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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 headphones, which means I couldn’t help but hear most of the conversation going on between […]

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 ground and carrying it 100 feet, working up to our heaviest possible bag. I really get a […]

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 next morning just to imbibe a little hair of the dog? OBVIOUSLY. Overindulgence always seems […]

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 ups and downs. There have been times when I hated the iron, and times when […]

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 might find yourself in a hotel gym sans pull-up bar, or you might be relegated […]

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 drank too much wine last night, so I need to go to the gym twice […]

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 admiring me.” The corners of my mouth bashfully rose; for more than three years we’d […]

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 hours, and waited for the weekend so that I could go “off plan” and binge […]

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 whole planet. Every sprint feels like you’re running through the thickest mud. Every movement feels […]

The 5 Foods You Should (Almost) Never Eat

“Should I have a protein shake after I workout, or before?” “What about rice? Is rice allowed?” “Is hummus okay to eat?” “I know fish is good for you, but I hate seafood. Should I eat it anyway?” “Is it okay to eat cheese? What about bread and pasta?” Do any of those questions sound […]