Welcome to Zen Barbell!

I hope you will kick off your shoes, grab a cup of coffee, and stay for a bit.  The blog offers insights on lifting heavy things, nutrition, and loving who you are right now.  When I’m not lifting, coaching, or writing, you can find me having fun over here.

"True kindness has no calories. True kindness is deciding right now that you deserve to feel fabulous - even if you never lose another pound. When you make your food choices with that sort of kindness, your life becomes a feast." - Geneen Roth ... See MoreSee Less

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“A good life is not a place at which you arrive, it is a lens through which you see and create your world.” - Jonathan Fields ... See MoreSee Less

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Yes yes yes!
Way to go.

I want to be setting world records in my 70s!!
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#singletsaturday 72 yrs young and a world record holder 🎖Linda you're an inspiration ❤😍💪 🎥 via @jungleboystraining

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A reason for training - I love this thought from one of my mentors Mike Bledsoe.

"The reason for training now is that I really want to take care of my body. The reality of mortality has set in, so there’s the longevity piece. I changed my training a little because of that.
I don’t really call it “training” anymore. For me, it’s just moving meditation.

The biggest change is this evolution where I was like, “I’m not good enough, I have to punish myself. I have to beat those other guys. These are the numbers I have to hit. I’m not good enough. I have to put another kilo on the bar. Another two or three pounds. Every week I need to be better than I was the previous week.”

Now it’s, “What can I do to care about myself more?” My purpose now is not to be on a podium, it’s not to get the attention.
When you’re in competition mode you don’t think it’s selfish or self-serving. But now I just want to treat my body with love. When I do that, it’s amazing. I feel great. "
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