How To Strength Train After A Mastectomy

It had been about six months since my breast reconstruction surgery and bilateral prophylactic mastectomy. I was at the gym, following an old training program I wrote. Back to training for months, I’d mostly avoided chest training until recently. I glanced down to see which exercise was up next: Push-ups. I felt a little flutter in my stomach and made a spur-of-the-moment decision: I would try push-ups this time instead of skipping them. Since it would suck to lower myself down and choke at the {Read More…}

Title Nine Fit Fest For A Better Fitting Bra

About a year ago, I was invited to the Title Nine Fit Fest, which hosts local bloggers for a bra fitting, a complimentary bra, and a bra to give away. Public parties with Title Nine “bravangelists” follow soon after the blogger event. I wanted to go so bad. But more than a little ironically, I had just undergone a double prophylactic mastectomy. I couldn’t even get my arms over my head, much less try on numerous sports bras. I also had no idea what my final bra size {Read More…}

A Journey Continued: My Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy

Today is the first day of spring. It’s been nine days since my bilateral prophylactic mastectomy. So it’s fitting that I feel immense gratitude to be past this surgery and the first brutal week of recovery. The last month or so has tested every fiber of strength, courage, and faith in my being. My perspective on life has changed forever. It was my choice to undergo this massively invasive surgery. Once the decision was made, I experienced weeks of worry, fear, anxiety, and resulting heart palpitations. {Read More…}

Women Empowered by the Iron OWN It

A turning point in my life was when I became a fan of other women instead of their competitor. This happened more recently than I like to admit. I spent many years overwhelmed with insecurity and doubt that turned outward as hot envy and judgment. I hardly ever think of that time now; I’m a vastly different woman. But I can still remember its wretched hold over me. Who’s That Girl? One day, as I sat in my car waiting for the crosswalk to clear, a woman caught my eye as she walked by. {Read More…}

Stay Strong Despite Muscle Naysayers

Last week I talked about allowing each other to embrace our desire to look hot. It might seem obvious, but there’s a lot of pushback around training for aesthetics. If you feel comfortable admitting that you do, great – you haven’t bought into the “movements, not muscles” dogma. But these days, there’s so many voices in the fitness world dictating what we should be doing when we need to train in ways that are best for us. There’s also a lot {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Selfies and Building Muscle

My goal with lifting weights is building muscle and strength, but to what end? Definitely for a strong, healthy body, but also for aesthetics. I’m transparent about training for aesthetics – it’s one reason I don’t lift for maximal strength very often. It’s more important to me to build muscle than be the strongest chick on the block. Everyone’s goals are different! I support you in training for aesthetics, too. As long as you also train your back, haha – {Read More…}