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I Am Not Afraid To Lift Workshop is Coming to FUELhouse!

Women's Strength Workshop to help women learn to lift and to feel empowered through strength training.

This workshop is appropriate for women who lift at ALL levels, from beginners to advanced lifters. From those women who have never lifted weights before who want to learn the basics of a push-up or how to achieve their first unassisted pull-up, and for those advanced lifters who want to take their training to the next level by improving program design or by learning new techniques to work towards a specific strength goal such as a weighted pull-up, a new 1 rep max for barbell deadlift, or a max bodyweight press. This workshop will help you to sharpen skills and learn programming in order to reach your goal.

At the Lift® workshop you will learn:

  • The importance and benefits of strength training, why being strong trumps the scale and being “toned”, plus my "3 E System" to EMPOWERMENT.

  • Kettlebell Lifts
    - Deadlift
    - Front Squat
    - Military Press
    - Two Hand Swing

  • Barbell Lifts
    - Back Squat
    - Bench Press
    - Deadlift

  • Bodyweight and Core:
    - Pull-up
    - Push-up
    - Hanging Leg Raise
    - Ab Wheel Rollout

  • Strong Mindset Strategies such as how to improve your inner dialogue, and own your lifts in the gym.

  • Strength Program Design
    .8 NASM CEUs approved
    I Am Not Afraid To Lift® is a registered trademark.


In 2014, I created my women’s strength workshop I Am Not Afraid To Lift®. I created this workshop based upon how strength training strengthened and changed both my body and my mindset and based upon my experience training for the strength challenge, the Iron Maiden Challenge (video below).

As a ballet dancer from the age of 3 to 27, turned kung fu black belt at age 32, “Iron Maiden” at age 38, and powerlifter at age 39, through all of my athletic endeavors, I was never afraid to lift. My first true inspiration to lift weights and to build serious muscle was from Linda Hamilton’s character, Sarah Connor in Terminator 2. After I watched this movie in 1990 when I was a sophomore in high school I made it my mission to build arms as jacked as Linda Hamilton’s.

However, as I trained for the Iron Maiden Challenge from 2011 to 2014, I learned that this was not the case for many women.

I learned that many women are afraid to lift because they don’t know how to lift, or because they are afraid that they might hurt themselves, or a combination of the two, or because they are afraid of how strength training will change their bodies in that they may end up looking less feminine and perhaps even lose their lady parts  …

I can assure you ladies, strength training will not make you look less feminine and your lady parts will remain intact.

It is my experience that once women learn how to lift, and once they learn how strong and capable they are, that those fears fly right out the window and instead they love the feeling of confidence and empowerment they get from being hella strong in the weight room, and how it carries over to all areas of their lives AND they love every muscle on their body as these muscles take shape through their hard work through strength training.

After teaching my women’s strength workshop I Am Not Afraid To Lift® all over the United States and even around the world in Australia, I took a one year hiatus from teaching the workshop in 2017 in order to re-vamp the curriculum. The brand new 2018 curriculum now also includes barbell lifts in addition to kettlebell lifts.

NOTE: There are practice segments and practical hands-on workouts throughout the workshop.

Personal Trainers who attend will receive .8 NASM CEUs for attending the workshop.

This workshop is appropriate for women who lift of ALL levels, from beginners to advanced lifters.  From women who have never lifted weights before who want to learn the basics of a push-up or how to achieve their first unassisted pull-up, and for those advanced lifters who want to take their training to the next level by improving program design or by learning new techniques to work towards a specific strength goal such as a weighted pull-up, a new 1 rep max for barbell deadlift, or a max bodyweight press. This workshop will help you to sharpen skills and learn programming in order to reach your goal.

After registering for the workshop, I will send each registrant a questionnaire in order to gauge what level they are at e.g. beginner lifter vs. advanced lifter. I will also send each registrant a detailed agenda.

Read testimonials and watch footage from past workshops HERE!

Contact me at if you have questions or need more detailed information and I look forward to lifting with you!!

Training for Fat Loss

'I can't believe how high my heart-rate got when I increased my weights. This is just as hard if not harder than any traditional "cardio" workout.' -FH Member

I can't tell you how many times I hear this once a client realizes that they've been sandbagging their main strength workouts, afraid that their going to get too bulky.

This is once of the biggest misconceptions that I have seen over and over in relation to training for fat loss. We hear it all the time, mostly women, and some men, believing that they should avoid heavy or all weight training and only perform “cardio” and abdominal exercises to get their ideal physique. 

The worst is witnessing this in group classes.  As a coach you encourage people to challenge themselves, to push to a new level because you know that the end result is what their ideally looking for.  Who wants to keep doing the same thing or lifting the same weight?  Well, I guess not everyone cares about tracking progress, but you hope, as a coach, that your people will care.  So many of our humans "get it" but so many still go through the motions during the strength portion of one of our general fitness classes and then only focus on the conditioning portion of the workout – and often followed up by a few sets of sit-ups or something similar. My guess is that if you are guilty of this approach, you probably haven’t seen very good results with it. Maybe you lost a few pounds initially, but now you have plateaued and you may have even gained a pound or two.

This faulty approach is perpetuated by the insta-google "you tube" trainer who's more interested in selfies than actually showcasing their own clients, workout routines published in “fitness” magazines, and a few common exercise myths.


The hour or so you spend in the gym accounts for a very small portion of your daily caloric expenditure. Unless you are a professional athlete that trains and practices for several hours each day (did you hear that? I'll repeat....trains several hours a day), the large majority of your daily caloric expenditure comes from your Basal Metabolic Rate (or BMR), the calories burned to sustain your bodily functions on a daily basis.  One of the most effective ways of increasing your BMR is through increasing the amount of lean muscle mass on your body. This is, of course, only achievable through weight training aka LIFTING AND PUTTING DOWN HEAVY SHIT, preferably in the form of deadlifts, squats, presses, and other multi-joint, compound movements. OMG no way?  Yes, yes we actually know what we're doing.  You see, for every pound of lean muscle that you add, you will burn approximately 50 calories more per day. That might not sound like much but keep in mind if you swap out 5 pounds of fat for 5 pounds of muscle, you will burn close to 300 extra calories a day before you even hit the gym. Furthermore, intense weight training results in an afterburn effect where your metabolism is elevated for up to 38 hours after your training session. This is known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC.  

Doing cardio alone will only decrease your BMR as time goes on. This turns into an uphill battle as your BMR keeps dropping, you’ll need to increase the amount of cardio you do to create the same deficit. Without weight training, you’ll lose muscle which will actually account for some weight loss, and you might even lose a few pounds of fat if your diet is decent, but it’s unlikely you will achieve (or maintain) the level of fat loss you desire.

“Won’t weights make me bulky?”
Weight training will add a few pounds of needed lean body mass which will in turn make you leaner and give you a better looking physique. If you are worried about getting bulky...then we should seriously take a look at your nutrition. Most people who are afraid weights will make them bulky are the same people known to complain about being unable to lose the last the few pounds of fat around their midsection while pouring their third glass of red wine, "brunching" every weekend or think gluten free pasta will solve all their problems.  These same people are the ones to point the finger at their current fitness program being the culprit of their plateau or weight gain, not the other 10-12 hours outside the gym. Yes. It must be our fault. Not theirs. 



“So how do I go about increasing my lean body mass and improving my body composition?”
Definitely focus on the strength component in our group workouts and push yourself during the finishers. Find an accountability buddy through the Tribe to do this with you!  If you want to get more experienced with lifting, consider signing up for the Tactical Strength Challenge on Oct 28th or any of our Barbell STRONG classes. You’ll focus on the core lifts, increasing strength, lean body mass, and overall performance. Many of our members signed up for the TSC or who have established a Performance/Strength goal with one of our coaches, have leaned out while getting stronger at the same time. Also, look into signing up for a nutritional consult with Coach Meg, or even the upcoming nutrition challenge that kicks off Sept 11th or our 6-Week Get FUELed specialty group for non-members and FH members!  You’ll get some useful instruction on how to dial in your nutrition so that you can improve your body composition and performance with a sustainable approach.  Need some dedicated 1:1 time to get dialed in and serious?  Then consider 1:1 training with any of our FH Coaches!

Take a look at your current approach to training and be honest about how well it has worked for you. Ask yourself: "How do I want to feel in 6-Weeks?".  If you are less than 100% satisfied with your current results, we hope you’ll consider our recommendations. And as always, feel free to consult any of your FUELHOUSE coaches if you need further guidance.


Model: Jordan Raye, Founder Alpha Maiden

Model: Jordan Raye, Founder Alpha Maiden

It has been scientifically proven that building lean muscle speeds up fat loss, resulting in a leaner, fitter you.  

Make it even more awesome by surrounding yourself with other positive, motivating ladies and you have SUMMER SHRED!


This is your chance to take part of our very successful Summer Shred program. Our program is designed to change how you want to feel, but this is not a "magic pill". Expect to work hard. We don't care where you're starting from, only that you try your hardest and finish the 6 weeks!

This program incorporates strength work in the form of hypertrophy work with barbells, dumbbells and/or kettlebells.  Plan on working hard and reshaping your body. Find your strength and feel like a better, stronger version of yourself.

Space is limited to 12 dedicated ladies per group, these coveted spots fill up quickly so sign up today! Our focus is on becoming strong (inside and out), conditioned, & be more energetic. Our training will include body weight, proper movement patterns, battling ropes, suspension training, and other fun progressions to help you optimize strength, fitness, and energy.


  • 12 Sessions with your exclusive group (2x/week on Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10am) at FUELhouse
  • Unlimited access to FUELhouse classes in addition to your private SHRED sessions
  • Nutritional guidance (information/recipe options/help with meal planning and prep)
  • A Private Facebook Group for SHRED MEMBERS ONLY to build a community, post videos and photos, and get feedback on all your questions
  • Results: Lose Body Fat, Gain Lean Mass, Get in shape
  • Valuable info on motivation, rest and setting goals
  • If you are a mom and have a little one(s) who are also interested in participating in their own movement class during your SHRED hour on T/TH please let us know by emailing  We are ready to launch our kids program if there is enough interest.


    This is a free meeting for all interested parties.  Free childcare will be provided during this time! This meeting has limited space so please share with your friends and RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!
  • FINALE CELEBRATION: Wednesday August 30 at 7:30pm


A typical personal training session costs $100/hour. In a dedicated small group you are getting the same attention for $27/hour.

The 6-week guided Summer Shred Program is $327 for 12 sessions ($27/session) and payment is due for the full 6-weeks upon enrollment. But remember, you have access to 9 additional classes in the time that you are with us and so much more!  There are no refunds for missed classes OR for this program. YOU MUST COMMIT TO 2 SESSIONS/WEEK!

We are accepting a limited number of ladies who are 100% ready to commit to this program. This is not for beginners to fitness. If you are a true beginner to exercising, please inquire about our Elements program.

We need serious, excited and eager women who are looking to transform their current lifestyle. As your coach I put my whole heart into our program and I ask one thing from you, that you are committed to the program and are willing to be coachable!

Our training is a practice that is not perfected in just a few sessions, you need to be willing to be humbled and be patient with the process. Leave your ego at the door! You must commit to the full program, exactly as written and executed. Anything less and you are selling yourself short. You are in complete control of your results and your success. I cannot emphasize enough this simple fact- the next 6-weeks will change your life. You get out what you put in.

QUESTIONS? Email Coach Tiffany at or call 616-250-0868

Events, Clinics and Training Tribes at the HOUSE

There are just too many awesome things to announce
so we had to put them in one place!

We hope that we see more friends of the HOUSE join us for the following Special Events and Training Tribes! 


***Training Tribes are for members and non-members of the HOUSE.  This is an awesome way to accelerate your fitness based on your goals.  Members have the option to put their membership on hold during their Training Tribe session and will have access to 9 FUELhouse classes/mo.  All Training Tribe members have access to open gym.  Additional open gym times to be announced next week!  Space is limited to 12 deserving humans. Don't miss out!


Are you looking to get a jumpstart on your fitness for 2017 or are you ready to take your training to the next level?  

If you lack a specific goal, the time you spend training may easily become a collection of random acts.  It’s so common for those of us pursuing a life of health and fitness to fall off the wagon from time to time. We get it and we want to help.  

Are you looking to make a change or a total transformation, of your body, of your behaviors, and all the things affected by your fitness (like your love life, sleep cycles, energy, overall happiness)?  Knowing how hard it is to start or even re-start a fitness training program, we want to offer you the easiest approach to begin making fitness a core part of your life and start seeing the results you've been so longing for.

If you're ready to turn yourself around (again) keep reading. If you're already kicking ass and taking names in your fitness journey then you can stop here and forward this to a buddy.


If you're not sure where to start we can help.  First thing is helping you find your WHY!  Your WHY is your underlying reason you have for pursuing fitness in the first place.  We often start pursuing fitness with a specific aesthetic goal: to lose ten pounds, to lower blood pressure, to get stronger, to have more energy, etc. While these reasons are totally awesome we are here to encourage you to dig deeper and consider training for a more specific goal like training for your to be (or just move and look like) a Kettlebell Instructor or committing to getting stronger and resilient using Barbells.

If you are serious about changing your body and making your fitness goals a reality, our Training Tribes are designed to jump-start your health and awesomeness. For a minimum of 2 months you will form together with a dedicated group of humans through progressively more challenging sessions that will take you to new heights in your fitness journey.

Training Tribes are open to both FUELhouse Members and non-Members. Members have the option to put their membership on hold while participating in a Training Tribe session.

We have two Training Tribes kicking off the week of February 20th, Project STRONG with Coach Meg and Hardstyle Human with Coach Sokol.  Only 16 spots are open!  If you want to learn more please CLICK HERE!