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October 24, 2017

What is “volume” when talking about your program? It’s the number of Reps X Sets you do for one lift/exercise or multiple lifts/exercises (for a given muscle group) in a given session or a given training week. For example, in my current week of my training cycle; Squat...

September 6, 2017

Will you get big from weightlifting/powerlifting? A topic with many myths… Define big first? Lean and cut happens through diet, as a female lifting alone will not get you there. Will you gain muscle, of course!  With that said, I have debated on sharing this story sinc...

August 25, 2017

Unless your goal is to become stronger, increase lean body mass, and become an elite powerlifter (goals!), my program can’t be your program. As individuals, we have our own goals, limitations, and needs. What works for me may not work for you. Sure, the same principles...

One phrase, “Strength builds confidence.” Powerlifting allows me to continue to learn and grow every single day. It gives me an opportunity to build confidence, surprise myself through strength, and push my mental capacity beyond its limits. For me, this provides as mu...

What is your goal  – what are you trying to accomplish with each session and by the completion of the program? How many times a week are you able to train? How much time do you have to train during each session? What is your current training experience? Are you new to...

Wow! Wow! and Wow! I have never been more proud of myself for stepping out of the box, putting myself in an uncomfortable situation, and excelling beyond my expectations. For those of you who don’t know me, failure is my biggest fear. Deep down I am competitive, but it...

Raise your hand if you have ever walked into a gym without a plan – yes, everyone should be raising their hand, even me! While you might feel accomplished when you are done simply because 1. you made it into the gym, 2. you probably burnt some calories, and 3. you feel...

Let’s start off with a simple question – why do you go to the gym? Most people might say, “to increase fitness”, “to build muscle”, “to lose weight”, “to lose fat” (notice I used both weight and fat because they are two separate things – more on that later), “to look g...