Category Archives: Lifting

How Much Cardio Do I Need?

Cardio is such a common question and it’s also one of the most difficult ones to figure out because it is extremely variable depending on each person as well as their goals. Many people don’t know where to start with cardio which is totally understandable because everyone seems to do cardio a little differently. You talk to one person and they’ll say they go hard on the elliptical for 45 minutes 6 days a week and then someone else might say they do the bike once a week for 20 minutes. So who’s right? Well, the honest answer is both of them could be right.

However, I will say that in my opinion 45 minutes on the elliptical 6 days a week could be classified as a humane form of torture (unless you enjoy it!) and you don’t have to start out with that much cardio. I can’t promise that you might not eventually need that much cardio because it truly does depend on someone’s goals and the general timeframe of those goals. My number one recommendation for people who come to me looking to lose weight is that you want to start out with lifting and a proper caloric deficit, and then add in cardio as you go when it’s necessary. I utilize cardio (for both myself and clients) as a tool to either push for extra weight loss on top of current progress or break through a plateau. Lifting and nutrition come first and always but cardio is on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis.

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“Females Didn’t Do That In My Day”

As a woman in the fitness world, there are a lot more obstacles that I have to overcome compared to my male coworkers. I am NOT trying to make this a feminist post or argument but it is a basic fact. Less men are willing to work with me as a female trainer and I get questioned more about if my education and information is trustworthy. I’ve been told straight to my face that I “don’t know what I’m talking about” when in fact I know exactly what I’m talking about. Deadlifting dude if you’re reading this, enjoy that herniated disc you’ll have in a few months. Not that I’m bitter about that or anything haha!

However, yes there can be a lot of gym bros (I went with a nicer term 😉 ) that I have to deal with but then there is also the outpouring of support that makes up for most of it. The funny thing is that I find it’s the older men and women who are more accepting of what I do versus guys my own age. I would’ve thought it’d be the other way around when I first got into weightlifting but it’s totally the opposite!

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How to Improve Your Pull-Ups

Interestingly enough asking how to improve your pull-ups is one of the most common requests that I get from women when I have consultations with them. Don’t get me wrong I love it because I love how women are looking to get stronger nowadays but I just find it interesting since it’s such a specific request. It also seems to be a goal that proves to be a right pain-in-the-butt because pull-ups are so. dang. hard. haha!

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