Lessons in ‘Chocolat’: Keeping food a pleasure, for better fat loss and better health

Why this matters Diets normally need structure, but that structure should never include guilt about what you eat or avoidance of the inherent pleasure of food. [Read time: 10-15 minutes]   I came across this research paper the other day and found this statement to be quite powerful. "Attitudes to Food and the Role of Food in Life in the USA, Japan, Flemish … [Read more...]

The real reason Tracy, Jillian, Oz, Oprah, Selter, Mercola, and Food Babe are winning the information game

Why This Matters Want to influence someone to see the light? First, understand how they obtain and process information. Reading this could be a game-changer. [Read Time: 11 minutes] As a trainer, I choke upon hearing some of the stuff people spew about fitness and nutrition. Yeah, I can get indignant like it's nobody's business. The people I named in the title of … [Read more...]

How I Trained in 2013: Lessons From an Intermediate Lifter

This is a summary of my training for the year of 2013. I thought it would be insightful/useful to others. Please remember that the pros and cons I list for each program are my personal ones. These are programs filtered through my experience using them and my particular strengths/weaknesses. It might be completely different for you. But as an intermediate lifter/trainee, I … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Why Weights? An Analogy

This topic has been covered in-depth by many more experts than me, yet I feel there is a disconnect between what someone might know and what they actually do. Especially us, ladies. So consider this post half of a lecture to myself as well as me getting excited about what I am learning in physiology. I am often asked: "Why should I train the big compound movements first … [Read more...]

What to Do When You Can’t Squat Deep, Benching Hurts, and Deadlifts Terrify Your Back

I see you. Home alone, facing the wall in shame as a YouTube video of someone with massive lift numbers bangs out those reps and a sexy logo finishes it off as the music fades into the background. You clicked on it for some motivation, but all it reminds you of is how you can't do any of that yet. You slowly turn around, scared to see if it is done, sit back down hunched over … [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...]