Author: Neghar Fonooni

Are Big Muscles "Scary?"
There I was at the pool, reading a good book, soaking up some much needed vitamin D, and doing my best to enjoy a beautiful summer day, when I overheard a conversation that left me feeling triggered. I’d forgotten my...
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You Don’t Need Permission To Be Yourself
Last year I signed up for an eight-week Strong(wo)man course at the gym, during which I was introduced to many odd objects and ways of moving them. On one particular day, the athletes were tasked with picking up a sandbag from the...
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How To Stop Overeating
Listen, we've all been there. One glass of wine that turns into a bottle… A bite of a donut that turned into a half dozen… Tacos at 2 a.m.? Sure, why not. Sounds like a stellar idea. Bloody Marys the...
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Five Unexpected Side Effects of My Love Affair With Iron
It's been ten years since I began my love affair with iron, and I find myself looking back on our affair, reminiscing about how much I’ve grown and the lessons I’ve learned. As with all love affairs, we’ve had our...
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Letting Go Of These Two Words Will Make You Feel Powerful
It all started a few weeks ago when I was at the gym working on my pull-ups upon returning from our family trip to Italy. As many of you probably know, traveling often makes it difficult to do pull-ups. You...
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Food Is Not A Reward. Fitness Is Not A Punishment.
“I worked out really hard today; I deserve this.” “I ate too much this weekend, so I have to work it off this week with extra cardio.” “I’ve been really good on my diet, so I earned this treat.” “I...
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You Are More Than Your Body (Fat)
I was wearing booty shorts and a T-shirt, cooking dinner for my then-boyfriend, and I could feel him staring at me from behind. Part of me—the part that was desperate for his approval—lit up with the thought, “He must be...
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Why? This Simple Question Will Transform Your Workout and Self-Image
It’s been about seven years since I was super lean. Shredded. Twelve percent body fat and completely obsessed with counting calories and tracking macros. During my “lean phase” I ate 1,500 calories every single day, trained for two or more...
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Had a Crappy Workout? Here's What You Can Do About It
Some days, your workout just winds up being really, really crappy. It doesn’t matter how prepared you think you are or how much you were actually looking forward to your workout. Every lift feels like you’re trying to move a...
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