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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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Get Buff in the Buff

By now, you already know there are approximately 972 different ways to work out. Especially if you hang in this little corner of the world, we agree that variety and experimentation with your fitness is A-OK. I’m totally with you. I’ve tried everything from TV infomercial workouts to marathon running to circuits to hypertrophy. I’m big […]

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Power Portrait: Emma Swanston

First, the basics! Your name, age, and where you live.  Emma Swanston 37 Sydney, Australia I am also a certified personal trainer with a deep passion food: Buying it, preparing it, eating it, photographing it, you name it! I pour all of that passion into my website, BetterWithCake.com.   JVB: Let’s dig right into it: What does […]

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How to Approach Warm-Up Sets

You want to learn how to safely lift big-for-you weights. (I love this about you!) But perhaps you’re not sure how exactly to get from colder than the water cooler to raring to go. Smart warm-up sets are the answer. Let me be clear: I’m not talking about your actual warm-up, which is the sequence of movements you […]

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How I Set Myself Up for Injury (It’s Likely You’re Doing This Same Thing)

I finally got more serious about my training when I got more serious about my goals. I’d been saying I wanted to make the U.S. women’s national rugby team, but up to that point, all I’d been doing was occasionally accompanying my more fitness-oriented roommate, Libby, to the gym and half-heartedly mimicking what she did. […]

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