Explain Your Sports, Part 2: Womens Bodybuilding Divisions

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

Giving Up Control

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

The Mystery of The Best Dietary Approach

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

Programming Discussion:Renaissance  Periodization’s Female Physique Template

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