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Not Ready for a Public Gym? No Problem.

Believe it or not, you don’t have to join a gym to get in shape and stay that way. Before I joined a gym, I exercised in my living room every day for five years. I never wanted membership at a public gym. I can be myself at home and […]

How I’ve Stayed Fit for 15 Years

The video below explains the beliefs that keep me grounded in a life of health and fitness. SylviaMEET SYLVIA PETRO — THE BROKE, FIT SINGLE MOM: As an athlete of over 15 years, and a broke single mom for most of that time, I created this site to aid not […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

Bosu Pistol Squats

Pistol squats on the floor can take months to master, so take the time to learn that skill before moving on to bosu pistol squats. When you do decide to give bosu pistols a try, be sure to focus on form and execution, not speed. The worst that can happen […]

Forearm Stand Progress

I’ve been working on different handstand variations as part of the Gymnastic Bodies course I purchased. It has been about three months since I started the course (as of this post). I still can’t do freestanding handstands, but my favorite progression leading up to it, the forearm stand, is below. […]

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Today’s Workout – Back Workout & Handstand Practice

Pull Up Variations – 4 Sets Supersetted w/ Back Extensions Set 1 & 2 Mixed grip pull ups to failure Set 3 Wide grip pull ups Set 4 Close grip pull ups   Cable One Arm Rows w/ Rope – 4 Sets Set 1 – Warm up set 12 reps Set […]

Advanced Glute Workout

Okay, no fooling around anymore, girls and guys. What exercises really target 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 […]

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Championship Bodybuilding Book Review

Chris Aceto is known for creating bodybuilding champions like Jay Cutler. He wrote Championship Bodybuilding in the 1990’s. Before reading the book, I had an extremely difficult time putting on muscle. My goal was to show off my muscles without having to flex. In 2005, I obtained my personal training certification […]