Ditch the Bootcamp Mentality

Last weekend I volunteered to judge Vermont's first local Crossfit competition hosted by Green Mountain Crossfit in Montpelier. It was a very fun and great experience and I had a great time helping out, encouraging and judging competitors and being around other "fitness" people. Given my lack of many social activities due to work and life (totally don't mind), it was kind of … [Read more...]

Cutting, Bulking, and the Fear of Gaining Weight: A Woman’s Perspective

  Why This Matters Women: Have you been trying to lose those last 10 lbs. for months or years? Stop cutting, start eating a little more, and start lifting weight. [Read time: 12 minutes]   This topic has been on my mind for awhile now, and moreso because of quite a few private messages and posts from different women. I wanted to discuss cutting and … [Read more...]

What You SHOULD Know About Plateaus

I have had this post bouncing around in my head since last week, and if I don't get it out I'm gonna go crazy. Occasionally at work (the prison), I am assigned to construction watch. This is great for me  because it means babysitting two non-inmate maintenance guys = I can catch up on reading!!! I print out some Alan Aragon Research Reviews, grab a highlighter and get paid to … [Read more...]

Food-for-Thought Before Starting a Diet or Weight Loss Plan

I sincerely sympathize with people who struggle with their diet. Having known the confusion of bouncing from one fad to another, getting your hopes up when you hear of a new "method", feeling the rush of losing 5 lbs (water weight dear) and then having the hunger and frustration set in. The thoughts that you should be stronger than this. That willpower is all it takes. The … [Read more...]

Diet Guidance for Highschool Athletes

In this post, I want to share the start of me helping some of my athletes have a better understanding of their nutrition for performance and get them started on the basics of diet. This is as much a learning experience for me as it is for them, and we are in the beginning stages of me helping them be aware of this important factor WITHOUT getting them caught up in specifics … [Read more...]

Mini Insights: Pausing the Squat

So, I pick on squats alot, cause its a pretty constant learning process at this stage. But I am super happy with my progress, knees have never felt better, strength is still going up (for proper squatting my muscles are still relatively in the "newbie" stage, since I have deloaded and fixed form several times the past year, 3 to be exact). So, another "saying" I have when … [Read more...]

Mini Insights: Cueing the Overhead Press

The common cue for overhead barbell presses (though this applies to dumbbell presses too) is to "thread your head through your arms". This is technically correct, but focusing on the HEAD coming through the arms, I don't feel usually results in people producing the right finishing position. A lot of times they do what I call "chicken necking" Using the neck and head to direct … [Read more...]

Mini Insights: Punch the Gut

Excessive lordosis. Now, some people might WANT more of this, but some of us have a problem with it, especially when it comes to lifting weights. Excessive lordosis is an excessive "curve" in the lower spine. Think of someone who can "stick their ass out" alot by arching their back (like me) :D That big lower back arch is nice and attractive, but not when you are … [Read more...]

Mini Insights: “Hey There’s My Pelvis” and Two-Part Lunges

Working with teenagers means coming up with ways to teach them that are entertaining, practical and translate into making them move the way I am envisioning. Since glute activation and hip power are a cornerstone of good performance in all strength and conditioning, we do alot of thrusting of all kinds. Bar thrusts, kettlebell swings, etc, and of course stuff that requires hip … [Read more...]

Beyond Brawn Bites: Part 1

In these couple blog posts coming up, I would like to share quotes from different reading material I have been working my way through, that resonated with me personally in my learning process. Everybody "clicks" with different things at different times and as one of my friends pointed out "often how something affects you is a matter of when you are ready to hear it". I have … [Read more...]