I am woman, hear me grunt!

Before I get into today’s post, I want to say a HUGE thanks to all of you who have visited my blog since I launched last Thursday.  Also to those of you who have forwarded the link to friends and family, to those who have sent me emails and made comments.  I am truly appreciative.  Since I launched this blog, just a few days ago, I have had over 300 hits.  And I’m pretty stoked about that!  So again, thanks to everyone.  Please keep passing the site along and please keep commenting, emailing, etc (oh, and don’t forget to subscribe over on the right)…You guys rock!

Now, on to my first real post…

Let’s face it, it’s gotta be pretty tough being a woman in this day and age.  They are inundated with images, magazine articles, fitness “experts” and idiot boyfriends that tell them they need to be skinnier, as well as smaller in certain areas and bigger in others just to be attractive.  I can’t tell you how much that ticks me off.  Especially when I have female clients coming to me who are so dissatisfied with their bodies, that they can hardly stand to look at themselves in the mirror.


This blog theme (” I am woman, hear me grunt!”) will be a recurring one that highlights women I train who are going against the grain, loving their bodies the way they are, lifting heavy weight (hence the grunting), learning to embrace being strong and understanding that getting stronger is the best way to get and stay lean.

This blog theme is my “go play in traffic” to  everyone who tells women they can’t be strong and attractive.  That they can’t work hard and be feminine.  And that they can’t lift more than 5 pounds or they will look like a man.

Here’s the first of what I’m sure will be many:

Amber is a young mom who just had her fifth child a few months ago.  Now according to popular belief, after having kids a woman should just come to the realization that her body will never be the same and that being fit and trim just isn’t a reality right?

Not for Amber.

She’s been coming to me for a few months now and is losing pounds as well as inches.  Granted she is post pregnancy so some of that can be expected, but I think we all know women who have never lost a single pound that they gained during pregnancy, so congrats to her for not giving in to an easy excuse for not losing the baby weight.

Amber also stopped getting fake nails put on because they were getting in the way during her workouts and she felt like it was more important to get the most out of what we were doing in our sessions than having fake nails.  In other words, she felt like lifting heavy weight, getting stronger and leaner was more feminine that having long, french manicured nails (do I lose my man-card for knowing they were french manicured??).

I hear a lot from women that they don’t have time to make it to the gym because of their kids, they’re just too busy being a mom to make time for themselves.  I’ve met four of Amber’s kids because if she has to, she brings them to the gym with her.  She’s not making excuses and coming up with reasons to not have the body she wants.  She’s embracing the fact that even busy mom’s (remember: 5 kids) can be strong, fit, healthy and feminine.  She’s also setting a great example for her kids by showing them that exercise is an important part of life.

She’s not picking up the little pink dumbbells and running endless hours on the treadmill. (In fact, we spend little to no time on the treadmill) And she is seeing noticeable gains…weekly.  She’s not afraid to try and lift more weight than the previous week or get in an extra rep.  In fact, these are the reasons she’s making such great gains.  Oh, and she’s also not constantly worrying about getting “big and bulky”.

You know why…

Because its not happening.

Here are just some of the things I have Amber do in our sessions:

-Heavy Deadlifts/Rack Pulls

-Pushups (legit ones)

-Heavy Rows and Pulldowns

-Push Presses

-Sled Pushes

-Sledge Hammer Swings

-Tire Flips

-Kettlebell Swings

and on and on and on……

Kudos to Amber for shattering the mold!



First off, I want to say thanks for taking the time to visit my new blog.  I appreciate it greatly.  I’m really excited about this new venture.  Being a constant student of fitness and health, this gives me an avenue to reach a broader audience than just family, friends and those that I train.

That being said, let me give you an idea of what you can expect from me on a regular basis:

-Expect for me to try to convince you to like the same things I like that may just be more beneficial for your strength and physique than things you are currently doing (i.e. stabilization based ab exercises rather than sit-ups and crunches; and interval training rather than steady state cardio.)

-Expect for me to try to discourage you from doing things that may be damaging to your strength and physique goals (i.e. eating “diet” food, silly and pointless exercises, and lifting weights that are way to light to do anything for your body.)

-I will, frequently, encourage women to quit listening to heath “experts” that tell them to lift light weights and eat like they live in a third world country and instead, eat more than they currently are and lift a lot more weight than they ever thought they could And no, you will not…will not…WILL NOT “bulk up”.

-I will most likely too often talk about deadlifting, why it’s so awesome and why just about everyone should do it. But really, can you talk about deadlifting too much?

-I will encourage people to get off machines and actually move their bodies.  I will encourage people to learn to move their bodies in ways that are not only healthy and safe, but also corrective in nature, thus making you feel a whole lot better.

-I will provide you with information from people that are a great deal more smarter-ish than I will ever be.

-I will give you testimonies from my own clients who are continually proving that working hard and eating well are absolutely worth it.

…and of course, all of this will be peppered with my undying wit and charm.

That’s what I will do.  What I ask of you, the reader, is to simply…read.  Let me know what you want me to write about.  Let me know what resonates with you and what doesn’t.  Push back when something seems to challenge everything you’ve ever heard about fitness.

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Thanks again for taking the time to visit this page.  Here’s to your health!