The Hunger Project and Spitfire Athlete

We are excited to partner with The Hunger Project for If Girls Ran The World to support strong women around the world. Register now and during October 1- 31, every mile you run can raise money to help girls around the world to live healthy, full, meaningful lives.

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Why Women Need Iron

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Women need iron. Not the mineral. The barbell.

We are trained by the world around us to have fucked up ideas about our bodies; iron un-fucks them.

We are supposed to be as thin as possible, as small as possible, perhaps until we disappear; iron teaches us to take up space.

We are taught that the only good direction for the scale to go is down, and to agonize ritualistically when it goes up. Iron teaches us the power of gaining weight for strength and gives us another weight to care about – the weight we are lifting.

We are taught to eat small amounts daintily and treat food as sin and pleasure. Iron teaches us to eat heartily, to see food as fuel for life, and to seek out nutritious food rather than avoiding sinful food.

We are taught to think of our bodies as decorative, an object to be looked at; iron teaches us to think of our bodies as functional, our own active selves, not passive objects for another’s regard.

Whole industries exist to profit by removing from us our confidence and selling it back as external objects. Iron gives us confidence from within through progressive training and measurable achievements.

We are taught to be gentle and hide our strength or even to cultivate charming physical weakness until we start to believe our bodies are weak. Iron teaches us how strong we can be. – A.K. Krajewska

This essay is written by AK Krajewska in her blog Games and Trips.

About the Athlete: The athlete in the photograph is Emily Hu, the all time world record holder in the bench press. She has the world record in the 114lbs weight class with a 233lbs bench (USPA) and in the 123lbs weight class with a 275lbs bench (RPS) as well as the total record in the 123lbs weight class with a 975lbs total (RPS). In this photograph she is utilizing a technique called the bench press arch, it is a safe and legal technique, but it is not for everyone. Train like Emily by following The Powerlifter 12-Week Strength Training Plan on Spitfire Athlete.

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Untold Stories: Mochizuki Chiyome

It’s September 10, 1561 in Feudal Japan. Two warlords are waging war with their combined forces of 18,000 men. That day 10,000 of them died, and one of them was Mochizuki Moritoki. As he lay strewn across the battlefield before his uncle, Takeda Shingen, he made his dying wish: please take care of my wife.

But Takeda Shingen had something greater in mind.

He gave his wife Mochizuki Chiyome, a mission: to create an underground school of badass ninja women trained to completely fuck shit up for the enemy clan.

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Mochizuki wasn’t just going to sit pretty and idly let her life pass her by. She was smart, tough, and had an indomitable will. She was going to do this, and she was going to do it well.

So she opened a school in Koga Province, scribbled “NINJA SCHOOL FOR GIRLS” on a sign and invited everyone in. Done.

Just kidding.

She set up her dojo to look like a charitable orphanage to give religious training to young girls and young women that had been abandoned during the war.

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She then jumped on a horse and swept the countryside to handpick her recruits, looking for girls and women who had fire in their eyes. It didn’t matter whether they were orphans, prostitutes, or widows, what mattered was that they had grit and were hungry for a fresh start.

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On the outside, what seemed like a charitable cause was really a covert operation to train women all the ways in which they could infiltrate society, gather intelligence, slit throats, and fuck shit up.

They were taught how to blend in with society and impersonate everything from priestesses, noblewomen, prostitutes, and shrine maidens. They were trained in dance, singing, etiquette, and memorization techniques so that they could coax information out of military officers and report back in minute detail.

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One of their favorite costumes was that of a shrine maiden – so basically you’d see high level assassins roaming around town dressed like this:

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Over the course of 10 years, Mochizuki grew her operations to over 300 agents spread out throughout Japan, feeding her information and infiltrating every level of Japanese society. If you wanted information, or if you wanted something done right, you would go to Mochizuki.

We don’t know much about Mochizuki’s death or how her ninja school for badass women ended. But after the death of Takeda Shingen in 1573, she was never mentioned again. Was she captured? Killed? We don’t know.

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All we know is that Mochizuki and her network of badass ninja women seemed to disappear into the shadows, as swiftly as they appeared, like ninjas.

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We See The Fire In Your Eyes

We know you want to train like the badass real-life heroines who came before you.

You can, with Spitfire Athlete.

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