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3 tips to make your workouts more effective

There is so much confusing information about what type of exercise is the “best.” Is it cardio? Is it functional movement? Is it yoga? Of course, there is no “best” type of exercise. I believe in doing a little bit of everything. Moving your body in different ways is crucial. 

 

If I were to focus my attention on one type of exercise, it would be more targeted strength training, using a method I call “Highly Effective Strength Training” or “HEST.”

 

I’ll get into why HEST is effective and some characteristics of this method to incorporate into your routine, but let’s first talk about why to consider shifting your focus towards strength training if you haven’t already. 

 

A primary goal of your exercise program should be to gain muscle. I think women especially avoid heavy lifting because they are afraid to get “bulky.” To me, this is the least of your concerns. I stress this in all...

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Biomechanics: what, why, and how to apply it to your exercise routine

I emphasize the importance of biomechanics all the time, but I've never taken the time to define what it means, why it's important, and how to apply it to your exercise. 

Check out my video I created here that teaches biomechanics for fitness instructors.

What is biomechanics?

 

According to dictionary.com, biomechanics means "the study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms." 

 

Let's break that down a little, because there are a few key terms within that definition. 

 

Mechanical laws mean the laws of physics (remember Newton's laws from third grade?) that play into movement under different conditions. Each time you lift a weight, certain laws dictate how heavy it feels and how much "stress" will be applied to your system. This is important because it helps to provide a "framework" using mathematics to determine optimal exercise.

 

A second important term from that definition is the "structure...

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