Be Strong, Be Kind

Strength coach, trainer educator, writer, mom to three awesome kids, pie enthusiast. Creating monsters since 2009.


Be Strong, Be Kind

So, I guess I never gave a report on how the Lightweight North American Championship Highland Games went. In a nutshell, it went as well as can be expected. Given the circumstances. A lot of you may know that I lost my mother to an unexpected illness the Saturday before the competition. Losing someone important to you can make a lot of things seem trivial. Losing someone unexpectedly is a […]

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Pain Inhibition

Pain inhibition is a very important concept in physical training, but also in living life in general. Another important concept is that pain and fear can often mimic one another. And it can be difficult to discern between the two. So, a few examples for clarification: When I first learned to squat, I got up to a little above bodyweight on the bar and I started to get a lot […]

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Better Times Ahead

I usually do some kind of New Year’s post and at the beginning of last year, I had set some really ambitious goals for myself. In addition to coaching lacrosse, cross country, a few throwers and lifters, and my usual gang of basement dwellers, I also decided to challenge myself to two rather ambitious physical goals. One was to train for and compete in my first ever aesthetic competition and […]

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Things I’m not very good at.

Well, its been two weeks since Master’s Worlds. I decided against killing myself to make my weight class and so competed with the open women, 45-49. I came in fourth overall, but have to say, I was pretty pleased with my performance. View this post on Instagram 12:00 on caber! A post shared by Sara Jenkins Fleming (@havefungetstrong) on Nov 3, 2019 at 11:29am PST For a lot of reasons […]

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The Chaos of an Ordinary Life

Its 530 am and I dont want to get up.  My legs are heavy, I can’t see.  Its still dark outside. The dog whines next to my bed.  The teenagers are stumbling around downstairs trying to find breakfast.  I do not hide breakfast, the teenage mind is incapable of finding things outside the scope of their understanding of the world.  And at 6 am they understand nothing other than they […]

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From Aesthetics Back to Athletics

So, yesterday was my second Highland Games since competing in Figure back in June and I am finally back to being somewhat competitive. I’m significantly heavier than I was 2.5 months ago, but I’m also a lot leaner than I was the last time I weighed 160 lbs. But, its time to find balance between being the athlete I want to be while also maintaining the leanness I worked so […]

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