Have Fun, Get Strong

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

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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Simply

  We never question why we might find a thing fascinating.  Or beautiful.  We just do.  We are drawn to it.  We fantasize about it.  We ascribe qualities to it that may or may not exist in reality.  Most of it exists in the eye of the beholder and unless we are a gifted artist or poet, we can rarely describe exactly what it is that holds our attention so […]

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Selection or Development?

Teaching kids to work hard these days involves a lot of challenges.  One of the biggest challenges is getting them to keep trying when they just aren’t as fast, strong, or skilled as their peers in whatever sport they are trying to excel in.  What is actually known about kids and development is that a lot of kids just show up that way.  Puberty, the great equalizer, takes a lot […]

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