Recommended Resources: Training New Moms by Jessie Mundell

Jon Goodman was gracious enough to send over a copy of this new product for me to review (among others), and I think it's awesome! Not only is it needed, but it's simple, well-put together, and thorough. I found myself both nodding along and learning new things while reading it. Jessie and Jon did a great job of writing, producing it, and providing you with programs, … [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...]

My Squat Everyday Training Log: Average Lifter Gone Wild

Just over a year ago, I was stepping into brand-spanking-new learning territory about fitness, lifting, biology, neurochemistry, stress physiology, and training philosophy. Around that time, you might have heard me say things about "squatting every day." I had started delving into certain threads online regarding strength and conditioning, and I was exploring the … [Read more...]

Success Leaves Clues: Lessons in Programming and Practical Application from Olympic Coaches

"You have to have an objective, a goal, some thought process, some strategy in your mind for whatever you do. Otherwise it's a waste of time." - Stuart McMillan "Know the rules before you break them. Know your rules physiologically, because you have to know how to adjust further down the road. If you don't know you're breaking any rules, that's when you run into trouble. … [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...]

Twerk Your Way to Stronger Lifts, Stronger Abs and Pain-Free Movement

I realize that by putting “twerking” in the title of this post, I am guilty of a shameless marketing tactic (thanks Miley!), but once you watch the videos,  and see my explanation, I think you will agree with me on how appropriate it is to call the exercise I am showcasing “Rib Twerking”. This post has to do with positioning and alignment of the core NOT twerking your booty … [Read more...]