A bizarrely inappropriate comment in a business setting went even more pearshaped when I took my venting to Facebook. Hereâ€™s the tale. More
â€śOur little bodybuilder is waking up,â€ť I heard the nurse say through my haze of anesthesia and morphine. I struggled to sit up and a nauseating wave of pain slung me back onto the hospital bed. â€śIâ€™m not a bodybuilder,â€ť I muttered. â€śIâ€™m a powerlifter.â€ť More
Will the media ever stop portraying beautiful women as those who are skinny, frail and dainty? Will we ever see an athletic body walk the runway? We hope so! Occasionally stars like Noomi Rapace (in this month’s Prometheus)Â orÂ Angelina JolieÂ (in Mr. & Mrs. Smith–where she had the best line ever, “wait, why do I get the girl gun?”) are given the chance to challenge those norms, adding a little diversity to the big screen. It’s a start, but not nearly enough from an industry that more often tells women that thin and weak equals pretty. More
Ask anyone who lifts weights and they will likely tell you that it does a lot more than just build strong muscles. Pumping some iron–whether it’s 5-pound dumbells or a 100-pound barbell helps women feel empowered, strong and capable in so many ways. To find out exactly what it does for us, we polled some everyday women who lift weights and asked them, “What does weightlifting mean to you?” Take a look at their awesome responses and be inspired: More
In honor of “Get Pumped” month (we love that!), how about incorporating weightlifting into your fitness routine? Not only will fight fat and build lean muscle mass (no, you won’t end up looking like a man–promise!), but you will build a strong mind knowing that you are powerful and capable of kicking some major ass. Booya!
To help you get started, we talked with Dana McMahan, a competitive powerlifter who says finding her inner strength has changed her life and made her incredibly confident, happy and fearless. Here’s how you can get started lifting weights: More
Chances are you won’t read this until and unless you suspect youâ€™re hurt. That’s human nature. Athletes get hurt, but it won’t happen to us, right? Until it does. If you’re living an active lifestyle, you’ll likely face an injury eventually. Plan for that with the same attention you plan for your successes. Getting back on track is dependent on taking proper care immediately. More
Continuing with our weekly column, â€śThat Girlâ€ť, we are celebrating the accomplishments of real women who make health and fitness a priority because we know that true athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and athletic abilities from around the world. So this week weâ€™re celebrating Dana McMahan, an inspiring powerlifter who reminds us of how powerful it is to be strong–mentally and physically. She says if you really want something bad enough and work hard enough for it, you can get it. We love that! More