• LIES in the gym Jan 8, 2009 | 102 Comments

    LIES in the gym

    You don’t have to go far in the average gym to find someone willing to give you bad information. People are full of ideas and advice about women and weights. And most of them are wrong. I’ve compiled a list of some of the most common myths floating around like the alligator in the sewer stories. The difference is, of course, that there really ARE alligators in the sewer. And snakes that pop out of your toilet, heh heh.

  • What you need and what you don’t Dec 31, 2008 | 21 Comments

    What you need and what you don't

    It’s tempting to think when starting out that you need a whole array of belts, straps, gloves, and suits to begin strength training, especially if you see a lot of folks in the gym all decked out like medieval cyborgs. Well, the truth is that you don’t. Here’s what you need and what you can do without.

  • Old broads: the golden years of pumping iron Aug 24, 2008 | 25 Comments

    Old broads: the golden years of pumping iron

    The other day I got an email from a woman who asked, “I’m 31. Is it too late to begin a fitness program?” Only in our youth-worshiping North American culture could such a question even be asked. In most other cultures in the world, the concept of aging equaling inactivity does not exist.

    Above: Champion powerlifter and site reader Gayle busts out the biceps curl reps.

  • No fat chicks Aug 24, 2008 | 64 Comments

    No fat chicks

    I was sitting on a cold, paper-covered exam table when the doctor told me I was too fat. The sterile, crinkly surface rustled as I shifted awkwardly, trying to conceal my embarrassment and anger. I had gone in to find out why my hip hurt so much. The doctor explained that my extra weight was putting pressure on the joint and was the likely source of the pain. Then he said simply, “Lose weight,” and left the room.

    How do you start out if you’re an overfat beginner? Not by taking the usual advice, that’s for damn sure.


Eating
Pee All That You Can Pee? How Much Should You Drink?
Jul 14, 2013 | Comments Off

In the quest for optimal health, it’s easy to go overboard and drown yourself. But urine luck today: Guest author and whiz kid Matt Stone argues in favour of “If it’s yellow, let it mellow” and against over-hydration. Are you peeing your brains out?

What's new
Rant 71 October 2014: Make it Crunky
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Last night I ate chicken sashimi. Yes, that’s raw chicken breast. Which is normally an insane thing to do. Unless you’re in Tokyo with a Japanese host…


Training
How to be a good coaching client
How to be a good coaching client
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So you’ve hired a trainer or a coach. Good for you! This is an important and useful first step in keeping yourself accountable, learning the basics of the lifts, and having a plan that’s tailored to your needs and goals. Now, don’t be an asshole and cock it up. You have to hold up your end of the bargain too. Here’s how.


How Much Weight Should You Lift?
How Much Weight Should You Lift?
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Beginners often wonder: How much should I lift? How much CAN I lift? The answer is easy: Lift the right weight for YOU. Here’s how to figure it out.


Weight Training for Swimming
Weight Training for Swimming
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Many swimmers don’t combine weight training with swimming. That’s a mistake. If you’re a swimmer, I highly recommend that you support your swimming with some strength and conditioning work. Here’s how.



Learning
Podcast: Interview with Molly Galbraith and Cassandra Forsythe
Podcast: Interview with Molly Galbraith and Cassandra Forsythe

“Strength training has given me the confidence to love myself and love my body.” I interview Molly Galbraith and Cassandra Forsythe, two of the amazing women behind Girls Gone Strong and the Modern Woman’s Guide to Strength Training.

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Rants
Rant 71 October 2014: Make it Crunky
Rant 71 October 2014: Make it Crunky

Last night I ate chicken sashimi. Yes, that’s raw chicken breast. Which is normally an insane thing to do. Unless you’re in Tokyo with a Japanese host…

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Doh! and ouch
Keep Your Head In the Game: Dealing With the Mind-fuck of Injury & Illness

Unless it’s a truly horrific, traumatizing event (for instance, being run over by a steam roller driven by all those girls that made fun of you in high school), the worst part of an injury/illness isn’t the physical pain. Sure, physical pain can be epic. It can nag and nag and nag. You can get to a point where you’d truly consider eating a rat poison smoothie if you thought it’d bring pain relief. But usually, once you get past the immediate event and the first few days of acute pain, the worst part of any injury/illness is psychological.

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Women stuff
PCOS Unlocked: Interview with Stefani Ruper
PCOS Unlocked: Interview with Stefani Ruper

Stefani Ruper is the author of PCOS Unlocked: The Manual, a guide to polycystic ovary syndrome, a health issue that many women struggle with — without even realizing. In a Stumptuous Files podcast, I talk to Stefani about the value of ancestral-style diets, women and body image, her experience with disordered eating, her work on PCOS, and the F-work — feminism — in the “Paleosphere”.

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Inspiration
4th Trimester Bodies — a new vision of post-pregnancy
4th Trimester Bodies -- a new vision of post-pregnancy

“I see beautiful, inspiring, real women on a daily basis who struggle with their body image because they don’t feel they measure up with who the media tells them to be… I feel like this is even more poignant in mothers who often feel like their bodies have been ruined when instead they should be respected for creating, sustaining, and nourishing life.”

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