It has come to my attention that I am not a good representation of a person interested in fitness because I am “thick” and “bigger.” So at the risk of misleading more people, here’s a disclaimer:
- I am not skinny
- I’m not petite
- “One-size-fits-all” clothing does not look flattering on me
- I don’t have a low body fat percentage
- I have rolls when I sit down, a lot more than I would like too
- I don’t have a thigh gap
- I’m not “ripped” or “shredded” or “lean”
- My BMI is considered overweight
- I won’t wear a sports bra and spandex in public because I don’t have the ideal body type to do so
But here’s what I am:
- a competitive soccer player of over 12 years. I won several titles, was MVP, played every position under the sun and worked harder than anyone on my team
- Without experience playing basketball, I made my JV team in high school. by the end of the first season, I was moved up to varisty and was a starter within the year
- Never rowing in my entire life, I tried out for my college crew team. Within two months I was practicing and in the lineup for a D1 NCAA rowing team.
- I’m a runner. I run on a weekly and daily basis. I’m signed up for my first half marathon this spring and I’m both excited and terrified.
If my size is the determining factor in how fit I am then I am ashamed of what this world is coming to because I have more talent, work ethic, and determination in my thick leg than most people have in their body. I’ve never been the smallest on any of my teams but surprisingly that never stopped me from being one of the most successful. I’m so sick of this culture emphasizing thin as the key determinant for health and fitness level. I have my body and my body kicks fucking ass so you can take your “misleadings” and shove them up yours. There’s nothing wrong with being lean and shredded and impressively muscular. But those aren’t the only ways to be in shape and more people need to understand and accept that.
can we as a fandom please not forget that bitty is a pretty hardcore athlete? he did figure skating for years and made it to junior regionals figure skaters do ballet as well for multiple reasons that’s some pretty hardcore stuff on its own but then he moved on to hockey and it probably overlapped with his figure skating at first and he made captain of his team in just a few short years and then got into a college on a hockey scholarship. college hockey is a pretty serious level its not just some beer league stuff about 30 percent of current nhl players were college players at one point 12 players on the pens roster were college players and players like toews played in college and samwell is a d1 ncaa hockey team which while not located in boston, it is pretty close and boston is a serious college hockey area (to put it in perspective boston college, boston university, and harvard are in the the top 10 in standings for d1 hockey right now. boston college is in 3rd. in the ecac conference standings harvard is in 6th). and bitty jumped from third line to first line his freshman year on a team that made it to the final four with jack zimmermann on his line a future nhl player and someone who he canonically makes him play better when they are together
im just so tired of bitty being seen as this small weak tiny dude in this fandom just because he’s smaller then the average hockey player and he is afraid of checking
In her stint as a principal forward for the U-20 and U-23 USWNTs from 2006-2009, KO scored more goals than Alex, A-Rod and Press combined, and is tied with Syd (24 goals in 39 caps).
Jersey numbers 10, 19, 17 & 21. Pics from 2007 U-20 World Cup, Concacaf Cup, 2008 Pan-American Games qualifiers etc…
Technically not a statistical tie with Syd if you include the formula. Hate to quibble cuz I love Syd way too much, but if you add Syd’s caps for CANWNT, she has 24 goals in 41 caps as a U-20 to KO’s 24 goals in 35 caps.
Add that to KO’s parallel achievements at the Stanford Cardinal, where she led the team in scoring in 3 out of her 4 years there, and led the the nation in goals (26) and points (65) as a senior in 2009.
As a pure offensive starter, the case for her being the dominant collegiate and USWNT youth-development player of the late ‘aughts, is pretty good. And all without a NCAA D1—nor a U-20 championship—especially when you consider that UNC won three titles in the same period. As Bruins, Syd and Lauren Cheney come the closest…and if they played Press more as a U-20/23.
Something I’ve learned is each time you walk up to the line, don’t look around. Do not look at the girl to your right or left. Don’t look to hip one or hip 12. When you step to the line, look at yourself because you are the only one who matters. Do not compare yourself to the girl in the lane next to you, you don’t know what she’s done. Do not think how they are skinny, stronger or look more fit than you. You have to step to the line and race with the body you’re in, because hip 1 and 12 are. So don’t think about what those girls have to offer, think about all the ways you can put yourself ahead. Stop comparing yourself to the other people. Step up to the line and run.
Katie Hnida made history on August 30, 2003, when she became the first woman to score in an NCAA D1 football game as a placekicker for the University of New Mexico Lobos. In 1999, while playing for the University of Colorado Boulder, Hnida became the second woman to dress for a D1 football game and the first to do so in a bowl game.
From four to two: On April 11, Providence College and Boston University will square off to vie for the NCAA D1 men’s ice hockey National Championship. The Friars defeated the University of Nebraska Omaha 4-1 to advance, while the Terriers earned a 5-3 victory over the University of North Dakota.
PC goals: Noel Acciari, Mark Jankowski, Trevor Mingoia, Nick Saracino UNO goals: Jake Guentzel
BU goals: Jack Eichel (PP), Brandon Hickey (PP), A.J. Greer, Doyle Somerby, Jack Eichel UND goals: Luke Johnson (PP), Troy Stecher (SH), Connor Gaarder (PP)
9:30-11am – drilling and live MMA sparring/grappling/wrestling. 2pm - Kickboxing and conditioning with Master Thong. 3 mile run. Monday and Thursday I work standup with coach Duane Ludwig.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started wrestling at the age of five, so I have grown up competing pretty much my entire life. I met Urijah Faber when I was in high school and worked wrestling camps with him during my college summers. I did some jiu-jitsu with him at a few of these camps and really liked it. After college wrestling I still had the drive to compete, so I decided to move to Sacramento and start training with Team Alpha Male.
What ranks and titles have you held? 2x PAC 10 champ, 2x D1 NCAA All-American, second-degree black belt in wrestling.
Do you have any heroes? My Father. He has gone through a lot in his life and has really shown me what it means to never quit.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a student
What is your favorite technique? The wuxi finger hold.