Browsing articles in "Strength Training"

Karen Smith
Jun
26
2015

Are You Ready for Overhead Pressing?

  Most people are mentally ready, and love the feeling of hoisting something heavy over their head. However, some are not yet physically ready.     It’s no secret that most people don’t move as much as they should. Extended periods of time sitting in front of a computer, hunching over a smartphone screen, or […]

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Jun
5
2015

One Weird Trick to Take Your Training to the Next Level

“One weird trick to lose stubborn belly fat!” You’ve all seen these ads pop up, annoyingly while reading an article or scrolling through your social media feeds, promising to hold the secret to getting lean or upping your credit score.  These ads, we know, are a scam.     Fat loss, if you want it, […]

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Jun
2
2015

Does Lifting Heavy Make You Bulky? Find Out The Truth Here

  “I don’t want to get big and bulky. I just want to tone the muscle I already have.” — Molly Galbraith, circa 2002   Yes, those words have actually come out of my own mouth, in complete and utter seriousness.   I remember saying them to my former high school teacher who saw me […]

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Karen Smith
May
26
2015

6 Ways To Develop Your Grip Strength for Better Results

  I recently came across a website called The Art of Manliness, and one of the articles I read was about grip strength. This should not come as a surprise, as most of us probably assume men train their grip strength to have stronger hands and forearms.   The article noted that while the hands […]

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Karen Smith
Apr
28
2015

Squat: It Does A Body (And A Booty) Good

(Note from GGS: Before we get any hate mail, yes, we LOVE Hip Thrusts for building a bigger and better booty as well, and plan to have an article about them very soon! Stay tuned! )   On numerous occasions my students and clients have walked into the Lululemon store in the town where I […]

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Apr
7
2015

My Switch to Strength: The Tale of a Former Cardio Queen

    Let’s see… two pairs of tights, two pairs of shorts, four tank tops…   I was doing a mental check-list as I packed my workout bag for the day. Yes, I was packing four changes of workout clothes for one day.   I wasn’t heading off to compete in a triathlon, or do […]

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Karen Smith
Apr
3
2015

Core Training With Kettlebells

  What is your “CORE”?   As a trainer for over 15 years, I cannot count the times I have been asked about “core” or “ab” exercises. I hear comments and questions like the following over and over.   “I want a six-pack!” “What ab exercises should I do?” “Can you help me lose my […]

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Karen Smith
Mar
10
2015

How To Do A Kettlebell Snatch

  What is it about the Kettlebell Snatch?   We all know that every time someone says “snatch” there are chuckles around the room or gym, especially if the audience are not other kettlebell lifters.   But in all seriousness, everyone wants to rush to kettlebell snatching because it is an advanced skill and it […]

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Mar
3
2015

How To Do A Bent Press

  I’m gonna be honest with you: There really aren’t too many movements that I don’t like to do in the gym with any toy I have at my disposal (barbells, Valslides, kettlebells, dumbbells, you name it). It’s often reminiscent of an episode of Oprah’s favorite things around Movement Minneapolis: “YOU get a kettlebell swing!” […]

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Feb
17
2015

How To Be A Personal Trainer

  When asked how to get started the right way to a successful, fulfilling, and profitable personal training career, my answer is not as quick as you might expect.   First, becoming a trainer is easy. Check this out: Poof! You’re a trainer.   The term is unregistered. This means that anybody can call himself […]

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