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Articles: Mindset

May, 16 Jen Comas Mindset

Growth vs. Fixed: How The Right Mindset Can Take You Farther

“I’m so nervous! I’ve never been, but I can’t wait to learn!” I was with a close girlfriend, and we were talking about our future plans to go mountain bike riding this spring. When she made that remark, I couldn’t help but admire her enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Her comment is a fantastic example of […]

A New Diet Isn’t The Solution To An Old Diet Not Working

That last diet didn’t go well, so you doubled down on your efforts and committed to another one — a stricter one — and that one didn’t go so well, either. So you’re trying again, with a different diet, but by now you’re feeling frustrated and disappointed… in the diet, in yourself. Does this sound familiar? […]

How I Found Peace With My Body

About six years ago, I was invited to a pool party with a bunch of my closest friends. Rather than feeling excitement, I was overcome with a sense of dread. Going to a pool party meant wearing a bikini, and I was so incredibly self-conscious that I didn’t go. That’s right. I missed out on […]

Apr, 27 Gwen Wark Mindset

Navigating The Gym When You Feel Like You Don’t Belong

The smiling attendant at the upscale London tennis club scans me in, hands me a towel, waves me through. I’m a new member, but this isn’t my first rodeo. I love the gym, and this upscale, south London paradise is probably one of the nicest I’ve ever stepped foot in. All is well until I hit […]

Addiction Transfer: Are you swapping “unhealthy” behaviors for “healthy” alternatives?

When you think about addiction, what images does it bring to mind? Negative, overt, unhappy-ending sort of images? Loss-of-everything images? Think you know an addict when you see one? Life’s a mess, face is a mess, no job, no friends or loved ones left to help out – maybe even homeless, helpless, and shameless… The […]

My Journey from Figure to Powerlifting

“If I don’t win my pro card, this is a sign. This is it for me. I’m done.” That’s what I told my then coach Alan Aragon, during a pre-show pep talk as we went over my game plan for the week leading up to what would, in fact, be my final show. In the […]

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 […]

Overcoming Fear After An Injury

Like many people, from lifelong avid athletes to those whose pursuit of fitness is more casual, I’ve experienced my share of injuries and pain while living an active lifestyle. These injuries have run the gamut—overuse injuries (fractured vertebrae, tendonitis), acute injuries (multiple ACL tears, sprains, strains), chronic conditions (arthritis). Despite these experiences, I’m a firm […]

Is Perfectionism Your Greatest Motivator or Your Biggest Enemy?

Are you a Perfectionist? Perfectionism is simply defined as the “refusal to accept any standard short of perfection.” This characteristic is often used to describe fitness enthusiasts and self-improvers. Is this a quality that has been ascribed to you? Have friends, family, teachers, coaches, or coworkers noticed your drive to succeed? Your need to excel? […]

10 Fitness Pro Resolution Fails — And What Works!

New Year’s Day is almost here, and for many people that means one thing: time to make New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution, chances are you’ve also abandoned one. In fact, 92 percent of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned every year, and fitness professionals are no exception. In this article, […]

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