The Care And Maintenance Of Lifters

Isn’t it just the best feeling when you find out your doctor lifts? Doctors who lift say things like, “Let’s keep you working out.” I get a fuzzy feeling when this happens. Recently, this happened when I went to a hand doctor for a sore thumb (no, really). A lifter himself, he said something else that resonated: “When something starts hurting, I know it’s just a matter of time til something else comes up.” He shrugged and smiled. If you’re frustrated by aches and pains {Read More…}

I’m Not So “Strong” – I Just Got F*cking Goals, See?

Not counting a couple of interruptions due to a car accident and the birth of my daughter, I’ve been lifting weights for over 15 years. Weightlifting’s been my mama, spanking my ass one day and wiping my tears the next. But four months off is not gonna kill me. It’s been two weeks since my exchange surgery and I’m on fire, taking one-mile walks and doing bodyweight squats. And today I’m doing split squats. For 10 weeks I had awesome, immovable jugs installed in my chest to stretch my skin to a smooth shine and {Read More…}

Why Am I Always Injured? Q&A with Suzanne

Each week I’ll answer your strength training and nutrition questions in this feature. Sure, you can Google your heart away for any ole question these days, so why should you ask me? Because you want the opinion of someone who knows what it’s like to be a woman in the weight room. Because you can trust that I walk the talk. And I don’t mess around with fads, ads, or bullshit. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, {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…}

Your Guide to Bloating: Causes and Remedies

“She’s writing about bloating, of all things,” said my nine-year-old when she saw this article. Yes… yes I am. Bloating isn’t a popular topic of conversation, but it has more than likely been on your mind at some point or another. If you experience chronic bloating, you’re probably looking for answers, because you spend a lot of time feeling lethargic, heavy, and crampy. And if you’re not bloated at least occasionally, I hate you. Frankly, the emotional cost of belly distention {Read More…}

Digging Deep with Self-Myofascial Release

Using foam rollers and other self-massage tools to eliminate aches and pains and improve flexibility is becoming more mainstream for good reason: Self-myofascial release is one of the best things you can do for your muscles and joints. When your muscles are tight and and your range of motion is decreased, joints and muscles don’t function properly. The result is often pain and even injury, sometimes occurring “out of the blue.” For example, if your hips are tight from sitting all {Read More…}