From Bookworm to Bikini: The Grand Finale

By Caroline Gick Since we’ve been away, Caroline Gick has competed in her figure contest, capping off her three month preparation process. To let you know how it turned out, here are her last two posts, presented in two parts: Peak Week I’ve entered “Peak Week”—the final days leading up to my … [Read more...]

Why Women Should Not Run

Here’s another article re-edit/rerelease. This one was originally published on, and we’re presenting this updated and polished-up version today in case you missed it the first time around. I’m not sympathetic. When I look at the fat guy in the gym wasting his time doing forearm curls … [Read more...]

From Bookworm to Bikini: Week Nine

By Caroline Gick Last week was all about training. This week, I want to talk about my diet. I’m at the four-week mark—in terms of time remaining until my show—and my challenge over these next thirty days will be to lean out in certain areas while not getting too hard and vascular in others. To … [Read more...]

The Mellow Metcon: Conditioning For Strength Blocks

By Scott Paltos Strength is king. Conditioning counts, too, though. For many of you, it counts a little too much. If you’re a good coach, or an athlete who knows what you’re doing, you’re always going to include some level of conditioning—whether it’s aerobic or anaerobic—in your programs. … [Read more...]

Anabolic Cardio

When you want to reach ridiculously low levels of body fat, what’s the first thing conventional wisdom tells you to do? More cardio. The idea, then, is to put in hours and hours of work on treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes, right? That, conventional wisdom says, is how you’ll get the fat off. … [Read more...]

From Bookworm to Bikini: Week Three

By Caroline Gick I use the Shockwave protocol because it lets me maintain and add muscle at the same time as I’m stripping off body fat. It’s the perfect plan for getting ready for competition. In fact, I’ve adopted Shockwave for my regular training, and not just for contest prep. What has … [Read more...]

The Cute Girl Guide to Carb Back-Loading

  I was raised in the 1980’s, where most people’s idea of exercise was Jane Fonda attempting to give us aerobics instruction on VHS with Michael Jackson’s “Can You Feel It?” playing in the background. Back then, I watched my mother go on just about every diet there was. The entire decade was a sad … [Read more...]