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Moving Heavy Stuff – The Bodyweight Edition

In a previous post about strength training I whittled down the basic human movements to 7: Squat Lunge Push Pull Bend Twist Gait Then there were the FIVE basic compound exercises: Squat Pull-up Push-up Deadlift Carries Some of the Basic Five have weighted variations: Front or back squat Rows Bench press Conventional Deadlifts Weighted carries…

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October Client of the Month – Miriam Kedebe

This month’s client spotlight features Miriam Kedebe. Miriam is an interpreter, mom, and greens (the dark leafy kind) aficionado. She’s also an alumna of my high school, Merion Mercy Academy, where “Girls will be girls, but Merion girls will be ladies.” Name: Miriam Kedebe Where are you from and how long have you lived in…

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Revisiting the squat

Below is a bit of an edit (with pictures added!) of a post that I wrote two years ago. Since the original posting I’ve developed much more love for the squat. I have a love/hate relationship with squats. I struggled with squats during a good part of my fitness career. The Hate Anatomy (short torso,…

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September/October Boot Camp Challenge!

It’s all about the Tabata Squat for the next 4 weeks at boot camp. Here are the details about the challenge: 1. Each camper will do 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off of bottom-to-bottom Tabata squats for 8 rounds (that’s 4 minutes). 2. You will do as many squats as you can WITH GOOD…

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Workout Wednesday

[I said in a previous post that I’m not one to write about my workouts, yet I’ve posted several workouts since then. Oh well, take these posts for how they are intended – inspiration for busy, tired grown-ups who just aren’t sure how they’ll fit a workout in. No braggadocio intended.] Wednesday was another one…

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Return to the Globo Gym

Friday was all about the orange. Saturday was bathed in green…and purple. YouFit Health Clubs, is what CrossFitters call a “globo gym” – it’s basically a derogatory term for a large health club. I’ve never been to a Planet Fitness, but I think YouFit is basically modeled after them – large gym, LOTS of weight…

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All about the Orange

Part 2 of my time off – The Staycation – started on Tuesday. I decided to do a class at my trainer friend, Master SFG Phil Scarito’s, studio in King of Prussia. Phil is my kettlebell guy, and I’ve trained with him on and off since 2008. He prepped me for my RKC in 2010…

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Summer Vacation 2013 – workouts 1 and 2

Technically I’m on vacation this week. I say technically because between the toddler wrangling and well, the office work, it hasn’t felt like much of a vacation yet. I did get to spend a few days in Ocean City, NJ at the lovely rental condo of the parents of admin assistant/boot camper/friend, Marti Keegan. A…

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Get some?! But what if I don’t want none?

I’ve never been one of those people who posts my workouts to social media. You know the posts: Deadlifts – 8 sets of 200 reps x 3000#. Grrr. GET SOME! Not that I don’t get it. Posting your workouts is a great form of public record keeping. It’s accountability. It’s motivation for yourself and for…

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Best ways to move heavy sh*t

Pssst. I have a secret. Remember my last post about why it’s so important to strength train? Well hear this: getting strong is simpler than you might think. Notice I said simpler—not easier. That’s because gaining strength and lean muscle—especially for women who are not blessed (or cursed?) with higher levels of testosterone—is hard work…

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