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Black female strength coach a true rarity

Conclusion of a two-part column


If it’s hard being a Black female coach in any sport, it’s more than likely harder still for a Black female strength coach. Mia Erickson of the Mayo Clinic Performance Center in Rochester, Minn. was the only Black among the four-person sport science panel at the U of M Tucker Center Women Coaches Symposium in February. “That’s just the way it is on seeing [strength] coaches that look like me,” she admits. “First of all, I’m in a male-dominated field, so there are not going to be a lot of female coaches. Continue Reading →

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The benefits and myths of strength training

“We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist, but about denying its right to persist.” — Vince McConnell


People often express to me that they feel resistance training is unnecessary to achieving sustained weight loss and that it will make them bulky versus lean. I’ll address those two myths in this article. I’ll also outline the importance of toning your body to achieve the look you want. Continue Reading →

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