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This guest post was written by Brooke Rockefeller and was first posted on her blog, Love Defies. All women have been there, that emotional battle of trying to become what our culture wants you to be: the perfect size. I had weight loss pills shoved in my drawers, shakes under my bed, and a constantly anxious voice in my head. Writing this now, I am absolutely horrified of the person I once was. As a culture, we act like it is so shocking for women to become “sick” because of their obsession with physical appearance, but we have done it to ourselves. We are...

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This guest post was written by Rachel Garmon and was first posted on her blog, Run, Girl, You GOT This!. In March 2014 I came clean to friends and family members about the struggles and recovery with Bulimia. I came clean to myself in April 2013, when I first started CrossFit. Setting foot into CrossFit Balance was the first step in years of finally investing in myself. I've become physically stronger and gained new skills through CrossFit, but the most amazing change for me has been the mental strength I've gained. Correction, the self-respect I've gained. The first year of CrossFit was a hard...

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On Saturday, February 28th and March 1st, 79 athletes left it all out on the floor with two days of testing in hopes to make in into one of eight Grid League teams. Coaches were able to see these athletes match speed as they performed Grid-specific elements. Barbell Babes was honored to be able to see such athleticism and performance from all the athletes. A special shout out to Mattie Rasnake for representing the babes! She also now owns the heaviest two-rep max Clean & Jerk of all the women at Pro Days, her 225-pound topping the next best lift...

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A year ago, I couldn't imagine how much growth would happen to something that was once just an idea. According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months, but that didn't stop me from trying. I'm thrilled to be celebrating one year of success in a community of strong women and men who support us. If you don't already know the history behind Barbell Babes, the idea came to me while following different fitness inspirational groups. I found that they were only posting photos of "really ripped" women and realized there was a lack of diversity...

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This guest blog post is written by Marcha van Glaanen Weijgel. 1. Eat 6 times a day, starting with the first meal within one hour after waking up. The body functions the best when you eat a good meal in the morning in order to work or study the best. It will also prevent you from eating wrong during the rest of the day when sudden hunger occurs. 2. Eat meat, fish, nuts, vegetables, fruits and use fresh, raw foods, little starch and no sugar.  Try to eat as "clean" as possible. Clean food is food which is natural, not processed and...

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