New goals, new stress, same me

The calendar year is coming to an end, and like the type A that I am, this is when I start to plan for the next 12 months. I recognize my goals are only meaningful to me, but I do believe there is value in putting things into the universe for the sake of accountability….

What it really means to be a female powerlifter

Powerlifting is a sport that demands you do not suck in your waist, avoid food or remain quiet. It is a sport where heavier girls are stronger, and growth is celebrated. It is a metaphorical middle finger up to everything we were taught to define being a woman. 

The perfect powerlifting meet

I am still digesting all the emotions from my second powerlifting meet that took place on September 15 2018. I competed in the 60kg junior class in a meet of all female lifters. Post-competition blues don’t seem to be an issue with me because I don’t actually place a lot of emphasis on the competition…

Essential steps for choosing a gym

This is a sensitive topic because a new job has forced me leave the best strength gym in the GTA, leaving me to shop for a new place that is willing to accommodate my obnoxious grunting.

Talking to women at the gym

“What a creep. He asked if I needed a spot for my squats” So you want to be friends with, or more-than-friends with, a woman at your gym. However, being a male, you have the choice of either never approaching her, or risking being labelled as the gym creep or a**hole forever.

Why I wasn’t getting stronger

Shout out to Albert Einstein for the following quote: “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Thankfully, I absolutely love change. This also means I have a laundry list of stupid training and nutrition decisions.

Women can and should lift heavy

Women continue to lift the same weight year after year with no improvements in strength. More women are thankfully incorporating compound movements like the squat and deadlift. However, the truth is that lifting for 3 sets of 12 repetitions (reps) won’t maximize strength gains.