Jen Weir

I'm a lover of all things outdoors and fitness -- inspiration for my work. I hold a B.S. in Exercise Science, am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, an ACE-Functional Training Specialist and also maintain a Personal Trainer Certification. I am Montana born and raised and strive to spend every spare minute enjoying all this big beautiful state has to offer with my adventurous little family.
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Is Unstable Training Worth the Effort?

We’ve all seen the meme of that guy at the gym doing a back squat on a stability ball and, although he may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, it’s not uncommon to see people testing the limits of the BOSU ball. Because, why wouldn’t an exercise be more effective if it’s more difficult to perform? The thing is, though, training on unstable surfaces may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Before you spend another workout session trying to activate more muscles, let’s take a look at what science has to say about it.
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Your Scale Is Your Enemy

The scale is one of those inventions I sometimes think many of us would be better off without. Don’t get me wrong, the scale is a very useful tool; the problem is how much stock ladies tend to put into that one little number. I’ve seen too many women live and die by whether or not the number on the scale gets smaller. Women who work their butts off every day and look amazing will deflate in an instant if that number isn’t smaller than it was a week, or even a few days, ago.

Beginner's Guide to Weightlifting for Women

So, you want to join the ranks of girls who lift. You’re all psyched up to start throwing weights around and you even bought a few super cute gym outfits. The only problem, you have no idea where to start or what to do once you waltz into the gym wearing one of those cute ensembles. Don’t worry, help is here. I’m going to fill you in on everything you need to know as a weightlifting newbie and help you get the results you’re after.
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11 Ways to Pump up Your Plank

When it comes to strengthening the core (which includes not only your abs and obliques but also your glutes, hips and back) the plank is an exercise that will always get the job done. In fact, recent research by Dr. Stuart McGill found isometric core exercises, like planks, to be far more superior to dynamic core exercises, such as crunches, in terms of muscle activation, improved strength, and stability of the spine in every plane of motion.
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8 Reasons You Should Lift Like a Girl

Doing anything “like a girl” has always been a put-down, an insult, a slam to one’s ability. But today, women are stronger and fiercer than ever. Not only can we do everything guys do, but some of us do it better. Take weight lifting for example, not only are more and more women getting their daily dose of iron, many are out-lifting the men, especially if you take into consideration the growing numbers of female Crossfitters and power lifters.
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The Beginner’s Guide to CrossFit for Women: Tips and How to Advice

Whether you’ve stumbled across The Games while channel surfing, read about it in, basically, any fitness mag or have that friend who may as well have #crossfit tattooed across her forehead, you’ve definitely heard of the fitness phenomenon that has the propensity to spawn Spartan-like beings. Perhaps a slight exaggeration, but it’s hard not to be intrigued when you see the effects regular CrossFit training has on the bodies of the men and women who excel at it.
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The Beginner’s Guide to Kettlebell Training for Women: Tips and How to Advice

Kettlebells give off a slightly medieval vibe and for good reason – they’ve been around forever! Well, not quite forever, but for a pretty long time. About 350 years ago kettlebells popped up in Russia and were used as counterweights in market scales – a far cry from what we use them for today. The fitness industry is witnessing a rebirth of this compact chunk of iron with a convenient little handle; kettlebells can be found in Globo Gyms, CrossFit boxes, home gyms and everywhere in between.
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