Why Women Should Lift HEAVY

Why Women Should Lift Heavy

I’ve always been athlete.  I’ve played sports — both competitive and recreational — for pretty much my entire life. I started lifting weights and working out pretty early too.  My mom started bringing me to the gym with her when I was 14, I was lucky to have such a positive, healthy role model. But…

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The Real Reason Why Most Diet And Exercise Plans Fail

When I start working with new clients I have them complete a pretty detailed intake questionnaire. Two of the questions that I ask are: What’s your biggest nutrition challenge?  (The thing that makes it most difficult to stay consistent or make progress with healthy eating?) What’s your biggest exercise challenge?  (The thing that makes it…

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Is Your Personal Care Routine Making You Toxic?

Is your personal care routine making you toxic?

We all use personal care products and cosmetics to look, feel, and…*ahem* … smell better. But, unfortunately, most personal care products don’t make us any healthier. In fact, many of them contain ingredients that can cause serious health problems. And… While most people understand that eating organic meats and produce can help them reduce their…

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How To Become A Pull-Up Machine

How To Become A Pull-Up Machine

A Guide For Ladies That Lift Pull-ups are one of the best exercises you can do for your upper body.  They help you build defined shoulders and a chiseled upper back.  And more importantly, they improve your overall strength, performance and athleticism. But lots of people — women especially — have trouble doing them. I…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 10 – Chest and Arms

Anatomy For Athletes - Chest and Arms

This post will wrap up the Anatomy For Athletes Mini-Series.  If you haven’t already, check out parts 1 through 5 to learn the key functions, training considerations, and exercises for the major lower body muscles groups.  And check out parts 6 through 9 for the rest of the upper body muscle groups. Functional Anatomy of…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 9 – Shoulder Muscles

Anatomy For Athletes - Shoulders

In Parts 1 through 5 of the Anatomy For Athletes Mini-Series I described the primary functions, training considerations and exercises for each of the lower body muscle groups.  In Parts 6, 7 and 8 I discussed the abdominal, intrinsic back muscles, and upper back muscles. In this post I’ll cover the functional anatomy of the deltoid and…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 8 – Upper Back Muscles

Upper Back Muscles

In Parts 1 through 5 of the Anatomy For Athletes Mini-Series I described the primary functions, training considerations and exercises for each of the lower body muscle groups.  In Parts 6 and 7 I discussed the abdominal and intrinsic back muscles. In this post I’ll cover the major muscle groups of the upper back —…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 7 – Intrinsic Back Muscles

In Parts 1, 2 and 5 of the Anatomy For Athletes Mini-Series I discussed the importance of developing glute, hamstring and calf strength. What do the glutes, hams, and calves have in the common with the muscles we’ll discuss today?  They’re part of the posterior chain. A strong posterior chain is important for athletic performance,…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 6 – Abdominal Muscles

Anatomy For Athletes - Abdominals

This is the first upper body functional anatomy post of the Anatomy For Athletes Mini-Series.  Check out parts 1 through 5 to learn the key functions, training considerations, and exercises for the glutes, hamstrings, quads, adductors, and calves. Functional Anatomy of the Abdominal Muscles The abdominal wall consists of four muscles – rectus abdominis, external obliques,…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 5 – The Lower Leg

Anatomy For Athletes - Lower Leg

This post will complete the lower body portion of the Anatomy For Athletes Mini-Series.  Check out parts 1 through 4 to learn the key functions, training considerations, and exercise examples for the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and adductors. Functional Anatomy Of The Lower Leg The primary lower leg muscles are the gastrocnemius, soleus, and tibialis anterior.…

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