Category Exercise Physiology

Heat Acclimatization Done Wrong–Complete With Internal Dialogue

You typically can spot a bad idea from a mile away. I spotted it from years away, and apparently have spent the meantime building up the “courage” to battle its legitimacy as actually being a bad idea–bad, as in “people die from doing this.” I know age is supposed to bring wisdom, and I have […]

Everything has its place: Leg Extensions to Deadlifts

I do not believe that there is a “bad exercise” except for that which does not help you in accomplishing your goals or meeting your needs.  How you train should be based on your goals and unique needs (sometimes unique–functionality is not a unique need).  Do you want to be the attractive car that runs […]

The Controllables Versus the Uncontrollables

There are a few words that are commonly misunderstood, but communicate very similar concepts, in the world of women’s strength training.  When talking with women about how they would like their physique to look, I often hear the following: sculpted, toned, shaped, defined, but “not bulky.” What this translates to is: I want to be […]

I Need To Stay In My Fat-Burning Heart Rate Range!

I have had this conversation twice in the past week with two different clients of mine: Client: “I need to stay in my ideal fat-burning heart rate range.” Sarah: “Do you have a heart rate monitor?” Client: “No..” Sarah: “Do you ever measure your heart rate?” Client: “No..” Sarah: “Then giving you numbers would be […]

FEEL THE BURN!

Round two of “questions from friends” 🙂  A lot of the questions really come down to one thing, and that is how your body responds to exercise to achieve results.  Effective exercise is not easy–but nothing that is worthwhile in the end follows an easy path.  But, as Shannon asked, “Do you really have to […]

The World’s Best Abdominal Exercise

Abs. Six-packs. Washboards. Everyone wants them, yet only the elite athletes who spend hours a day training seem to be able to achieve them. Nearly every Olympian, male and female, you will see has the physique we all want, including a shredded six-pack. How do we get those muscles out from “under the covers”? “Some […]