Category Archives: women and strength

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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Weight Lifting Tips

Watching some people at the gym recently, I was reminded that it may be time to pass along some tips. There are some pretty common mistakes that not only make your workout less efficient, but can actually be dangerous. Always … Continue reading

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Get Strong, But Understand the Lymphedema Risk

Over the weekend, I had lunch with my friend Mel, author of the Cancer Warrior blog (TheCancerWarrior.blogspot.com). We both talked about some of our sports and interests (she plays hockey & I’m busy windsurfing since I’m out in Michigan on … Continue reading

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How To Get Strong – Weight Lifting & Lymphedema

As a followup to my last post, I want to give a few tips for starting a weight training program for breast cancer survivors. The most important thing is to begin with light weights. Even if you did weight training … Continue reading

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Get Strong! – Weight Lifting and Lymphedema

Good news! Getting strong may be the best thing women can do for lymphedema. When I had my surgery for breast cancer in 2001, the standard recommendations were still to not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds, carry a heavy … Continue reading

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Fitness for Survivors Workshop

I will be leading a Fitness for Survivors Workshop at the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo tomorrow, May 2, from 10:00-11:00am. Join me for information on exercise and cancer, a little exercise, and some fun. During the rest of the … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Pushups

I often write and speak quite proudly about my mother and her pushups. She is a shining example of many of the principals I try to convey to my clients at Life-Cise.com and Stay Fit Stay Strong. When I first … Continue reading

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Mom’s Progress

While in Utah I spent some time with my mother. I have written in the past of her progress with push-ups. She’s in her 70s, but over the past year has developed some impressive upper body strength. Just over a … Continue reading

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Push-ups for My Mother

Back to push-ups…. my mother called me yesterday – she can now do 2 full push-ups! When I first evaluated her last August, she could not push herself up once from a prone position. She had an exercise routine, mostly … Continue reading

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