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Women & Strength: We Don't Owe You Pretty
photo by: the loyal brand

photo by: the loyal brand

My squat doesn’t give a shit about your hard on.

The idea that a woman can’t or won’t attract a man (so many issues there to begin with) if they lift is as asinine as it is common. After all, why would a woman do annnnything that wasn’t 100% focused on making herself appear more desirable to a man? *eye roll so hard you die*. This notion is so problematic, for a myriad of reasons:

1. it assumes that women should only derive their value and worthiness from their ability to be “fuckable” (phrase from Krista Scott Dixon). If you’re not working towards that, then what’s the point? That is your only value here.
2. based on that, women ONLY engage in fitness for aesthetics and the pursuit of obtaining said fuckable status.
3. That status is rooted in being smaller, adhering to an arbitrary standard, and that women’s only source of worthiness is her appearance.

There is nothing wrong with training for aesthetics (body autonomy = you do you, boo!), but to assume that women only engage in fitness to be more aesthetically pleasing is complete bullshit. The fact that so many women have heard this break my heart. Your worth has about 0% to do with what some random ass human thinks about your level of desirability. I know it may feel that way and I know that the world has told you differently at times. But I promise, if you tell those people to sit down and shut up, a whole new world of people who see your true value opens up.

Women do not HAVE to care about being sexually desirable to the random men of the earth and Internet.

My deadlift gives literally negative fucks about some dude’s designation of me as attractive.

And yours doesn’t have to care either.

Cutting Weight for Powerlifting? Avoid These 3 Beginner Mistakes

*Note: this article covers the topic of cutting weight to make a weight class for strength sports. This is not an article about fat loss or sustainable weight loss. Cutting weight can be very dangerous and you should consult with your physician before engaging in a cut.*

Prefer video? You can catch a quick video that covers all of this info on my FB Page. 

Cutting weight for strength sports like powerlifting is not a fun endeavor. It’s physically draining and mentally stressful. There can be a lot of panic and worry surrounding those 30 seconds on the scale, especially if you’ve never cut weight before. I won’t get in to when it is advisable for athletes to cut weight or how much is appropriate, because that would be an entirely separate article. Spoiler alert: the vast majority of people do not need to make drastic cuts or cut any weight when competing in strength sports.  

However, if you find yourself in a position where you’re about to cut (an appropriate) amount of weight for the first time, check out the tips below to help you have a successful cut! 

  1. Starting too soon: If you’ve cut out your carbs and salt 3 weeks out from weigh’re gonna have a bad time. Manipulation of variables like water, salt, and carbohydrates are all tools in the toolbox when it comes to cutting weight. Removing those tools early on leaves you with limited resources to use as you’re close to your weigh in day. A cut based on water manipulation (and subsequent losing of excess water in the body) should start anywhere from 5-7 days out, depending on the athlete and the situation. Don’t limit your resources by trying to cut everything out too soon! 
  2. Doing too much: Much like starting too soon, doing too much can negatively impact your cut and more importantly, your meet day performance. If you’re only 1-2lbs over (and not a very light weight athlete) you likely do not need to manipulate your water and cut carbs and be super dehydrated for days on end. You want to minimize the amount of time that you are depleted and dehydrated for optimal performance on your meet day. Being at weight 4 days out, if you're cutting, is definitely not required or recommended.
  3. Panicking and not trusting the process: When you are cutting weight for the first time, it is important that you have realistic expectations about what the process will be like and what to expect day to day.  For example, when loading water and salt, it's fairly  normal to gain a few pounds on the scale for a day or two. This is totally fine! It is part of the process! But, if no one has set your expectations for you, this can cause you to panic and start taking drastic and often unnecessary measures. Remember, you only need to be at weight for about 10 minutes on weigh in day. Trust the process you or your coach has laid out for you and try to chill out as much as possible.

Again, cutting weight is not something that most people should be doing. It is not a long term fat loss solution or a health booster. It is something done to make a weight class to be competitive in a sport. If you've never cut weight before, I highly suggest hiring a coach to help you through the process. There is quite a  bit of science that goes into constructing an effective, safe cut and rehydration/refeed process that sets you up for a solid performance. It is much easier to have someone else take the reigns in this realm so that you can focus on getting ready for your big event. 

Got more questions on cutting weight? Leave them below!

Don't Call It A Comeback

Coming back from a injury sucks.

There, I said it.

After what I have affectionately started calling “kneegate2016”, I’ve struggled a lot with getting back into the groove of training and meet prep. It’s been exciting to be back to squatting, benching, deadlifting, and strongman-ing after over 4 months of not doing any of those things. But I’d be lying if I said it’s been easy. Besides everything feeling a little foreign (apparently not squatting for 5 months means you’re a little out of practice with squatting), managing my expectations has been brutally hard. I'm sure anyone who has experienced any training setback can relate to those feelings. This shit isn't easy. 

I’ve had more than one mini meltdown about my upcoming powerlifting meet. I’ve thought about dropping out of it because I feel like I won’t put up a decent total and my squat in particular won’t be where it used to be. I was *thisclose* to throwing my hands up in the air and dropping out of this meet because I probably wouldn’t squat 265#. Instead, I signed up for a strongman show a month later. [insert sassy girl hand up emoji here]

Beyond feeling sort of meh about this meet and my squat in particular, I was really bothered that I was bothered. I constantly tell my clients that powerlifting, in particular, is an extremely accessible sport - if you can squat, bench, and deadlift the bar then you can compete. Meets are fun! They’re a day to lift with a bunch of awesome people and meet new strong friends. Plus, competing is a skill and you gotta practice. Even still, I felt (and really still feel) very bipolar about this meet.  I fluctuate between feeling excited and like dropping out within the span of minutes, several times a day. It’s confusing and exhausting. 

It’s taken me several weeks, too many fits, and some still unresolved feelings to realize that part of this whole “being pissed about being pissed” stuff is how I’ve been framing my training and the narrative I’ve been telling myself. I’ve been so focused on making a comeback that I forgot that “coming back” from an injury isn’t really coming back at all. It’s building. It’s unlearning and retraining movements that you’ve done thousands of times. That process is frustrating and s l o w, so frustratingly slow, especially if you’re someone who lacks patience and has very high expectations of themselves (who, me? never). It’s infuriating and tear inducing and there may or may not be several meltdowns/frantic texts/messages/yelling/etc. sessions along the way. But that's okay. 

I wish I had some magical words of wisdom or a witty “3 steps for making a comeback!” list for you, but I don’t...because you’re not making a comeback, you’re building. You won’t be the same lifter, your body won’t be the same, and you won’t be able to do things the same way. You have to build something new.

So, don’t call it a comeback.


I mean, you knew this was going to make it's way in here.

I mean, you knew this was going to make it's way in here.