Bulking was one of the best gifts I've ever given myself.
The gut biome, it tolls for thee! Plus: How Viola Davis got ripped (actually); the last video on bracing you hopefully ever have to watch, amen; and the 2022 She's A Beast Reader survey. This is Link Letter 55!
Plus: Learning to lift is like falling in love, the ugly truth about getting shredded, and why you should not "start each deadlift in a squatting position", for the love of all that is holy. This is Link Letter 54!
"Low-impact" does not actually mean "easy": The false promises of the yogas, barres, spinnings, golfs, and HIIT circuits of the world.
A woman who smashed a firefighter test record, Kim photoshopping her traps, and the specific struggle of not looking like you lift. This is Link Letter 53!
A Try Guy Tries Strength Training, why body fat doesn't prevent your body from eating its muscles, and Man at the Crossroads. This is Link Letter 52!
Happy Birthday, She's A Beast. We have a big discount available early to subscribers, plus: strength training makes you smart, gym-ing on a road trip, (sigh) Brad Pitt's Fight Club body. This is Links 51!
Which protein powders and why, plus how, when, how much, and as always, what not to worry about. Plus a few recipes.
Plus: a study on caffeine and periods AND strength training; a powerbuilding guide; takedowns of the new weight loss drugs. This is the big 5-0 for Link Letters!
If they made 'Being John Malkovich' today, who would it be instead of John Malkovich? Am I, or was I, supposed to know who that is, or was, or not?
Don't defend brands with your chest like that, plus: a map of the body's muscles; Doja Cat is going for gains; how being a "food person" can reinforce disordered behavior. This is Links 49, now on Ghost!
If you’ve clicked any www.shesabeast.co links in the last couple of days you might already have noticed this, but She’s A Beast has officially moved off Substack [weird] and onto Ghost! My aim is to make this as seamless as possible for you, my beloved readers.
Revisiting the book that spawned a decade of "stacks," ice baths, redpill bros, and confusion on the forums.
Building size vs. strength, plus: the Big Beautiful Horse Shirt; how to stop hating salads; a very brief ode to the $9 half-gallon water jug. This is Links 48!
How to learn to deadlift, plus: a new destination mega-gym, whether all our protein is killing the environment, and the joy of stretching. This is Links 47!
What NASA and Kim Kardashian (HEAR ME OUT) have to teach us about the process of doing deceptively hard things.
Plus: the mystery of Elon's torso and the tyranny of Silicon Valley biohacking; Lorde and Kristin from Laguna Beach are deadlifting baby!!; Lululemon is unionizing. This is Links 46!
Plus: how to spot a fake gym clout-chaser on TikTok; weaponizing your inner monologue; Meryl Streep's one weird trick. This is Links 45!
How deload? What deload? But most importantly, WHY deload. This is the guide to taking a longer period of (measured) rest in lifting.
Plus: the case for the supermarket as a place to hang out, Smith machine circus antics, and DFW on Hot Ones. This is Links 44!
Orlando Bloom's cheater curls, the guy who started Hawaiian Tropic, and Playgrounds by West Elm x Restoration Hardware. This is Links 43!
Whether you've been injured a lot before or never at all, it's not just the pain that hurts.
I've wanted to write a piece like this for a long time, but, you know, real. Plus: Normal Gossip, carrying your kids to safety, and the Daily Harvest food-poisoning scandal. This is Links 42!
Plus: Much-sought-after commentary on Meek Mill's overhead press, an r/theydidthemath on Atlas stones, and hammies for the mammies. This is Links 41!
Curves blazed the trail for "bargain fitness for the harried mom." Little did we know, 20 years later, we'd all be in desperate need of a bargain, and we'd be the most harried moms of all.
Or as I call it, the 1% milk rule. Also: embracing post-competition emptiness, lifting in a barn, and the 'Life is Good' guy. This is Links 40!
By popular demand!
My take on the She-Hulk trailer, the swimmers' body fallacy, the myth of "constant tension," and TOO MUCH more (open in tab!). This is Links 39.
Hilary Duff is lifting weights; "greens" and "reds" powders turn out to be fake; and Joe Rogan's dwindling fandom is in dire straits. That rhymed, this is Links 38!
The things I forgot, wish I'd known, and am glad I didn't do.
Plus: romanticizing your life, scapular pushups, a growing Kayla Itsines backlash, and more. This is Links 37!
And everyone's having an impossible time being okay with that! Additionally, Kim K, IPF Worlds is gonna hit, and the L**** K***. Links 36!
I want buns of steel, but also buns of cinnamon. Capitalism tells me I should have both, but can have neither. You may ask the buns one question.
Additionally: the Crossfit Survivor Games, the dearth of beginner workout content, lipo-etched abs exposed, and more. Welcome to Links 35!
Whether she actually saw them, we'll never know. Plus: intermittent fasting has no "biological benefits," people are over Peloton, and Natalie Portman has guns. This is Links 34!
Some advice for any length of interruption, be it one workout or several months. Advice for LIFTOFF doers, too!
Searching for "Noelle, the award-winning weightlifter" of a mysterious Noom campaign. Plus, an actual new protein intake tip, intentional dysentery, and failing skateboarders. Links 33!
*curling Arthur fist* plus, how eating 'healthy' can hurt performance, solo vs. group workouts, a barbell backflip, and more. Links 32!
A biased guide from a former “disordered friend,” perpetual self-harm observer, eternal fixer-not-listener
Plus: the workout I do when life has me by the throat, women peeing when they lift, and tampon books. Links 31!
Gee, my explore page has substantially changed since Instagram got in trouble for ruining teens' lives! Plus, good squat guides and a Sha'Carri documentary. This is Links 30.
How to build toward a pull-up and do lots of valuable pulling work, without resting your happiness on a pull-up.
An interrogation of everyone's favorite fitness goal, plus a guide to cardio for people who hate cardio, Arnold Schwarzenegger massaging Lucille Ball, THAT teen girl Vanity Fair cover. Links 29!
Plus: Bigorexia, the most enduring scam in fitness history, and a PED-less (maybe?) Batman physique. This is Links 28!
On loving yourself, caloric deficits, and whether those two things can ever coincide.
Can you beat everyone at the gym in this large-format thumb wrestling? Can a leg press ever target the hamstrings? Can anyone get stronger in three seconds a day? All this and more in Links 27.
Normally these threads are for paid subscribers only, but I’m opening this one up to everyone! Last night I was thinking about how not a single person on this Earth has ever actually gotten shredded abs in two weeks, or lost ten pounds in a week (not in a
Plus: a scientifically designed minimum lifting routine, the 'Nintendo Generation' has 'weak skeletons,' and I'm gatekeeping donuts. This is Links 26.
I've been on the "eating more" grind for years now; here is every tip I've fought to learn along the way.
Here's how Blogilates could "gain 6.3 pounds of muscle in a month", plus: junk volume, "sustainable" leggings, "actually"ing Sha'Carri Richardson. Lotta quotes! This is Links 25.
Swole Woman Court in the matter of Brittany Dawn, and fitness influencers offering fake "individualized" programs and meal plans. Plus: the Olympics, Peloton, and more. This is Links 24!
An ode to the ABC (Always Be Chatting) approach.
Alex, the peaceable bro of Summer House, plus: the Palestinian Chad, the drink buffet, and 17-year old girl benching 380 pounds. This is Links 23.
Instead, let us focus on leg days, strongman, our favorite Jamaican restaurant; anything else. This is Links 22!
Squatting high? "Terrible" ankle mobility? It hurts all of a sudden? It was good, but now everything's gone wrong? Don't worry (yet); this is all part of the process.
Rest in pieces, James Smith, plus: You need weights, not just protein; Lu raises; don't come between bros and their curls. This is Links 20.
Plus: The conservatives are struggling, how to overcome weak points, and more. This is Links #19.
Reviewing the particulars of Intuitive Eating, the 4th Edition, "gentle nutrition," and how these things can (or can't) square with getting stronger.
Swole Woman's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the matter of asking to "work in," whether you were actually using those dumbbells, et al. This is Links #18.
Here are all your favorites from the 5+ years of writing about strength, plus, because I can't resist, a few you might not have seen before.
You can hear it in the silence; a 550-pound beltless deadlift PR; a new Biggest Loser finding; and Morpheus never lands this move. It's Links 16.
Links #15: I made you a whole website about LIFTOFF; protein powder in coffee; financial workout incentives; the abandoned mansion that mesmerized me
Pull up a chair—there is much to know, much to know that we don't know, much to do, and maybe more importantly, much to not do.
Don't worry, we still know almost nothing about her. Plus: a subscription sale!!, here comes LIFTOFF!!! Peloton ~did not~ do that thing, and more. This is Links #14.
48 percent of you are about to try and do it, though. Plus: the joyous lives of two strongmen, a chef's kiss Joe Rogan podcast parody, and we need to talk about Oprah. This is Links #13.
Peloton was sold on the hope that its continuous supply of connected infotainment would create customers for the long-term, which makes a fundamental mistake about how motivation works.
Is it possible to build more love for a certain kind of pain?
People often ask "which ___ do you have?" This is the ___ I have.
Plus: wrinkles make us look alive, the IOC stands down, which spin bike is the Jazzercise of our time, and ADELE! EATS! AND! LIFTS!!!!!!!
Plus: The first-ever She's A Beast merch, AND... a discount code.
Links #11, including: doctors who say "if it hurts, don't do that" found bald; various forms of Longforms; the "exercise IS hard and some people will never like it" wars.
Links #10, including: powerlifting! on! Ellen!!!, the wrong place to bro down, protein pumpkin pancakes WITH flour, thank you VERY much, and: hangovers.
Your strength base is built, your beginner program is over, or maybe you're just wondering what the point of it all is. Here is your (mostly free) intermediate program compendium, organized by all the directions you can go with lifting weights.
And Links #9, including: the TikTok-viral 12/3/30 method, LeBron on a climbing machine, deepening your squat, and more.
Why exercise that makes you sore (like cardio) doesn't necessarily make you stronger, featuring an extended metaphor about paper, plus: hot swoalts, welcome to the PLATESLAM, and a useful hotline.
A journey into the heart of "weight"
Plus: protein cookie dough, the program I'm doing, my dads The Rock and Vin Diesel are fighting, and more.
Links #6: An elite marathoner has to keep being a mom?? And #30secondsofpullups.
The reason you fear for your joints is that you fear too much for your joints, fear is the mindkiller, there is no spoon, and so on
Links #5: a Bulgarian split squats trick, how to throw a punch with long nails, sauna suits, and "the jeans I wore at age 21."
Finally explaining, in one place, all the ways I get 35-40g of protein in for breakfast.
What happens when the gym bro finally gets everything he ever wants (a girlfriend who goes to the gym with him)?
Plus: Why 'The Glute Guy' is canceled, how to get your pull-up, and more.
And why it's so hard to talk about it with your friends.
Or, why it's hard to be hot without being strong (and why it's a mistake to want to be hot in the first place)
Plus: Boohoo ended for body positivity by a "body positive" influencer, and old school lifting is juuust fine.