How to Set up a Home Gym

At the end of this post you will see a short tour of my home gym. If you recall, I established this back in summer of 2020 shortly after we moved into our new home. It was mostly due to the pandemic. Gyms were closed and I needed a place to continue my resistance training.Continue reading “How to Set up a Home Gym”

How to Start Resistance Training

If you’ve been following my recent posts you know that cardio alone is not the answer to sustained weight loss. It is great for keeping your heart muscle healthy but when it comes to longevity resistance training is king. Personally, I think it’s easier for people to walk, run, or bike than it is toContinue reading “How to Start Resistance Training”

Why Soreness Doesn’t Equal Gains

Unpopular truth: sore muscles are NOT an indication of muscle building. In fact, being sore all the time actually slows muscle growth. When you first start lifting weights, it is likely to make you sore simply because your body is not used to the effort. Your muscles need to adapt to the new stimulus youContinue reading “Why Soreness Doesn’t Equal Gains”

Why Your Weight Doesn’t Matter

When people decide they want to change the way they look, they typically start with the scale, weighing themselves and determining that the number they see needs to be lower. But, your weight is not the whole story. There are other more meaningful metrics that often get overlooked but if you pay attention to them,Continue reading “Why Your Weight Doesn’t Matter”

Review: Booty by Bret

I’ve tried many workout programs over the years. I love to see how other trainers program and I often pick up tips and tricks that I can incorporate into my own programming. You have to be careful, though, especially when purchasing a program online. There is a lot of garbage out there! But, if youContinue reading “Review: Booty by Bret”

The Best Exercise Programming to See Results

In this day and age, there are so many options when it comes to choosing an exercise program. From books to websites to social media influencers to brick and mortar gyms offering the latest group classes, it can be overwhelming. This post describes where to start and what to avoid.

What is the Best Exercise?

Often I am asked, “What’s the best way to grow my shoulders?” or “How can I strengthen my hamstrings?” There are so many exercises out there–too many to count! But, there are tried and true weight training exercises that I have incorporated into routines over the years. Below is a mini exercise library. It’s myContinue reading “What is the Best Exercise?”

The Importance of Sleep

With this week being the first week of Daylight Saving Time, I thought it might be a good time to refresh everyone’s memory about an important subject–sleep. It’s one of the most important things you can do to get and stay healthy. It’s a well-known fact that most of us don’t get enough sleep. AndContinue reading “The Importance of Sleep”

A Trainer is Born

When I was 9 or 10, I was addicted to Mousercise on the Disney Channel. This lady with a headband, leotard, and leg warmers, led us through the classic 1980s aerobics every morning at 6:30 a.m. and I never missed it. It was just me in my PJs in the family room following along withContinue reading “A Trainer is Born”