Motive Power

30-y/o female into
heavy lifting / Crossfit Football / fitspo / all that good stuff

Why Women Need Iron

Women need iron. Not the vitamin. The barbell.

We are trained by the world around us to have fucked up ideas about our bodies; iron unfucks them.

We are supposed to be as thin as possible, as small as possible, perhaps until we disappear; iron teaches us to take up space.

We are taught that the only good direction for the scale to go is down, and to agonize ritualistically when it goes up. Iron teaches us the power of gaining weight for strength and gives us another weight to care about – the weight we are lifting.

We are taught to eat small amounts daintily and treat food as sin and pleasure. Iron teaches us to eat heartily, to see food as fuel for life, and to seek out nutritious food rather than avoiding sinful food.

We are taught to think of our bodies as decorative, an object to be looked at; iron teaches us to think of our bodies as functional, our own active selves, not passive objects for another’s regard.

Whole industries exist to profit by removing from us our confidence and selling it back as external objects. Iron gives us confidence from within through progressive training and measurable achievements.

We are taught to be gentle and hide our strength or even to cultivate charming physical weakness until we start to believe our bodies are weak. Iron teaches us how strong we can be.

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Oh sweet baby jesus i love this.

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It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks, but I’m working really hard at it in my head.

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MON 7/28/14

overhead press

  • 1 x 5 x empty bar
  • 1 x 5 x 60#
  • 1 x 5 x 80#
  • 1 x 5 x 90#
  • 1 x 5 x 95#
  • 2 x 5 x 95#

"Squat Clusters"

RD 1

  • 215# x 2
  • 0:30 rest
  • 215# x 1
  • 0:45 rest
  • 215# x 1
  • 1:00 rest
  • 215# x 2

RD 2

  • 230# x 1
  • 0:30 rest
  • 230# x 1
  • 0:45 rest
  • 230# x 1
  • 1:00 rest
  • 230# x 1

RD 3

  • 230# x 1
  • 0:30 rest
  • 230# x 1
  • 0:45 rest
  • 230# x 1
  • 1:00 rest
  • 230# x 2

Third week in a row of the now very familiar squat clusters WOD from CF Football and at this point, I’ll admit, I’m low-key sick of the thing. BUT not only were the singles in rounds 2 and 3 definitely easier than in the previous two weeks - probably due to psychological conditioning, more than physical - I eeked out a harrowing second rep on the last set of the last round. Aaah! Big progress!!!

And what’s even better is that I went into this workouts in a totally shitty mood, only to come out of it beaming. That’s what keeps you coming back for more!

FRI 7/25/14

push press

  • 6 x empty bar
  • 5 x 60#
  • 3 x 80#
  • 3 x 90#
  • 3 x 100#
  • 3 x 110#
  • 3 x 120#
  • 3 x 130#
  • 6 x 105# (80% 3RM, so tired!)

chin-ups

  • 4 x max reps (11, 11, 10, 11)

8:00 EMOTM (had to switched to 2:00 intervals to survive after round #3)

  • 12 x 55# power snatch

Solidly matched my existing 3RM push press on a day I didn’t think I would even come close to it, so that’s nice!

THU 7/24/14

bench press

  • 1 x 3 x 90#
  • 1 x 2 x 110#
  • 1 x 1 x 130#
  • 1 x 1 x 140# (1RM PR)
  • 2 x 1 x 145# (missed)
  • 1 x 8 x 110# (80% 1RM)

half deadlift-deadlift-high pull-power clean complex

  • worked up to an ugly 3RM @ 120# (110# was solid though)

12:00 AMRAP - 8 rounds + 3 HSPUs

  • 3 handstand push-ups
  • 5 knees-to-elbow

SO CLOSE to a bodyweight bench press! I hit 140# solidly but just could not get the 145# that would have amounted to a first ever bodyweight bench press. It was a nice PR from my long ago 1RM of 130# or so but uggghhh, so close to the goal!

healthfitnessfoodhumour:

Summer Breakfast Quinoa Bowls - from skinnytaste.com
Ingredients:
1 small peach, sliced
1/3 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well
2/3 + 3/4 cup Almond Breeze Original Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp brown sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
12 raspberries
14 blueberries
2 teaspoons local honey
 Directions:In sauce pan cook combine quinoa and 2/3 cup almond milk, vanilla and brown sugar. Cook on medium heat and bring to boil for five minutes. Lower the heat to low and cover. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until easily fluffs with a fork.Meanwhile, heat a grill pan and spray with oil. Grill the peaches to bring out their sweetness 2 to 3 minutes; set aside. Warm the remaining almond milk.
Nutrition 
Calories: 180 • Fat: 4 g • Carb: 36 g • Fibre: 4 g • Protein: 4.5 g • Sugar: 17 gSodium: 136 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

healthfitnessfoodhumour:

Summer Breakfast Quinoa Bowls - from skinnytaste.com

Ingredients:

1 small peach, sliced

1/3 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well

2/3 + 3/4 cup Almond Breeze Original Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp brown sugar (or sweetener of your choice)

12 raspberries

14 blueberries

2 teaspoons local honey

Directions:
In sauce pan cook combine quinoa and 2/3 cup almond milk, vanilla and brown sugar. Cook on medium heat and bring to boil for five minutes. Lower the heat to low and cover. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until easily fluffs with a fork.

Meanwhile, heat a grill pan and spray with oil. Grill the peaches to bring out their sweetness 2 to 3 minutes; set aside. Warm the remaining almond milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 180 • Fat: 4 g • Carb: 36 g • Fibre: 4 g • Protein: 4.5 g • Sugar: 17 g
Sodium: 136 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.

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