If you and your competitor walk up to the same barbell with the same genetics and the same amount and quality of training, recovery, and nutrition, but if your competitor has a stronger mind, knows how to channel positive emotion and ward off the negative when it comes time to compete, and has spiritual beliefs pulsating through their veins when yours are not, who do you think has a better chance of successfully making the lift? Here are 4+ ways to get strong in every sense of the word.
A 25 kg plate is a circle. A sweat lodge is a circle. Weird way to start a blog, right? You didn’t land on Normal Nancy’s website. In the past two weeks I competed at Olympic Weightlifting nationals and I attended a sweat at a First Nation’s community and by doing both I discovered something… Continue reading Unleash Your Mental Edge: Max Lifts Take More Than Muscle
The recent attention to the sexualization of women in CrossFit (and sport in general) is important, but I think it is missing the point. Current articles attribute the success of people like Christmas Abbott to their good looks, and blame women who promote their bodies for perpetuating inequality, stating that they are harming themselves and society. Writing suggests men also play a role in the process, stating we all have a responsibility in breaking the cycle.
True: inequality affects and is preserved by humankind, however, people don’t wait in line for hours to meet the gorgeous Christmas Abbott just because she is hot as hell (OK – not everyone in that line is standing there for that reason) – there is more to it than that, and I admonish you to dig deeper. Although Christmas’ beauty and bodacious booty are definitely assets (and she exploits them fully), this is only one aspect of the three-dimensional being she showcases to the world.
I was the MC for my friend’s wedding recently, and after I had spent the whole night gushing (between speeches) about what a perfect match the couple was, I shared this little tale of my own troubles, “Thanks so much for listening me talk all night! It has been such a pleasure, and I wanted… Continue reading Forget Nuclear Family Norms: 4 Teachings from Mom and Dad’s Garage
What do you do to discover your limits? One of my main methods for personal progress is sport. Since the first time I learned about Indigenous teachings of the medicine wheel as an adolescent, I have always believed life should be a constant pursuit of becoming better: Physically Emotionally Mentally and Spiritually. When I began… Continue reading Sport or Alternative Approach, Pursue Progress
This post is a bit different than my others, as this is an excerpt from my book Six Teachers. This is one of three chapters in which the main character Leanne, a high school science teacher in Northern Saskatchewan, learns from Johnny – a mentor, and junior hockey player, assigned to her by her administrators. Johnny offers a refreshingly wise-but-simple perspective on health and wellness. A special thanks to Jared Iron for being the face of Johnny and letting me use his pictures. 🙂