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...]

Diet philosophizing, training progress….a bit of cursing and my fave squat vid!

Random thoughts typed out on my Iphone about the whole dieting thing. Might as well archive them here! Some cussing, some controversy. Lots of my thought processes. This blog is my journal as well. Your personal bias is HUGE. Do what you can to minimize it. Be proud and picky when choosing information to put into use for yourself. You owe no one anything. No trainer, no … [Read more...]

The Real Reason We Need Haters

Anyone can suddenly find themselves being labeled a hater, or call themselves the target of a "hater" because someone criticizes them. We all love labels, and it is never easier to slap one on someone than when we feel defensive or targeted. There are real haters out there, mind you. People chock full of their special brand of ignorance and prejudice. Those real haters tend to … [Read more...]

The Cardio Default: A Rant

This is a rant. I wrote this awhile ago before I moved to Toronto. Finding and rereading it, I found I felt the same way, especially now that I work mainly with general population clients – businessmen/women, busy moms, older clients, etc. Read it carefully before you get pissed off or tell me that "something is better than nothing"or accuse me of saying cardio is bad. The … [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...]

4 Mindgasms for your Monday

If you are into fitness, strength, bodybuilding or whatever, chances are spend some time reading till your eyes are red on every topic related to your interest. Oh you don't? Is that because you are too busy learning things the right way; by doing them? I kid. But only partially. As Dan John said so simply: "Read all you want. But remember, the performance is up to you." Yeah, … [Read more...]

Lessons in Principles From a Sprint Coach

Bret Contreras posted a guest-post by UK sprint coach Greg Potter, that was really great. Seeing as how a lot of people won’t sit through long posts, I hope he doesn’t mind me regurgitating the points that I feel resonate on a general level whether you are a coach or not. This post was chock full of “principles” and great tidbits. So I figured a condensed version of some of … [Read more...]

What I’ve Learned Coaching High School Athletes

I don’t have much contact with other high school coaches….but I am sure they are out there, so this is a bit of a “this is what I do” article! Here are several coaching “lessons” I have learned from a year and a half of coaching (seems longer!). A lot of these ideas could apply to beginner populations of all ages as well. Since I lost my wonderfully long diet blog post update, … [Read more...]