I am a huge proponent of weight lifting heavy weights for women, but one point I have not focused on at all is that if you are just starting with lifting (or any kind of exercise for that matter), or it has been a while since you've lifted, it's... Read more
Maintenance- The Work Will Never End!
I don't mean to be a big downer with this blog, but I want to point something out to help keep people from slipping into the "When I lose this weight I can eat whatever I want" mode: It just ain't true!
The honest truth is that, while I am ... Read more
My Favorite Protein Shake Recipe
This is a diverse recipe I came up with that even my kids like. Everyone I've made it for asks me for it.
If you leave out the olive oil, this is an excellent post-workout shake. Fats slow digestion, so leaving it out lets the carbs and... Read more
Don't Work Your Abs.... Say WHAT????
I am going to address something I have heard around here on Spark that I think is complete hogwash. And I am sure I will take some flack for this, but I'm going to say it anyhow:
I've been reading people advising others not to work their a... Read more
Calf 21's (or 30's)
I've had a couple of different people who look at my workouts on Spark as me what "Calf 21's" are. I also call these "Calf 30's". I think calves are the most boring body part to work, so maybe this will give someone else a new spin on a way to w... Read more
Take the Occasional Exercise Break
Did you know that if you are a regular exerciser, taking the occasional week-long break is good for you?
I lift weights very hard, and schedule a week off of training every 10 weeks. Back in the days when I wasn't maxing out on my weights ... Read more
Vacation Eating Part 4: Tourist Trap Survival
The part of the vacation we look forward to the most is also the part that I dread the most when it comes to eating: The Theme Park!
Let's face it, they really don't cater towards healthy eating at theme parks. To make matters worse, they ... Read more
Vacation Eating Part 3: Hotel Breakfast Survival
The hotel breakfast..... You find yourself surrounded by free waffles and danishes and sausage.... Oh my!
I know that at first glance the hotel breakfast looks like a lost cause for a health-conscience eating, but it all reality, you can p... Read more
Vacation Eating Part 2: Eating out
Okay, so you have prepped by having good snacks along with you, but you are still going to have to eat out. More than likely your first meal in a restaurant will be while traveling to your destination. You need to get it in your head from this... Read more
Vacation Eating, Part 1: Preparation
I was originally going to do a blog on vacation eating in general, but realized it would make a very lengthy blog, so I'm going to break it down into several parts.
Today is Part 1: Preparation.
My 13-year old daughter, Lane, and I ... Read more
Emulate Those You Want To Look Like
Which type of physique do you admire and wish you looked like? Is it the people who run all the time? Bike? Sit on the couch with a remote in one hand and a bag of pork skins in the other? The ones who spend all their time at the gym in cardio c... Read more
Abdominal Workout Tips
Here are a few tips to get the most out of your ab exercises. All of these help to ensure that your abdominal muscles do the work and not other body parts:
1. When doing any kind of crunch, strait up or to the side for obliques, keep your e... Read more
The biggest difference to my body since I've started working with personal trainers is my hips. I'm convinced that it's because they've had me squatting so much. Just about every single time we worked lower body they had me doing some kind of sq... Read more
Least and Most Fav Lifting Moves
Here are my favorite moves for different body parts when lifting weights, along with my least favs and the ones I feel are most effective for me personally. Thought this might get people thinking about how they can change their routines up!
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The Evolution of a Muscular Back
Many years ago (20 or more), I saw an article in a magazine where the author gave kuddos to the best body parts in Hollywood. Raquel Welch got the vote for back, and the attached caption for the beautiful photo of her back stated that a muscula... Read more