Strength Training

Why Pilates and Lifting Weights Aren't Mutually Exclusive
As a Pilates teacher, my clients are often surprised when I tell them that in addition to having a dedicated Pilates practice, I regularly lift weights. “Pilates can make you stronger, so why would you want to do both?” they...
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When Should You Use a Weightlifting Belt?
“Weightlifting belts are for the weak!” That’s the purist and opinionated view I had developed over my four-year powerlifting journey. My first coach, Ryan, a colleague personal trainer, taught me powerlifting when I was a 43-year old newbie (I am...
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Don’t Let the Fitness Industry Tell You What to Do
When I was five years old, my mom would play an album on the record player, put on her leotard, tights, and leg warmers, and do aerobics in our living room. I had my own little leotard and leg warmers,...
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Ramp Up Your Workouts With Rowing
Indoor rowing is all the rage: rowing machines — also referred to as ergs — are making cameo appearances in commercials for all sorts of products, from fitness trackers to pharmaceuticals. Professional and Olympic athletes are touting rowing’s benefits for...
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Lifting Cultural Expectations
When I step into the weight room of my neighborhood gym, I am usually the only woman. If there is another one, I check her out and greet her in my head, “I see you. I see your muscles. Good...
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How Your Diet Helps You Achieve These 3 Popular Fitness Goals
You may have heard some version of the saying “a fit body is made in the kitchen.” While your training choices play a big role in your ability to accomplish your fitness or body composition goals, your diet is truly...
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5 Important Tips for Maximum Muscle Gain
If there’s one thing I have an insatiable appetite for (other than cake, of course), it’s muscles. Getting bigger, on purpose, has become one of my greatest passions. The training is fun, the results are tangible, and pursuing maximum muscle...
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5 Common Mistakes That Might Prevent You From Reaching Your Pull-Up Goals
The pull-up is one of my favorite exercises, and for an abundance of reasons. To state the obvious, pull-ups are tremendous for improving upper body strength, muscle definition, and lumbo-pelvic stability (the ability for the body to maintain proper support...
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The Transformative Power of Boxing for Women
Boxing is an incredible sport that can offer surprising benefits — depending of course on what you’re prepared to put into it! As an enthusiast, competitor, and now coach, I’ve frequently seen the transformative power of boxing, particularly with women....
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