Can Bodyweight Exercises Get You Strong?

I’ve had a few people ask me recently if bodyweight exercises “count” as strength training.   It’s a great question, actually, and I want to shed some light on that today… because don’t we need heavy weights to get strong?!   Not necessarily.    First, the word strong is very relative, and in fitness land there’s this rule of specificity, isn’t there? There’s …

8 Bang For Your Buck Bodyweight Exercises

Summer is right around the corner, which means your kids will be out of school, you likely have some vacations and weekend trips planned, and your evenings will be a lot sunnier.   It’s hard to want to spend ANY time in a gym, nevermind 60+ minutes, when the weather is nice and all we want to do is either hit …

But… Will I Get Bulky?

But… will I get bulky?  This is the million dollar question when it comes to women and strength training, isn’t it? I recently started teaching a new small group class for women called Learn to Lift, and it’s a seven week series geared toward ladies of any age who want to confidently learn how to use the equipment in the …

Why and How I’m Focusing on Fat Loss Right Now

Confession: I am focusing on fat loss right now. It’s been a while since I’ve embarked on a fat loss journey, but there are a few reasons I’m deciding to head in this direction at the moment. First, over the course of six weeks in August and September, I was away from home for 24 total days. While I did well with sticking to my nutritional daily definites (having …

Get Defined: Fifty Must Know Fitness Terms

Today we’re talking fitness lingo! I recently had a blog follower reach out to me with the following email: “Hi Athena! I love your blog and the workouts you share. I often look to online fitness trainers like yourself for inspiration in the gym, but sometimes I get confused with all the different terminology out there. There’s AMRAP, circuits, ladders, …