Have Fun, Get Strong

Strength coach, trainer educator, writer, mom to three awesome kids, pie enthusiast. Creating monsters since 2009.

Sandbagging

So, sandbagging has a negative connotation in sports and for the most part, it should.  It basically means that you are hiding your strengths or talking yourself down to give yourself an advantage later.  For example, someone might come out to a game of touch football saying, “I’m not that athletic, I haven’t played sports since high school”.  And then after he single-handedly destroys the other team, you find out […]

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Why I Coach

It has occurred to me, after coaching (mostly young women) for the past 10 years, that maybe my reasons for doing so aren’t so clear. Its definitely not about the money.  (My fees are minimal at best and mostly cover my travel when we go to meets.) Its definitely not about the attention.  (Although they make me very proud no matter their level of success.) I became a trainer in […]

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Obsession

My youngest son has been on Spring Break all week and the week before, my two high schoolers had their week off.  The weekend between, Easter weekend, my husband and I decided to take the kids to do a hike in Virginia that we had done ourselves a few times more than 20 years ago, Old Rag.   Hiking up Old Rag with 20 lbs of water and food in […]

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Tracking Your Body Composition

In the lab, we never do an experiment without first figuring out how we are going to measure and track our results. If you are trying to change your body composition, you need to identify the right tools for tracking it. There are a lot of tools that we can use to track changes in body composition and so we need to look at those that are most appropriate for […]

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Let’s Talk About Peaking

For those of you who have kids, you’ve probably realized by now that everyone matures at their own pace.  Some seem to rocket out of the gates and then spin their wheels for a while, others are on a constant slow climb, and others seem to be woefully behind their peers.  While this is all normal, it can be incredibly frustrating for the kids and hard for their parents to […]

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Motivation: Where It All Begins

There are a lot of things that motivate people, but only a few result in success in the long term.  Finding the positive ways to motivate yourself to be successful for the long term is the most important piece of making a change for life. One of the most frustrating things for a good trainer or coach to encounter is a client or athlete who is only interested in praise […]

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Reality Checks

As a coach, my job is to teach and encourage my athletes through a lot of changes, hard workouts, higher expectations, the occasional injury, and hopefully, successful competitions.  Every now and then however, I have an athlete that gets a little too comfortable with the status quo, watches too many Youtube videos or Instagram tips, or simply starts to believe their own bullshit.  This is when a reality check becomes […]

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