November 8, 2015

Accepting the “Athlete”

When I think of the word “athlete,” images of Olympic contenders would come to mind: lean, muscular, strong, and determined. I used to love watching all kinds of sports on TV, especially gymnastics, ice skating, tennis, and the NBA. My parents never pushed us girls toward sports, which had always been odd to me, considering how many basketball and tennis trophies my dad brought home and added to his collections stored in cabinets and displayed on our piano. It’s a shame, because I was always full of energy, enjoying physical activities that not many girls in my school could relate […]
October 23, 2015

Quit the “Versus:” Fitness is Personal

I just read something that left me feeling sore. The head of a particular gym compared his fitness program with CrossFit, in the guise of clarifying certain points on what makes the two different. He might have written this with good intentions; he even peppered his article with apologetic disclaimers, but unfortunately this came off slightly patronizing instead of sincere. While the author tried to be careful with his phrasing, he did not avoid making negative implications regarding the “competing brand.” I’m not against making comparisons, but before anyone does it and posts it on an official website, I think […]
October 2, 2015

September Surprises

Those last weeks of September just flew by, and I was kept busy by the remaining workouts of the Manila Throwdown, trying out Mystery Manila for the first time, and spending time with family and friends. Some of my best friends’ birthdays are in September, as well as my dad’s. For my dad’s birthday, we hosted a small dinner at home for his high school buddies. Mom, Yaya V, Yaya Rose, and I started cooking as soon as I woke up. On the menu, we had steak, eggplant parmigiana, sardine puttanesca, sweet and sour butterflied tilapia, and mom and I experimented […]
September 10, 2015

Bars and Bell Peppers

Manila Throwdown started today, as they posted the first team WOD (Workout of the Day) at 12:00 am this morning. I was a reluctant participant, and I’m still not that hot about competing, but I can see what they mean about this being a great opportunity to learn things about myself. Admittedly, it really was fun trying to achieve something with buddies. My team, Children of the Morn, finally got together today for the first time to record our video.  Shoulder to Overhead I managed a 105# squat clean, but failed at 110# In the afternoon, I did another food styling gig with […]