We are surrounded by messaging that tells women to be smaller, quieter, softer, thinner, leaner – to be less. This is so glaringly obvious that it feels gratuitous to mention. We in the barbell community sometimes think we stand in opposition to these ideas, that we offer an alternative to the mainstream image of what a woman should be. I think we often fail at that, and even sometimes unwittingly reinforce those very ideals.
Novices can benefit just as much from competition as Intermediate and Advanced lifters, if not more. With proper expectations and sound coaching, the novice should be encouraged to compete, for what can be learned on the platform is lasting and of immense value.
A coach and trainee may find many other areas of growth in a competition. Perhaps a lift that has been lagging will become a new favorite. Confidence may grow, and the relationship between the coach and the lifter may deepen. The experiences shared with teammates will result in camaraderie, another important source of support during training. For all of these reasons, a beginner should not be asked to wait to step onto the platform. It should be encouraged as an essential part of their early progression as a lifter.
If you had some butchery knowledge you could try boning out chicken yourself, but let’s save money and make use of the good qualities of bone-in instead.
So you’re doing your macros and thinking about how to get enough protein without overloading on calories. But be honest – you might also be thinking “How the hell do I make food taste good without fat and sugar?”