This column appears in the Oct. 28 issue of The New York Times Magazine. While the pull-up has been used by everyone from middle-school gym teachers to Marine drill instructors to measure fitness, the fact is that many fit people, particularly women, can’t do even one. To perform a pull-up, you place your hands … Continue reading Why Women Can’t Do Pull-Ups – Tara Parker-Pope
Catherine Brumbach (“Katie”) was born with everything she needed to succeed in life, and she grew to be a beautiful, strong woman, a really strong woman. Her physical strength and beauty gave her an edge in a man’s world, making her the specimen of perfection. Brumbach was the second oldest of 15 children whose parents were circus … Continue reading Katie Sandwina (1884 – 1952) Circus Strongwoman – Debbie Foulkes
It’s not as easy to be true to one’s principles when under stress. There’s not much I won’t eat, but I do draw the line at Vienna sausages or, as some of us say in the South, “Vie-EE-ner sawsidjiz.” (No, Southerners are not stupid, but I certainly realize saying things like “Vie-EE-ner sawsidjiz” makes us … Continue reading “Vitalism Signs” – Rebecca Koch
I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching about what the goals are for this article series. I think this must be examined if anything is to be gained from these articles. Ultimately, I hope we all become better coaches from this series. At the same time, I hope to open a dialogue about our … Continue reading By the Coach for the Coach: Be a Better Coach – Todd Hamer (EliteFTS)
In gymnastics, hand rips from gripping bars are common and repairable. Did you know they are, in many cases avoidable? I will give you tips on how to avoid grip rips. I will also explain how to repair and treat them if you do get these hand rips. Grip rips are part of being a … Continue reading We Could Learn a Thing or Two From the Gymnasts About Callus Grooming – Scarlett
Women come in different types and heights, thick or slight. Yet the time for training is always right… Two good things will come out of this post: a) the admission that I am a crappy poet and b) regardless of body type, a woman can always improve her lifting efficiency. Generally speaking, people in their … Continue reading Muscle Imbalance in Women – Justin (70’s Big)
This is an X-ray of my spine one year ago, when I moved my life from New York City to Marietta, Georgia to begin Chiropractic school at Life University. I have had scoliosis my entire life and have been under chiropractic care since high school. My spine has now begun to straighten out at the … Continue reading Scoliosis in Powerlifting – Vanessa Gale, D.C.