• Lift,  Travel

    Como os Cariocas: Fitness in Rio

    There’s a whole book about the culture of body and body image in Rio de Janeiro. Though, in my opinion, you could probably fill a whole library on the topic. Blame it on the heat, but Rio is an incredibly body-conscious culture.

  • Learn,  Lift

    How strong is your ego?

    I’m back in Brazil for the next two weeks. Brazil, the land that pushes every one of my social anxiety buttons. Where I often want to simultaneously crawl under a rock and stand on a soap box airing my grievances.

  • Lift

    Reframing Exercise

    Before my break, I used to have “Crossfit” as a task on my to-do list every day. Not because I would forget, but because it was a time commitment I needed to account for. My training was, and is, a personal priority for me. Planning allowed me to make sure I could carve out time to focus on my training most days.

  • Lift,  Nutrition

    Weighted Language

    Last week, I was talking with a friend about how I had taken some time off from Crossfit. The first thing she said? “You don’t even look like you gained weight or anything. You look exactly the same!”

  • Spiritual

    Acupuncture: Sticking With It

    About two months ago, I started regularly getting acupuncture treatments. My physical therapist suggested it to me. We’ve been working on a few chronic injuries – left elbow, wrist, and knee – that have improved, but aren’t at the level either of us would like.