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

What is Fitness?

So, before we get into what we need to do to improve our fitness, let’s talk about what it actually is. Forget for a moment that all the glossy magazine images and Instagram posts don’t exist and let’s simply define fitness as what it is and how it applies to the human body. Fitness is the ability to complete a task. And so, just like that, you have to think […]

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What we can learn from My 600 lb Life.

For a lot of people, their fitness goals revolve around improving body composition.  I’ve been thinking about this a lot as I’ve been sitting on my couch overeating and watching bad television.  However, its not all bad.  After binging on a few episodes of “Hoarders”, I was inspired by my next TV binge of  “My 600 lb Life”.  The struggles to commit to life-changing, and often life-saving behavior serves as […]

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How to Train Like a Scientist

Before becoming a mom, and a trainer, and a coach, I spent about 10 years working as a research scientist in a variety of labs.  I’ve worked in both the university and commercial setting as well as both medical and environmental labs and with a number of different teachers, mentors, students, and objectives.  The most wonderful thing about working in a lab as a research scientist is that regardless of […]

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The Importance of Being Kind

As a coach, I know a few things about human nature.   Understanding the individuals you are working with is key to motivating them to improve performance, push beyond their current abilities, and most importantly, believe they are capable.  And I’m not just talking about confidence here, there are many athletes out there who are confident in the tasks they already know they can do and can deliver a consistent performance […]

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Alex Van Houten of the ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) and Defining Dad Bod interviewed Dave and Sara on some basic questions about developing foundational strength and coaching.  See the interview below.

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We have some more video presentations and interviews in the pipeline.  What would you like to hear us talk about?  What questions do you have?  And who would you like to hear more from?  Leave your questions in the comments or feel free to email us at practicalstrengthfortrainers@gmail.com

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Get Big to Get Small or How I Handed My Training Over to a Figure Coach

So, last Fall was tough.  After a full year of coaching and competing myself, I ended up coaching my sons’ cross country team while simultaneously training a few lifters and throwers in the early mornings in addition to all the other teaching, parenting, etc. I do.  So, when all that was done and all the meets were over, I was feeling pretty beat up.  I hadn’t recovered from the damage […]

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Peak Performance, Less is More, and the true value of learning

On the weekly insistence of a friend and colleague, for like the last million weeks, I finally got myself a copy of Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness.  But, being the eternally busy and distracted person I am, I never had a chance to sit down and read it while also being awake and intellectually curious.  Yesterday, however, I did the most brilliant thing:  I downloaded the audio […]

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