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Approachable health tips from the personal trainers of TorqueStrong

Filtering by Tag: Women Who Strength train

Win $200, StrongBody Challenge

Alydia Bryant

COMMITMENT, Commitment to the program, to my group, to my trainer, and to MYSELF. YES, Linda Moore will follow the guidelines of the program and see it through to the end!
— Linda Moore

Linda lost a total of 9lbs and completely transformed her physique in just 2 months. Despite having to travel for work and being sick, she stayed dedicated to her nutrition and training! We couldn't be more proud! The next StrongBody Challenge Launches January 9th! Will you join us? Click this link to learn more/ register Sign Up. Continue reading for Linda's Experience at TorqueStrong.

Coming into this challenge I was optimistic that I could hang with the rest of the crowd. I was never very athletic in school. I was a book worm, nerd, and scholar. During high school I was on a perpetual diet striving for that perfect body. My goal was to weigh less then 120lbs at any cost: lots of walking, aerobic classes, and even fasting. You name it, I tried it, If the gimmick was to be thin. After raising children and working in health care, I learned it was time to start taking care of myself. Self -love was not selfish, it was vital. 

This year was a big year, It was going to be my year… I turned 60! I attended many festivals, walked the beach for a week, toured Europe and San Fransisco, volunteered in the AV 200 bike ride in Atlanta, walked the VA 4 miler and now I have completed the Strong Body Challenge.

StrongBodyChallenge. Linda. Moore. Lynchburg Va. Personal Training

The Staff and Trainers at TorqueStrong have been amazing, to say the least. Going back to my initial statement….. coming in to the challenge I thought I could hand with the group. I was sadly mistaken. I thought I was in decent shape but the challenge was hard! After the first week I questioned whether I wanted to keep this commitment- That’s Right! COMMITMENT, Commitment to the program, to my group, to my trainer, and to MYSELF. YES, Linda Moore will follow the guidelines of the program and see it through to the end! 

StrongBodyChallenge Lynchburg VA

Eight weeks have come and gone and I am so thankful that I endured the early mornings, enormous amounts of water, food prep, sore muscles, and MOST IMPORTANTLY meeting new friends to work out with!

TorqueStrong, especially Sean and Gentry, have been nothing but supportive. Their genuine passion for health and wellness of their clients shines through with every push of another rep, every “you got this”, every “good job, and every “keep up the good work”. They have pushed me both physically and emotionally. 

Will Strength Training Make Me Bulk?

Alydia Bryant


"I never want to look like that!"

"I don't want to be all bulky and have veins popping out."

"I still want to look feminine."



These are just a few of the reasons that women use when letting us trainers know that they want to steer clear of the barbells, kettlebells, and dumbbells. Unfortunately the popular misconception floating around is that women who strength train will end up looking like bodybuilders. Nothing could be further from the truth. The size, vascularity, and overall form of a female bodybuilder are all the product of hours of intense daily training, extreme dieting, and months or even years of dedication to their sport.

But enough about how far fetched it is that you will end up looking like that, let's focus on the positive and discuss the benefits of weight/strength training.

1. For starters, peak bone mass in women is generally reached at around 29 years of age. This means that beginning around the age of 30, women begin a gradual decline in their bone density. Although we can't completely stop bone loss, we can greatly slow it down. Strength training is one of the most effective ways to prevent bone loss in women. When your muscles are placed under stress through strength training this causes the muscles to pull on the bones in a way which helps to strengthen the bones. Training with free weights is also shown to increase peak bone mineral density.

2. Secondly, strength training can also lead to improved balance and strength overall which prevents falling which in turn will protect your bones from fractures and injuries.

3. Strength training is also proven to help women lose body fat. As your lean muscle mass increases your resting metabolism will also increase. This leads to more calories burned throughout the day.

4. Fourthly, training with free weights can help reduce your risk of diabetes. Research has shown that individuals who utilized free weights when strength training increased glucose utilization, which is a very scientific way of saying that your body will process sugars much more effectively.

5. Consistently training with weights can also lead to lowered LDL (bad cholesterol) and increased HDL (good cholesterol). This in turn translates to reducing your risk of heart disease. Who doesn't want to have a healthier heart?

6. Finally you will simply be stronger. While you may not be looking to shatter any Olympic lifting records, if we are all honest with ourselves we all know that we need to simply be strong for life.

Life can throw a curveball at you at any moment and if the strength isn't there, that's where people get injured. Carrying your children or running after them shouldn't have to be a physically exhausting task. You should be strong enough to carry the dog food in from the car or move a piece of furniture.

Unfortunately life doesn't cater to good intensions, you have to actively be working to improve your strength, if for no other reason than to be ready for LIFE.


Be strong for life.

~Sean Archulet, Personal Trainer