What I Want Personal Trainers to Understand About Working With the Chronically Ill

I have several diagnosed chronic illnesses which can impact my training. The illnesses themselves, the medications I take to manage them, and the surgeries I’ve undergone to ameliorate the damage they’ve done to my body, all impact how my body works, how strong I feel, and how much I can push myself. When I’m workingContinue reading “What I Want Personal Trainers to Understand About Working With the Chronically Ill”

Are Folks Choosing Between Eating to Get Swole and to Save the Planet?

I became a vegetarian when I was 15 years old after my biology teacher explained the caloric energy inefficiencies of a meat-based diet. Each step up the food chain costs energy, and more people would have access to more food with less environmental cost if more of us ate lower on the food chain. TheContinue reading “Are Folks Choosing Between Eating to Get Swole and to Save the Planet?”

Weekend Food Prep–Homemade Chicken (or Turkey) Broth

Homemade broth is kinda a lifestyle for me. I collect ingredients for my broth over the course of a few weeks or a month, keep them in my freezer (of course!) until I need them, and throw them into a big pot when it’s the right time. Julia Child has all sorts of guidelines aboutContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Homemade Chicken (or Turkey) Broth”

“When is it really downhill?” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 141- Peak Performance (When & How Long Will You Be At Your Strongest?)

I’ll be 44 in a month. I’ve been lifting about 8 years now, and even though I’ve been pretty devoted for that length of time, I consider myself an “intermediate” lifter. Lifting, for me, comes alongside the chronic necessity to balance my training with managing a wide assortment of health challenges. I want to thinkContinue reading ““When is it really downhill?” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 141- Peak Performance (When & How Long Will You Be At Your Strongest?)”

Looking Forward to Squat Day

I noticed something wonderful this morning: I found myself looking forward to my squat workout. This has not typically been the case for me. I started training with a barbell a couple years ago and immediately showed some talent with deadlifts.(1) On the first day with a barbell, I repped deadlifts at twice the weightContinue reading “Looking Forward to Squat Day”

“Musclebound, slow, inflexible, and clumsy,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 140–Squats Are Bad For You (The Origin of This Fitness Myth)

I love listening to Dr. Conor Heffernan. I wish I could run away, go back to college, and study the history of lifting from him. Honestly, I’m a terrible history student; my somewhat dyslexic brain doesn’t hold onto dates and names very well. But big cultural eras and patterns of thinking make sense to me,Continue reading ““Musclebound, slow, inflexible, and clumsy,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 140–Squats Are Bad For You (The Origin of This Fitness Myth)”

Weekend Food Prep–“Taco” Shredded Chicken Boxed Lunch

This shredded chicken is delicious and would make an excellent addition to nachos, enchiladas or taco salad. I used it to make a variation on my “boxed lunch,” a lunch prep theme I’ve written about before here. “Taco” Shredded Chicken one. Start with a boatload of cooked chicken breasts. If you have done as IContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–“Taco” Shredded Chicken Boxed Lunch”

“It’s always peanut butter or cheese,” Revolutionary You! Podcast Ep. 324–Dr. Lisa Lewis on Resilience, Self-Care, Balance and the Injustice of Peanut Butter (4 of 4)

This is an important episode from Jason at Revolutionary You, so let me begin by apologizing to him and Dr. Lewis for only just getting around to talking about it! I covered the previous conversation (here, only one week delayed!), but this one has even more good stuff I hope you will listen to andContinue reading ““It’s always peanut butter or cheese,” Revolutionary You! Podcast Ep. 324–Dr. Lisa Lewis on Resilience, Self-Care, Balance and the Injustice of Peanut Butter (4 of 4)”

How the Men of the Fitness World Can Help Make a More Inclusive Space

Folks like you are the dominant voice in the fitness world. Here are 7 ways you can share the love. one. Elevate women’s (and other non-men’s) voices on your platforms. We’re about half of the population. Quick test–what percent of the people you’re sharing and talking about are women? Not 50%? Time to begin theContinue reading “How the Men of the Fitness World Can Help Make a More Inclusive Space”

“Curiosity is the antidote to judgment,” Balance 365 Life Radio, Ep #188–To Lose Weight You Need to Get Honest With Yourself

Do you see yourself as anti-diet but still believe you’d be more comfortable in a smaller body? Do you have physique goals or weight goals for your lifting sport, but you know that traditional strategies (macro counting, food plans, bulking and cutting cycles, etc.) don’t work for you in a sustainable, healthy way? The ladiesContinue reading ““Curiosity is the antidote to judgment,” Balance 365 Life Radio, Ep #188–To Lose Weight You Need to Get Honest With Yourself”