“I don’t believe in overtraining. I believe in under-recovery.” – Coach Burgener I’m writing this on a day I’m skipping lifting and going to Yin yoga instead. If you’re like me (a perfectionist, a high achiever, a “goal-getter”) you might be thinking, “She’s gone insane.” Or maybe you’re excited, believing if I keep this up you’ve got… Continue reading Train Hard, Recover Harder: Why Less is More
Being an athlete is hard and becoming a great athlete is even harder. Here are the top 9 things I wish I knew when I started training seriously, and as any tricky writer would, I saved the most important point until last and you won’t experience it with full gusto unless you read them all, so, do that.
1. Training environment is everything.
“If you want to squat 500 lbs, go to a gym where everyone squats 500 lbs.” – someone who knows things about lifting.
Just scroll through our social media page: and on theirs you would either see beer bottles or babies, and on mine? Barbells and booty shorts. What could we possibly have in common?
Just like three girl friends sitting and sharing their sorrows, and then lifting heavy within the walls of a gym, I’m learning that happiness alone isn’t ideal; there’s beauty in struggle.
Got your eyes on a girl who spends all her time at the CrossFit, powerlifting, weightlifting, or a strongwoman gym, but afraid your lifting skillz (or lack thereof) might not be enough to impress her? Guess what? These incredibly strong (SEXY) ladies are my inner circle and, although this might come as a surprise to… Continue reading Guys! Why Girls Who Lift Don’t Care How Much You Lift (but Still Want You To Lift)
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