Mindset

Don’t Let the Fitness Industry Tell You What to Do
When I was five years old, my mom would play an album on the record player, put on her leotard, tights, and leg warmers, and do aerobics in our living room. I had my own little leotard and leg warmers,...
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Guilt, Shame, and Helping Your Clients Separate Food From Morality
I’m about to share something that I’ve only ever told one other person throughout the last two decades. Ready? I used to hide in the bathroom at school and eat pizza. Before you send me a message to tell me...
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The Generational Side of Body Image
How many times do you find yourself in a conversation with other women and the only topic of discussion is what their clothes look like, how their body sizes up, and how they wish they could change or alter their...
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How Genital Body Image Impacts Our Sex Life
No one really tells us how to be sexual beings. Most of us learn through our poorly informed friends, uncomfortable parents, porn, or through a highly scientific sex-ed class that conveniently skips over the pelvic floor and concepts of pleasure...
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Lifting Cultural Expectations
When I step into the weight room of my neighborhood gym, I am usually the only woman. If there is another one, I check her out and greet her in my head, “I see you. I see your muscles. Good...
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Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Fitness Space
I can’t recall a moment during my time working in the fitness industry where I didn’t hate myself. It seems ironic when you think about it. Fitness is supposed to be about health and living your best life possible. Why...
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Who Gets to Call Themselves an Athlete?
It’s 8:40 a.m. and I’m getting changed for my first period gym class. I am trying very hard to change without anyone seeing my body, my breasts, my stomach. I am pretty good at it but I have to put...
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The Pitfalls of Using Gendered Terminology in Fitness
When I first began powerlifting I was told I had to use the 20-kilogram bar for competition. For those of you who aren’t familiar with bar sizes, in most Olympic weightlifting gyms there are two bars, the 15-kilogram bar and...
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My Body Size Does Not Determine My Ability
Self-talk is a pretty big deal. We all have internal monologues that consistently play in our head, guiding us through our day. If we are lucky, those monologues tell us to go out and do awesome things, be immensely kind...
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