Be Strong, Be Kind

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

Exercise Science vs Best Practices: Where’s the Holy Grail?

Earlier this week, I was researching the topic of “cardiovascular exercise vs high intensity interval training”. I simply wanted to show that old school, long steady distance training had a great deal of benefits for both the performance focused athlete and the casual exerciser. Instead, I found a whole lot of contradictory information. Here’s the problem: I know, as a coach of athletes of all different stripes, that if you […]

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2015: A Review

2015 was a good year.  I didn’t post much, but did a lot of teaching, coaching, and finally got back to getting serious about my own training again.  I have a dedicated group of clients and athletes that I’m working with (including my own kiddos) who are making some great progress.  I was able to set and achieve some more long term training goals in both my strength training and […]

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The Horse Latitudes

One of my friends aptly used this name for that period of training when you’re just doing work and not really seeing much progress.  Practice the skills, move the weight, recover, and repeat.  If you recall from high school history, the Horse Latitudes, also known as the Doldrums was that area of the tropical ocean where the wind just wouldn’t blow, the rain wouldn’t fall, and it would take a […]

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Finally a new post.

I was competing at the Highland Games in Maryland two weeks ago when I was approached by a couple who had seen me compete the year before.  They were happy to see me, but also concerned that I hadn’t posted on my blog in over a year.  I was both flattered and a little surprised, but when I thought about it, I haven’t update my blog since last July.  I […]

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How to Be a Better Coach

Sara Fleming Coaching is more than just a thing I do for fun.  It is an integral part of who I am as a teacher, parent, trainer, and athlete.  I’ve coached and trained athletes in a number of individual sports: weightlifting, powerlifting, track and field, as well as a number of recreational and endurance events.  Regardless of the sport, the lessons I learned training horses to compete are the ones […]

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Triad of Dysfunction in Youth Fitness and Sports

Sara Fleming The youth fitness issues making headlines these days are childhood obesity and sports injuries.  According to the CDC, in 2012, over one third of children and adolescents were classified as overweight or obese.  At the seemingly opposite end of the spectrum, in 2009, over 2.6 million children were treated in hospitals for injuries related to sports or recreation.  This number does not take into account children suffering from […]

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Childhood Obesity

As some of you may know, in addition to being a coach/trainer/mom, I am a professor for the ISSA’s online college.  I also teach a seminar designed specifically for trainers and coaches and have written a book on training in the context of the bigger picture and how to utilize your training knowledge in the most effective and compassionate way.  Coming up in October, I will have the privilege of […]

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There Is Nothing Wrong With Jogging

A whole lot of people genuinely enjoy running. There is nothing wrong with jogging, walking, biking, swimming, doing yoga or any of the other things that people enjoy.  The human body is capable of a lot of things and most sports involve a good amount of endurance based training.  However, jogging and running have lately gotten a bit of a bad rap.  There are some people who say a few […]

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