Side Effect: Girl Power

This week, I decided to call upon my fellow fitness females and ask a few questions via our Facebook group.  The first question I posted was about what exercise move they enjoyed the most.  Surprisingly, more than one of them noted an upper body movement.  This was unexpected to me for some reason.  But it […]

My First 225# PR: Sumo Deadlift

I finally did a big lift with 225 pounds, which was a goal of mine for a while now. Check out my video of my very first sumo deadlift 225# pull. I’ve been meaning to share this particular video for a while now. Why? Because I’m proud of it — and want you to strive […]

5 Reasons I’m Sticking With Strength Training

Good Morning & Happy Easter to those who celebrate it! I wanted to get a quick blog out to you all this morning, as it’s been a while and I really wanted to share my love of strength training.  Much of the time I focus on diet and food/recipes, but working out is just as […]

Do You Have a Workout Plan?

Good Morning! I am a confessed gym-watcher.  When I warm up or am taking breaks between sets, I stare.  In my mind, I’m not noticeably staring, but I definitely scan the area to see what everyone is doing.  I also always wonder what workout program they are working off of, goals they are trying to […]

What’s In Your Gym Bag?

I’m going to do my version of US Weekly’s celebrity “what’s in their bag” feature they do each week…however, I’m not a celebrity and this is my gym bag, not my purse.  Anyhow, here is what is in my gym bag: Here’s a brief overview of what I have going on in my bag today, […]

My Workout Mantra: Me Time

I once ran across a blog that listed 99 reasons to workout or something of that sort.  Listed in those 99 items was something that has stuck with me ever since, which was this: Your workout is your time with yourself, away from the world.  Don’t worry about other people or other things.   I […]

Is Your Warm Up Sufficient?

Two weeks ago, I asked Matt to check my squat form at the gym.  I had 165 pounds on my back, which is not as heavy as I typically go in a session.  I squatted about half way down, winced in pain and re-racked the bar.  Matt assumed it was my lower back but it […]

Reality Check In: Food, Fat Loss, Gym, Sleep & Sanity

When I started this blog, one major reason was for me to share a realistic view of balancing a healthy and fit lifestyle into a super crammed schedule.  It was for me to benchmark my victories and my struggles, as well as hold me accountable.  If I’m telling you all these great “real life” tips, […]