Be Strong, Be Kind

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

The Art of Coaching

My youngest son decided sometime in December that he wanted to play lacrosse for his middle school as a sixth grader.  He had no experience, but a lot of enthusiasm so I encouraged him to go for it.  Apparently, a whole bunch of kids had the same idea and so the team basically doubled in size this year.  Unfortunately, the number of available coaches decreased by about half.  And so, […]

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Next Level

So, there are those of us who work out regularly to look and feel better and improve our general health.  There are those of us who just like to lead active lives and enjoy nature and the occasional physical activity.  And then there are those of us who like to challenge themselves to push past our perceived physical limitations and see how far down the rabbit hole we can go.  […]

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Technical Strength

*reposted from practicalstrength.blog Technique.  Its something we as coaches are constantly correcting, describing, cueing, and obsessing over.  Seems simple, right?  If you want to perform at your best, you need perfect technique.  And yet, that concept is probably the most misunderstood, misapplied, and outright ignored concept in physical training. In the interest of increasing the amount of time my son actually devotes to practicing his cello, my son’s cello teacher […]

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Always Training

Years ago, and by years I mean 25 years ago, I was a somewhat accomplished equestrian. I rode, trained, and showed horses in a number of disciplines: hunter/jumper, dressage, fox-hunting, and simple pleasure riding. If you aren’t familiar with the intricacies of training horses for simple riding or competition, you might be shocked at the subtleties that their training involves. Everything from their behavior in the barn to how they […]

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Recommended Daily Allowance

“OMG!  I just started this new death bootcamp where you run in circles while they shoot at you with real bullets and I started their diet where you only eat spiders and kale and I lost 45 lbs of fat and am in the best shape of my life!  You’ve got to try this!”Maybe this sounds familiar to you.  Not word for word of course, but we all have that […]

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Let’s Talk About Context . . .

Powerlifters shouldn’t do cardio. Long distance runners should avoid heavy lifting. All explosive athletes should be doing plyometrics, snatches, and cleans. To get fit in all areas of fitness, you should train by doing everything. Most of us know that the above statements are bombastic nonsense.  However, depending on where you are in the training cycle they can be partly true (which is why a lot of people believe them).  […]

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Glass Feet. Iron Mind. And the stupid that occurs when the two meet.

For the record, this is one of those “learn from my mistakes” type articles. Ie, don’t be like me.   Pain. For some of us, it’s a constant song playing in the back of our head.  For others, it’s a seldom heard, but piercing scream.  And then there are those who have both, way too often and deafening.  For those of us in middle age and beyond, pain can become […]

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Winning at Fitness or Competing for Fun? How Motivation Is the Most Important Part of the Fitness Puzzle.

There are two kinds of people in this world:  those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don’t.  Despite the first part of that statement, I am the latter.  I don’t believe that we all are either all in or all out on most things we so, our spectrum of choices just tilts us in one direction or the other. In the context […]

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