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I don’t hate cardio – Neghar Fonooni

I have a meathead confession to make: Contrary to popular opinion in the strength world, I actually LOVE cardio. I know it’s really en vogue to hate on cardio in favor of lifting weights, but I just don’t care. I like to sweat. I like to feel my lungs burn. I like feeling...

“PHOTO SHOOT READY” – Neghar Fonooni

It was my first professional photo shoot. I’d done some informal shooting for other people’s sites and projects, but I’d never done a shoot just for me and my work. The shoot took place in New York City at my friend Mark Fisher’s gym, just a few weeks before I relaunched my website as...

Stop Calling Yourself Gross – Neghar Fonooni

You know what’s gross? Racism is gross. Homophobia, xenophobia, sexism—gross. Oppression and discrimination are gross. Telling people what they should and shouldn’t do with their bodies? Gross. Convincing people there is something inherently wrong with them in order to turn a profit? Gross. Ketchup is gross. (Don’t argue.) But you? Your body? Your body fat, cellulite,...

Dimples and Wrinkles and Rolls

This is a screenshot from one of my Wildfire Yoga videos. As you can see, there’s some booty roll action and cellulite accentuation going on—I’m not ashamed of it, nor will I apologize for it. This is what my body looks like while in Warrior Two, and that’s just a fact. What I could have done after previewing the videos...

Does Loving Your Body Mean You Can’t Want to Change it?

Last week, during a fitness photoshoot, I intimated to my photographer and my assistant that I was the “heaviest” I’d ever been outside of my pregnancy. I put heaviest in quotations because I don’t actually weigh myself, and I think it’s just a placeholder for a variety of descriptions identifying an increase in body fat. Of...

You Don’t Have to be So Strong

I cried at my chiropractor’s office. This isn’t really out of the ordinary for me, considering I’m both a highly sensitive person and completely open to crying anywhere. Regardless, these tears were prolific. For the last 3 months I’ve been dealing with the fallout of my acute SI joint flare up, regularly seeing a chiropractor,...

Vinyl & Mindfulness – Neghar Fonooni

For the past few years I’ve been steadily growing my vinyl collection. It all started after a trip to Ojai during which I found myself at the cutest little bar listening to records and drinking wine from a can. A gorgeous bohemian bartender threw on a record by William Onyeabor and I was transported to another place,...

Vizzini Said to go back to the beginning: A simple guide to effective journaling

I used to be the kind of person who checked email first thing in the morning.  I’d wake up at 5 am, brew a French press, and sit down at the desk in my home office. The dogs would follow along and settle into my office sofa, promptly falling back asleep. Then, to the soothing sound of...

We need to stop hiding our tampons

“I’m a grown ass woman, and yet, there I was, trying to find a way to conceal my tampon as I headed to the restroom.” There we were at the gym, a group of women diverse in age and background, discussing our menstrual cycles. We also touched on anal sex, ovulation, uterine massage, masturbation,...

What The Ninja Turtles Taught Me

As a child of the 80’s, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of my favorite animated series to watch. I was also known to partake of Duck Tales, X-Men, Gargoyles, Jem, Captain Planet, and He-Man—all of which were animated shows that I consider far superior to the drivel my 10-year old watches today. But I’m not here to debate the...
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