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It started with Lou Ferrigno as The Incredible Hulk in 1977. He was one of my first crushes. I was eight. Whenever sad, lonely David Banner got angry and busted through his flannel shirt I swooned. When Lou Ferrigno came to the car show at the Philadelphia Civic Center, I got my mom to take me and waited in line for his autograph. He signed "Lou Ferr" in my Snoopy autograph book with a green felt-tip pen—GENIUS. I was enthralled. 


In the 80s I had a Joe Weider bodybuilding book with Rachel McLish on the cover. I worshipped her greased physique and tried the tips and routines detailed inside but I didn't have enough equipment and basically had no idea what I was doing. After Rachel, I girl-crushed hard on Madonna with her amazing delts and dance moves. I will always have a soft spot for Madge. 


In my twenties it was onto jogging and trying to be model thin. Running felt like a punishment and soon I found yoga, which took 90 minutes and left my back chronically sore. After a lackluster tour through physical therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture, a sports doctor urged me to "Strengthen, strengthen, strengthen." Literally, those were his words, and they changed my life. 


In 2012 I tried kettlebell training. Memories of the Hulk and Rachel McLish resurfaced, gasping for breath, thankful to be alive. I haven't looked back since.


  • ACE-Certified Personal Trainer since 2013

  • RKC Certified Instructor

  • StrongFirst Levels 1 and 2 Kettlebell Instructor

  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach

  • Ground Force Method Level 1

  • TRX-Qualified


Fun facts:

I've published two novels, this popular no-bullshit fitness article, and have a background in film, acting, interior design and visual arts. 

Numbers stuff:

Born in '69, (still) married since '95, have 2 kids and 2 tiny rescue dogs. 


Brae Howard Photography

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