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 […]

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 […]

How to Decrease Bloating & Get Regular

This article is about bathroom irregularity — infrequent bowel movements, that is not only annoying but can cause bloating. It’s not a sexy topic, we all know. But it affects many people, especially women. Firstly, this article is not for people with medically related bathroom irregularity. I’m a personal trainer, […]

Standing at Work

Many people sit at work, sit in the car, then plop down on another seat when they get home. They may even get a meal via a drive-thru, when they can, instead, get out of the car and order inside. This type of lifestyle can adversely affect one’s overall health, not just one’s body […]

A Word for New Year’s Gym Goers

I have to share this image every year because it’s the same story e v e r y year. Here’s some tough love: DON’T BE A STATISTIC! If your resolution is to get fit this year, stick to it. Don’t be part of the temporary crowd that is a detestable […]

Best Pants for Athletic Legs

I’ve ripped a few pants in my adult life, thanks to my muscular legs, but I’d never consider losing muscle to fit into a pair of pants. Instead, I buy what fits me. Athletic, shapely legs need room. Not just for comfort and fit, but also for healthy blood circulation. This is why super […]

Things Other Women Say & Do to Fit Women

I was five years into my fitness journey when I first noticed the below-listed negative behaviors and comments from random women. At the time, I was personally offended. It was new to me, and I was taken aback by the potency of what felt like anger, hatred, or frustration emitting […]

Are You Stretching Enough?

If long-term fitness is your goal, you need to stretch. If you don’t want to just look good, but feel good, you need to stretch. Women, if you want to maintain or obtain smooth skin, particularly on your thighs, you need to stretch. Stretching tends to get overlooked or minimized. And […]

Sylvia Petro - 2009

Knowledge for Lifelong Health

In July, I’ll enter my thirteenth year (as of 2015) of dedication to exercise and healthy eating. When I started exercising, I trained three days a week.  I now exercise every day. And each day, I make eating healthy a priority. Thirteen years might seem like a long time, but, […]

Sylvia Petro 2015

Body Changes

When I started lifting weights, my focus was on building muscle. Building (AKA: bulking) requires a caloric surplus for optimum muscle growth. A few years ago, my body could comfortably handle a few extra percentages of body fat during my yearly bulking phase. Now, I noticed changes in my skin […]