Groovy muscle pic


I just put the finishing touches on my first book Lift to Get Lean! I am so beyond excited to share it with you because I know that it holds the power to help you shift your life in radical ways.

That’s a pretty bold statement, huh? Yeppers. I know that my book is going to be powerful for women everywhere for two reasons: 1) because I put my heart and soul into it, and 2) it is backed by tons of research.

Here’s the deal…muscle is magic.

I recently found a photo of myself when I was 23 that would blow your mind. I looked like a train wreck and I am shocked at how unhealthy I appeared. It reminded me of how miserable I was back then. Despite my degree in exercise physiology, I had no idea how to eat and train properly.

I was ravaged by sugar cravings, energy slumps, constant hunger, tummy bloat, aches and pains, and general malaise. I couldn’t get through the day without coffee, was always sore from my workouts, and felt fat all the time. Clearly I was a lot of fun back then…not.

I happened to find this picture over my birthday weekend this past December. A side by side comparison of that photo and one from my birthday tells an incredible story. I literally look like a totally different person today.

My commitment to strength training over the past 5 years is the biggest influence over my health and appearance today. Muscle truly is magic. For women, there is tremendous hormonal and metabolic fallout due to age-related muscle loss, and strength training is the first line of defense.

Research shows there is a direct correlation between strength training and carb cravings, fatigue, moodiness, and hormonal imbalances. Lean muscle mass has the power to reduce belly fat, fight diabetes and heart disease, stabilize blood sugar and increase your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). For women, muscle is literally magic.

I am leaner than when I was 23. I am more fit than when I was 33. I am stronger, fiercer, and more resilient than at any other age in my life….and in December that birthday was number 43.

Muscle is magic. I believe it is the panacea that we’ve all been looking for in our search for energy, happiness, confidence and strength. A consistent practice of proper strength training will influence your life in so many ridiculous ways you’ll be shocked.

I am committed to helping you navigate the confusing world of strength training. A great place to begin is by getting a copy of my book. You can pre-order it HERE. The next step is to stay connected with me via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (links below!) where I share little nuggets each day to help you. I will be sharing more about Women’s Strength Nation in the coming weeks. I’m on a mission to improve the ratio of women to men strength training in gyms everywhere. I hope you’ll join the movement. The first step is to make a commitment to yourself to strength train 2 times each week. Let the magic begin….

Here is a simple strength training program that you can use to get started on your journey. Complete the following workout two times every week. Complete 3 sets of each exercise with 60 seconds of rest in between each set. Complete all 3 sets of each exercise before moving on to the next exercise.

Leg Press – 15 reps

Reverse Grip Lat Pull Down – 12 reps

Seated Chest Press – 12 reps

Barbell Overhead Press – 15 reps

Creating muscle magic truly is as simple as that! Try it, and please share your thoughts with me in the comments section below. Stay strong, friend.


  • Holly’s book Lift to Get Lean is now available for pre-order! Click HERE.
  • Ready to take your fitness and life to the next level? Women’s Strength Nation LIVE will be kicking off in April of this year. Join us at our inaugural weekend experience and workshop. Visit the Women’s Strength Nation website HERE and stay tuned for deets!
  • Get ready for a total body transformation! Holly is teaming up with Women’s Health magazine for an exciting fitness challenge and you can follow along! Stay tuned for deets.
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