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Articles: Strength Training

2 Bodyweight Workouts You Can Do When Life Gets Busy

Whether it’s summer break or the holiday season, certain times of the year bring more travel, or at the very least take us out of our everyday routines with outings, celebrations, and out of town guests — and for many of us who are parents, a lot more time with the kiddos on break from school. […]

How Strong Can A Woman Get, Really?

“Men are just stronger than women. It’s just a fact.” Well, is it now? This article aims to take a case with common misconceptions and facts regarding women’s ability to get strong and how strong they can get. At a young age, I learned about a glorious (and a soon-to-be frustrating thing) called “weight class.” […]

4 Persistent Deadlift Myths That Are Holding You Back

Deadlifts are perhaps one of the best exercise you can do, not matter your age, size, or fitness level, and it pains me every time I hear someone say they don’t like to deadlift. It’s like they just said they don’t like kittens. Kittens! Admittedly, I like kittens more than I like deadlifts, but deadlifts […]

3 Band-Resistance Exercises To Challenge Your Whole Body

Band-resisted exercises don’t always garner the respect they deserve. Often considered inferior to using barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells, band-resisted exercises tend to tend to have a reputation for being only for beginners or inexperienced lifters. Even more disappointing, in some circles, resistance bands are perceived as tools used strictly for rehab or physical therapy. I […]

5 Joint-Friendly Upper Body Exercises

An ideal fitness goal for every woman should be to cultivate a routine of optimal, pain-free training that ensures the ability to continue to engage in the physical activities she enjoys and that helps her stay fit and healthy. To sum it up in one word: longevity! Key factors that dictate if an exercise is […]

4 Exercises for Bolder Shoulders

I’m a petite person, but I have always had a rather big upper body. I used to absolutely hate my broad shoulders. I’d describe them as linebacker shoulders, in the most negative way possible. For as long as I can remember, I’ve carried myself with a slumped posture to make those big shoulders appear a […]

Getting Started With Strength Training — True Stories From Former First-Timers

For someone new to strength training or thinking about starting, it can feel at once inspiring and intimidating. If that sounds familiar, just remember… Everyone has been a beginner at some point. For me, everything started on a summer day in 2009. As I sat in the parking lot of the gym looking over the print-out […]

Beyond The Back Squat: 3 Squat Variations To Mix It Up

Whether your goal is to improve your performance or your body composition, the squat is an essential tool for success. Don’t be fooled! Though typically considered a lower body exercise, this “bang for your buck” move offers total-body benefits. Squatting not only strengthens and develops your leg muscles (most notably your quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings), […]

The Difference Between Training for Strength and Training for Hypertrophy

The goal of training for hypertrophy is to increase muscle size, and the goal of training for strength is to maximize the amount of force produced with those muscles in relation to skeletal structure. Although by definition, these two approaches to training aim to produce different results, when programmed thoughtfully, they complement each other. When […]

Why You Should Train Your Breathing for Better Movement

To perform at your highest level as an athlete, or even just to move better in your daily life, training your muscles for enhanced movement is a no-brainer. But what about your breathing? When thinking about the role breathing has in training and performance, the focus usually tends to be on oxygenation and stress management. […]

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