Friday my dear friend Lisa blessed me with an hour-long phone conversation. She’s one of those friends that everyone needs in their life.
The friend who isn’t afraid of tough love. The one who outwardly calls you on your stuff and doesn’t back down until you promise her you will start thinking differently. But also isn’t afraid to share her own stuff, too, so you don’t feel alone.
We got on the topic of shame, and I told her I don’t understand why I feel the way I do right now because I’ve worked hard over the past few years to let go of my shame. As a pretense, I was having a woe-is-me moment thinking about how my 40th birthday is around the corner, and my life doesn’t look like I’d imagined it to be at age 40.
I began ticking off one-by-one all the shame I felt about my past and how I’d let it go.
She said, “Kellie, you think that shame fits into neat little boxes. This shame fits in this box, and I will put this...
Unilateral work is an essential component of your strength program. Single-leg deadlifts are a great way to train balance, equilibrium, and proprioception.
If you feel wobbly when you attempt a standard SLRDL, then try these progressions.
Split stance RDL: I love this as an accessory move on lower body days. Stand with feet staggered and the DB or KB in a contralateral load. Loading this way helps the glute medius kick in.
Sliding RDL: The next progression is to use a slider, allowing the back leg to track behind the body while remaining on the floor.
Braced SLRDL: Next up is the braced version. The key to bracing is to help maintain balance without relying solely on the apparatus for support. If you feel you need a ton of support, then go back to split stance.
SLRDL: You can do contralateral load, double KB/DB, barbell, or any other variety. Variety is the goal. The more ways you load, the more components you work on to help improve strength, athleticism, balance, and awareness.
A calorie is a calorie, but certain foods pack a ton of calories into small portions. One of the best ways to improve fat loss is to select foods that have high nutrient content and low caloric density.
Caloric density is the number of calories contained in a given volume of food. As an example, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter pack in roughly 188 calories. But the same two tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk have roughly 4 calories.
When it comes to meal planning for weight loss, think about the caloric density of your food and how satiated you will feel after eating it. High fat and low nutrition foods are usually where you run into issues of overeating.
Simple food swaps are a great way to stave off hunger, keep your calories low, and keep your nutrient profile high.
Though salmon is packed with nutrients, eating 6 ounces every day can add a ton of calories. A 6 ounce serving of salmon comes with 354 calories. To spare the...
The hip adductors are often ignored in workouts and tend to be a weak link in athletes. It's a lot sexier to build a bigger squat or rip a heavy bar off the floor.
But the hip adductors play a crucial role in your overall movement and function. The adductors attach to the inner thigh starting from the medial knee all the way up to the pelvis.
They attach to the inner ligament in the knee, and tight, weak adductors are often the culprit for nagging knee aches and pain. In addition, tight adductors are often at war with the glutes and can win the battle by causing knee valgus and anterior tilting of the pelvis. Though it's not as cool to squeeze a ball between your knees as it is to hip thrust, the adductors should be trained equally during accessory work as the glutes in your training. I recommend doing 2 adductor exercises for every 3-4 glute exercises during your workout week.
The Copenhagen plank is a great...
We all do it on some level. Self-sabotage. You might think, “Um, got the wrong person, Kellie. Totally not me.” Or you’re on the other side of the fence shouting, “Preach it, Kellie! You know me so well.”
Self-sabotage is a behavior mechanism that prevents us from reaching our long-standing goals. The most common form is procrastination.
I see it come up in fitness frequently.
“I’ll start working out when…” “I need to drop a few pounds before I join a gym.” “I got busy and didn’t have time to work out.”
However, other methods of self-sabotage sneak up on you, and you don’t even recognize their patterns.
The first step to stomping out self-sabotage is to recognize your own behavior patterns and realize your thoughts and behaviors are the reason you aren’t reaching your goals.
Here are the less-talked-about self-sabotage methods you use to prevent you from reaching your goals.
The quadruped position is a great way to work on core stability, glute strength, and balance. Many of my favorite exercises are done from this position including bird dogs, rock backs, hip extensions, and fire hydrants.
Like any exercises, the set up will measure your success in these exercises, and a crucial component is getting the glutes and core to work in unison.
The finer details of a quadruped position will make or break the success of the exercise. This video goes over the common mistakes often seen when setting up on all fours, and how to make corrections.
It boils down to lumbopelvic positioning, cervical alignment, joint alignment, and thoracic and scapular positioning.
Pay attention to how your body feels when in this position. You should feel solid, and your muscles throughout the trunk should work to keep you in a stable position.
Avoid extending through the low back (arching), allowing the belly to drop toward the floor, or the ribs...
It’s great to have a regular fitness routine, but what happens when you can’t make it to the gym?
Pull up a seat for this one. Place your feet on a bench or chair with legs fully extended. This can be done with or without a mini band.
If using a band, place the light-weight mini band over the forefoot of...
It’s incredible how lonely fitness can feel. Like no one gets you. Like you don’t belong. Like no matter what it isn’t working, and you don’t have the motivation to keep going.
I’ve been in this industry for 10 years, first as a fitness competitor and blogger. And for the past 7 years as a writer, trainer, and entrepreneur.
I pay attention to marketing and products, and how messages push our attention in a certain direction.
I look at data and numbers. Statics and metrics.
And what I see is nothing short of heartbreaking.
You are led to believe you are broken. You are one pill, potion, gadget, procedure, quick fix, gimmick, or fad away from being fixed.
Maybe you have dumped gobs of money into the fitness and health industry (I know I have).
You’ve bought the books, tried the diets, done the detoxes and cleanses, subscribed to the supplements, taken the classes, joined the programs, the Facebook groups,...
Ever think about what your mind is doing during your workout? Mindfulness during exercise allows you to focus your attention inward so you can tune into your body as it moves, feel a stronger connection to your muscles, and achieve better results in less time.
Thought is a powerful thing. If your thoughts are elsewhere during your workout-- say thinking about your to-do list, the project deadline, or if you put the clothes in the dryer-- then your muscles and cardiovascular system aren’t getting the full attention they deserve
Conversely, if you focus too much on whether you are doing enough, doing everything right, or working at the right capacity you lose touch with that mind-body connection. The more you turn your mind off from everything else going on in life, then greater satisfaction you will have with your workouts.
Becoming mindful during exercise means you shift focus from your external world so that you can focus on your breath, how your muscles feels and contract,...
Even if you say you don’t, you are always collecting data on your body. How thorough you are with this process can make or break your success when it comes to your health and fitness goals.
When I was in bodybuilding, I bucked the system as much as I could. Consider me a lifelong rule breaker—just enough so that I push things slightly over the edge.
I couldn’t stand weighing and measuring my food. It felt like a chore, and I wanted to avoid feeling food-obsessed.
Here’s the deal. Even if you are eyeballing your food or using arbitrary measures like a deck of cards for a meat portion and a thumb-size for your fats … you’re still collecting data.
Not accurately. But you are.
That’s what I did. My coach set my macros and in the first week I dropped three pounds. I was already close to stage weight and had a hard time keeping on muscle, so dropping weight that early in the game wasn’t ideal. It wasn’t a goal at all.
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