The Dalai Lama turns 80 on July 6. To celebrate early, three of his most influential interpeters held a talk.
If you struggle with pull-ups, it might not be due to your strength. Here’s a plan to get your chin to the bar every time.
This statement, of course, refers to the differing standards in appearance for straight and gay men. In other words, a few extra pounds on a straight guy isn’t a big deal. But in the gay world, it’s a different story altogether.
Now here’s something you probably haven’t heard: Among men who have eating disorders, 42% identify as gay.
When we hear the term “gay fat” in reference to the double standard in body image, the tendency is to laugh. It’s often used as a punch line. But I’m not laughing. Maybe the idea of “gay fat” wouldn’t bother me so much if it wasn’t killing people.
Here’s something else you probably haven’t heard: Without treatment, up to 20% of people with serious eating disorders die. With treatment, that number is still 2% – 3%. Eating disorders are deadly.
Eating disorders are a real problem in our community, and we’re dismissing it as a joke.
As I’ve mentioned, I was anorexic in middle school. Growing up overweight, I tried to take control of my situation by starving myself. It was easy to outsmart the doctors when they asked about my weight loss, and even easier to deceive my own family. In fact, to this day, my mother refuses to acknowledge my eating disorder.
The reality is, it’s not easy to talk about eating disorders. And that’s especially true for men. In a world that sees eating disorders as a problem for teenage girls trying to fit into prom dresses, it’s all of our jobs to decrease the stigma and be constructive with our words and actions.
When someone is referred to as straight skinny but gay fat, I’m not laughing. Because what I really hear in that statement is the struggle that all gay men have of looking in the mirror and seeing someone they love. And to me, that’s not a joke. And if it is, it’s a punchline that some of us are paying for with our lives.
Since the end of the CrossFit Games California Super Regional, I have had a lot of athletes contact me in regards to getting better. One of the first questions I have begun asking is, “What are your goals for 2016?"
I get the same response from everyone. They want to make Regionals next year as either an individual or on a team. The masters-aged athletes want to "make the Games" or "the online Regional Qualifiers."
Strength training is rarely on the radar for those participating in distance running (or any endurance sport, for that matter), but perhaps it’s time for a change. Science has proven time and again that strength training has a positive effect on endurance performance, and, whether you’re an experienced athlete or a newbie, it just may be the ticket to clocking your best time yet.