53: Stacy’s Feelin’ Good

July 15, 2016

SWR New Strong Woman Radio 53 Stacy Feeling Good

Welcome to Strong Woman Radio, a sanctuary free of testosterone (except for a few special guests), where ladies who like to lift heavy things can chitchat about the struggles and success that comes with being a woman in a male dominated sport. We welcome listeners of all sports, be it strongman, Crossfit, olympic lifting or more; but be warned we don't like running very much unless we are carrying or dragging something heavy while we do it.

DON'T FORGET TO download, subscribe to and listen to the previous episodes! And as you get familiar with the show, leave those reviews and ratings in iTunes, and send us your questions and comments via the comment form, which can be found here.

 

Enjoy the show and lift on ladies!

 

Episode 53: Stacy's Feelin' Good

  • Intro (0:00)
  • Latest & Greatest (1:16)
    • Stacy finally had her MRI! She has an L4 and L5 herniated discs, one of which is compressing one of her nerves down her right leg.
    • The problem has been that Stacy hasn't been in as much pain as other people, so doctors may not have been as convinced of the seriousness of her condition at the time.
    • But when she went to get the treatment that morning, she was feeling almost completely better, so she declined the procedure.
    • She's started taking supplements and feels much better and hopes to not ever need surgery.
    • The injury has fundamentally changed who she is since she hasn't been able to lift. And even if she recovers completely, she worries if she'll ever feel that lifting is safe. (There's lots of people who have, however)
    • Ironically, she didn't injure herself doing Strongman at all, but doing MAS wrestling and at a garden clean up.
    • Stacy is definitely off to do some yoga and aerial and inversions to try to help her back!
    • Listen to the last Paleo View for more details on her injury and her associate depression.
  • Pokemon Go! (14:14)
    • Viv is way into Pokemon Go!
    • It's a perfect way to encourage people to walk and get some exercise. (Secretly, Stacy is actually now into Pokemon since our recording)
    • Stacy prefers swimming.
  • Vivian talks about running these days to regain some athleticism that has gone into lifting.
    • While Stacy doesn't love running, she does love to do burpees to get that same exhausted feeling
    • Viv's trainer Jason ended up in his first real competition and won every event.
    • Women seem to love strongman as soon as they realize they can do the events, especially stones.
  • Supplement discussion
  • Vivian is still trying to decide if she wants to cut weight from Super Heavyweight to Heavyweight
    • This is why she's been upping the cardio and eating very clean and doing some crossfit type workouts
    • Crossfit is in the news these days with the Games coming up and the documentary on Netflix.
  • Vivian is trying to date
    • In chatting with men online, they'll see her lifting and get excited... until she tells them how much she is lifting
    • Men seem to be intimidated by a woman who can lift more than them. And all the Strongmen seem to be taken.
    • Men also seem to be into being macho with her when she'd like to be treated like a girl sometimes.
  • Stacy will be on vacation at the end of July (SUPER SECRET for the boys)
  • Vivian will be finding pokemon and trying to find dudes.
  • Send Stacy videos on not lifting strength endeavors!
  • Outro (39:09)
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Episode 52: Vivian’s USS Nationals Recap

June 24, 2016

SWR Strong Woman Radio 52 Vivian's USS Nationals Recap

Welcome to Strong Woman Radio, a sanctuary free of testosterone (except for a few special guests), where ladies who like to lift heavy things can chitchat about the struggles and success that comes with being a woman in a male dominated sport. We welcome listeners of all sports, be it strongman, Crossfit, olympic lifting or more; but be warned we don't like running very much unless we are carrying or dragging something heavy while we do it.

DON'T FORGET TO download, subscribe to and listen to the previous episodes! And as you get familiar with the show, leave those reviews and ratings in iTunes, and send us your questions and comments via the comment form, which can be found here.

 

Enjoy the show and lift on ladies!

 

Episode 52, Vivian's USS Nationals Recap

  • Intro (0:00)
  • Latest & Greatest (1:16)
    • Vivian survived her whole trip traveling from home to Louisville and back all by herself with no backup at all!
    • When Stacy competes, she brings a giant entourage of support, so going alone seems so daunting
    • Vivian was staying at the same hotel as the people attending the Muhammed Ali funeral, too!
    • Vivian's friend Glenda was selling Lularoe at the show as well.
    • The hardest part for Stacy was that there was no feed on Instagram or Facebook so no one could follow along!
    • Vivian did exactly what she planned on doing in each event.
    • She finished second in the show!
    • The winner was much, much bigger than Vivian, but that's how super heavyweight (200+) goes. Most women in the class are going to be taller and weigh more than Vivian. See the comparison here.
    • Samantha Coleman, the winner, is a world record holding powerlifter. She's new to Strongman, so we look forward to seeing her at Worlds!
    • Vivian feels so much less stress now that she's no longer defending champion.
    • The hardest event for her was the fingal fingers, which she was unable to train on.
    • Overall, the event was a lot of "cardio" because of all the reps and all the moving events.
    • Huge event! 314 people competed overall!
    • Vivian was only 3 points from first, and now feels like last year wasn't a fluke.
    • Unfortunately, Sarah from Primal Bites was injured and couldn't make it to the show.
    • Stacy finally got her MRI and so hopefully is closer to recovery!
    • Kalle Beck's seminar was last week as well.
    • The Rock, Dwayne Johnson eat 2.3 pounds of cod per day, according to his diet report. Or 821 pounds per year.
    • Vivian is now deciding if she should cut 20 pounds to get under the heavyweight limit for her next show.
    • Jen Sinkler is coming to the east coast! Stacy and Viv are planning on stalking her. See her on Snapchat!
    • Go see Vivian at LoCo Crossfit on July 2 for a Strongman seminar as well!
    • Stacy and Viv are looking into how to get rid of clothes they no longer use, especially their Lularoe and workout clothes.
    • Wesley wants to create his own version of Batdad. Coming soon because we can't figure it our yet!
    • Not to sound like a douche, but Stacy is good at almost everything. But she'll throw a temper tantrum if she finds something she's not good at.
    • Ricky Bobby: If you're not first, you're last!
    • Miss Congeniality playing the cups
  • Outro (36:01)
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Episode 51: How to Train When You Don’t Have an Implement

June 10, 2016

SWR New Strong Woman Radio 51 How to Train When You Don't Have an Implement

Welcome to Strong Woman Radio, a sanctuary free of testosterone (except for a few special guests), where ladies who like to lift heavy things can chitchat about the struggles and success that comes with being a woman in a male dominated sport. We welcome listeners of all sports, be it strongman, Crossfit, olympic lifting or more; but be warned we don't like running very much unless we are carrying or dragging something heavy while we do it.

DON'T FORGET TO download, subscribe to and listen to the previous episodes! And as you get familiar with the show, leave those reviews and ratings in iTunes, and send us your questions and comments via the comment form, which can be found here.

Enjoy the show and lift on ladies!

 

Episode 51, How to Train When You Don't Have an Implement

  • Intro (0:00)
  • Latest & Greatest (1:16)
    • Welcome back Stacy! She's back from vacation with her sisters and dad!
    • She visited her relatives on her dad's mom's side. And they're pig farmers! How interesting!
    • Stacy saw a Contiki tour bus, reminding her of Viv's trip.
    • Super long flight back, wrecking her body and her jet lag is intense.
    • Stacy would have returned to Strongman at Crossfit Burke this week, but the trip wiped her out. Instead, she attended a seminar with Calle Beck.
  • Vivian is training for United States Strongman Nationals! (7:01)
    • She hates everything.
    • Up until the competition starts, Vivian is always unhappy. Which is the opposite of all other times.
  • Let's talk about Vivian's preparations! (8:57)
    • She's lifting intense every day now and extremely tired, but after her week off before the competition she'll be anxious to lift heavy again!
    • You're much less likely to have a bad day after that rest.
    • She's very excited to compete because there are over 300 competitors coming, including 8 Superheavyweight Women!
  • How do you train if you don't have the implements? (10:57)
    • This competition, she's doing Fingal Fingers (essentially flipping a giant telephone pole).
    • She improvised by turning a yoke into a finger.
    • Viv should put this on YouTube!
    • Look for similar events you can train. A Conan's Wheel is a Zercher hold Farmers' Carry!
    • If you can, you'd want to visit the gym where the competition is and train on your actual competition equipment!
    • You can substitute almost anything for anything, really, with creativity.
    • Work with what you have and just feel yourself getting stronger!
  • Vivian is looking forward to hanging out with her friends!
    • Former guests Meg Squats and Sarah did a couple of YouTube videos about strongman! (and there's shoutouts to both Stacy and Vivian!)
    • Meg was pretending she didn't know Strongman and Stacy was like "But I met you at a Strongman competition!"
    • It's a great fun video to watch!
  • The week before a big competition, Vivian isn't fun to be around
    • She's in her head about all the negative possibilities
    • But when the competition starts, she already will know how she can work it out.
    • Vivian feels like she has something to lose now, since she's the defending champion
    • And the competition is stiffer this year, so she doesn't know how it will go this year.
    • Viv's looking forward to the bourbon and fun later, after the competition.
  • We promise we won't skip for a month, but we're off next week
    • Vivian is going to be in Louisville next week! Check out her Instagram!
  • Outro (23:50)

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Episode 50, Utilizing Starting Strongman

May 12, 2016
  • Intro (0:00)
  • Latest & Greatest (1:16)
    • Welcome to episode 50!
    • Stacy and Vivian are also on Periscope while recording this episode
    • Stacy is preparing to leave for a place that doesn't speak english, and the only other place outside of the US that she has been is Canada
      • She can't remember a time where she has ever fully disconnected from work or social media, and she thinks it will be really good for her
      • She will have to learn to relax
    • When Stacy returns she will begin training at a local CrossFit gym, joining their Strongman training classes
    • Vivian and Stacy will also be attending this upcoming Strongman Seminar
      • Come on out to the seminar if you are in the area
    • Stacy survived Vivian's birthday party
    • This week on The Paleo View (Stacy's other podcast), they are covering this article from the New York Times
      • What you need to remember about this study and what it teaches us about weight loss and maintenance
      • Stacy is not surprised by what the study revealed, it is information we have been told for years
      • How food and lifestyle effects hormones - this study only supports that
  • Stuff Happening on the Internet (13:15)
  • Utilizing Starting Strongman
  • Powerlifting (26:20)
    • Taking steroids to get better
    • A video from Meg Squats on the presence of steroids in body building and competitive lifting
    • Stacy and Vivian's thoughts on a fair fight
    • Make safe and informed choices
    • Feeling the feels
  • Stay strong everyone!
  • Outro (35:48)
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Episode 49, The Transition to Strongman

April 27, 2016
  • Intro (0:00)
  • Latest & Greatest (1:16)
    • Welcome back everyone and welcome Sarah of Primal Bites and Sarah Lifts!
      • Her second appearance on Strong Woman Radio (listen to her first appearance here)
    • Sarah taught Stacy Snapchat
    • Sarah just competed in her first NAS competition, and she did a USS competition in February
      • She won both of them
  • More on Sarah (4:35)
    • She is a graduating senior in college
    • Sarah use to Crossfit, but then transitioned to powerlifting full-time
    • In the fall Sarah began to miss the variety she use to get with Crossfit, so she decided to try Strongman
    • She found a Crossfit and Strongman gym in New York
    • To prep for a powerlifting competition she focused on powerlifting, but then after her competition she shifted her attention to Strongman
    • Sarah still does a little bit of everything - but views it that she will have powerlifting seasons and Strongman seasons
    • Qualifying for nationals
  • Belt etiquette
  • Tips for People Looking to Transition (11:12)
    • Utilizing Crossfit gyms, they may have Strongman implements
    • Use the map feature on Starting Strongman
    • Consider your goals when planning out your training
    • Suggestions for blending powerlifting and strongman training
    • Look into strongman classes
    • Signing up for a show as a novice, and the doors a show will open
  • Sarah's thoughts on the competition
    • Had few expectations
    • The weight class group
    • Sarah's strategy
    • How the events went
  • Thank you everyone for tuning in!
  • You can find Sarah:
  • Outro (33:30)
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Episode 48, Paleo and Powerlifting

April 21, 2016
  • Intro (0:00)
  • Latest & Greatest (1:16)
    • Welcome back everyone!
    • What Vivian and Stacy have been doing on Friday nights as of late
    • Stacy just started physical therapy and she is hoping it is helpful
      • The current plan is two times a week for six weeks
      • Can't tell if she feels improvement yet
      • What she sees in the PT room
      • What her two appointments have looked like so far
      • The homework that she is suppose to be doing in between appointments
      • Getting back to yoga, inversions and swimming
    • Vivian got into programming
      • Her next show is nationals and she has 12 weeks of programming to help her prep for that
      • She is doing a lot of conditioning
      • The incorporation of ROMWOD
      • Drinking a gallon of water daily
    • Stacy uses the Healthy Human water bottle to help her get all her water in and she loves it
    • Vivian can't record an episode next week, but there will be a stand in for the show
    • The upcoming weight lifting shows that Stacy and Vivian will be attending
    • The crazy gainz that Sarah has made
  • Question & Answer (18:05)
    • Molly - Do you have any tips for Whole30ers or new Paleo eaters who are struggling to get acclimated to their new way of eating? Especially those in strength sports?
    • Any pointers for strongma'ams? I like powerlifting, but I am starting to LOVE strongman implements more and more.
      • The Paleo/carb flu
      • Protein powders that are Paleo friendly (Stacy's preferred protein powder)
      • Stacy likes caffeine as a pre-workout
      • Combining cold brew with protein powder
      • Having almond milk with a banana as a preworkout
      • Your body is missing sugar
      • Plantain chips and sweet potatoes would be good post workout options
      • Focus on nutrient dense food options
      • Check out 3 Phase Paleo or Real Life Paleo for more suggestions on how to handle the transition into Paleo
      • Stick to your basic lifts to keep up with your foundational strength building
      • Add in weekend stuff, conditioning stuff
      • Vivian's suggestion on how to schedule her workouts
  • Things Happening on the Internet (29:04)
  • Outro (35:48)
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Episode 47, Drop the Mic

March 24, 2016
  • Intro (0:00)
  • Latest & Greatest (1:16)
    • Drunk cast - it is the Friday before spring break and the Friday of the start of March Madness
    • Thank you everyone who participated in the LuLaRoe fundraising event
  • What's Happening on the Internet (4:19)
  • This week Viv deadlifted 500 pounds - mic drop
  • Viv is now a sponsored athlete for Thick-to-Thin
  • Let us know what is happening in your life and on the internet, please share those through the contact form here or through our social media accounts
  • Come see us at May Queen
  • We will be back next week - stay strong everyone! 
  • Outro (23:25)
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Episode 46, Welcome Noelle!

March 16, 2016
  • Intro (0:00)
  • Latest & Greatest (1:16)
    • Welcome back to Strong Woman Radio where we are showing up twice in a row!
    • This week Noelle from Coconuts & Kettlebells is joining the show
      • She does fitness Periscope videos on the regular
      • Her and Stacy met at Paleo f(x) last year
      • She is somewhat local to Stacy, so they have met up at a handful of events
      • And Stacy thinks Noelle is gorgeous and says to be sure to check her out on Instagram and Periscope
      • And Noelle also hosts an amazing podcast, which you can find here
    • Stacy's struggle finding proper chest support for her inversion work
    • The weirdo comments that happen on Periscope
  • More from Noelle (6:15)
    • Noelle use to do a lot on endurance training, but wore herself out eventually
    • Using exercise as a form of punishment
    • Letting go of all of that four/five years ago and changing her perception of fitness
    • At that time she got into a Crossfit gym and got into lifting
    • Fitness is now incorporated to bring health and longevity to her life
    • Supporting her body in the long term and doing things that she actually enjoys
    • The home based workouts that Noelle does now
    • Her free home workout guide, which you can find here
  • Making time for fitness
  • Stacy's struggle with bulimia years ago
  • The amazing support within the female lifting community
  • Things Happening on the Internet (17:54)
  • Thank you so much Noelle for joining the show this week!
  • Be sure to check out Noelle's site here and all of her channels!
  • Stay strong everyone - we will be back soon!
  • Outro (48:18)
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Episode 45, Cutting it Close to Competition

March 11, 2016
  • Intro (0:00)
  • Latest & Greatest (1:16)
    • Vivian and Nicole were recently at the Strongest Southern Bell competition in Kentucky and Nicole is on this week's podcast to share an update from the competition along with some feedback
    • Nicole had decided to compete in this competition somewhat late in the process and went about training a little differently than usual
    • The long break Nicole took after nationals and the injuries she was working to recover during that time
    • What led Nicole to want to jump back in to competing with Strongest Southern Bell
    • Needing to make a last minute weight cut and seeking advice from Gabby, and how a last minute weight cut went
    • How Nicole rehydrated after cutting weight
    • How the competition went for Viv and Nicole
    • Check out Danielle Curry on Instagram
    • This competition was the USS's 100th show and it was the largest all women's show ever
    • Now Nicole and Vivian quality for USS Nationals and USS Women's World
    • What happens when doubt hits during a competition
  • Things Happening on the Internet (46:14)
  • Meeting podcast listeners at competitions
  • Thank you Nicole for joining on this week's show and congratulations to both you and Vivian on your competition
  • Stay strong everyone
  • Outro (55:32)
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Episode 44, Love for EveryBODY

February 25, 2016
  • Intro (0:00)
  • Latest & Greatest (1:16)
    • We are back! 
    • And welcome to this week's guest, Andrea, who runs Thick-to-Thin apparel
      • Thick-to-Thin works on apparel for sizes from XS to 5XL, because everyone should be included in one shop and not have to go to a plus sized store to find clothes
      • Their mission is to empower women and to promote self-love and body positivity, and to do it through apparel and to show love to their customers
      • How Stacy and Andrea connected
      • How Andrea used her frustration in the lack of clothing available to those with athletic builds to launch her own line of products
      • Why Andrea prints the kind of statements on her tops that she does - we are all athletes in one way or another
      • How CrossFit impacted Andrea's confidence
      • The incredible support and encouragement that exists amongst female lifters
      • Andrea is giving Strong Woman Radio listeners 15% off with the code 'StrongWomen15' - so be sure to check out her site and take advantage of this great discount!
        • You can even customize your favorite articles of clothing with your favorite sayings
      • Vivan's favorite shirt from Thick-to-Thin
  • What is Happening on the Internet (13:18)
  • Be sure to check out Thick-to-Thin apparel and use the code 'StrongWomen15' for 15% off some great workout gear
  • Thank you Andrea for joining this week's show! 
  • Stay strong everyone - we will be back again soon! 
  • Be sure to submit those questions via the blog HERE, or on social media
  • Outro (39:30)
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