Category Archives: Hitting the gym

A peek into why Peak Week has me feeling verklempt

Here are some very tan members of Team Maximus/BBAC (and one very pale coach) at a 2014 competition in Westbrook

Sometimes when I see my bikini/figure/bodybuilding clients enter the final week before their shows — “peak week” — it’s all can do not to start blubbering. Maybe it’s partially out of empathy because I know what they are going through: the workouts, the diet, the nerves, the waxing and the tanning. Kidding! (Well, kinda.) It’s […]

Try this foam rolling technique and let me know what you think

Getting ready to foam roll, with a naughty cat in the foreground

What commonly prescribed pre-workout regimen caused an MMA fighter to threaten to burn down my house and made a retired Navy captain well up with tears? Foam rolling. It’s something we’re all “supposed” to do. We’re taught about it during our personal trainer courses. They talk about it and demonstrate it in fitness professional workshops. […]

Here’s a quick way to blast fat AND build muscle [video]

Barbell overhead press

I have a love/hate relationship with barbell complexes. I love them because they make cardio workouts less boring and more effective by boosting the burn and intensity without stressing the joints. I kinda hate them because, done right, they can be a bear to get through due to their intensity. What’s a barbell complex? Basically, […]