Several years ago I wrote an article about how The World Needs More Wonder Women, calling for more women of purpose, courage, and conviction. (It was really good; click the link and read it.) In the years since then, I’ve been privileged to build a community of Wonder Women in my life. Many are from … More In Search of Tactical Athletes
When you have a blog called “Guns and Barbells” and then you hear about an event that incorporates both guns AND barbells, well, the fact of the matter is that you absolutely must attend! I found out about The Tactical Games about 10 days before the event, via a friend’s Facebook post. I haven’t shot … More Guns AND Barbells? Yes, Please!
This article first appeared at Unapologetically American on January 27, 2016. I won the workout tonight at Crossfit. By a lot. On some level I’m happy about it — I mean, who doesn’t like to win? Who doesn’t appreciate knowing their hard work is paying off? I certainly do. I love knowing that I put … More Are You Afraid of the Dark?
It’s finally here. The 2015 CrossFit Games Open is upon us, and I’m sitting here a huge bundle of nervous excitement with nothing to distract me from the adventure that lies ahead. Visions of toes-to-bar dancing in my head, literally. Seriously, of all the days NOT to have ADD, I’m laser focused on this thing… … More Why I’m doing the Open – and you should too!
I hold both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in the social sciences. I studied history, politics, law, philosophy, and even took those pesky data analysis courses that numb your brain in no time flat. However, over the course of two degrees, I never once took a class in economics. This is somewhat of a … More On Doing Less: When Less is More
Every athlete has it, but not every athlete goes there. Every athlete has it, but some fear it while others embrace it. Others can encourage you to go, but only you can take yourself there. It’s that dark, scary place deep inside of you where “what you’re really made of” is located. There are plenty … More Into the Dark
The concept of a spotter is familiar to anyone who’s ever set foot into a gym. A spotter is someone who watches your movements, provides feedback, adjusts your form, and if necessary, saves you from dropping a barbell on your face. We’ve all been spotted at some point in our fitness journey. But last week … More Who’s Spotting You?
I feel like I’m coughing up a lung as I type this. Every CrossFitter knows the feeling – that scratchy throat, burning lung sensation that comes after an all-out red-line effort, better known as “Fran cough.” After nearly 2 ½ years of CrossFit, today I did my first RX Fran, and I couldn’t be happier … More My New Friend Fran
I’m not fat…I’m just thick-legged. I’ve always been heavier than I look. It began way back as a kid in the church nursery. My parents would hand me over to the nursery worker and there would be a sudden jolt downward as the nursery worker was surprised by my weight. I’d like to think I … More DR. THICKLEGS OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE MY CANKLES
THE BUILDUP The spider eating a gnat in the bathroom sink on Monday morning should’ve been my first warning that it was gonna be a stressful week. But I chalked it up to “eh, it’s the Army and they never clean this bathroom” and got on with my day. Then Monday night, my hair dryer … More A Cockroach, a Mouse, and a Barbell