Updated: Undesirable Side Effects of Steroid Use

For long-term health and fitness, please resist the temptation to “juice” for fast results! Bodybuilding is a sport/activity in which many people choose to take steroids in order to reach maximum muscle growth–sooner rather than later. I’ve competed on the bodybuilding stage in the past, and standing beside the perfectly muscular and super lean physiques…

Testimony from a Female Ex-Steroid User

This post correlates with my earlier posts: “Undesirable Side Effects of Steroid Use” and “7 Reasons Why I Don’t Compete.” The video below is of strength athlete, Gracie Davis. She is a voice of caution for women who use or are considering using steroids. Her deepened voice and other masculine changes she has experienced from steroid use,…

Sample Weekly Workout Schedule

Having a weekly training schedule organizes training days to ensure that you’re working each muscle group, each skill or whatever your goal is, with enough frequency for results, while also preventing overtraining. If you’re broke or have a limited budget and can’t have a personal trainer write you a routine, I created the below sample…

3 Rules to Push-Up Mastery

A proper push-up (knees off the floor) is a basic exercise, but for many, the movement is difficult to learn. Women especially complain of difficulty with this exercise. But, I’ll tell you, performing a correct push-up has nothing to do with gender and everything to do with discipline and dedication. Rule 1: Get off your knees…

This Month’s Like – Strength Wars

On weekdays I listen to podcasts from professional coaches, like Mike Boyle on my Experts & Motivators page. On weekends, I watch an hour or so of fitness videos from random athletes and professionals. One weekend while watching Kai Green — or some other athlete, among the recommended videos was a battle between a calisthenics athlete…

Training for Mass vs Tone

Some people are afraid of inadvertently growing large muscles, and simply want tone. But, the truth is, building muscle mass requires very deliberate changes to diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Toning also requires changes to those three elements, but to a lesser degree. If done right, one can embark on either goal with ease. Just use…

Supporting Your Fitness Habit on a Budget

As a broke single mom, I’ve struggled to stretch my budget to meet my caloric and nutritional needs as well as cover my gym membership. Some years were good, others were bad, moneywise. I’ve always had to scratch my head and figure out the best way to meet my fitness goals and at the same…

Advanced Glute Workout

Okay, no fooling around anymore, girls and guys. What really targets the glutes? Squats? Fire hydrants? Yoga Booty Ballet? No. No. And no! If you want to build nice glutes — guaranteed —  do movements that target the glutes maximally. The Misunderstanding of Squats for Building Glutes Squats are an excellent exercise for overall lower body…

Decrease Muscle Soreness

I don’t believe in popping a pill to combat post-exercise soreness. Yes, if you have inflammation then take an ibuprofen, but making a habit of it is not healthy. Muscle soreness can be a useful gauge in telling you if your workout was hard enough, or too hard. For example, debilitating soreness, like when it…

Glute Workout Routine

I don’t believe in doing indirect exercises in hopes of a direct result. A lot of people preach that all you need to do for a nice butt is deep squats. That’s not entirely true. Some people are genetically un-gifted when it comes to their glutes. I’m one of those people. Squats were not enough…