I tell my athletes this all the time: our culture privileges a very particular body type in many conventional athletic activities. But just because your body isn’t built for running or yoga or sit-ups DOES NOT mean that it’s not an athletic body…
“If there’s a movement that doesn’t work for your body, it doesn’t mean your body is wrong. Athletic rules, which were created for people who look nothing like us, they don’t always apply.”
And this is especially true for bigger bodies! Mass moves mass! Bigger bodies are very often stronger than smaller bodies. Short folks will find strength sports like powerlifting much easier than longer-limbed folks will because the less distance you have to move a weight, the easier it is.
Whatever your body looks like–short, tall, fat, thin, muscular or not– there is a type of movement that your body as it is right now is best adapted for! Find the one that is right for you and you will feel great.
"Body-positive" is a hotly-debated term these days! I'm glad that the body-positivity movement is seeing a heyday, but this also means that not everyone using the term it agrees on what it means. Let's fix that. For me, being body-positive means loving my body as it...read more
About this paleo breakfast porridge: it's easy, it's filling, and it's tasty as hell. Oh yeah, and it's waaaaaay better tasting than regular oatmeal or porridge because the flax meal gives it a warm, nutty flavor. This recipe is also vegan, gluten-free, and paleo. It...read more
This is why BMI is BULLSHIT. Your BMI (body mass index) is just a ratio of your height and weight. Your BMI doesn't indicate your body composition (see photo)...nor does it show your health/ dedication/ work ethic/ value (not pictured, because none of these things can...read more
When you think of a traditional gym, it’s easy to picture a fleet of treadmills, some machines you may or may not know how to use, and a row of TVs playing news and sports. Unless you’ve dropped in on a class at Bold & Badass, it might be difficult to imagine what a...read more
Come support your local team of badass amateur powerlifters this weekend at the 2017 USA Powerlifting Oregon State Championships! Oh... so Bold & Badass Fitness has an all-female amateur powerlifting team? You're damn right we do! And you can cheer on your teammates...read more
Well, we've seen snow, slush, ice, and there's freezing rain in the forecast. If you've been stuck inside for most of the last week and are getting a bit stir crazy, why not try this indoor AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) workout. Getting your heart rate up is not...read more
It’s true: Portland shuts down completely when it snows. So let me guess, you’re stuck inside today, right?
But I know that badasses like you savor a challenge. You like to push yourself! And you and I both know that your body wont feel so great if you lay on the coach all day vegging-out and drinking hot cocoa.read more
You're not failing me by not making it in for your workout. You can't let me down by missing a rep on an important exercise. I'm not disappointed in you when don't track your food, and I'm certainly not mad if you eat a whole plate of nachos while you're at a happy...read more
Here's a short story that illustrates the old adage that life is 10% what happens and 90% how you respond to it. You'll be left asking yourself, "What kind of person do I want to...read more