Is “Recreational Bodybuilding” a Thing?

My preferred lifting style is hypertrophy-based. Strength is fun to brag about, but at the end of the day, what I’m really inspired by and enjoy is having larger muscles. And I have no plans to ever step on stage. Do I still get to call myself a “bodybuilder?” Does being a bodybuilder mean IContinue reading “Is “Recreational Bodybuilding” a Thing?”

Why is the Online Strength Space So Full of Casual Sexism and Homophobia? I blame it on men.

I’m part of a few online strength training forums, places where folks can ask questions, explore ideas, and talk shop. And, unfortunately, all except one has a casual culture of sexism and homophobia. Common language includes describing oneself as a pussy, or more often not a pussy. There are references to losing one’s titties. BCAAsContinue reading “Why is the Online Strength Space So Full of Casual Sexism and Homophobia? I blame it on men.”

2 Deep Thoughts: Iron Culture Podcast Ep. #124: Natty or Not, Drug Testing and Genetics

This week the gents at Iron Culture give us 50 minutes of wide-ranging conversation about muscular genetic potential, steroid use, and to whom we compare ourselves. 37:00ish Eric makes a great point that we compare ourselves and others based on who we watch online, who we follow on social media and who we lift around.Continue reading “2 Deep Thoughts: Iron Culture Podcast Ep. #124: Natty or Not, Drug Testing and Genetics”

How Stating “95% of Diets Fail” Perpetuates Diet Culture

I am anti-diet, but I am not wholly anti-weight loss.  I am anti-weight loss/fat loss for reasons that can’t be fixed by changing one’s weight or amount of body fat.  Changing our body size won’t solve our relationship problems or help us love ourselves more.  And the pressures we put on women especially to lookContinue reading “How Stating “95% of Diets Fail” Perpetuates Diet Culture”

Weekend Food Prep: Tamale Pie

Sometimes you want a meal that all you have to do is scoop and eat. This is one of those–a complete meal with a good balance of ingredients to keep you satisfied and nourished. All of the amounts can be varied by taste and what is available. The original version of this recipe is foundContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep: Tamale Pie”

“Sumo or Conventional? There is no better,” 3D Muscle Journey Podcast #180: Q&A

Wow. Lots of great stuff here from the 3DMJ folks today! Great information on balancing volume and frequency of training, protein goals and utilization, and exercise selection. I’m very excited to hear further discussion of how “goal focus can get in the way of goal achievement.” (25:00ish) I heard Eric make that comment last episode,Continue reading ““Sumo or Conventional? There is no better,” 3D Muscle Journey Podcast #180: Q&A”

One Deep Thought: Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 123: Retiring Early From Natural Bodybuilding

This week the Iron Culture folks are interviewing Sam Okunola, and it’s great to hear from such a serious pro! His attitude and approach are enviable–“if it’s something I don’t have control over, I put it out of my mind.” Well, I wish. I’m not nearly that chill, but it’s something I can aspire to!Continue reading “One Deep Thought: Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 123: Retiring Early From Natural Bodybuilding”

Can We Talk About Physique Goals Without Perpetuating Diet Culture? 

 Part 1. Aside from the personal benefits it gives me, I lift because I want muscles; I like working to increase my size, and I see strength training as a means to sculpt my physique.  It’s an art form, a form of personal expression.  Implicit in these goals is the pursuit of body composition.  IContinue reading “Can We Talk About Physique Goals Without Perpetuating Diet Culture? “

Weekend Food Prep: Travel-Friendly Foods that Support Your Goals on a Road Trip

Warm weather, COVID vaccines and the wide open road! My spouse and I have decided that the safest way to enjoy summer travel this year is to keep to our car and explore the outdoor spaces in driving distance of our home. Lucky for us, we live in a beautiful part of the world! ButContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep: Travel-Friendly Foods that Support Your Goals on a Road Trip”