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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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