The BEST beaches and snorkeling spots on The Big Island, Hawai’i are the hardest to get to – Honomalino, Makalawena, Captain Cook, Papakolea. You have to work for it in order to earn the right to enjoy natures treasures!


Xena Can Eat Cake.

In 2008 when I first started out full-time in the fitness industry I worked as both a group fitness instructor and a personal trainer, hustling to build my business. With this, I was regularly teaching 5+ spin classes/week, training for my black belt in kung fu, the occasional run or treadmill sprints (because clearly I needed to do more cardio), and strength training ~3x/week.

After I completed my black belt in 2009, I put kung fu aside to focus on building my fitness business, but I still kept up with spinning and running which made up ~80-85% of my training, while strength training made up ~15-20%.

BUT THEN in 2011 I learned about the Iron Maiden Challenge and I left the commercial gym to start my own training gym and with that left all the spin classes behind.

WITH this transition, came a SHIFT in my training in that my training became more strength training focus ~85% and less traditional cardio focused ~15%.

I learned that I didn’t need to be killing it with the cardio and actually saw better results, both aesthetically and with strength gains, by cutting back on cardio and instead focused primarily on strength training.

Often I talk about how in the book Intervention Dan John writes about the woman who challenges herself in the weight room versus Edna. He didn’t give this woman a name, so I decided to call her Xena.

He writes about how “Xena”, who can do 10 pull-ups and military press half her bodyweight overhead, has a very big “strength glass” and therefore can treat herself once in a while to dessert and cocktails without worrying about it reversing her hard work from training, “her entire system has to gather up resources and then adapt and recover from the effort.”  While Edna who thinks a 5lb dumbbell is heavy isn’t going to tax her body very hard. Let’s face it, Edna thinks her purse is heavy.

Edna can’t eat cake.

Xena, she can eat cake, and then some.

Be Xena, not Edna.

Find your inner Xena at my women’s strength workshop I Am Not Afraid To Lift® coming to Iowa City, Iowa (only 6 spots left at the early bird rate! and Albany, New York (only 3 spots left at the early bird rate!). Details and sign up links below…

  •  I Am Not Afraid To Lift® I Am Not Afraid To Lift® IOWA on September 21, 2019 at Grit Gym in Iowa City, Iowa. There are only 6 spots left at the early bird discount rate and then after that the price goes up $100. So get in early if you plan to attend! You can sign up ==> HERE <==
  • I Am Not Afraid To Lift® ALBANY, NEW YORK on October 20, 2019There are only 3 spots left at the early bird discount rate and then after that the price goes up $100. So get in early if you plan to attend! You can sign up ==> HERE <==

Yours in Strength,



Artemis Scantalides


Iron Body Training Systems &

I Am Not Afraid To Lift® Workshops

%d bloggers like this: