Warning: I've been feeling a lot of feelings lately, and this one runs pretty deep. My grandmother was very intent on learning the root of our Norwegian heritage and one of my greatest regrets was not spending more time learning and discussing the story of our family with her before she died. Recently, I was able to uncover some new information with the help of my loving Norwegians @egilberlijohnsen and @kikkiberlijohnsen, and over the past year I have managed to fill in the missing pieces and trace my lineage to this place. I will be eternally grateful to @emil_ni_tre for taking me here and adding more to the experience than I ever would have imagined. Thanks to him, I was able to meet face-to-face with some very distant relatives and talk with them about our shared ancestors. In one day, I stood inside the same 400-year old church where my 4x Great Grandfather worked, prayed, and was married in the 1850s, just before moving his entire family to America, I walked on the same piece of land where the family name originated, dipped my toes into the same river where they bathed, and I stood on the edge of the valley fjord and stared into the same view they had when they dreamed of what adventures may come. I know the reason that my grandmother wanted so badly to know the history of this family was so that she could tell it to me; because she wanted me to know that I was a part of something greater than both of us. I'm sad she didn't get to see it with me, but I'm grateful I could do this for her. I think I did good, Gramma-yay, and I miss you here. 💕
My first time seeing a Fjord from the top. We were so lucky to have the perfect weather, the perfect view, and the perfect guide. Thank you @emil_ni_tre for showing us the "True Norwegian Experience". I'm sorry I cried and I didn't mean what I said about wanting to push you off the cliff.
From my upcoming book: How to Scare Friends and Intimidate People. Training to challenge @hannah_linzay91 to a human totem chicken match.
We just came to Holland really quickly to talk to people about picking up rocks, and to attend the Sneek Week festival, which celebrates the opening of a week-long sailing tournament...and that's just something normal I get to say about my life now which is very neat.
I like to say "Strongman has given me everything I love." In reality, I sought it, built it, fought for it, and made it all myself, but it showed me the way. I'm off today to write another chapter in this amazing life that I used to dream of living, but that I used to believe wasn't meant for me: traveling to the most beautiful places, meeting the most interesting and loving friends, running my own business from the road, investing my energy into those who value my time, constantly learning, training, and picking up rocks. Let's do this, August! DON'T WEAKEN. 📸 @hancockphoto
A photo of two unicorns.
Jacked and tan? Not really ever, but my new bum covers from @hviiibrandgoods are trying their damnedest, okay? Hot new colors drop tomorrow and 'UNICORNSTRONG' will get you a discount.
The entire Rogue Invitational is airing this week on CBS Sports. Check out @rogueinvitational for the broadcast schedule. My Millennial brain doesn't even know where to go to watch broadcast television.
Before you go get too wrapped up in comparing yourself to everyone else who appears to be ahead of you, let's remember that each of these things takes a LOT of TIME: Gaining strength, learning new skills, building muscle mass. My first ever "flex" photo when I started caring about lifting, compared to now, with TWELVE years in between. You can be doing every damn thing right and you're still going to have to be patient. Try getting used to it by learning to love the process of development. The time will go faster while you wait for the results to show up. P.S . Most of those 12 years have been spent trying to get as big as possible ON PURPOSE so we can definitely stop worrying about accidentally get too jacked.
Took me a week to remember I took these. Swipe to see pics of Burke looking transcendent and trance-man @arminvanbuuren who's one of the reasons I really love the Dutch.
Step-by-step glow-up: Get a custom rainbow tie-dye jumper from a thrift store in Portland. Rock the same pair of "dress-up" Doc's since college. Collect all your jewelery from space and history museums. Eat a ton and lift really heavy on purpose. Get a sick fade from @hairbyhansen. Take posing lessons from Swampy @hannah_linzay91. Flex hard and snap fast, before the cramping sets in.
During a competition I am usually intensely focused on myself, as I should be. I happen to believe it's one of the main reasons I am able to have a consistent level of performance, but unfortunately, that means I miss a lot of the wonderful people and exciting things that happen during the course of an event. This is why I love going back through photos afterward. I don't need to relive my own events, but I get the chance to see who was there and how they reacted. I love the feeling of being alone on the competition floor, but when I look back I can see who is was in my corner and it warms my cold Grinch heart to know I'm never really alone. Thank you to @heavy_athletics for the great pics!
It's not that I've been anti-dressing-room selfie all this time, it's just that my delts haven't looked this good in one before. This Give 'em Hell line from @hviiibrandgoods dropped today. Code UNICORNSTRONG saves you 10% and improves your real fake credit score.
'Unlocking the Mystery of Superhuman Strength" by Scott Eden appears in the July issue of ESPN Magazine, and features these awesome shots by @hancockphoto. It was a privilege to contribute my perspective to this interesting article that investigates how athletes can and do harness their sympathetic stress responses to achieve their top performance and tap into the extremes of their abilities. If you've been forced to listen to me talk for a while, you know this is pretty much my favorite topic of discussion and it's pretty much the whole reason I fell in love with Strongman! Go grab a copy on newsstands this weekend, or read the article online now. I'll post the link in my story!
Am I about to get a suplex or ??
Burke does a 1980's Driver Heartthrob.
As promised, video has arrived of @sunny_b_strongwoman and my trip to Iceland to lift the legendary Hùsafell stone. Watch the full story of this historic lift onYouTube. LINK IN BIO. Please share! Being the first women recorded liftong the stone off the ground is cool thing, but what I'm really proud of here is that we used a technique on this stone that also had never been shown. I'm excited to share this because I know it will bring a fresh perspective to this old lift, and I hope that helps to encourage other women who may not have thought to even thought to try this "impossible" lift for themselves! #writingourownsaga 📸: @svabbi_photos
So RoboCop and Boy George walked into a wedding... Life will brings us every opportunity we would want. We only have to be open to accepting them. Last night I got the opportunity to reconnect with a beautiful friend from my childhood and I'm so happy I took that chance. I got to introduce the Burke to some very special people from my childhood and we witnessed a beautiful display of love and family. Congratulations to @sarah.minnich and @jannschel on your marriage and thank you for letting me take part in your celebration. I can't wait to come back to New Mexico and make some new memories.
I set a new MWW World Record tonight at 250lbs/113kgs. I think I have definitely have more in me, but we will save that for another day. Thank you to @iron_resurgence for producing a very professional, highly visible, and entertaining show. I can't wait to go back next year. Special thank you also to @cerberus_strength_usa. Not only for supporting me so well personally, but for their continued support of our community that helps to make these events possible. Cool pics by @joan.e.jennings. 🦄 Unicorn Strength provide you with fully-custom remote training services, delivered by a team of qualified, professional coaches who are personally dedicated to helping you achieve your personal strength and athletic goals. Are you ready to train better? Let me help. learn more at @unicornstrengthtraining. ··· You guys wanna do something fun? You wanna train with me? DM for custom programming. ··· @cerberus_strength_usa for all the best lifting gear. Get like me. Use "unicornstrong" for a discount. ... @hviiibrandgoods makes the illest. Always party. Use "unicornstrong" for a discount. ··· @sfh makes the highest quality all-natural supplements that I actually use and LOVE. ... @allostaticlabs is the leading edge of the NEXT-LEVEL supplements that you NEED to try. DM for info. ... #CerberusStrength #CerberusStrengthUSA #CerberusStrong #teamCerberusUSA #teamUSA #spreadhviiialwaysparty #strongman #strongwoman #startingstrongman #girlswhostrongman #likeagirl #unicornstrong #livinsfh
Cancel your plans this afternoon and get over the SD Fair, in the BEER GARDEN! Today at 4pm at the @delmarfairgrounds I am going to contest my current MWW Log Record of 245lbs/111kgs that was set in 2017. I've been looking forward to the chance to test this again for a long time, and even though the last many weeks have brought some injury and uncertainty, I know that I am still capable, and I am excited to measure myself today nonetheless. To add to the suspense and excitement, I now have competition! @kim_derks_strongwoman and I will now contest the record head-to-head in a battle to the last woman standing! It's gonna be awesome to see how high this spaceship flies. See ya later!
Age PR: 31 I have now completed as many revolutions around the sun, as a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made of stardust. I'm starting to get the hang of the controls and my rate of growth seems to be accelerating. The farther I travel, the more I enjoy the ride. I feel genuinely grateful to have so many remarkable people who wanted to reach out and share some love with me today. I'm living a damn good life. Thank you, friends.
Feeling like: Kinda sparkly, kinda spiky. Jacked but kinda fluffy. 90s hair buns and hipster coffee. Glitter eyeshadow and a bicep vein.
Squad + Beach + Stones. Shout-out to the Elote truck.
This press wouldn't earn a down command from any self-respecting judge and I don't like that I'm making a habit of having such terrible balance lately (thanks airplanes), but this lift still brings me joy. After my Dinnies Stone boo-boo, I haven't been able to press at all for the last two weeks. It was starting to look like I wasn't going to make it to the War on the Shore next weekend. This is 245-lbs, which is the current MW WR, so now I know I'll at least be in good enough shape to try something new. I'll be lifting between 4pm-7pm on Saturday the 15th at @delmarfairgrounds in the beer garden. Come watch! Check out @iron_resurgence for more event details. ··· You guys wanna do something fun? You wanna train with me? DM for custom programming. ··· @cerberus_strength_usa for all the best lifting gear. Get like me. Use "unicornstrong" for a discount. ... @hviiibrandgoods makes the illest. Always party. Use "unicornstrong" for a discount. ··· @sfh makes the highest quality all-natural supplements that I actually use and LOVE. ... #CerberusStrength #CerberusStrengthUSA #CerberusStrong #teamCerberusUSA #teamUSA #spreadhviiialwaysparty #strongman #strongmantraining #startingstrongman #girlswhostrongman #powerlifting #girlswhopowerlift #girlswholift #bodybuilding #crossfit #crossfitgirls #trainingmotivation #likeagirl #unicornstrong #fitspo #strongaf #livinsfh
Supreme Leader suggests updating your look every year for your birthday to soften the knowledge that you are one year closer to death. Hair fit for a real-fake🦄, created by @hairbyhansen in Austin, who also provided the goodest girl, Leloo, for snuggles.
Jan: This is Pudgy Stockton's personal barbell. The first one ever made specifically for a woman. Do you wanna hold it? Me: uh, duh. *Cheeses* We owe a great debt to people like @drjantodd, the storytellers, for keeping the legends alive. We see a lot more possibility ahead of us when we learn how many 'impossible' feats have already been conquered. “People who end up as 'first' don't actually set out to be first. They set out to do something they love.” Our history is so fascinating, not because it is full of impressive feats, but because it reveals such passionate people. I am stoked I had this opportunity to have an inside view of the Stark Center, including some extra-secret treasures like the first pair of dedicated weightlifting shoes and extensive personal collections from the likes of Sandow and Weider. Nerd out!
"Do you know, I always thought unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before!" "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you." A theme of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass: perception = reality.
Spent some time outside at @ihgfofficial games. Eatin snacks and wearin hats with my mate Bork. It was a ding-dong battle out there. It was the perfect day to test run our new @hviiibrandgoods Carry-All packs and dang it, these things are action-packed. Plenty of room for my snacks, which is like, a lot of snacks, and also sneaky hiding places for my secrets, which are like really sneaky secrets. You're gonna wanna get one. They are on sale Thursday. Use "UNICORNSTRONG" to save tokens.
I got to nerd out on some really cool strength history this weekend and I felt right at home. I was definitely more excited to see the Harri-jasotzaileak stones than anything else. I just wanna lift up all the things. #harrijasotzaile
I enlisted Steve Slater as my pro body posing coach this weekend and in return I'm gonna teach him to Flounce. I'm looking forward to a phenomenal partnership. Looks like I'm still gonna need a face coach, though.
We did a little impromptu record breaking sesh on the Rogue showroom floor today. @drjantodd and @steve_slater_ took us down and let us play on the Rogue Dinnie Stone Replicas. I got to be the first woman to get them off the ground with straps, then @strongwomankristinrhodes followed up and became the first woman to lift them strapless. I made an attempt strapless, but I didnt finish the lift because I just separated my clavicle instead. Sorry, doc. Don't worry, 'tis but a scratch. Fun fact: these stones weigh 1-lb heavier than the actual Dinnies. We now join Jan Todd, Kristy Scott, Emma-Jane Smith @pr1ncess.0f.p0wer, and Leigh Holland Keen @leigh.hollandkeen on a very short list of female Dinnie lifters. This weekend has been such a party! @rogueinvitational #writingourownsaga
Today was a heckin' HISTORIC day and 'm still just so excited that I even got to be a part of it. I've been nerding out so hard all weekend because I'm a groupie for @drjantodd. Not sure if she notices. Will report back after more observation. I'm so incredibly thankful to @caityhenniger @billhenniger @steve_slater_ for their personal investment of interest into Strongwoman that is allowing us to be a part of a knockout event in the @rogueinvitational. Congratulations to @strongwomankristinrhodes and @martinslicis on their new World Records today!
Does my bicep vein go with this dress? If it's starting to appear like this is my only good dress outfit, that's because it is. After hitting up the @rogueinvitational VIP Dinner, I got to have the absolute coolest dinner experience of my life, eating steaks and listening to Strongman history lessons all night. I didn't want it to end, but I kinda need to sleep if I'm gonna break a World Record tomorrow.
"This is your life and it's ending one moment at a time." Take the risk. Create the opportunity. Make yourself. Write your own Saga. This new Fight Club line from @hviiibrandgoods drops right meow and it, like everything else, will not last. Use my code "UnicornStrong" to save money for the soap and bandages. #writingourownsaga
Your BFF necklaces aren't this cool. @sunny_b_strongwoman #writingourownsaga
🔹If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.🔹 Last month, @sunny_b_strongwoman and I traveled to Iceland, and on Sun, April 21st, we became the FIRST women on record to lift and carry the legendary Húsafell Stone from the ground. The stone weighs 186kg/409lbs and is famous for humbling even the strongest of men. ... I hear people talk about "getting" their big break, "waiting" for their chance, "accepting" an opportunity. People tell me I'm so "fortunate" to be able to travel, so "lucky" to have a job that allows me the flexibility to roam, so "talented" to be successful in my sport. I wholeheartedly disagree with all of it. Not one thing that I have in my life now came to me passively. If I shared my life story, we'd agree I was given some pretty unlucky circumstances, but I choose not to be defined a victim. The only luck is that I was made hungry, defiant, and relentless as a result. Every single thing I have done that I am most proud of today was something I did after others, often those closest to me, told me I could not, should not, or would not be able to do them. It turns out, nothing motivates me harder than wanting to prove people wrong. I don't want to wait, accept, or experience my life. I want to take, build, and create it for myself. We are writing our own Saga. AGGRESSIVELY. When I set my goal to lift this stone, I was purposely reaching for something I knew most people would consider ridiculous, foolish, or impossible, so I was surprised to find out that Sunny and I had chosen the same "ridiculous" goal. It instantly became a competition between us, and at the same time OUR goal. The best of friends don't just accept you as you are and encourage you to do whatever you want, they help you confront your weaknesses and push you, sometimes aggressively, to work to be a better version of yourself. This is LOVE. ... Stay tuned to see the full sequence of our lifts coming to YouTube very soon! #writingourownsaga. ... A special thank you to our personal stone concierge, tour guide, and photographer @svabbi_photos. Gratitude to @liljakj and @stefansolvi, whose friendship and hospitality made this moment possible.
I don't like doing things just for the sake of social convention (I think I'm an anarchist at heart) and my mom doesn't have an IG... but I found out recently that whenever my mom wants to see what I'm up to, she just Googles my name to find my page, so I know she'll see this eventually and I want to leave a treat for her. People tell me they admire my dedication and my unwavering determination (some also call this stubbornness) but I learned it all from watching my mother's example. Even though I could lift her over my head with one hand, she's the strong one in this photo. I love you, mom.
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In the mid 17th century, maroon was a word that described individuals who were unruly and wild. In the 18th century, it became used as a verb for leaving someone stranded at a deserted place with little survival rate. Save yourself. Nobody else is coming. 🔫This Maroon Dirty Script tee is up on @hviiibrandgoods. Use my code "UnicornStrong" for 10% less crying. #writingourownsaga
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This wasn't her first visit to the Viking jail. My German Polizei friend sure knows how to do this. #writingourownsaga @sunny_b_strongwoman
It's weird to feel at home in such a far-away place. This has been my favorite trip ever. Life keeps getting better, as we make it. @sunny_b_strongwoman #writingourownsaga
Since I'm 30 now and I suddenly care about my face, @liljakj hooked me up with samples of the purest and most scientifically-advanced astaxanthin supps in ze world courtesy of @keynatura. If they're worth even half the hype from all the feedback they've been getting, then they're probably worth the whole trip to Iceland and back just to stock up. Coming soon to USA market....
The Supreme Leader will see you now. @cerberus_strength_usa @hviiibrandgoods @sunny_b_strongwoman #writingourownsaga
Listen, so the Moose is definitely loose out here. Don't tell me this is a Reindeer antler, I know this. Whale bones. Oh, whale! @sunny_b_strongwoman @hviiibrandgoods #writingourownsaga
I'm working on my metal vibes. What should I name my band? I'm leaning pretty heavy on Burke's Backiotomy. @hviiibrandgoods Use code: UnicornStrong, save $$. @sunny_b_strongwoman #writingourownsaga
Quick, somebody put on DMX. We've been driving unsupervised all over the Icelandic countryside, crushing protein shakes, and lifting rocks. The land of Fire and Ice and Gains. Thanks, bro @heisi1984.
This wasn't even a destination of ours today, so I don't know what it's called. It was just the end of a random culda-sac we turned down in a very boring neighborhood.