Back That Thing Up: Cyn Vargas Explores Pole Dancing as a Feminist Practice

Written by Cyn Vargas. Posted in Body Logic Features, Dance, Featured Posts, Fitness

We met for coffee at a shop just three blocks away. I could usually get there in less than two minutes, but on that particular Thursday, it was the longest three blocks of my life. I could hear my thighs eek with each step, and my muscles stretched like rubber bands that are then popped back into place. My arms swung back and forth like they normally do, but my upper body and my back hurt just even taking in a breath. It was the day after I took my first pole dancing class and though I was in pain, I felt pretty damn good.

The coffee shop was full, but I saw my friend near the window. I grabbed some coffee and winced as I made my way up onto the stool.

“You good?” He asked and I told him about the pole dance I had taken the night before. Told him through a smile while I stretched my arms over my head. This is how professional athletes must feel after a big game.

“It may be the feminist in me,” he said, “but that’s stupid.”

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OB-GYM

Written by Darlene McCullough. Posted in Featured Posts, Fitness, Ms. Fit Momma

Myths About Exercising Pregnant

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Recently, at a late spring Bar-B-Q, I uttered the phrase “I’m a personal trainer.” In response to this statement I often field a deluge of exercise related questions. That evening the interested party was a soft-spoken, friendly woman in her mid-30’s, a cream sweater wrapped around the seven month baby-bump of her first child. She was understandably confused about how to safely work out during her pregnancy.

Her massage therapist told her everything was fine except for deep squatting. Her acupuncturist said resistance training was okay, but she shouldn’t lift weights (given that those are synonyms, I’m not sure what he/she even meant!). Her doctor had told her not to run, but she could elliptical for no more than 30 minutes. “That’s funny,” the woman next to us chimed in, “I ran through both of my pregnancies up until I delivered.”

All Hail the Fathletes

Written by Ragen Chastain. Posted in Body Logic Features, Featured Posts, Fierce Fatness, Fitness, Think Features

Covered in sweat, arms overflowing with costumes and shoes, sick with a cold, and feeling, as always, that I could have danced better in the competition, I headed from the ballroom to the elevator with thoughts of hot showers and comfortable shoes drifting through my head.  “RAGEN!” I turned to see a judge barreling toward me. Instinctively I retreated until my back was literally against the wall. “I couldn’t stand to look at you.”

ragen chastain, fit fattiesI struggled to understand and compose a response.  Exhausted, not up for a fight, I settled for a plaintive, “ok.” 

Recoiling slightly, she looked me up and down like I had Ebola and, voice dripping with disdain, repeated,“I. Couldn’t. Stand. To. Look. At. You.”

 “Ok.”

We repeated this four times, she louder and angrier each time, me looking her in the eye, emotionlessly repeating, “ok.”

Had I forgotten my dance panties?  Blatantly ignored the costume rules?  Nope, I had committed a far greater sin: dancing while fat.  And—an even greater atrocity—being good at it. 

Phys Ed Fail

Written by Stephanie Kuehnert. Posted in Featured Posts, Fitness, Spirit, Think Features

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Writer Stephanie Kuehnert Overcame Gym Class PTSD and So Can You!

As the child of two nurses, I was an active, healthy kid outside of school. I took swimming classes since before my first birthday and the pool was my favorite place to be all summer long. I was always enrolled in either dance or gymnastics. My primary forms of transportation were biking or rollerblading (well, as a child of the ’80s, I started with roller skates.) I even played baseball and basketball with my brother and boy cousins.  All of these activities were for fun. No one cared how well I did. It was never a competition.

Gym class, however, was a different experience. There the boys taunted, “oh my God, you suck!” at any missed swing, throw, or catch. I was always among the last to be picked and the first to be blamed for any losses.

But the worst thing about gym class wasn’t the bullying or the sexism or even that universal childhood trauma known as dodge ball. It was that goddamn yearly Presidential Physical Fitness Test (now known as the President’s Challenge.

Reclaim Your Childhood Joy and Discover Your Sporty Self

Written by Sarah Terez Rosenblum. Posted in Featured Posts, Fitness, Think, Think Features

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A Writer Reconnects with a Childhood Passion as a Window to the Perfect Workout

As a kid I liked to sit. Sitting meant converting my living room into an apartment complex for the spandex-clad Barbies I’d fought to own. It meant watching a VHS Tape of Professor Harold Hill wooing Marian the librarian and recording the songs on my clunky tape recorder, then giving the tape to friends.

It meant reading about Hobbits or Babysitters or Anastasia Krupnik, challenging myself to beat my record, to read faster than I had before. I have no idea whether other kids on my block went out to play after dinner; I’d tug at the front window curtains, anxious to keep the night where it belonged.

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