Be Strong, Be Kind

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



One of the most important pieces to the fitness puzzle is actually paying attention and doing the work. Regularly. Consistently. And for the long haul. This requires a lot of things, but most importantly, motivation. Motivation is a science in and of itself and can derive from any number of sources: rewards, accountability, social obligations, etc. However, there is one source of motivation that I find especially powerful and that […]

Continue Reading →

Lockdown and Getting Chubby

Let’s face it. We are stuck at home OR working long hours at a stressful job OR some combination of the two. And what do we tend to do when stressed? Eat. Our bodies tend to interpret stress as a natural disaster so they want lots of salty, fatty carbs to build up those fat stores for the impending famine. And although a lot of us are still able to […]

Continue Reading →

Are You Strong Enough?

**I wrote this a few years ago for a magazine. Only about 3 paragraphs were actually published, but I do tend to be long-winded. However, if you want some motivation to get stronger while we are unable to get to the gym, here you go. If you are just getting started, bodyweight movements are good for now, just practice good form. I will publish some more articles here soon that […]

Continue Reading →

Be Strong, Be Kind

So, I guess I never gave a report on how the Lightweight North American Championship Highland Games went. In a nutshell, it went as well as can be expected. Given the circumstances. A lot of you may know that I lost my mother to an unexpected illness the Saturday before the competition. Losing someone important to you can make a lot of things seem trivial. Losing someone unexpectedly is a […]

Continue Reading →

Pain Inhibition

Pain inhibition is a very important concept in physical training, but also in living life in general. Another important concept is that pain and fear can often mimic one another. And it can be difficult to discern between the two. So, a few examples for clarification: When I first learned to squat, I got up to a little above bodyweight on the bar and I started to get a lot […]

Continue Reading →

Better Times Ahead

I usually do some kind of New Year’s post and at the beginning of last year, I had set some really ambitious goals for myself. In addition to coaching lacrosse, cross country, a few throwers and lifters, and my usual gang of basement dwellers, I also decided to challenge myself to two rather ambitious physical goals. One was to train for and compete in my first ever aesthetic competition and […]

Continue Reading →

Things I’m not very good at.

Well, its been two weeks since Master’s Worlds. I decided against killing myself to make my weight class and so competed with the open women, 45-49. I came in fourth overall, but have to say, I was pretty pleased with my performance. For a lot of reasons (coaching an after school sport, caring for a sick dog, biting off more than I can chew as usual), my training was just […]

Continue Reading →

The Chaos of an Ordinary Life

Its 530 am and I dont want to get up.  My legs are heavy, I can’t see.  Its still dark outside. The dog whines next to my bed.  The teenagers are stumbling around downstairs trying to find breakfast.  I do not hide breakfast, the teenage mind is incapable of finding things outside the scope of their understanding of the world.  And at 6 am they understand nothing other than they […]

Continue Reading →