have I been certified with an Olympic … [Read more...]

The Ideal Threesome, And How to Get It: Interview with a Jacked Dude

Yes, this post is about threesomes. But not that kind. This is an interview I did awhile ago with Steve Kleva – friend, bodybuilder, powerlifter, and coach based out of Arizona.  I decided to talk to him about how to get big, lean, and strong all at the same time! And I figured my male readers would appreciate the conversation. (Not that I can't whip a man into shape as … [Read more...]