How nice would it be if the time we had to spend in the gym equaled the number of exercise variations? Trick question. It really wouldn’t be super great. Who wants to spend hours and hours in the gym? Personally, I’d rather be spending time outside, enjoying a craft beer with friends, cooking a new … Continue reading Aim for an Effective AND Efficient Workout
The abs. When working with clients, it’s one of the most frequently referenced places that people want to lose fat. Reminder: spot reducing is a myth and if you want to lose body fat on your stomach, it takes time, proper nutrition, and loss of body fat everywhere else as well! But I digress… Back … Continue reading Four Mistakes You’re Probably Making While “Doing Abs” (And What to Do Instead!)
In the almost six years I’ve worked in the fitness industry, I feel as if I’ve seen it all. Exercises done incorrectly, ridiculous diet strategies followed, unnecessary (and expensive!) supplements purchased, and that’s just to name a few in a list I’m sure will continue to grow. But through the craziness, there’s still one negative … Continue reading Cheat Your Workout, Cheat Yourself.
It’s been a while, but I’m back this week for a Tough Love Tuesday with one of my biggest pet peeves that I see in programming and workouts. Training with no sense of direction or program or plan, adding in variations and “Instagram exercises” without reason… And then wondering why you’re not making progress! In … Continue reading For Movement’s Sake!
I donate plasma and a recent experience while donating inspired today’s post. The majority of the advice and conversations regarding health and fitness make me chuckle to myself when I’m there, but this one really got me thinking. Before we get into it, let’s set up a little context. For those unfamiliar with the process, … Continue reading The Number on the Scale is JUST a Number
When this article came to mind on my early drive to work one Tuesday morning, the working title was “Your Trainer Struggles, Just Like You.” But, as I started writing, I realized I’m not here to say anyone’s struggles are the same as other’s. They’re not. Even when comparing two people with seemingly identical life … Continue reading Your Trainer Struggles Too
It’s no secret that barbell movements have a host of benefits. From increasing strength to hypertrophy, they are a staple in many programs. But what if you don’t have access to a barbell? What if you don't feel comfortable quite yet with it? Or what if you simply want to mix it up?
In the gym, we lift perfectly shaped dumbbells, walk on treadmills, sit on machines designed to target a single muscle group, and pedal bikes that we don’t balance as we ride. But how often do we encounter these in our everyday life? If your day looks anything like mine, chances are grocery bags are never … Continue reading Working Out for Life
For as long as I’ve been participating in youth sports, 21 years, I’ve been told about the importance of stretching before exercise. Make sure you stretch so you don’t pull a muscle! I’ve seen pro athletes stretch on the side of the ice during a warm up. At one time, I’ve even used it in … Continue reading Stretching the Truth
Time for some Tuesday, trainer tough love. Every once in a while, I have a few topics that come up – either common misconceptions, ideas and exercises people get wrong, whatever they may be. We’re going to tackle these on Tuesdays with bonus articles. They might be what you want to hear. They might be … Continue reading It’s Not Always Easy. Sometimes It Sucks.