Where to Find Strength Workouts

Good morning Open-mouthed smile

It was a pretty low key weekend around these parts. I’m pretty sure Saturday was the first Saturday that I didn’t have plans in…months! We were supposed to go up to the park, but then plans got cancelled. I kind of didn’t know what to do with myself!

Finally around 3:00, Shane and I took matters into our own hands, and debated whether to go see a movie (my choice – The Heat) or walk over to the Tasty Weasel (Oskar Blues brewery.)


Shane won. (but then again, didn’t we kinda both win?) We had a great time – just us two –  hanging out and playing the guessing game. We first played this at Breckinridge. One of us closes our eyes while the other one circles a round of tasters until the person with their eyes closed says stop. Then that person guesses which beer they’re drinking. I suck at this game, for the record.

Then we came home and grilled out. Story of the summer. And then it all balanced out, because on Sunday we went to go see The Heat.


Verdict? It was hilarious.And I’m a pretty hard movie critic. Go see it!

Anyway – on to today’s post topic!

As a trainer, I pride myself on the programs that I write for my clients. For my in-person clients, I go through an extensive question and answer consultation, fitness assessment, and body fat/measurements/etc assessment before taking all of that information, and analyzing it to write a program that fits their goals and abilities. For my online clients, I use several questionnaires, and back and forth questioning via email or phone before developing their plan.

I’ve said this before, but one of my personal training pet peeves is when I see other trainers taking their clients through willy nilly workouts, changing it up every session, without a plan, goal, program formulation in mine. It’s really tough to get results if you don’t keep some sort of track of programming – reps, weigh, sets, volume, intensity, exercise selection etc.

That said, it can be difficult for anyone who wants to do some sort of resistance training, but a) isn’t quite sure how to put a program together, and/or b) isn’t able to hire a personal trainer. Of course, that doesn’t mean he or she just shouldn’t be strength training at all. There’s actually a multitude of websites and resources out there that give out sound information.

Here’s some of my favorite resources for resistance workouts and exercise selection:


Online Resources

Acefitness.org – aside from my own youtube exercise demo library, I use the exercise demos and descriptions on ACE the most. Very helpful, thorough, and comprehensive. You can find both individual exercises as well as workout programs here!


EXRX.net Exercise prescription is a great source for both exercise demos, as well as workout programs. It even gets as detailed as splits – upper/lower/full/push/pull and so on! You can select exercises by body part or muscle.

Turnstep I also really like turnstep.com for boot camp and group fitness class ideas. If you’re looking for circuit workouts with minimal equipment, you might find some great ideas here.

GPPFit.com GPP Fitness provided the boot camp workouts at Blend this year! They’re a gym out of Utah that focuses on functional training, and posts their workouts online every single day. Complete with links to demonstrations for each exercise, it can also be a great training tool.

ZWow Although very intense, and not meant for every single day, you can find some higher intensity body weight (and minimal equipment) workouts from Zuska and her ZWOW’s (workout of the week.) I don’t typically borrow any exercises (that I don’t already know) from here with clients, as they’re pretty complex, but I’ll take bits and pieces at times for a good metabolic finisher at the end.


New Rules of Lifting – any. I love Alwyn Cosgrove and his workout programming. I think, for the most part, he writes very sound programs designed to get results. I’ve done NROL, NROL for Women, NROL for abs, NROL for Life and now NROL Supercharged. Out of them all, I prefer Abs, and have definitely borrowed some of Alwyn’s techniques for my own training.


Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises I suppose you could also go for the Women’s Health version of this, but seriously. Any exercise a man is doing a woman can be doing, too. It’s a great resource broken down by muscle group, and gives variations from regressions to progressions.


There are TONS of great bloggers who are personal trainers, as well. Here are some of my favorites (and I know I’m forgetting some, please forgive me, and list in the comments!)

Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you to my own. I haven’t updated my workouts page in a while, but you can find a lot there! You can also find them by clicking on the “workouts” category on the sidebar.


Sweat Like a Pig Personal Trainers are a very opinionated group, and I’d have to say there’s not a single blogger out there who replicates my training style and philosophy to a T, but I find myself agreeing with Tara much more often than not, as we share a lot of the same philosophies when it comes to training. Regardless, her blog is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to lifting – for both beginners and advanced. I implore you to check it out!

Follow My Fitsteps Natalie is a personal trainer out of Denver (and one of my good friends!) and posts great functional workouts on her blog. She’s got great workouts for boot camp workouts, too. Check out her workouts page!

Best Body Fitness Tina is a certified trainer who creates and posts some great workouts on her blog. Her strength tab has a mix of upper, lower, and full body training – as well as some ab workouts.

1 Fit Foodie Naomi is a certified personal trainer – as well as many other certifications – in Boston and creates some really great workouts, as well! She’s one I also often find myself agreeing with as far as workouts go.

PurelyFit If you workout at home and have minimal equipment, Michelle and Lori can give you some great body weight, functional-style workouts to use! Get ready to master the plank in all variations.

And although I couldn’t find a “workout” page on a couple, here are several other bloggers who post some great workouts (and workout videos!) BonnieLangFitness, Cotter Crunch – geez, I know I’m forgetting some. Again, link in the comments!

Share! Where do you go to find workouts or workout ideas?

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  1. Love this! A great collection of resources. I was a huge fan of oxygen magazine for my workouts before I knew much about strength training too. That was always a huge help for me.
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  2. I heard that movie is amazing! I can’t wait to see it. Glad you had such a nice weekend. Great list of resources- book marking!

  3. I will have to add that movie to my list, so many to see right now.
    I usually find my workouts in magazines – Oxygen is my favorite, or on blogs.
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  4. An awesome collection of resources! I love NROL for Women, I might have to check out some of the other ones in that series…maybe the Supercharged one? Googling now 😉
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    • The Supercharged one is his latest one, but I still recommend NROL4abs (it’s not all about abs at all – more about core stability in all exercises)

  5. Awesome list of resources. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. I also love Julie’s (@ Peanut Butter Fingers) workouts! Tina’s are some of my favorites as well.
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  7. You are so sweet! I obviously love what you do as a PT (or I wouldn’t be here reading!) and I can see why we have so much in common, considering what sources you use for your material :) I will have to check out the other blogs you mentioned!
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  8. Anyone can throw together a workout, it’s different to develop a plan. :)
    I love New Rules of Lifting. Might I also suggest the Female Body Breakthrough by Rachel Cosgrove?

  9. i love all these bloggers and you! keeps my workouts fresh! thx for the love. i need a workout page, don’t i?
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  10. Thanks for the shout out lady!!! xox

  11. I love all these bloggers too! I always love your workouts. I think you and I think alike on a lot of workout stuff. Can you move to KY and workout with me??? 😉
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  12. Awesome list of resources! Thanks!

    Also, this beer tasting game is going on my “things to do at the brewery” list. I think I could potentially become a pro at this game! Or at least be really good at trying!

  13. Hey thanks! I was away and am just seeing this..I appreciate your shout-out! 😀 Great post full of tons of info!
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