Be Strong, Be Kind

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

Mobility or Weakness?

Sara Fleming I have a bit of an eclectic training practice. I train middle aged men and women who are fairly new to everything barbell related. I train elementary school children. I train competitive crossfitters and Olympic weightlifters and I train beginner and novice powerlifters. I train people in their seventies and beyond who are still going strong and some who are beginning something completely new. I have also trained […]

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Embrace Being Vulnerable

A friend sent me this TED talk earlier today and I encourage you to sit through the full twenty minutes.  It is indeed, life-changing.  For me, it made me realize how much I appreciated my family and our “vulnerable” whole-hearted approach to life and also made me realize why I felt so bad when I shared my life with those who were not vulnerable, but merely sat by and judged. […]

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What do you think of…….

****This is not and indictment of any particular training concept, coach, or fitness system.  It’s simply a description of how to make smart training  decisions and to rely on your judgment rather than the prescriptions of others. I got a question from friend recently who attended a seminar I worked.  This person, wanted to know what I thought of the using  the “Litvinov workout.” as a training mainstay.  If you’re […]

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Play the ball as it lies

David Van Skike The decision to “get in shape” or go on a diet are the most positive decisions people will make for their overall health, short of seeing a doctor.  Many of these individuals will seek the help of a personal trainer to solve these issues.  “I want to get in shape, I want to lose some weight, I want to feel better.”  Your  job as trainer is to […]

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Snatch, Clean, and GET YOUR CHEST UP!!!

As I’ve probably stated too many times already, I am a USA Weightlifting coach and have taught a number of people how to snatch and clean and jerk.  The point of this article is to point out an often overlooked technical aspect of the snatch and the clean. There are a lot of people out there teaching the Olympic lifts in a number of venues.  CrossFit, college weight rooms, powerlifting […]

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Box Squats and Bench Presses: A Valuable Combination for the Strength Athlete

Sara Fleming In addition to being a personal trainer, I am a USA Weightlifting coach.  And I’m not bad at it.  I’ve taught a lot of people, of all ages, to snatch and clean and jerk.  I’ve coached a number of athletes who have qualified and competed at National level competitions. Technique is a huge part of weightlifting training, especially for beginners, but strength is important as well.  And so this may sound crazy, but […]

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Pregnancy, Fitness, Being Strong, and Realizing You Don’t Have to Prove Anything to Anybody

I have to admit, I’ve been a little irritated lately.  Lots of pregnant women in the news these days doing things to “prove that pregnancy isn’t a disease”   And they are doing things that I really wouldn’t recommend a woman in her third trimester do.  Lifting heavy weights, running marathons, maybe there are some entering lumberjack competitions, I have no idea. Pregnancy is just beautiful.  Period.  And then there […]

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Strength: The Simple Truth

Sara Fleming and David Van Skike Why strength train? . . . no really. Why? You have probably heard this mantra before in regard to weight training:  Train movements, not muscles.  Initially, this idea was just an overreaction to the bodybuilding centric physical culture movement that began to be popularized for the masses in the 60’s.  Physical culture is still really still about bodybuilding in one form or another, not […]

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