Annie's Blog
  • The Best I Have To Offer
    I got pretty lucky.  When I was 15, I walked past a gym needing a job.  Within those walls, I found a catalyst into a profession that I am still head-over-heels in love with 15 years later.  I am ...
  • I’m Done
    “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing” –Teddy Roosevelt   I heard this ...
  • Sample Shoulder Day, Wild GymBros, and Training on the Road
    Another month in the books, and it was a busy one.  Each weekend this month took me away from home, so getting my training in throughout the week was crucial to get all my training in and face the ...
  • How The Clash 4 Cash on Beale (strongman comp) Came About
    I have been hosting or helping at iron sport events in some capacity for better part of the last decade.  While many have had memorable moments, the Clash For Cash on Beale is quickly becoming the ...
  • Sample Arm Day at NBS
    Last Thursday I finally met up with Steven Murphy at NBS Fitness, and we decided to get in a typical bro arm session. We had a good workout, and it is always a good time catching up with Steven and ...
  • Hosting Events: The Build Up
    Last week, we wrapped up our contest schedule with a sold-out RPS Powerlifting meet, The Memphis Classic.  This marks the seventh meet I have been able to help host at NBS and about the 15th I have ...
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck–some takeaways
    This book was recommended to me months ago. It sat on my reading cue for quite a bit, until a long flight without wifi gave me nothing but time to dive right in.  As I have touched on before, I ...
  • Cool Shit I did This Month
    Aside from working at the most kick-ass gym in the Mid-South, I have been focusing on squeezing the most out of my life. This month hosted some GREAT moments for me, and here are a few highlights ...
  • Warning: I talk about death in this
    14 years ago today, my dad died. Are you all uncomfortable yet? You shouldn’t be.  The subject of death is so taboo that after the initial acknowledgement of the event, we are expected to keep ...
  • Diet Report!
    Diet: I have bumped macros to 180 on 3 training days, 350+ cheat meal 2 training days per week, and 100 on off days. Training: Every other training session, I hit back.  Other than that, I’m ...
  • Cool shit I did this month
    July was another super cool month. Heres some shit I did! 1.) Bought a new car: The truth is, Jeep isn’t a great everyday driver and gets terrible gas mileage. Further, Kilo doesn’t fit ...
  • The Dexter and The Reverse!
    The Dexter Jackson Memphis classic has come and gone. I was really fortunate to be able to win my figure class.  If you have been following me for a bit, you know that the past few years have been ...
  • Bits of Advice I Try To Use
    I have been working through a workbook lately that has me examining my actions/habits and putting a bit of consideration into why I do the things I do.  It has occurred to me that a LOT of my actions ...
  • Dexter Jackson Memphis Classic Prep Update
    As I have alluded to in previous posts, I have decided to jump into the Dexter Jackson Memphis Classic.  Its been a couple years since I have been on stage.  In fact, the last time I was on stage was ...
  • The Stage Doesn’t Lie Either
    “The Iron” by Henry Rollins is one of the most widely quoted passages about lifting weights and the impact it can have on someone’s life.  And for good reason: its a reminder that ...
  • Contest Prep Without the Meltdown
    A friend and I were recently talking about the number of competitors that assign their unhealthy relationship with food and bodyfat with, at some point doing a show.  At first, I was quick to pass ...
  • International Traveling: Keeping your training/nutrition plan on track
    HELLO FROM AUSTRALIA!  I am currently writing this from the lobby of my hotel in Australia, where I am speaking at a three day certification course about Hybrid Athletics.  This is such a cool ...
  • Elyse Lovelace: What we did going into the Arnold.
    This month, NBS client and athlete Elyse Lovelace competed at the XPC Elite Powerlifting Championships at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH.  Though we had a few logistical hiccups, she was able to ...
  • Recomping
      HOLY CRAP THOSE BEFORE PICTURES!! (top row is October 2016 , bottom row is February 2017) This week ends an offseason phase of dieting that has been focused on slowly achieving a better body ...
  • Meal Prep: Not an eating disorder. #thingsIcannotbelieveIhavetosay
    Despite all my efforts, I often find myself underestimating how weirded out the general public gets by acts of health.  This weeks case in point is courtesy of a client of mine, who mentioned ...
  • A Few Things I’d Wish You’d Stop Doing At NBS
    Don’t get me wrong: I have the most fun life there is.  Everyday I get to wake up, train, and hang out with people who are extraordinarily committed to their goals.  Along the way, I have the ...
  • Putting the pieces together
      Its been a while since I have updated my blog. In October, I got a little sick.  This led me to take a little break from strongman/power-lifting out of necessity.  It also led to a drastic ...
  • The Twilight Zone: Tales of gym management part 2
    I will spare you the long intro, but in short, this is a series of word sights, sounds, and humans that keep my day at NBS Fitness alive and well. Installment one of Twilight Zone  I have started ...
  • The Twilight Zone: Tales of gym management
    I typically say this as a positive: we draw a different breed of people at NBS.  The people that are drawn to a gym that encourages emotional lifting, liberal use of chalk, and loud music are ...
  • In defense of bodybuilding..
    I have been involved in the fitness industry all of my adult life and quite a bit of my teen years, as I started as sweeping floors at a gym when I was 15.  As I near the 15 year mark I have seen the ...
  • There’s losing, and then there’s being a loser…
    Look, I get it: NO ONE likes to lose.  The worst training days are usually remedied with the idea that the hard work you are putting in at the gym is going to turn out as a victory later.  I have ...
  • Your two options
    I am going to open this blog post up a bit by bragging on NBS coach Christian Anto.  In the past few years, I have been able to see him flourish not only into a great strength coach but also a ...
  • Nutrition: Current Set Up
    Over the past few years, I have become a bit better about healthier habits.  Three years ago, after my first show, I did the bare minimum: I would eat breakfast, pack a lunch and come home and eat ...
  • Things you can buy INSTEAD of an awesome gym membership
    “I like everything but the price.” This is something I hear alllll the time about our basic gym membership.  It always amuses me, because the monthly fee is actually right at the average ...
  • Who are you outside of the iron?
    A few friends and I were talking recently about the way our respect for great athletic performances can shade our opinion of the athlete in general.  While we all agreed that truly becoming great ...
  • Powerlifting: Be involved or shut up.
    Last weekend, we hosted the RPS Memphis Classic Powerlifting meet.  For the past year or so, social media would have you believe that powerlifting is a toxic pool of politics, favoritism, and rule ...
  • USS Pro Womens Worlds: Things Im Looking Forward To
    1. Settling into the 148 Class: For the past year or so, my secondary personal priority has been to slowly recomp into a favorable body composition without loss of strength.  I have been giving ...
  • Traveling: How to keep your plan together
    My press credentials got confirmed this morning, so I am headed to NPC North Americans in Pittsburg this weekend.  As mentioned in previous blog entries, being a little more diligent to my ...
  • NBS Fitness, as viewed by an outsider
    Two weeks ago, my friends Anthony D’Orazio and Maria Onest came to Memphis to see the very talented Taylor Weglicki.  They allowed me to show them Memphis-style BBQ and explored Midtown.  As ...
  • MEET THE NBS MEATHEADS! Part 1
    Every brand faces identity issues at some point.  NBS Is no different.  Every week, it feels like I am running into people who are under the assumption that NBS is just crawling with meatheads. ...
  • Competing in Physique Sports: the struggles no one talks about
    I recently had a friend/client who was tossing the idea of competing in a figure show around.  We got to talking about the pros and cons about it, and in an attempt to oversimplify, I simply said ...
  • USS Womens Worlds Prep
    And we are back in the saddle!  Eight weeks after my ridiculous schaphoid break, I can finally press with minimal pain.  In the past couple of weeks, USS has announced the events for the first ever ...
  • #TheJenn write up
    I had the honor of being able to participate at The inaugural Jenn Rotsinger Womens Empowerment Weekend in Tampa, Florida.  I could write a book here, but here are my biggest take-aways from the ...
  • Things I have been wrong about..
    The internet is LITTERED with articles, blogs, and advertising with titles like “40 things you have been wrong about..” or “Why you are wrong about xyz.”  While they often ...
  • USS Nationals Write Up / Highlights / Lessons
    This past weekend I competed in the 2nd United States Strongman National Championships. Going into this event was a little rough.  As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I followed a deadlift down a ...
  • Get the most from remote coaching
    Coach Christian Anto has started a series on the differences between remote coaching and personal training, and when to opt for one or the other.  Both have distinct advantages and disadvantages, ...
  • Update on life, training, and such
    Since the last time I wrote in here, I have an interesting training cycle for USS Nationals.  After my first attempt deadlift during the King Of Spring powerlifting meet on April 30, my wrist became ...
  • Good Cue, Bad Cue, Red Cue, Blue Cue…
      Over the past six months or so, I have heard the following cues be subject for criticism: “Break at the hips first” “Break at the knees first” “Sit back” ...
  • Annie’s Queen Of Spring Write Up
    In December, we launched the inaugural training cycle for the NBS Womens Powerlifting team.  I had decided that I would run the programming along side my teammates, but was fairly certain I would ...
  • You have a following: Now what?
    Social media is a strange place.  Formerly, having a following in any profession required that you be excellent at what you do as well as strategic marketing.  However, the fitness industry and ...
  • Thats a wrap!
    This week wrapped up the first 16 week training cycle for our womens powerlifting team.  While we have long had women training at our gym, and a powerlifting team, it wasn’t until the past six ...
  • Winning From Losing
         By most standards, 2015 was a losing year for me: I bombed out of a powerlifting meet for the first time in April.  I re-focused and set my sights on Strongman Nationals.  Despite months of ...
  • Annnnnnnnnd we are back…-
      Alright..We all took a little break from blogging.  And by little, I mean that the last time I blogged was on the tail end of 2014, after Memphis’ Strongest Woman Since then… ...
  • Gunshows Memphis Sexiest Woman write up
    Alright alright!  WHAT A WEEKEND!  As you know, this weekend was Memphis’s Strongest (wo)Man at NBS.  We had a huge, competitive womens class which was really fun to battle with.  In ...
  • Gunshow 08/16/14 Squats
    Its party week in my programming.  Got under some heavier weights than I am used to, and was pretty scared going into it.  Unfortunately today I backtracked to relying on a goodmorning to push ...
  • Gunshow 08/16/14 Dylan Harris Charity Smackdown
    Confession:  today, three weeks out from Memphis Strongest Man, I did a crossfit competition. I realize how potentially this was not a good idea.  In fact, in light of some weird numbness in my ...
  • Gunshow 08-14-14 Squatz/Bench
    Last two days of training… Squats went down like this 195×3 245×3 270×5 Kept feeling myself pull a lot to one side and my hips felt pretty horrible.  Either way, really pleased ...
  • Gunshow 08/09/14 Im not dead
    Alright! Ive been a little quiet lately, but I am not dead.  I took a little deload and then had a wisdom tooth removed (kinda late in life for those mama jamas).  So in all, i took about a two week ...
  • Gunshow 7/15/14 Squatzzzzzzz
      end of training cycle 1 for meeee…once again, i neglected to check which bar I was using, so this is a 55lb bar in all videos.  I noticed after my first set that should have been 217, i ...
  • Annie 07/05/14 Event training
    Alright…today was my first day training events. Jesus pete this stuff takes forever! Luckily most of my favorite gym friends were doing rad shit when I got there and it pumped me up for the ...
  • Annie 07/03/14 Bench/Accessory/Farmers walk
    Fun day in the gym.  Kinda played around a bit, had all my favorite training friends with me. Aside from getting my own workout in, I got to make my friend Jared hold his 425 raw bench for 5 seconds ...
  • Annie 07/02/14 Bro activities and a rant about pullups
    Today was a day that I kinda BRO-ed out and did a lot of little things that I think help but often get left out before the big lifts take so much outa me.  No video, because this was pretty ...
  • Annie 07/01/14 A bad squat day
    Okkkaaaaay….so about today.  I was kind of all outta whack.  The saga with my lost car keys continues as I find out it will cost SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS to get a new one.  I’m willing to ...
  • Unexpected Lessons
    If you ask my grandma, “bodybuilder” and “powerlifter” are synonyms. We all lift weights and wear spandex and eat food.  Tomato, tomahto. Yeah, I know, she’s wrong.  I know she’s wrong because I have ...
  • Annie 06/26/14 Bench
    Kind of a short one…Didnt have a ton of time today. Bench: worked up to 135 for my set of 5+, got 10.  Then did 135x4x2.  During this set, I destroyed a set of wrist wraps, which im counting ...
  • Annie 06/25/14 A word on post contest recovery
    Today I did cardio..and thats it.  Nothing really exciting to talk about there, so I thought I would go over some things that I think are VERY IMPORTANT when coming off a contest prep.  We have all ...
  • 06/24/14 Annie Deadlift. Back in the saddle
    So..I have been thinking it over and uhh…Im done with figure.  I was on the fence and feasibly could have enjoyed another four weeks of prep into the Mo State, but theres a chance I would get ...
  • Annie 6/18/14 Shoulders
    AM conditioning prowler sprint x 2 with just sled (down with high handles, low at lowest handles) prowler sprint +20lbs prowler sprint +40lbs prowler sprint + 50lbs prowler sprint + 70lbs prowler ...
  • Annie 06/17/14 Deads on deads on deads
    I havent had a deadlift day in way too long.  Everything felt great, so today I got back in the saddle. A)Deads: 135×10, 155×10, 185×10, 225×8, 245×8, 275×5, 315×5, ...
  • Annie 06/17/14 NPC Jr. Nats recap
    Okay…this is delayed, but better late than never. This past week, I competed at my first national level show.  It was a pretty wild ride. We flew from St. Louis to Chicago, which is a really ...
  • Annie 06/10/14 Looks like eerbody de-loading
    1.5 days until prejudging!  Jr. Nats is a two day event, unlike most shows that run AM and PM.  So, the pros: I get a little recovery time to relax between showing.  cons: I have to try and peak ...
  • Annie 06/09/14 Depletion
    (that’s  me in the middle with my Ax up…I don’t know what to do in pictures) I’m jumping in on this a little late, so for the next few weeks my training log will be a little ...

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