How Much Does an Olympic Athlete Eat?

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, much was made of Michael Phelps' alleged 12,000-calorie-a-day training diet. ("Never had that been true!" Michael protested recently on Twitter...and he has admitted he doesn't eat that monumental amount of food as he's training for this year's Games.) Hype aside, there's no question that Olympians require special fuel to keep them training and competing at the optimal levels required for international sports competition. ...more
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Internet Shows Love for Sarah Robles, America’s Strongest Woman

As recently as a few decades ago, Olympic athletes were bound by rules of competition that forbade them from making money from their sport, part of the International Olympic Committee's commitment outdated ideal of an amateur athlete. Those rules were phased out starting in the 1970s, and now we have gone so far in the other direction that many Olympic athletes now pull millions of dollars from endorsements. Off the top of my head I can think of Michael Phelps, Lolo Jones, Hope Solo, Marlen Esparza, Nastia Liukin, and Ryan Lochte. ...more
This is an awesome post about a mostly (unsung) hero of the Olympics.  Wonderful showcase ...more

Strong Women: Sarah Bertram

This is the third post in a series about exceptional women in Eugene....more

Why Isn't Everyone Exercising Regularly?

Lifting weights and performing cardiovascular activity are proven to enhance and extend your life. So, err, why isn't everyone exercising regularly? ...more

I have been physically active all of my life. I was an out-door type when I was a child. ...more

On Warped Beauty Standards, and Embracing the Buff

I could see veins bulge in my neck, under the bar, and I imagined myself with tree-trunk legs and a stumpy She-Ra neck, terrifying gas station attendants and maitre ds who worried secretly that I'd crush them with my dangerous girth. I was worried my muscles would take away my femininity, I'd be totally bereft of any womanly appeal. (Photo not me) ...more
I started CrossFit in February 2011, and I've been loving it. I had absolutely NO idea what it ...more

Schoolgirl Strong: 16-year-old Girl Makes Weightlifting History

Last Wednesday, Zoe Smith became the first Englishwoman ever to win a weightlifting medal in the Commonwealth Games. Oh, and she’s only 16. ...more

Weightlifting: No longer boys only!

   When you say the words "weight lifter" do you see big men with muscles bulging out of their necks?  If so, the next time you say it, look in the mirror.  You my friend, need to start lifting weights to help you maintain lifelong fitness. According to SportsMedicineAbout.com lifting weights helps keep our metabolism running at full speed.  According to the article... ...more