Inspiration

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

May 14th, 2014 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

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.”


Old lady bookworm dork boxer (aka me)

May 10th, 2014 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Old lady bookworm dork boxer (aka me)

I’m pushing middle age, I suck at sports, and there’s no good reason I should be wrapping my hands and sweating on a Saturday morning when I could easily be lying in bed reading the paper, eating croissants. But by golly, I love boxing.


Anjali Forber-Pratt, one of the most interesting women in the world

May 10th, 2014 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Anjali Forber-Pratt, one of the most interesting women in the world

Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt is an elite wheelchair racer and Paralympic ambassador.

She’s the 2011 World Champion in the 200m, holds two bronze medals from the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China; and now currently Assistant Research Professor at the Beach Center on Disability. [read more...]


Can you disordered-eating-proof your kids?

February 15th, 2014 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Can you disordered-eating-proof your kids?

How do we teach our young girls how to be — how to love their bodies and how to overcome the bullshit that pollutes kids’ minds and behaviours? A letter from Mistress Krista to a concerned mom.


STRONG! An interview with weightlifter Cheryl Haworth

August 7th, 2012 by Mistress Krista | 6 Comments

STRONG! An interview with weightlifter Cheryl Haworth

Cheryl Haworth is a legend in women’s Olympic weightlifting. A new documentary — appropriately called Strong! — profiles her career. Here, Cheryl sits down and raps with Stumptuous about her experiences.


A Couple Good Reasons (and One Bad One) to Drag Your Crippled Ass to the Gym

December 6th, 2011 by Saintpikachu | 29 Comments

It can be hard to remember because your illness or disability sometimes feels like your body’s defining characteristic, but remember that your body is, in the ways that matter, the same a everybody else’s. It wants to move, to act with purpose and focus and silliness and joy. Your body does not care that it can’t do the same things other bodies can, or that it moves differently, or that other people might think it looks weird – it just wants to do what it can do, whatever that may be. What’s different about you is not nearly so important as what’s the same. Your body, just like everybody else’s body, wants to be used. Use it.


Can Felicity Aston conquer Antarctica?

November 15th, 2011 by Mistress Krista | 1 Comment

Can Felicity Aston conquer Antarctica?

Felicity Aston is a 33-year old British explorer. For the last decade she has been planning and leading expeditions to the coldest regions of the planet.

Now, she’s about to embark on a landmark expedition and a world first: a 1700 km (1056 mile), 70-day ski journey. If she makes it, she’ll hold the record for the longest solo journey made by a woman in the Polar Regions; and the first woman in history to cross Antarctica alone.


Interview with Gillian Mounsey

September 13th, 2011 by Mistress Krista | 5 Comments

Building true strength and self-compassion broadens our horizons, instead of constricting them. This was strength athlete Gillian Mounsey’s journey, which she courageously shared on her blog, and the Starting Strength site. By turns painful, honest, and brave, it’s a must-read for any female athlete who wonders whether she is alone in the madness of performance-pushing and body angst.


Shaky Man in the Gym 3: Trembling, but no fear

April 22nd, 2011 by Mistress Krista | 16 Comments

The intrepid Shaky Man, Neil, goes forth and conquers.


Everything you need to know, right here

February 3rd, 2011 by Mistress Krista | 11 Comments

I posted this as a comment response elsewhere but I think it bears mentioning here too. Folks are always asking me, “I want to do X but also Y and Z and it’s not working and I’m getting discouraged.”

Here’s my answer: Throw all that shit out.

“Gain muscle” and “lose X lbs” and “run a marathon” and “do a million pullups” are all great goals but if you’re an average person who just wants to feel, look, and perform a bit better, it doesn’t fucking matter because you need to get into better overall shape and eat better, period. I guarantee it.

Throw all that detail shit out. Stop reading the goddamned interwebs and magazines. (Except me.) Stop distracting yourself with crap.

Then focus on this ONE goal…


Female athletes – the big picture

November 23rd, 2010 by Mistress Krista | 3 Comments

Female athletes - the big picture

I’ve put up this famous SI for Women photo shoot before, but thanks to reader Tara, now you can enjoy the separate photographs as one long mural-style epic inspiration and reality check!


Training with MS: Katja’s story

August 1st, 2010 by Mistress Krista | 8 Comments

Training with MS: Katja's story

Katja runs the blog BrokenClay.org. She’s 50 years old, and she’s had MS for 16 years. And she weight trains.


Reader Mail 9

May 9th, 2010 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Reader Mail 9

“Krista, thanks to you, I’m telling all of those douches to fuck off — by getting super fit a la your advice, and squatting myself into emotional independence. Circus acrobatics, here I come!”


Shaky man in the gym 2: Keep on shakin’

November 27th, 2009 by Mistress Krista | 18 Comments

Shaky man keeps on kicking Parkinson’s disease in the nards.


Shaky man in the gym

November 25th, 2009 by Mistress Krista | 10 Comments

Shaky man in the gym

Some time ago I received an email titled, “Shaky man Down Under.” It was from Neil, an Australian man with Parkinson’s disease who had taken up weight training as part of his therapy. Since I suffer from the delusion that everyone who can move should do resistance training, and since I was also working with a client suffering from a related disorder, I encouraged him to keep it up. He leaped into his training with renewed enthusiasm. Every now and again, Neil sends me progress reports.


Reader mail 8

August 8th, 2009 by Mistress Krista | 15 Comments

Reader mail 8

“I was unfit my entire life and avoided the gym for years, convinced that it was going to be just like High School gym. In my late 20s, I went through a rough patch and got seriously depressed. My weight ballooned to the point that when I turned 30 things were at their worst and I weighed 315 lbs. A few years ago I finally decided that I had to stop ‘waiting’, and get to it…”


Olympic weightlifter Maryse Turcotte

December 27th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 2 Comments

Olympic weightlifter Maryse Turcotte

Maryse Turcotte was the first woman in the Americas to clean and jerk double her bodyweight. I first interviewed her in 1999, and since then she’s had a distinguished lifting career.


Martina’s fit pregnancy

December 27th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 2 Comments

From fitness competitor to fit and fecund — an example of staying active throughout life’s changes (and familial additions).


Powerlifter Linda “The Phantom” Schaefer

December 27th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 2 Comments

Linda “The Phantom” Schaefer is a competitive powerlifter whose claim to fame is a truly impressive deadlift. I asked her about her achievements and advice for other women lifters.


Krista Schaus

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 1 Comment

Krista Schaus

Nearly 10 years ago I got an email from another Krista. She was a police officer and powerlifter, and we hit it off pretty much right away. I asked her for some pics to put up on my site, and as it turned out, she had penned a few strength training articles of her own.

When I saw her compete at her first powerlifting competition, I noticed that her opening lifts were higher than many of the women who were heavier than her. In other words, she wasn’t just strong for her weight, she was strong compared to women who were much bigger than her. So, I figured she knew what she was talking about.


Kat “Mighty Kat” Ricker

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Writer, bodybuilder, and Renaissance woman Kat Ricker (a.k.a. The Mighty Kat) has been training since 1990. Here, she shares some of her writing.


I was a 12-year-old powerlifter!

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 3 Comments

The shocking true story!


Gridiron grrl

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Football player Christine shares her story. And if you don’t like it, she will happily beat your ass down.


Reader mail 7

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Reader mail 7

First off I want to thank you for creating this site.  You have no idea how much it has changed me and my life (actually you probably do have some idea since I am sure I am not the first person to tell you this). I guess my story starts out like a lot of […]


Reader mail 6

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

“I feel compelled to write you and tell you how fantastic your site is! Here is my life story. I am a 30 year old woman who is classed as medically disabled. I have many many medical illnesses working against me, and I have since I was 13 years old. This includes Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, migraines, and heart disease… my highest weight was 270 pounds…”


Reader mail 5

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

“My story isn’t unique. I was the heavy girl never picked for teams, yada yada, until lack of a car in college/”the real world” forced me to walk everywhere in rural Maine, then I took to biking, then hiking, and then the gym. I weighed in at 157 lbs here, but I am a size 6/8 on a frame 5′11″ tall!

Right before this meet, my best friend of 7 years told me that I was getting too muscular. That hurt, but I ditched the friendship and went to your site for some female support. I love the sensation of getting stronger, I love the calluses I’m getting at the base of my fingers, I love outlifting a few men even… now my strength is ‘cute’ but I can’t wait till I’m pulling some serious weight around the gym.”


Reader mail 4

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 1 Comment

Reader mail 4

“Now I’m in fire school. In the United States today only 2% of all paid firefighters are female. This kicks my ass. BTW, that cursed hose (and I’m cursing it in this picture believe me) gets pulled for 100 feet and it gets progressively heavier until the last ten feet it’s 220 lbs. The water is pressurized inside and its horribly stiff and unforgiving. All my gear, helmet and air tank, weigh about 50 lbs. This kicks the ass of 18 year old boys! But I’m doing it and in fact just two days before Christmas landed a job as a firemedic in a suburb of Orlando. I still have a lot of pulling and sweating to do before graduation but I’m going to do it. It would not have been possible without a lot of inspiration, so I say thank you again.”


Reader mail 3

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Reader mail 3

“That first day when I was reading through all of your info, I didn’t think I could actually do it. I was so out of shape I was sure that I would hurt myself if I tried to lift, but I got hooked when reading your section on squats. I was sure that if I tried to do one, even with just body weight, my knee caps would go flying across the room! But I wanted to try, so I stood up in front of my computer, and carefully following the instructions, went all the way down and came all the way back up! Then I did it again, and about ten more times”…


Reader mail 2

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Reader mail 2

“In 1996 I broke my back in a construction accident. I had to do something in order to show the male dominated world that I could still pull my weight! In order to do this I had to start to lift weights. And so my training started…”


Reader mail 1

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Reader mail 1

These are real women who wrote me, prompted by reading the site, to tell their story and share their ideas. Who needs superheroes when you have such inspiration!?


Fat AND fit? Fat OR fit? Part 3: Genetics and the “health conspiracy”

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 2 Comments

Are we all doomed by our genes? Are doctors secretly plotting against us? Find out!


Why don’t you look like a fitness model?

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 86 Comments

Why don't you look like a fitness model?

Some people start fitness programs hoping to look like “perfection”. Some people quit fitness programs because they don’t achieve “perfection”. What is this so-called ideal, and how relevant should it be to our goals?


Fat OR fit? Fat AND fit? Part 2: What’s “fit”? What’s “natural”?

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 9 Comments

Fat OR fit? Fat AND fit? Part 2: What's

Fitness is a quality that is context-dependent. Our notion of fitness (thanks to the work of Kenneth Cooper, father of the modern aerobic movement) is the marathon runner, the endurance athlete who is ultra lean, purged of any mass which is not directly responsible for propelling the body forward. “Fitness models” proliferate in the popular […]


Fat OR fit? Fat AND fit? Part 1: Fatness as a proxy

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 4 Comments

Can you be fat and fit? Let’s start by understanding why “fat” might be used as a proxy for “unfit” in the first place.


The play’s the thing

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

The play's the thing

Lighten up and have some fun with your fitness!


The Gospel of Sq’waht

December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 4 Comments

The Gospel of Sq'waht

Recently archaeologists made an amazing discovery. Buried amongst stone figurines of women with beauteous thighs was a sacred document. This document contained cosmic truths and wisdom which were intended to show the True Way to the worshipers of the Goddess of Sq’waht. I have faithfully reprinted those writings here.


We hate her

July 10th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 5 Comments

We hate her

“Oh my god, Becky, look at her butt. It is soooo big. She looks like one of those rap guys’ girlfriends… They only talk to her because she looks like a total prostitute, OK? I mean her butt — It’s just so big. I can’t believe it’s so round. It’s just out there. I mean, it’s gross.” –Sir Mix-A-Lot, Baby Got Back

When a woman attacks another woman, all she really proves is that she hates herself. –Erica Jong


Honesty is the best policy

July 10th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 16 Comments

Honesty is the best policy

I often get emails or see trainees who are frustrated and pissed off. They aren’t achieving their goals and they tell me they have “tried everything”. They’re about ready to throw in the towel on exercise and nutrition. They feel that nothing is working. They start to buy into the idea that “diets don’t work so there’s no point in trying”. I was that person… once. Like everyone else I had a gift for massive self delusion.

In over a decade of experience as a trainer and someone on the journey of physical culture what I have discovered is that human perception has only a loose connection to reality. We do not see ourselves — or others — as we really are.


Butch up!

July 10th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 8 Comments

Butch up. (verb) To develop a backbone or stiff upper lip; to quit whining and get on with life.

Allright possums, it’s tough love time. If you don’t like being nagged by a complete stranger, quit reading now. If you are comfortable still complaining about your body and making excuses for your life, then step away from the computer, and go sit in your own filth somewhere. I’m waiting.



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