Contagion: Your Gym Behavior Matters

Sometimes I watch people lift, and they look they’re doing their taxes. There’s a lot of sighing, slumping down on a bench between sets, leaning on racks, head down, shoulders forward, scrutinizing their program or scrolling social media (lord knows that’s me sometimes; okay, lots of times), the minutes inching by while they plod around …

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Train Like A Newb

I’m at a point now where lifting feels like a relatively simple and routine part of my life. But lo, it was not always so! I like to remind myself that the great stuff sometimes didn’t feel great until I had given it time - learning something new is often accompanied by the growing pains of …

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Spring Update: Strongwoman Competition, Blogs, and What’s Next

My spring has already been pretty packed; I'm sure many of you can relate. I competed three times in April. It was bananas. I hit a bunch of personal bests, and got my qualification for Strongman Corporation Nationals this upcoming fall in Las Vegas, so that's pretty cool. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTjN9jzAvzK/?taken-by=captainstarbuck Since the shut down of my old …

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The Beginner’s Gauntlet: You Don’t Hate Working Out, You Hate Being Out of Shape

Chest pains. Nausea. Body shakes. You dread working out, because this is what it means to you. Total exhaustion and PAIN.  You avoid working out, because working out means pain. UNBEARABLE pain. But this isn't what working feels like. That's what being out of shape feels like. Don't get me wrong, an effective workout should …

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HANDLE IT: Break Down and Prioritize Your Goals

Handle it. When it gets hard, but you handle it. When you’re tired, but you handle it. When you want to give up, stop trying and leave it to someone else, but you handle it. We are capable of so much more than we realize, but sometimes when we work on setting personal goals, we …

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And Then I Had No Job: Uncertainty and Gratitude

At 6 am on December 21st, I stood outside my job, at David Barton Gym Limelight. There was a padlock on the door, and a note saying that the gym, the entire franchise, was closed. Effective immediately. Permanently. Just like that, I had no job. I won’t try to summarize my whole year - it …

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You’re Not Shallow For Liking/Wanting Compliments

I read a post on This is Female Powerlifting that I enjoyed; wrote a whole thing and then realized I had a blog post! So let's talk about external validation and wanting to look a certain way (maybe because of said validations, maybe not!).   I empathize with the writer's many points and she touches on …

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