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Fit Glam Weekly Reading

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Tried to go chestnut brown with highlights around the face… my hairdresser clearly got a little overexcited with the highlighting. Follow me on Instagram!

There have been a lot of good articles on the web this week, well… new and just “new to me”. I’ve got a few new pieces just about ready to go myself. How has my week been? KICK ASS. Well, training-wise it’s been great. Very focused, eating right, knocking out workouts, my deadlift is coming back. I had a hair disaster! See above. Next week, the Christmas parties start, so it’s going to be a good test of my “1 or 2 glasses of wine*” only policy on social drinking. No more cocktails! I think cocktails are a fat loss (and wallet!) killer. BOO.

Now, one of the pieces I’m working on is about role models. It’ll likely be a multipart series. One of the fitness models I’ll include is Ava Cowan. I absolutely love this woman! What is cool about Ava Cowan is that she’s real. I think she’s the first, and maybe only big name fitness model I ever heard say in any real way that dieting for competition is hard and she isn’t perfect. Unfortunately, she had an accident earlier this year which resulted in a serious neck injury. During her recovery, she gained a lot of weight and she’s documenting her Journey Back to Strength. I’ve loved reading every instalment! I wish Ava all the very best and look forward to seeing her back on the pro figure stage.

I’ve always instilled in my clients how important it is to be strong, that it’s one of the most important indicators of physical resilience and longevity. This article by Dr Michael Joyner, puts together a lot of the research (and there is tons) – Why You Need To Be Doing Burpees.

And if you haven’t seen this yet, then you really should, because it never gets old, Howard Schatz’s images of female athletes. Throw away your scales. Fit, strong & awesome really comes in all shapes and sizes.

Lastly, an oldie, but a goodie – Nia Shanks on how to start lifting singles and triples if you have never done so before.

What have you been reading on the web this week?

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I should probably call this a “monthly” round up…

This round of great fitness reads I’m going to pop off with some opposing views about RUNNING. In fitness circles, cardio has had a bad rap. In fact, I even wrote up an article about how cardio isn’t the greatest single tool for changing your body.

Disclaimer: I do “run” 1 – 3 times per week. I love sprinting, but for any steady-state work, I am super sloowwww. Hence the quotes around the word run in the previous sentence, haha. I do the steady state work because it isn’t ever easy for me and I enjoy the challenge. I don’t believe in only doing things that validate you and that you’re good at. My stance on the whole running debate is in the middle. Use it as a tool in a reasonable manner for weight loss and physique transformation goals, and otherwise only do it if you LOVE it. If you’re an endurance athlete, eat to support your activity. Run a marathon to run a marathon – it’s a huge accomplishment. A physical and mental test of grit and stamina. Do not run a marathon because you think the training will help you lose weight and you plan to diet (i.e. eat in a caloric deficit) throughout your training. Ineffective and BIG mistake!

Wow, off my soapbox! Hehe.

John Kiefer blew up the fitness blogosphere recently with Why Women Should Not Run. It should be noted, the intended audience of this article is the female physique competitor and to a lesser extent, the average woman using running as a tool to lose weight and transform her body. In that context, the article has a lot of valid points.

In an examination and retort of this and a few other anti-running articles like it, Gokaleo has deconstructed the science behind it and defended running. I think it offers a sound perspective on the whole anti-cardio hysteria, which I believe is wrong. I believe in being physically well-rounded and at least capable, in all modalities.

(Another disclaimer: I am totally fangirl ga-ga about Amber and her GoKaleo blog! So many great reads there!)

Moving along!

On a lighter note, over at Mohrresults.com, they have a rundown of the best vegetarian protein sources. Good info!

And something that spoke to me deeply, female olympic weightlifters Sarah & Jessica lament the portrayal of women in fitness. I have to say, I share the same disdain and lament. 

In a similar vein Carrie, over at This Fit Chick talks about how you should stop following her and other fitness girls. I have totally been THAT girl she is talking about in the article. She has been THAT girl. You probably have been or ARE that girl. Let’s stop the madness with all this so called “fitspo” and BS. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, choose your role models very carefully. 

And for a laugh, over at Deadspin, one of their reporters attended the Toronto Pro Supershow and wrote up a piece called Health Is Bad For You… Great read and a good laugh. I have to admit, his write up more or less mirrors my experience of the 2009 Olympia in Las Vegas. Except I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Haha!

Train hard, live fit & be glamorous all!

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This Week’s Fit & Glamorous Recommended Reading!

I’ve decided to a weekly, or at least bi-weekly round up of great articles from the blogosphere!

Here is what I’ve got fot this week:

And this week’s positive affirmation – gratitude. Always be grateful. There is always something to be thankful for. Be thankful for your health. Be thankful you are loved. Be thankful to be alive!
keep calm and appreciate what you have