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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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The Other Bigs of Bigness

Editor’s Note: Julie Read and I met a few years ago at the gym when was working at a friend’s gym. After several hangouts at industry events, I was eager to get to know her better. (She’s always saying funny shit quietly, so if you’re not paying attention, you’ll miss it.) Julie is a talented massage therapist, […]

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Recruit More Muscle Fibers Just By Thinking About It (No, Really)

If your goal is sheer performance — think about lifting a maximal amount of weight, running as fast or jumping as far as you can, or juking a defender out of their drawers — then research soundly backs using external cues to elicit best results. A few examples of external cues might be “Squeeze a […]

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Taking Care of Bigness: Doing it on Purpose

My best attribute as a rugby athlete was that I was slippery. Evasive. Hard to bring down. One season, I was awarded the title of Teflon Woman.* Also, I once rolled David right off the bed onto the floor when he was trying to play-wrestle me. We still laugh about it. (Or I do, anyway […]

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Taking Care of Bigness: Surprises from the Program

I certainly didn’t expect this to happen, but I value the ability to feel surprise. To me, it’s a marker of change: Something you didn’t believe was true is true. The world is not as you thought it was. You know something new, which changes how you think or operate in some small or large way. […]

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Pace Yourself for Big Payoffs

I’ve always been one for taking my time in the gym and focusing on form and feel with every rep. I like it clean, not sloppy. Also, honestly, I am just too uncoordinated to get that little momentum thing going to hike up my weights for cheat reps. And, while using cheat reps is actually […]

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