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The Kraken Files: December 2018: To Train or Not to Train

This month Steph has some excellent advice and explanations on when to skip training. It’s a topic not touched on a lot, and she does an awesome job giving you some advice to be heeded.   This month I thought I would delve a bit into the issue of deciding when NOT to train, whether

The Kraken Files: August 2018

Note: Cutting is a bodybuilding term for dieting down to ridiculously low bodyfat levels. This is part two of an as-yet-undetermined-length series on everything that had to do with my first physique show, which I did June 9th. I covered general cutting/diet for the show last month, and this month I am going to address

The Kraken Files: Doing an Aesthetic Show

So. Some of you may have been watching as I prepped with a 4-5 month mild cut, 6 month bulk, then a 4-5 month cut into my first physique show. In fact, it was my first foray into aesthetic competition EVER, as for years I just lifted, then spent 5 years being a fluffy moose

The Kraken Files May 2018

This month I have decided to diverge a bit from the usual training and/or diet focused columns I tend to write, and instead write something a bit more philosophical, more a discussion piece on rectifying my feminism with engaging in aesthetic-focused lifting which will result in me wearing a dreaded sparkle bikini, on a stage,

2018-10-29T16:02:04+00:00April 24th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Women’s Fitness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Kraken Files: April 2018: YOU CANNOT BUILD GREAT GLUTES WITH SQUATS ALONE.

I am pretty sure I have complained about this “lifting legend” at some point in the past (since I have complained about every subject under the sun at some time in my surly existence), but I decided now was the time to pause, take a deep breath, and get in a nice full rant on……

2018-10-29T16:02:23+00:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: Featured, Women’s Fitness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Kraken Files March 2018: Why Do You Want to Be So Big?

When people ask me about lifting weights, bodybuilding, and powerlifting, they seem pretty ok with the idea that I lift…..but invariably, without fail, a certain percentage of people who stop me on the street to ask if I’m a “bodybuilder” (or a female wrestler, idk man) will ask me this: But……why do you want to

2018-10-29T16:02:35+00:00February 27th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Women’s Fitness|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

The Kraken Files: Are You a Bulking Asshole?

I get a lot of messages online asking me about gaining muscle mass, or rather, issues people are having with “bulking” and gaining QUALITY mass. I will ask a few questions, and pretty quickly I realize that all they are doing is dumping into their gullets MORE of the same crap food they have already

2018-10-29T16:02:41+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Women’s Fitness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Kraken Files January 2018: STFU AND LIFT, PRINCESS, NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR BUTT-HURT

Recently someone I follow on Instagram and admire for his talent and coaching skill in powerlifting posted a rant on a subject I have bitched about in the past as well, and brought up some old themes that I thought were dying out but perhaps are still alive and well. So I figured I would

2018-08-06T12:07:06+00:00December 27th, 2017|Categories: Women’s Fitness|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Kraken Files: So, What is Your Diet Part Duex

So, a few months ago I started a two part column on my diet, then went ADD spaz and digressed to do a column on some other rant about who-knows-what, and left y’all hanging on the promised more specific discussion on what, and how, I eat. You have all been waiting with bated breath, I

2018-08-04T16:44:49+00:00November 27th, 2017|Categories: Nutrition, Women’s Fitness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Kraken Files: Make the Most of Your Training

I’ve been lifting a long time, about 16 years, 11-12 of which I would call serious, and what most others would call obsessive. In that time, as I gained muscle mass, leaned out, and improved my proportions, I have increasingly been subject to questions from others at various points in the