Building muscle takes a lot of hard work, time, and patience. Unfortunately it won’t happen overnight, and it most likely won’t happen without a plan. So if you’ve been trying to build muscle but haven’t see a lot of success, then keep reading. Or if you would like to start focusing on building muscle but aren’t sure what to do, then this is also for you. Here are my top tips for how to build muscle and get stronger in the gym.  Have a Workout Plan Building muscle requires you to have a thorough strength training program. You want a program that hits all ofRead More →

Okay so you’ve decided to start working out. Yay! That’s a huge success in itself. But now comes the hard part…deciding exactly where to start?! There are thousands of different workout options out there, most of them claiming to be “the best”, so how in the world do you pick one? Let me help you! Exercise is one of my favorite hobbies, and I’m lucky enough that I get to help hundreds of people every year get started on (or change up) their exercise journey. So today I want to teach you guys how to choose the best workout routine for your goals. DECIDE ON YOURRead More →

If you follow me on social media, than you probably know that one of my big passions is weight lifting. I’ve been weight lifting for over 8 years now, but I would say I’ve gotten even more serious over the last 4 years. When I first started exercising all I cared about was “looking good”, and I truly thought that cardio was the key. But if I’m being completely honest, I didn’t really see the results I was looking for until I started added strength training into my routine. If you’re completely new to weight lifting, it can be totally overwhelming. I mean first of all, thereRead More →

After writing a post about the benefits of stretching the other week, I wanted to explain to you guys another way of improving your mobility. Foam rolling (also called “self-myofascial release”) is a tool widely used in the physical therapy and personal training industries. Foam rolling in the simplest sense, is like giving yourself a massage. You roll your muscles over these cylindrical rollers that are made of foam, and it helps to lengthen and loosen your muscles, and work out any knots that may have formed from overuse or poor daily posture. According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), “using the foamRead More →

If you know me personally, then you know that I’m obsessed with fitness. And that’s why having my own home gym is such a necessity for me. My fiance and I are actually in the process of buying our first home, and having a separate space for a gym is a “must have” on our list! So what items are needed in order to make a home gym? And in what order should you buy them? Let me help you! Keep reading for how to build a home gym of your very own without breaking the bank! The Necessities  I like to consider these itemsRead More →

If you’re ever in need of an awesome, at-home workout, then I’ve got you covered! Each of these workouts is designed to be a total body, fat burning workout that you can do anywhere. They don’t require any equipment, which make them perfect for when you’re on vacation or simply can’t get to the gym. Each workout varies in length and intensity. Make sure to always start with a dynamic 5 minute warm-up, and take about 5 minutes to cool-down and stretch afterwards. Workout #1 6 Rounds of:  20 walking lunges 5 burpees 5 lateral lunges (5 each side) 5 pushups **turn around and repeatRead More →

the best non-slip workout headbands

Over the years I’ve wasted hundreds of dollars on different headbands that claim to be made for “fitness” or “exercise” and promise to be “non-slip”. However despite these bold claims, they all fall off 5 minutes into my warmup. Or even worse, they fall off when I just wear them around the house. After all of these years I’ve finally found a few brands that stand up to even my toughest workouts. So whether you do Crossfit, Pilates, Zumba, Spin, or are a marathon runner, you can trust that these are the best headbands for any type of exercise. Here’s a list of the topRead More →

The other week I wrote an article with lower body workout to help you all get ready for shorts weather (you can check out the article HERE). But I can’t forget about the other half of you! This arm workout is exactly what you need to confidently rock a tank top this summer. Plus, all you need is a pair of dumbbells! (I personally LOVE my Bowflex adjustable dumbbells. Check out my review of them here.) I designed this workout to target the entire upper body. So you will feel this in your chest, back, shoulders, biceps, and triceps. If you have multiple sets of dumbbells,Read More →

It’s starting to get a little bit warmer out here in PA, and that means only one thing…it’s almost shorts weather! If the thought of ditching your sweatpants for shorts terrifies you, don’t worry! I’ve got you covered with this lower body workout. I designed this workout to target all areas of the lower body, which extra emphasis on the glutes, quads, and hamstrings. But don’t worry if you also start to feel it in your abs and shoulders too (that’s just a little bonus for you guys!). Before we get into the workout, let me explain the format. You will be doing everything inRead More →

If  you’re looking into creating a home gym, then some sort of power cage or squat rack is probably on your list. Once I got my power cage last year, it really took my workouts to the next level! Not sure if you need a power rack? Well here are just some of the awesome things you can do with one: a safer way to perform many barbell movements such as a squats, lunges, and bench most come with a chin up bar for you to do chin ups, pull ups, toes to bar, knees to elbow, etc it serves as a great anchor pointRead More →