Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Luci Steel is Beautiful

by adrianne on July 13th, 2012


Luci “Steel” Romberg of the Tempest Freerunning family and five foot embodiment of most of my aspirations is making a movie. The Kickstarter page raising funds for the film says it “will combine top-level film making with world class freerunning as a way to visualize Luci’s journey and discovery of her own beauty truly is.” It goes on to say she struggled with an eating disorder until she discovered Freerunning which boosted her self confidence and changed her perception of beauty. (more…)

Where have all the tough girls gone?

by adrianne on September 6th, 2011

Gina Carano in Haywire

MMA Fighter Ginna Carano plays tough girl in Haywire

An article at brings up an excellent question. Why do men train and bulk up to play an action hero and women prepare by starving themselves? I know women seem to be terrified of getting ‘bulky’ through weight training, but these are actors playing tough characters. I just don’t believe your 90lb frame can take a punch from a husky 13 year old boy let alone that drug kingpin’s monstrous 7ft bodyguard. It’s like when they put glasses on a male model and then tell me he’s a nerd. I’m just not buying it.

I don’t get what they are so afraid of either. Women just don’t get that big. The bodybuilding freaks you see are on hormones and supplement cocktails to get them to that size. See that bit of loveliness in the photo? That’s Gina Carano, MMA fighter and star of the new Steven Soderbergh movie Haywire. She can kick your ass six ways to Sunday and you’ll thank her for the pleasure. No problem maintaining both strength and femininity there.

I’ve always thought the sexiest of the tough girls had a little mass on them. It adds legitimacy to their characters. I doubt people would have loved Starbuck, Xena, or even the steadfast Dana Scully if they had been dolled up waifs pretending to be tough by clenching their jaws and acting pouty [cough..cough..I'm looking at you tough chick cop on Dexter or Castle or probably any of the CSI shows]. When Hollywood tries to turn tough women into generic beauty magazine ideals of sexuality everyone loses.

Come on ladies, reclaim your muscles and lets get some female heroes I can believe in.

Female Action Stars Have Gotten Too Skinny to Throw a Believable Punch

Nerd Chick Becomes Incredible Nerd Inspiration

by adrianne on August 23rd, 2011

Nerd FitnessSo of course I love this story. Nerdy girl becomes fitness superstar. Some pretty interesting advice in there.

Here are the highlights of the story from the original article on

“Staci’s story is awesome for a number of reasons, but a few in particular stand out to me:

  • Working a sedentary desk job, Staci slowly packed on weight and ate like a typical unhealthy American.
  • Before getting educated, she tried to get in shape by doing what 95% of the female population does when they try to lose weight: she ran a lot and essentially starved herself – Not surprisingly, she dropped to an incredibly low and unhealthy weight.
  • She educated herself, cleaned up her diet, and immediately started feeling and living better.
  • She found the Nerd Fitness community, discovered a love for barbell strength training, and started lifting HEAVY weights.

She’s now in the best shape of her life, healthier and happier than ever before.”

Whole article can be found here.

National Geographic describes heist of the future

by adrianne on July 13th, 2011

Photo by DanDeChiaro

There has been a lot of buzz on the internet about the real life creation of an invisibilty cloak. Now it looks like they’ve found a way to expand that technology on a large scale to conceal entire EVENTS. Looks like science just told magic to suck it’s shiney light manipulating balls.

My favorite part of this story is National Geographic explaining the real world applications of such a device…

“In theory, the cloak would slow down light coming into the robbery scene while the safecracker is at work. When the robbery is complete, the process would be reversed, with the slowed light now racing to catch back up.”

“If the “before” and “after” visions are seamlessly stitched together, there should be no visible trace that anything untoward has happened. One second there’s a closed safe, and the next second the safe has been emptied.”

Sounds like someone has their retirement plan figured out.

Read the whole article here…Space-Time Cloak Possible, Could Make Events Disappear?

Yippee Ki Yay….

by adrianne on July 9th, 2011


There is one thing that Batman and middle class white girls from the suburbs have in common, an aversion to guns. That’s probably why I never shot one until this year. My experience with guns has been previously limited to shooting army men in the yard with a BB gun, laser tag, and feeling really badass playing Time Crisis at the arcade. Love it or hate it we live in a gun obsessed culture and I wanted to experience it first hand by pumping some hot lead into some rich American soil. So on my thirtieth birthday I headed out to the Family Shooting Center in Colorado’s Cherry Creek State Park with a head full of John Mclane based dreams to fire a deadly weapon for the very first time.


There is a new happiest place on earth…

by adrianne on April 1st, 2011

The new Tempest Free Running Academy in California looks incredible. It’s so beyond all of my expectations.

If you don’t know team Tempest and are at all interested in parkour or freerunning you should look them up now. You might already know superstars Levi Meeuwenberg and Brian Orosco from Ninja Warrior or Jump City on G4. And don’t forget one of my personal heroes and remarkable female athlete Tempest member Luci Steel.

Ode to the Untalented

by adrianne on March 21st, 2011

I’m not an athlete. I wanna make that clear. When I grew up I was much more interested in playing Nintendo than I ever was about playing sports. When I ran the mile in grade school the teachers sent other kids after me to try and make me run faster so I would finish it before the period ended. I did do some physical activities growing up, we had a trampoline, I did some martial arts, horseback riding, American Gladiator reenactments with my brother, usual kid stuff, but I was never one of those kids who got their black belt in gymnastics while driving from soccer practice to tap class. (more…)

Welcome to Cat Burglars!

by adrianne on May 7th, 2009

Welcome to Cat Burglars. This is the first of what I hope will be many posts about our adventures. We’ve posted a little about who and what we’re about under ‘The Mission‘ and the ‘About‘ tabs above. To sum it all up, we are two normal gals who are looking to push our physical abilities to the limit by learning a series of action hero stunts and skills.

We will post our progress, experiences, helpful information, inspirational links, and whatever else strikes our fancy.