Anxiety in the Gym

When you think of anxiety in the gym, you might think of someone who’s not been there in years. Or ever. You might think of someone intimidated by the weights and the sweat and the people. You might think of someone just starting their journey in fitness, unsure of what to do once they’re there. You might not think of me.

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Anxiety can be crippling. It can creep into the most unassuming moments of the day and quickly turn them into the most distressing moments. For many, for me, these moments of anxiety happen in the gym. Continue reading

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Shortcuts, Lies, and Good Lighting: the Fitness Industry Special

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We know the lies that the industry tells us. We know tea alone won’t make us thin, and we know we can’t get a six-pack without losing body fat. Even then genetics will have something to say about it. We know strength training won’t make women bulky. We know you can’t add 100lbs to a lift without consistent training. Or that body weight kickbacks won’t sculpt our glutes. Continue reading

I Eat Whatever the Hell I Want: How I Beat the Cycle of Being a Slave to My Diet

Diet. I hate that word. Not the word itself, but what it often means at first glance. Low fat. Low carb. No sugar. Clean foods. Greens. Juicing. Grass-fed. Almonds. Chicken. Whey. Cardboard. Sadness. Frustration. I think I hate it because I like to talk about my “diet” without it being assumed that I’m on a diet. Hey guys, my diet is for life.

My diet wasn’t always for life, though. I once decided I was going to do a beauty pageant. I had three months to be bikini-ready on stage. I didn’t really have a plan, but I cut out all sweets and most fat. I lived off things I considered “good” foods: Clif bars (apparently not sweet) and grapefruit and salads. I didn’t fly off the handle afterwards, but I definitely wasn’t going to keep up that “diet.”

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My pageant-diet results using an unhealthy and drastic approach to food.

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How I Learned to Love My Weight

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I used to spend a lot of time feeling unhappy, but I didn’t really know it. It’s hard to be thoroughly happy when you spend so much time criticizing the way you look. It’s also hard when you’re looking to other people to determine your worth, especially when you believe your worth has everything to do with your appearance. Continue reading

The Question I Get Asked Most About Strength Training

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For those who know me it’s no secret that a lot of my spare time is devoted to strength training. Women often ask me various questions on the topic, but there is one question, without a doubt, that is asked more frequently than others: how to get started. I’m not talking about picking up dumbbells for curls or tricep extensions, though those things have their place. I’m talking about approaching the big lifts: squat, bench, deadlift, and overhead press.

Here’s a little background on how I got started…

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