The Real Scale

Muscle is more dense than fat. I’m going to say that again for myself and all my ladies: Muscle is more dense than fat. What that means is that if you put on muscle and lose fat, the numbers on the scale are going to go up. And up. And up. Thank you to Sophie and this article for saying it first and saying a number of other important things like “Think of all the potential that is thrown out the window when women deprive themselves of food on their quest to be thin.” My struggle, and the struggle of… Read more

Not Pussyfooting Around

Fair warning: this post contains strong language and speaks of strong women. If the former offends you, you don’t have to read it. If the latter does, well, you should probably take a hard look in the mirror instead of continuing to read. It happened in the mass of people waiting to climb the first large-scale A-frame. Muddy and slightly cold already, I was looking up and adjusting the strap on my weighted ruck when I heard it. “Come on! Don’t be a pussy!” I sigh and shake my head now just thinking about it. In the moment, I whipped… Read more

Breaking Gym Boundaries

It took a number of months and numerous youtube videos but I finally dug deep into my confidence, took a big breath, popped my chin a few degrees higher and made my advance. I felt like all eyes were watching me so I tapped Britney singing “My Prerogative” a little louder in my ears and refocused on my objective. In just a few strides I was finally there. I was in the free weights section of the gym. Surprisingly, no alarms went off. No one else likely even noticed my achievement. I did my goblet squats, push presses and deadlifts without incident. As with a… Read more