How to be a good coaching client

I’ve written about how to find a good trainer. But that’s only one half of the equation. To get the most out of your coaching or personal training experience, you have to be a good client. It was 6:55 am on a weekday morning, many years ago. Rain sloshed down. I’d managed to find the […]

How Much Weight Should You Lift?

Beginners often wonder: How much should I lift? How much CAN I lift? The answer is easy: Lift the right weight for YOU. Here’s how to figure it out.

Strength without size: How to get stronger without getting bulky

Staying weak because of how it might make you look is the same as staying illiterate for fear of appearing nerdy. Women have somehow been sold a false bill of goods when it comes to working out. Here’s why flapping your arms around with purple dumbbells is not typically helpful.

Strength without size 2: The thickening

In the first part of this article, we discovered why lifting weights for strength is not going to turn you into a she-beast. In the second part, Geoff Girvitz gives you some concrete examples of how to put the theory of getting stronger into practice.

Kardio Kween – Do you really need to sweat to the oldies?

Begone Jane Fonda! Pfuah on you, Kenneth Cooper! The truth about “cardio”, “aerobics”, and why you don’t have to hamster on a treadmill for eternity.

Fartlek – Swedish for “asswhuppin”

Hey, what’s so funny about the word “fartlek”? You kids just quit laughing. I said quit it!! Stop laughing right now or I’ll turn this car right around then you’ll all be sorry!!!

Boy butches up girl

I am always happy to hear that guys are encouraging their female acquaintances and partners to train with weights. Many women are introduced to weights by male partners and friends, and this introduction creates an ongoing interest. What if you’re a guy that’s interested in women’s training, and want to know how to do a good job? Here are some helpful tips along with dos and don’ts.

Basics of a routine

Well, now, you’re all excited and ready to go to the gym. But where do you start? There’s no point in stumbling around the gym with no particular plan in mind. If you don’t have a focus it’s easy to get bored and give up. The solution? A routine. Here’s how to put one together.

Sit yo ass down! The importance of rest

Contrary to what you might think, you don’t get stronger and fitter IN the gym, but OUTSIDE of it. The recovery, not the workout stimulus, is what makes the magic. Rest big to gain big.

Periodization: not just for menstrual cycles any more

You hear about how “low-rep sets” are better for goal X and “high-rep sets” are better for goal Y. What does that really mean? Here, an introduction to the concepts of intensity, volume, and planned variation — aka periodization.