Be Strong, Be Kind

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

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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Five Exercises for Your Best Bikini Body Ever!

This article isn’t what you think. Every time I see a title like the one above, I cringe a little bit. All the crunches, deadlifts, turkish getups, pullups, or burpees in the world cannot guarantee delivery of a perfect bikini body. A perfect bikini body, if we only consider appearance, is the combination of good bone structure, musculature, metabolism, and good skin. Feeling like you have a perfect bikini body […]

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Human Potential, Athleticism, and Play

Sara Fleming What do you think of when you hear the word “training”?  When we think about training, our ideas encompass both the broad and long term physical effects as well as very specific goals.  We believe that training is about honing the vast physical potential of the human body.  The truth is, the majority of folks enjoy that potential while they have it and watch helplessly as it slowly ebbs away. […]

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Advancing the Ball

In the book my colleagues and I wrote for our Practical Strength project, Play the Ball As It Lies, we lay out the foundations of good training:  simplified mastery of a few tools and attention to the individual yield far more results than complicated one-size-fits-all programming.  I do feel, however, that we’ve just reached the tip of the iceberg in terms of reaching our target audience and convincing them of […]

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Opening the Black Box

Why do training programs work?  How can you tell if they are working? More importantly, how can you tell if they are right for you or your trainee? The black box is a metaphor for a process we don’t understand.  Input turns into output via some mysterious mechanism.  This metaphor has been used in all kinds of industries, including the fitness industry, to describe the results of a system where the mechanism is not understood. When […]

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Self-Reflection

This is about as provocative as I get. I am a personal trainer and a weightlifting coach. I’m also a mom with three kids. Being a woman in this industry often means that when I tell people what I do, they expect me to bust out the leg warmers and lead a dance class or show them pictures of myself with a fake tan and a six-pack. Lately, with there […]

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Our book has been released!

Play the Ball As It Lies:  The Art and Science of Teaching Strength is now available for purchase.  Below you will find the Introduction which explains a little more about what we teach.  We cover general training principles, workout programming, coaching in the weight room, how to effectively use strength, power, and endurance training, and long term planning with several case study examples.  You can purchase the book as a […]

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Its not complicated.

A good coach is a good teacher. Matching socks not required. This article is going to start off talking about diet, but that’s not what its about. I recently hired a performance nutrition coach.  I hadn’t ever considered doing it before because, well, I know performance nutrition.  If I give someone a plan and they follow it, they will lose fat, gain muscle, all the stuff they want to do. […]

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