Category Archives: strength training

Step By Step Into The New Year

In the closing hours of 2015, I want to share my parents with you. Many of you have met them before on these posts: I’ve written about my mom doing pushups, my dad riding and adventuring, and both of them … Continue reading

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Lifting Weights – Getting Started

I hope the new year is off to a good start for you. There’s a good chance that you, like thousands of people, have made some resolutions to improve something in the coming year. I hope that at least part … Continue reading

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Are You Strong Enough for Life (or a blizzard)?

We here in the Northeast are still digging out from our holiday blizzard. I know we are not the only people to have ever experienced extreme weather, although you might not realize that from the news coverage. A lot of … Continue reading

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Weight Training & Lymphedema (for the Pink & Plaid Warrior and everyone else)

I get questions both here and through about lifting weights and lymphedema. I try to write about it periodically because it’s so important. As someone who had a mastectomy with free TRAM reconstruction, a full axillary node dissection, 6 weeks … Continue reading

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Lifting Weights Safely

As a trainer, I get questions and comments sometimes about pain while lifting weights. A lot of  people are hesitant to take part in a regular strength training program because they’ve experienced joint pain or discomfort in the past. I … Continue reading

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To Stretch Or Not To Stretch, That Is The Question

Stretching: yes or no? The answer to that question depends on when you’re stretching. I posted new research on the News page at Life-Cise about stretching before long-distance running. Researchers at Florida State University found that stretching before running decreased … Continue reading

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How Strong Is Strong?

What is enough strength? How strong is strong? Of course, strong enough is entirely up to you. There is no absolute. What is strong enough for you may not be strong enough for your best friend. What is strong now … Continue reading

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Strong Girls – Be One!

I was catching up on some of the blogs I follow and came upon a great post on female strength (and an equally great reader response). Josh Hanagarne, at World’s Strongest Librarian, wrote a powerful Female Strength Manifesto. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Bone Health: Osteopenia & Osteoporosis

My friend Mel, author of The Cancer Warrior blog, told me last week that now she’s got osteopenia. Osteopenia is a loss of bone density that’s not low enough to qualify as osteoporosis. Bummer! Serious bummer! Mel is a great … Continue reading

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What Goes Up Must Come Down (don’t let it be on your foot!)

Now, back to business! Weight-lifting injuries are on the rise. A recent study found that from 1990 to 2007, weight-training injuries resulting in emergency room visits increased over 48%. There was a larger increase among women (63%) compared with men … Continue reading

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