On body awareness, body image, and the use for shame

Reading Oliver Sack’s “A Leg To Stand On” was a bit surreal for me. In it, he describes the strange and unexpected event in his life of losing his leg. Not losing it physically, but mentally. Through injury, and nerve damage his leg "went dead" to him. He experienced thinking of his leg as not his own, but as a foreign object tethered to him through an uncontrollable … [Read more...]

Coaching tricks for hypermobile chicks (and guys too, of course)

Why this matters: Whether you are hypermobile, or you are a coach who may train a hypermobile client, these 4 tips are absolutely essential for building a solid foundation and preventing potential injury and frustration.  [Read time: 15-20 minutes]   I've written previously on lifting and hypermobility, as it is a topic close to my heart. In this blog post, I … [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...]

When Abs Aren’t Just Made in the Kitchen – Three Tips

My core stability and abs have improved dramatically in the last couple of months thanks to a few new things I learned and/or learned how to implement properly. With my new abs pics plastered all over FB, I felt compelled to share my "secrets: with you. So, it's frustrating when you ask someone, "How do you get your abs like that?" and their response is, "Abs are made in the … [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...]