Achievement: One Feminine Pullup

Yes I am a woman. Yes I can do a pullup. Strict. I can do three of them now — in a row. I can do one almost anytime I want. If this sounds like bragging then it is. It has taken 3 years of this being a “goal” before I made it a SMART goal and actually got it done. More important than my personal achievement is this… Women can do pullups. Period. But just in case that wasn’t clear: Women can do pull-ups. Women can indeed do chin ups. Females have the ability to get their chins over… Read more


Start with the Ending

Today’s Workout Wednesday is pretty simple. It comes down to one question: What are you working towards? If you cannot answer this simple question, then you are pretty much sunk when it comes to your fitness. I’m not trying to dissuade anyone from getting up off the couch right now and going for a nice 5mile walk. Do. But chances are you aren’t going to keep doing that unless you have a specific reason to.. Whether you are just starting your fitness journey or deep into it, you need to have benchmarks and goals for your workouts or else you… Read more


To -er is Human

I pushed myself hard. 2 hours at the gym and even thowing-up in my mouth a little on a trainer bike. I was pushing because I hadn’t moved my body like that in 2 days. Pushing because I had eaten poorly for the last 3. Pushing because I felt I needed to punish myself for sins that only I see in myself. As I was blowdrying my hair — well just the bangs — and still sweating a little after sauna and shower, when a woman came up behind me and said “I want your figure.” Over the sound of… Read more


Working Out Works for Me

I got on a treadmill about 2 years ago and couldn’t run a full mile. I was shocked. I had a mental image of myself as a physically fit person which shattered with the panting, sweating reality. This state of being needed to change both for my body and my spirit. I was carrying a few extra vanity pounds but (thanks 5th floor walk-up) I was not overweight. I was, however, obviously not healthy or active. I started with making my sporadic Bikram practice a priority and hitting the treadmill. My only gidea was to get to running a full… Read more


“Barely” Surviving Tough Guy 2013

My eyes are locked on my gloved fingers grasping the 4 inch plank between my feet. My focus shifts past the mud on the beam to the rope cargo net and then the ground two stories below. “No, Jo, you have to stand up. We have to go across.” I look up into his eyes. His jokers cap long gone but the jovial still framing his face. “I know but…” my voice reverberates in my head with the echoes of fear and frustration which drown out the wind, “Ben, I can’t feel my feet.” We spend a beat or two… Read more