Beth Skwarecki
bethskw
Health Editor
12/2/19
3:34 PM
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If trans women don’t get to lift with the rest of the women, that’s fucked up and I don’t want to support that organization. Read more

12/2/19
3:25 PM
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A woman at my gym told her that all the other women were super friendly and supportive at her first meet...until she lifted more than them, and suddenly nobody wanted to talk to her anymore.

12/2/19
9:46 AM
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Hmm, maybe I should do a proper meet report and post to r/powerlifting or something. Here’s the short version: Read more

11/30/19
5:35 PM
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Oh, and as for weight, I can definitely do more with a zercher squat than either a front or back squat. I was doing 205 with a zercher when my back squat was around 190 and I don’t know my front squat at that time but I’m sure it was a lot less. 

11/30/19
5:27 PM
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Strangely, I never really felt this one in my forearms. But I would get bruises on my thighs every time I did the lift from the floor. Every. Damn. Time. Read more

11/27/19
4:49 PM
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I think choosing warmups and openers depends a lot on what your goals are, and what helps your confidence as you compete. If your opener is low enough, it’s not going to be a big deal to do it twice. I decided I preferred that mental/emotional comfort over possibly saving a tiny bit of fatigue. Read more

11/27/19
4:36 PM
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I’m not judging anyone, or worried about somebody on drugs beating me. It’s just helpful to know what’s what, so that if you do intend to eventually compete in, say, Nationals, you know that you’re on the right pathway. 

11/21/19
2:35 PM
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Sounds like chance. I don’t know of any evidence that cold medicines make infections worse.

11/21/19
2:34 PM
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The evidence for elderberry syrup is underwhelming. Also, a lot of drugstore elderberry products don’t have much elderberry in them at all. Maybe you just have a strong immune system and enjoy the taste :) 

11/14/19
10:30 AM
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Aww, thank you! I’m glad you’re feeling inspired! Big things in your future I bet :) 

11/14/19
10:29 AM
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It really doesn’t :) Asymmetrical lifts can be a good way to work your back and core, and really develop that ability—which, as you mentioned, is important!—to counter any rotation and to keep the load even. Jefferson deadlifts are another.

11/14/19
10:26 AM
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I don’t think it’s unusual for a gym to have a variety of bars, including a women’s bar or something similar. Mine doesn’t, so I’m a little jealous :) As you noticed, it can be handy for lighter lifts, especially for somebody who is just beginning and finds 45lb too heavy to work with. In any case, weigh it!

11/14/19
10:24 AM
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Agreed. Or bring it out to the main gym! Moving the scale literally did not occur to me until AFTER I carried a super heavy trap bar up to the scale at the front desk.

11/14/19
10:22 AM
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Good answer! People also sometimes like flex in a deadlift bar so that the weights don’t fully leave the ground until a second after you start pulling.