Quotables Week: Rachel McLish on how fitness builds self-confidence

Hitting the bookshelf once again for Quotables Week, here’s an excerpt from one of my first—and to this day, one of my favorite—fitness books: Flex Appeal by Rachel McLish. McLish was the first-ever women’s national bodybuilding champion back in 1979. This book, written in 1984, is probably the single best book for women in fitness that I’ve…

Quotables Week: Bill Pearl on aging well through weight training

If there’s a picture of an athlete next to the words “old school” in the dictionary, it’s a picture of Bill Pearl. The 1986 (!) edition of his classic Getting Stronger: Weight Training for Men and Women still sits on my bookshelf, and for good reason. It holds an encyclopedic level of information on weight-training workouts for…

Tuesday Workout of the Week: Land and Sea!

Swim? Strength train? Why choose? Especially if you’re not a natural swimmer and you want to mix it up a bit so that you can still do some solid non-impact cardio while you’re waiting for the green light to start running again. This is a workout inspired by my awesome running coaches – I call…

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Strength! Flexibility!

Finally, finally, I began the process late last week of addressing the weaknesses in my winter/spring 2014 marathon training program – the utter lack of strength and flexibility training I did (or in this case, didn’t do) in the run-up to Boston. Strength and flexibility training to the rescue! Friday I planned on doing a…

The Three Pillars of Fitness: Strength Training

It’s Three Pillars of Fitness week. Yesterday I gave you the overview: don’t skimp on any one of these three key fitness categories – cardiovascular training, strength training, and flexibility training. Now, the deeper dives…today I’ll go with… Strength Training Otherwise known as: “The workout most likely to make you feel like an Official Badass…