Updated: The Weight/Body Fat Conundrum

Body weight doesn’t matter, body fat does. Here’s an analogy. Think back to your middle school earth science class. Remember when you had to weigh different rocks, and it was shocking to find a small rock that was much heavier than it looked? What was your teacher’s explanation? If you don’t recall, here it is:…

Why Yoga?

Whether you want to be flexible or not, stretching is essential for everyone of all ages. I obviously learned this when studying to become a personal trainer, but, I admit, I didn’t implement stretching in my routines as much as I was supposed to. However, after eight years of bodybuilding and limited to no focus on stretching,…

Women’s Beginner Upper Body Strength Workout

Exercise Type: Strength/Resistance Level: Beginner Goal: Muscle development & endurance Baseline set & rep schemes for strength exercise: 8-10 reps – this specific rep range (if done with a properly challenging weight) stimulates muscle growth. You must lift a weight or choose a resistance level challenging enough that you cannot perform more than 8-10 reps. 12-15 reps – this specific…

Memorial Day Workout – Upper Body Adult Gymnastics

Exercise Type: Core/Calisthenics/Gymnastic Strength Level: Beginner to Intermediate Goal: Skill development & muscle retention/gain Warm-up 3.5 minute jog around gym Forward and backward shoulder circles: One set: 20 – 30 circles each way Light-weight one-arm kettlebell swings: One set: 15 – 20 swings per arm Wrist circles and stretches: Three sets: 20 – 30 circles each…

4 Rules to Pull-Up Mastery

Mastering pull-ups is difficult for everyone. Some people even have it on their bucket list. That’s a bit dramatic. But I get it. I felt like I was going to pop a blood vessel when learning the movement. While this exercise is difficult for both men and women, women cite more difficulty with it. Part of…

Downloadable Training Routines

What’s Your Goal? These routines have been designed by Certified Personal Trainer, Military Warhawk, and broke, fit single mom, Sylvia Petro. Each routine has been used by Sylvia and tried and tested on her personal training clients.   Premiere fat loss routine – available as rapid download If want to lose a few extra pounds or more,…

My New Training Mix vs Old

For thirteen years (as of 2015) I followed a bodybuilding regime. Now, for the past year, I’ve been following a new training mix of athletic training: mobility, flexibility, and functional exercise. Why the change? I found flaws in my old routine. Strict bodybuilding practices, with limited focus on flexibility, mobility, or functionality, led to muscle…

Custom Exercise Plans

What’s your goal? Fat loss, muscle gain, toning, improved mobility, strength?   Your custom exercise routine will be created from 14-year veteran, fit mom, and trainer, Sylvia Petro, who specializes in all the above. This is no BS training. If you are dedicated, you will get results, and fast. Testimonials “After years of not searching…