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Do It Better: Front Squats

“Ugh, I hate front squats,” a member of The Movement Minneapolis said to me during evening class recently, as she moved around the rack setting up her barbell and plates. “They just don’t feel good.” What she meant, after further discussion, was not that front squats caused her pain but that they were uncomfortable. Or, […]

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Do It Better: Your Path to Bodyweight Pull-ups

Pull-ups. You plus the bar plus gravity, and nothing else. Are you sweatin’ yet? If you are, you are exactly who I want to talk to today. Because if this is you, chances are pretty good you’ve bought into the myth that continues to hang on with the tenacity of Super Glue: that pull-ups are not […]

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Power Portrait: Andrea Williams

Author’s Note: Andrea Williams has been a member of Unapologetically Powerful coaching since August of 2016 and while you can already see how warm-hearted and enthusiastic she is in the photo above, her strength and tenacity should not be underestimated. A trainer herself, Andrea embodies what Jen and I call our favorite motto, “Always be […]

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Power Portrait: Melanie Ash

First, the basics! Your name, age, and where you live.  Melanie Ash, 34, Columbus, Ohio (We’re still in a fun-hangover after the recent Arnold Sports Festival!) I am also a certified personal trainer and owner of Melanie Ash Fitness. “Building strong women” is a header on the main page of my website and I help clients find […]

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Taking Care of Bigness: Surprises from the Program

I certainly didn’t expect this to happen, but I value the ability to feel surprise. To me, it’s a marker of change: Something you didn’t believe was true is true. The world is not as you thought it was. You know something new, which changes how you think or operate in some small or large way. […]

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Pace Yourself for Big Payoffs

I’ve always been one for taking my time in the gym and focusing on form and feel with every rep. I like it clean, not sloppy. Also, honestly, I am just too uncoordinated to get that little momentum thing going to hike up my weights for cheat reps. And, while using cheat reps is actually […]

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