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My First Water Cut

Posted by Raeanne Pemberton on

My First Water Cut

Disclaimer: Water cuts are NOT a means to lose weight. They help to make "weight" for an upcoming meet or competition by strategically cutting water and glycogen. They should be done for a TEMPORARY purpose and with a plan to put back on the weight lost as soon as possible. When I signed up for a January UPA powerlifting meet last fall, I had hoped my slow body recomp would take me from around 195# down to the 181# weight class. I did lose weight, but not enough. I weighed my options and with my coaches guidance, decided I'd be...

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On Resolutions

Posted by Becca Abrahams on

On Resolutions

Tomorrow is the first day of a new year. Tonight many people will reflect upon the past year. They will remember the good times, think about the lessons they have learned through the obstacles they've faced, and resolve to do some things differently in the year ahead. Many people will resolve to spend more time with their families, unplug more, stick to a budget, organize their closets...and yes, lose weight, become stronger, get to the gym, live a healthier lifestyle. Many long-time gym goers will roll their eyes at the influx of New Year's Resolutioners as they invade their space,...

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Slow and Steady

Posted by Raeanne Pemberton on

Slow and Steady

We want it all, and we want it now. Nobody wants to wait for anything. Everything is delivered at light speed and all information is at our fingertips in this era of fast living. But in strength sports, we know this cannot be the case. If I had a dollar for every time I talked to strength athletes (especially women) who want to be good at strongman the very first time they touch an implement, I might be.... $20 richer. ;-) But really, the predominant wish is to be good at (insert strength sport) right now, without putting in the...

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Getting comfortable being uncomfortable

Posted by Becca Abrahams on

Getting comfortable being uncomfortable

It's been about a week since I started working with a nutrition coach.  I've always approached things with my eating from a very relaxed macro approach. Basically a carb is a carb is a carb and I was okay getting my carbs from donuts or rice. On a heavy squat or deadlift day, my preworkout "meal" was usually some sort of sugary carby deliciousness and I grew to associate gains with those types of foods-donuts, sour patch kids, cookies, ice cream.  The first thing my nutrition dude told me was that I could have a few pieces of candy pre...

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Love the plateau?

Posted by Becca Abrahams on

Love the plateau?

"Learn to love the plateau" These words, from the book Mastery have been shared with me over and over and over again in training. Plateaus happen and should be expected. They are part of the process of moving from one stage to another and learning what changes you need to apply so that you are constantly improving, but still these words make me cringe every time I hear them. I HATE THE PLATEAU! THE PLATEAU IS AWFUL! THE PLATEAU IS BORING! THE PLATEAU NEVER ENDS! The plateau is our body's way of resisting a change to homeostasis. Sure, we have off...

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