- Having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks.
- Showing determination, self-control, and good judgment.
- Able to withstand great force or pressure. Firmly held or established.
- Possessing skills and qualities that create a likelihood of success.
Physically strong. Mentally strong. Strong for your family. Strong for your mental health. Being a strong mother for your kids. Strong for your spouse or roommate when they lose their job. Strong for you. Whatever strong means for you right now, I’m here to be your compass and North Star these next 4 weeks.
Trauma is often described as “any time life comes too hard or too fast”.
Right now, we are ALL experiencing a major trauma unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
This past month, I’ve continued to come back to the questions:
What do people need right now? What are people struggling with? What am I struggling with?”
And then I’ve double-downed to create solutions to help.
When shutdown first happened, we scrambled to create a big download of bodyweight and dumbbell workouts so people could safely workout from home without a hitch.
Next, we pulled out all the stops to create a structured progressive overload + hypertrophy (muscle building) program that people could follow the next few months continue actually working towards their goals of looking/feeling damn good, building muscle, and still having fun working out at home with minimal equipment.
… But then the real work began. Because I hadn’t seen help for everything else we’re all dealing with right now.
I’ve seen tons of home workouts. Zoom group fitness classes. Coaches preaching “you have more time than ever, why aren’t you smashing exercise every day, you should meal prep, you should be crushing your macros” (stfu, Becky – have you heard of that thing called empathy?! 22+ million people have filed for unemployment, and that’s not touching on those whose hours have been cut, the fact that parents are suddenly homeschooling their kids, people are working from home, we’re trapped inside our homes, and life is incredibly hard for EVERYONE right now).
There are also equal parts “coaches” doubling down on promoting restrictive food challenges or transformation challenges (because y’know, going low carb or sending it hard on a caloric deficit is a TERRIFIC idea when people are stressed out as f*ck and desperately need tools to calm their anxiety, want to be seen and have their feelings validated, need assistance finding a new normal, need reassurance that things are going to be okay, and desperately need guidance on how to successfully navigate the crazy world right now).
Do you know what people don’t need right now? Judgment on their actions. And they certainly don’t need more stress in their life.
We all need help putting as little brain space into our nutrition as possible right now. Guidance on eating healthy without gluing to a tracking app 24/7/365. We need help knowing how much to eat now that our entire world as we know it has been shaken up like a little toy snowglobe and doesn’t remotely resemble our former life from just a few weeks ago.
With limited restaurant access, people who always dined out and never touched their kitchen previously are suddenly being shoved into cooking from home 24/7 and don’t know how to create delicious food that doesn’t taste like total dick. We might also want guidance on what to do with our nutrition right now that might not involve being locked into an expensive coaching subscription.
We need help establishing better digital wellness and we could all use help unplugging more from technology (because phones feel toxic when the news brings nothing but anxiety, uncertainty, bad news, and more unknown). We need help working from home and actually getting shit done. We need help working out from home and not being absolutely miserable. Since gyms will probably be one of the last things to open back up, we need tips on building a home gym with various space limitations, price points, and budgets.
Most importantly: we need help navigating body image, nutrition, and exercise struggles now more than ever.
We may or may not be able to work out in the same routine we previously used to crush. Gym equipment is sold out everywhere. It’s really fcking difficult to “go hard” when working out in a cramped corner of a spare bedroom and the kids won’t stop bugging you. We’re all prisoners to our homes. Half the country is being smothered in snow, so people can’t even go workout in their driveways or scratch their cabin fever with a walk around the neighborhood.
Stress is at an all-time high, so we’re not meal prepping ahead of time like we used to. We’re not having consistent meal times because we’re trying to work while homeschooling our kids and playing daycare supervisor. Inconsistent meal times lead to feeling like an insatiable bottomless pit and/or trying to bury our feelings in food. Food choices at grocery stores can be scarce so we’re not eating like we’re used to. We’re stressing how clothes are beginning to fit, and spiraling about if our body is getting bigger.
I don’t have all the answers.
But I’ve worked REALLY damn hard these past few weeks to pull together a program that addresses all this and so much more.
I even went on a serious deep dive to include coverage on women’s health. Because while I don’t think you need more shit on your plate right now, being the CEO of your own health and understanding how your body works ISN’T optional and there’s never been a better time to educate yourself about your body and take your health into your own hands.
You also get 4 MONTHS worth of free workouts from various Paragon Training Methods programs so you can crush exercise without a hitch (regardless of how much equipment you do or don’t have)
Strong by Summer is the ultimate guide to help you get through all this and bring you peace of mind. We’re all in this together. And I’m here for you every step of the way these next few weeks. #strongbysummer