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...]

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...]

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...]

Why Your Legs Are Jacked and Your Butt is Not

  Why This Matters: Not getting the results you want from glute exercises? Here's why, along with form tips to get you on track for a better butt. [Read time: about 8 minutes]   In this era of big butts that don't lie, there's a problem. Your butt maybe isn't responding to your faithful ministrations of thrusts, squats, pulls, and deads. There … [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...]

Are you Gumby? Hypermobility, Joint Laxity and What’s Bad About Too Much Flexibility

Why This Matters: I've struggled with the effects of hypermobility on lifting stability and strength. If you think you might be hypermobile, it's essential you identify the issue and begin to find ways to correct movement, and become stronger and more stable. My experience shared in this post will put you on the right track.  [Read time: 18 minutes]   When I … [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...]