My Story, Part 4: Metabolic Damage

PART 4: Metabolic Damage After 3 months of uncontrollable binge eating following my first place win at my Physique show, I was desperate to find a way out of the hell hole I put myself into. For some reason, I thought the answer was to to do all over again but this time in an attempt to earn my Pro …

My Story, Part 3: Disordered Eating

PART 3: DISORDERED EATING After winning the show, I had a 4 hour drive home and I looked forward to eating all the food on the drive- I had been dreaming about this moment of freedom for months. I stopped at Red Robin and several gas stations to load up on all the salty, sugary foods I could get my …

My Story, Part 2: Filling the Void

DISCLAIMER: i just want to be clear with regards to my last personal post, I was 100% responsible for the choice i made to take PEDs. I take full ownership of that decision. Nobody forced me to do anything. I knew it was wrong but I also didn’t really comprehend the risk that i was taking because I had never …

My Top 10 Tips To Maximizing Your Performance in the Open

My Top 10 Tips To Maximizing Your Performance in the Open By Natalie Newhart Alright CrossFitters, time to talk business! For the next 5 weeks, most of us will be participating in the 2018 CrossFit Open with the ultimate goal of maximizing our performance potential in one hard workout each week. Whether your personal goal is to qualify for Regionals …

Jr. Nationals – The Show That Never Happened

  [Side Note: I’m writing this post on Jan. 29, 2018, about 6 months after my debut at Jr. Nationals in June of 2017. I had a very scary and unhealthy experience leading up to Jr. Nationals and I’ve been meaning to write about it, its only taken me 6 months to do it.] In my last post, I talked …

Jr. Nationals Update- 6 Weeks Out

Today is May 8, 2017 and I’m 6 weeks out from my Jr. Nationals Show in Chicago, IL. The biggest thing I have to say about my current journey is that, in comparison to my last prep, this one is different in so many ways- from mindset to nutrition, to training style, motivation, progress, temptations and distractions. You’d think it’d …

U.S. Open Reflections

My reflections on the U.S. Open powerlifting meet. Where do I begin? Let’s just start off by saying that my performance didn’t really go as planned… and I believe it’s 100% the result of trying to prep for a bodybuilding show at the same time. Lesson freaking learned. Everyone around me told me that I wouldn’t be able to do …

U.S. Open Powerlifting Training- Week 3/4 in Review

I apologize, I’ve slacked on keeping my blog up-to-date regarding my training progress for the U.S. Open and, honestly, I often wonder if anyone even reads this stuff or cares for that matter lol. Regardless, this post will cover the past and last 2 weeks of my training for what’s considered the most biggest powerlifting meet in the world. By …

U.S. Open Powerlifting Training- Week 2 in Review

Week 2 of training powerlifting and bodybuilding went a lot better performance-wise than week 1. I finally figured out how to train both sports while managing to get just enough recovery to hit the gym hard the next day. My routine typically goes like this: 5-7am: Work from home 7am: Leave for powerlifting gym, eat breakfast on the way 8-11am: …