Bodybuilding is a sport in which absurdly lean and hungry athletes get on stage wearing next to nothing but a spray tan and a glued on bathing suit. There are no feats of strength performed on contest day- all of the lifting is done in advance. Weeks, and sometimes months, of dieting have preceded show day. This contest is not about what we can do, it’s about showing off the physical manifestation of the work we have done in the days, months, weeks, and years prior.… Read More Explain Your Sports, Part 2: Womens Bodybuilding Divisions
Oh hey there. I’m up to some shit again. Another thing, a new thing… kind of. In a surprise to nobody, I’m a real busybody, it turns out. Two and a half weeks ago I opened up my bodybuilding season by taking home a silver in the pro figure division at the WNBF California… Read More Explain Your Sports, Part 1: Strength Sports
I’ve always been proud to tell people that I’m self-coached. Two elite powerlifting totals and a natural bodybuilding pro card felt like even greater accomplishments when I could add that little tidbit on the end. I did it, all by myself. The traiing, the nutrition, the accountability- those victories were mine, just mine.
What an arrogant asshole. … Read More Giving Up Control
Regardless of what competition I am getting ready for, or for which sport, about four weeks from the date, I start to have incredibly realistic and invasive dreams about the event, and in every single one of them, it’s going terribly, terribly wrong. This seems like a atrocious betrayal of my brain, in the weeks… Read More Pre-event Dreamscape
It’s been a long time since I tested myself really pushed my limits to see what I was capable of- for most of the past year… ummm, year and a half, let’s be real, I’ve been simply trying to survive, and there was no room for pushing myself beyond that. My last powerlifting meet… Read More What Are the Limits?
Edit: Clarifying the roles of White Knight and Mem after some confusion. First of all, if you’re one of the lovely people who chose to get butthurt about my use of the word “mansplain,” or thought you should lecture me about “not all men,” when I last talked about women being harassed on the… Read More Clicking “Follow” Isn’t Your Cue to Be the Boss of Me
I’ve had a challenging year- not only as an athlete, but as a human. If you’re a regular reader, you’ve likely noticed- and been disappointed by- my irregular writing and intermittent social media presence in the past 12 months. During contest prep, I typically do more writing, more posting, more sharing, more how-to-ing, but this… Read More I’m Super Glad 2017 is Over
Low carb. Keto. Paleo. IIFYM. Flexible dieting. Intermittent fasting. Calories in-calories out. *insert branded diet name here* OF COURSE you can eat donuts. OF COURSE avocados have magical fat burning qualities. OF COURSE grains will murder your pets in their sleep. OF COURSE you need to buy this disgusting shake. Dietary approaches are incredibly… Read More The Mystery of The Best Dietary Approach
This season, my first season as a professional bodybuilder, I’ve approached prep differently in a number of ways. “But Stephanie! Why on Earth would you change things when your previous approach has been so good?! For fuck’s sake you earned your pro card using those methods! They’re carefully, painstakingly documented and proven!” Yeah. Hear me… Read More Programming Discussion:Renaissance Periodization’s Female Physique Template
I spent the morning learning how to operate Final Cut Pro, experimenting with video editing, creating voiceovers, splicing together videos, adding titles and written commentary… though adding a background track underneath my speaking has thus far eluded me. Seriously. If anyone knows how to do that, hit me up, because my Google-fu was… Read More 2017 WNBF Worlds Prep- Now on Video!