Why You Should Try Something Entirely New This Year
Unfamiliar physical challenges and movement patterns have an extraordinary effect on your brain and body.
How Much Do You Want It? The 4 Levels of Motivation for Lifters
Is your training stuck in a rut? Step back and take an honest look at what motivates you to lift.
6 Daily Practices for Learning to Love Your Body and Your Self
Through these practice I no longer stress about being perfect. Instead, I love my body for simply existing.
How Coaching the Underdog Has Brought Me Joy
It’s easy to work with a talented athlete, but you need patience and knowledge to teach clients with little talent or possibly even desire.
Why Loving Your Body Is Not Enough
In order for women (and men) to embrace their bodies, we need to look beyond accepting our physical appearance.
3 Lessons We Can All Learn From the CrossFit Games
I enjoy reading articles by the Breaking Muscle coaches about their perspective on the Games. From them, three common themes emerge.
Weekly Work-In: Week 6 - Getting Past the Ego
If I can get past my ego and realize I am acting based on a past experience. I can question whether that experience has value in the present.
Weekly Work-In: Week 2 - Create a Personal Affirmation That Works
I never connected with affirmations until I found a one that truly resonated with what I wanted. Use your "work-in journal" to answer questions and create a true intention for your life.
Becoming Our Heart-Felt Best: How Yoga Is Practice for Life
In my eyes, having a yoga practice is more about how we live our life. It is a sacred time and opportunity to work in magical ways to rise up and become more than our stories of misfortune.
Examining the "Why" - Why Do You Exercise and Is It Working for You?
Are you working out because it's beneficial and enjoyable? Or are you doing it because you're trying to fix something from the past?
Merging Selves: My Continued Development as a Grappler and Its Larger Meaning
My relationship with BJJ is evolving. Sometimes I wear a suit and talk to academics, and sometimes I write about jiu jitsu instead of training. I am merging my lives into one whole.
How to Heal Your Body and Heart by Finding Your Voice
What you don’t say might just kill you. Relieve stress by walking through the fear to speak up for yourself. Tips, poses, and meditations to say what you really want to say without fear or judgement.
Book Review: "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman
I recommend "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" both for its message and for its flaws. It has some great lessons about life, but it's written in a way that caused my inner seventh grader to roll her eyes.
Camp For Grown-Ups: How Grappling Camp Helps Female Athletes
Along with other amazing female black belts I run the Women's Grappling Camp. It's about bringing jiu jitsu to women, bringing women together, and all of creating something much bigger than ourselves.
Developing Self-Awareness: A Messy, Ugly, Five-Step Process
I work hard at self-awareness. I find it to be helpful to my learning process as an athlete. I discovered I always follow the same 5 step process of breakdown and awareness. It's ugly, but it works.
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