It’s no secret that I’m on a mission to get as many women as possible picking up barbells. It doesn’t matter what your fitness goals are; barbells are excellent tools to add to your arsenal. But as someone who used to be super intimidated by barbells, I get that, for many women, there are some significant barriers — most of which boil down to a lack of readily available knowledge about the logistics of using them. However, that’s an obstacle I feel confident we can overcome. So, let’s talk about the things you should know about barbells. My hope is that…

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I often feel that side plank or Vasisthasana has become the burpee of yoga. On one hand, it’s so, so good for you. On the other hand, the minute students in class realize that the next pose is side plank, there’s usually a sea of groans or at least a bunch of not-so-happy faces. Granted, this pose takes a ton of strength to perform correctly, and very often I see it done with some really wacky alignment things going on. Additionally, the full expression of the pose can be tough on those with pre-existing wrist, elbow, and shoulder issues. So,…

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The top floor of my gym is mostly just a line of lifting platforms and barbells — and this is where I spend most of my time when I’m there. There isn’t much in this world that makes me feel more badass than lifting a heavy barbell. Something about it just feels like home to me. But I’ve also been writing online strength training programs for women for a few years now and even after all this time, it’s still shocking to me how many women avoid picking up barbells. This phenomenon is further reflected in the fact that when…

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Burpees … the thing we all love to hate. There’s no shortage of memes out there that speak to the misery that burpees inflict upon us. Like this one… Or this one … Oh wait, or this one … But for real though, I could go on and on. I recently listened to a close friend go on a rant about how difficult and pointless the burpee is. He argued that this movement was clearly designed by trainers and coaches for the purpose of torturing their clients. I listened to my friend argue his point, waxing poetic about how there’s simply no…

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You guys know our FAVORITE personal trainer and fellow coach in the 10 in 4 Challenge, Dave Smith, right? Well, today he’s sharing some fascinating info on workout intensity and doing workouts that get results. It might be quite different than what you’ve heard before … and he’s even got a workout for you to try! Why Are Your Workouts Not Working? When it comes to exercise, a lot of people fall into one of two groups: Group #1: I don’t like it. These people dislike working out. They don’t like going to the gym, they don’t like sweating, and …

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Wanna go for a swim? If that question just left you feeling mildly (or highly) panicked, you’re definitely not the only one. While lots of people are perfectly comfortable bobbing around in the shallow end, the Centers for Disease Control reports that more than one third of adults in the U.S. cannot swim the length of a pool. As someone who could literally swim before I could walk, I can’t tell you how much this breaks my heart. Not only because it’s dangerous and scary, although that’s certainly a huge factor. (I mean, 10 people drown every single day in the …

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