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Women Who Lift Are Absolutely Beautiful

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My name is Jen and I lift heavy shit.

For years, I thought women who lift looked like men. It’s terrible to say, but I thought women who lift were gross. Then I joined CrossFIT and my outlook on women lifting — and what it means to feel and look beautiful — evolved.

I was about to turn 30 when I decided I no longer wanted to be the chubby fat girl anymore. I went through countless diets and workout regiments, but I was never able to stick to any of them. I wanted a change. I needed a change. So, I decided to give CrossFIT a chance.

Before working out in actual classes, I had to participate in an on-ramp program that taught me the foundational movements of CrossFIT. The on-ramp training opened my eyes to how out of shape I really was.

One week later, I was able to participate in my first CrossFIT class.

This first class was by far the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I wanted to quit at least six times.

The trainers there impressed me when they actually took the time to encourage me and do each movement with me until I finished.

Upon finishing, I dropped to the ground and I cried. I actually cried like a little baby.

“Why are you crying?” my trainer asked. “You did it. You finished.”

I told him I couldn’t believe I did it. Never in my mind did I think I could conquer the intense workout, not to mention the insecurity and self-doubt.

As challenging as the workout was, I continued going to CrossFIT. I continued surprising myself. I continued surprising my trainers.

Activities such as box jumps, squats and running were challenges I thought I could never accomplish without dying. I kept knocking workouts off the list of can’t into can. The personal accomplishments and goals I set for myself — and started to carry out to completion — became addictive. But it was the unconditional support from the people at CrossFIT that made me continue to stay.

CrossFIT is a family. Everybody wants to see you succeed. You’re strength is their goal, too. How can you not get attached to a group of people who encourage you to keep pushing through something and be the best version of yourself?

Nearly one year later, I’ve seen a lot of changes with my body. I’m even preparing to compete in my first Strongman competition! Insecurity is still something that I have, but the physical and mental strength I have built is something that helps get me past those insecurities.

I definitely have a different view of women who lift. I can’t believe I was so close-minded to assume they were all manly creatures. Women who lift are absolutely beautiful. Women who lift are empowering. Women who lift are inspiring. Women who lift are my friends.

If you’re looking to change your life, then come to a CrossFIT class. Maybe I’ll see you there.

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15 Works of ART that will motivate you to get your life together PRONTO!

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Ikonick.com

The internet is filled with motivational quotes aimed to inspire people to get off their phone and live their best life! If only double-tapping an inspirational quote on Insta would actually prompt due action to get the success you know you deserve, then everyone would be as rich and happy as Bob Saget.

Graphic design king Jeff Cole realized inspirational memes won’t do shit for your success unless their design is dope and their message doesn’t disappear after looking away from your phone. The vision needs to be a reminder in constant view. Right in front of your face. On your wall. Cole’s online canvas art company, Ikonick, has a collection of unique images that will likely give you the push you need to stop wanting a better life and commence action.(Better than the Weekend has three pieces hanging in the office.)

Here’s some that you may want to add to your wall.

You Can’t Deposit Excuses ATM

Stop Watching 

Talent

Level Up

Forbes List

Ingredient For Success & Success Marks The Spot

Money Hungry

No Risk. No Reward.

Mind Of A Hustler. Heart Of A King. 

Remember Why You Started

Chance

Nobody Cares

Leave Your Excuses At The Door

The entire collection can be viewed on ikonick.com or Instagram @ikonick.

Now go follow us on Instagram @betterthantheweekend. And then go call your mom and tell her you love her.

 

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Vintage Frat Is the Life of the Party on Instagram Right Now, Possibly Forever

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Gone are the days of moms and dads knocking on wood that social media didn’t exist when they were young, dumb and figuring out the world. Remnants of debauchery from past generations are resurfacing on @vintagefrat, an Instagram account paying homage to legendary fraternity throwbacks.

Here’s some of the of the most lit pics from Vintage Fraternity. (Warning: You may see your mom or dad.)

“Hello Ladies, welcome to pledgeship. I’ll be your guide.”

Saturday’s are for the Brothers. 

Take a moment to respect the most legendary composite of all time. 

Daytona Beach ’89 was wild. #AskYourDad

There was always that one Brother who understood the meaning of life. 

Here’s why your dad’s friends call him Superman. 

And here’s when your dad met your mom. 

Reminding the children of the future that House Hounds need to be the focus of every fraternity house.

And here’s a reminder that Benny the Beaver was probably with your girl. 

Tribute to the Brother who didn’t even attend one class all semester.

Classic Spring Break transportation. 

Sure, Greek Life has it’s fair share of wild times.  

But @vintagefrat is a solid reminder that Greek Life is also a resume builder, putting students in positions that prepare them for the future. 

Mainly, Greek Life is about togetherness. #NeverForget #AskYourDad

Go follow @vintagefrat on Instagram and then follow @betterthantheweekend.

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Why University of Scranton Is the Perfect Place to Find a Husband

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I’m a senior at The University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I’m here to tell you why my school is the perfect place to find a husband.

From the day I arrived as a freshman in search of a degree and a good time, I was told I should also search for a husband here by upperclassmen who were taking courses toward their ‘MRS’ degree. (That’s Mrs., a.k.a. a master’s degree in finding a man.) Oh, they exist. If they haven’t landed a man by the fall semester of their senior year, they’re adding extra credit hours in getting a ring by spring.

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It’s not like I can blame them. I acknowledge that there’s certainly some good looking guys at this school — it’s hard not to.

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But I couldn’t see myself spending the rest of my life with one. You see, there’s a distinct type of guy that typically goes to this school. They’re the epitome of a rich, preppy white guy.

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They tuck in their pastel button-down shirts and sport a pair of loafers to hit the bar scene on a Friday night. Their idea of dressing down is wearing a $42 plain-white Vineyard Vine T-Shirt. They dress like a middle-aged, balding, career-crazed father of three.

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Oh, and they drink like one, too. They basically look and act like a stereotypical man in their 40s who is unhappy with his wife, life, and needs to binge-drink, binge-smoke and binge-fuck his way out of jumping out of the top floor of the Wall Street skyscraper he works in.

Meanwhile, all I want is a cute guy who takes his schoolwork seriously, has a little height on me and wants to eat chicken wings off my curvy bottom.

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But my options seem to be limited to college boys who look like they’re trying to impersonate their fathers.

I guess the girls who told me The University of Scranton is the perfect place to find a husband were right. I just didn’t know they looked like a 42-year-old alumni’s husband.

I guess my only chance at getting a ring by spring is if one of them saves the dad-look for when they actually work on Wall Street. But I’m cool enjoying my senior year with my friends. My philosophy in life is that everything happens for a reason and plans are a waste of time.

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