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Leggings Review: Go High-Waisted or Go Home

  I’ve always been a fan of big things: Big muscles. Big weights. Big hair. (One of my favorite sayings used to be, “The higher the hair the closer to God,” and I still say it sometimes, in full jest, tongue firmly planted in cheek.) Big things also often mean the same to me as […]

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Do It Better: Your Path to Bodyweight Pull-ups

Pull-ups. You plus the bar plus gravity, and nothing else. Are you sweatin’ yet? If you are, you are exactly who I want to talk to today. Because if this is you, chances are pretty good you’ve bought into the myth that continues to hang on with the tenacity of Super Glue: that pull-ups are not […]

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Power Portrait: Andrea Williams

Author’s Note: Andrea Williams has been a member of Unapologetically Powerful coaching since August of 2016 and while you can already see how warm-hearted and enthusiastic she is in the photo above, her strength and tenacity should not be underestimated. A trainer herself, Andrea embodies what Jen and I call our favorite motto, “Always be […]

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Power Portrait: Melanie Ash

First, the basics! Your name, age, and where you live.  Melanie Ash, 34, Columbus, Ohio (We’re still in a fun-hangover after the recent Arnold Sports Festival!) I am also a certified personal trainer and owner of Melanie Ash Fitness. “Building strong women” is a header on the main page of my website and I help clients find […]

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How “Oh Well, Girl” Became A Life Mantra

Like so many of my favorite moments, it began in a car filled with rugby women. I wasn’t even there, and yet that road trip resulted in what is undoubtedly the single most perspective-granting, oft-repeated phrase of my life. “Oh Well, Girl”: The Backstory En route to a match, a stranger in another car suddenly […]

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Muscles Are Accessories and Other #QueenShit

  “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” -Walt Whitman “Oh well, girl.” -Maya Camille Winters The most dramatic personal-growth phases tend to occur in the eighth year of each decade for me: 18, 28, and now 38. Slowly, slowly, slowly, then suddenly, something rips open […]

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