Browsing articles in "Strength Training"

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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Karen Smith
Feb
6
2015

How To Do A Pull-up: Everything You Need To Know

  “I CAN’T do a pull-up!”   Does this comment resonate with you? Well, you are not alone. There are three big reasons I would say most females (and some males) cannot do pull-ups:   First, you have listened to someone tell you that you CAN’T.   Second, you have convinced yourself that you CAN’T! […]

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Jan
23
2015

What Is Exercise Addiction and Dependence?

    (Note from GGS: We get a lot of questions at Girls Gone Strong regarding exercise addiction and dependence. “How do I know if I’m addicted to exercise?” “Why do I feel so guilty if I miss a training session?” “I HATE rest days! Do I have to take them?”   This is a […]

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Karen Smith
Dec
26
2014

4 Kettlebell Deadlift Variations You Should Be Doing

    Are you looking for a single exercise that can help you:   • get stronger • gain muscle • burn tons of calories • improve your athletic performance • help reduce your risk of injury     Then look no further than a (properly performed) Deadlift.     The Deadlift is one of […]

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Dec
12
2014

A Quick Bodyweight Workout You Can Do Anywhere

With the winter months lurking, sometimes leaving the house for a workout can seem daunting.   That’s why I designed this workout you can do right now in your living room with no equipment. These exercises don’t require much more than your own bodyweight!   Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, need to fit a quickie […]

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Karen Smith
Dec
9
2014

Exercise Spotlight: Kettlebell Windmill

  Kettlebell Windmills are a beautiful expression of mobility, stability and strength. The windmill is an advanced exercise taught at the STRONGFIRST level II Kettlebell certification.   Some specific cues and coaching tips will improve your success with the windmill significantly.   “The windmill should be a simultaneous hip hinging and spine rotation”, says Pavel […]

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