The Full Circle Strongma’ams: We Make Strongman Look Fun

Over the past year, you may have noticed that Full Circle has developed a, well, strong, presence in the strongman world – particularly with women. We have offered several strongman camps, have a  female strongman team (go Strongma’ams!), and are even promoting a strongman show with a decent sized female novice division.


So, how did we get here?


If you would have asked me a few years ago if I would be a) competing in strongman, b) doing so with a team of women, and c) helping coach others, I probably would have laughed at you and then asked you “what is strongman?” But here I am, doing all of those things.

I started competing in strongman because Jason nudged me to do so, and after I competed for the first time, I just didn’t stop signing up for contests. For my first contest, we had a small platform with some light stones…and that was it as far as strongman equipment. Jason and I spent hours at another nearby gym training on implements we didn’t own. After I competed in my first show and signed up for a second, our collection of strongman equipment began to grow and so did our team. After seeing what strongman was all about, a few of my gym buddies and friends decided they wanted to try it out, too. This was the pattern for a bit and the team evolved.


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My 5 Favorite Dieting Tips for Long Term Success

Dieting, whether you are trying to lose fat, gain muscle, or simply make some nutritional tweaks, can be incredibly stressful.

[this isn’t how it has to be]




Not only is it physical stressful – feeling hungry or incredibly full isn’t very fun – but it is mentally stressful. In my experience, the mental stress far outweighs the physical. For me, keeping in mind these five things helps make dieting more enjoyable and a whole lot less stressful:

  1. It’s not permanent – you will not feel hungry forever. you will not feel so bloated and full forever. Fat loss and/or weight gain are not permanent states. You don’t have to eat more/less forever. 
  2. Don’t operate from a scarcity mindset  – i.e.  “I must eat all the things now because I’ll never be able to have it ever again”. Are there times when you really WON’T have those items ever again or they’re rare/special (baked good from a grandparent, delicacy in a different country, etc.)? Absolutely. And you should most definitely eat those things!
  3. Forget perfect – Consistency is far more important than perfection. 
  4. There is no one size fits all –  if you have to white knuckle through 98% of your diet, it’s not the diet for you
  5. Sustainability matters – creating sustainable habits and cultivating a healthy relationship with food = sustainable results. Those items are MUCH more important than any body fat % number.

Were you expecting something about how to not feel hungry or the magic of brown rice (for the record – team white rice ALL THE WAY)? NOPE. While those sorts of tips are all well and good, to a point,  it has been my experience that changing expectations and mentality is far more important to long term success than what type of potato you buy (#allcarbsarebeautiful).


Change your expectations and your mindset – change your outcomes.

Ramblings on Gaining Weight

Telling a woman, especially a woman who has spent a lot of time and effort to lose weight that she needs to gain some lbs is about as terrifying as it sounds. In fact, I’m pretty sure gaining weight is constructed as a woman’s worst nightmare. After all, we are all just trying to be as small as possible, right? *so much sarcasm*

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As someone who was overweight for the majority of their life, I understand the mental hang ups with gaining weight. A lot of women feel like they are going to be out of control (binge), they fear “getting fat again”, or they loathe all of the comments that they have to face about being slightly bigger than they were before. Because in society, if you’re overweight, then losing weight = winning. So why would you want to undo your “win” by gaining weight back?

Even in groups of women who know about the benefits of gaining weight (specifically lean mass), there is still a lot of hesitation when it comes purposefully trying to make the scale tick upwards. I would be lying if I said I don’t feel that same hesitation.

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One of my big tasks for my off season is to gain some weight. The first 8 weeks of my off season are dedicated to doing all of the volume (hypertrophy training) and eating. A LOT. I already knew that this was the plan and have been looking forward to the training and food changes.

BUT, that doesn’t change the fact that gaining weight is uncomfortable, on several levels. Not only are you constantly full but you often feel cognitively and emotionally uncomfortable. There is this dissonance between what you think you should be doing vs. what you are actually doing. It’s almost a feeling of needing to get “permission” to not actively be pursuing fat loss. Women spend so much time being told that we need to shrink and we internalize those messages to such a great extent that even entertaining the idea of not doing trying to shrink feels “wrong”. And it feels a little scary. Especially when you’re not super lean or small to begin with. 

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The past few weeks, I’ve felt “huge”,self  conscious, bloated, and just all around sort of “blah” at various points. But those feelings are fleeting. And the reality is that most of those feelings come from things projected on to me. I feel “huge” because  I think people are looking at me and thinking that I look big. In reality, most people probably don’t give two fucks about what I look like and quite frankly, it’s rather presumptuous of me to assume that people are judging my appearance.

But at the end of the day, the opinions (whether perceived or real) just don’t matter all that much.  that having a sense of agency and ability to say “these are my goals and mine alone” becomes even more important when you feel like your goals fly in the face of convention and are constantly questioned. So pass the carbs, please. (but really, I probably need to eat)