Sexual Exploitation in Bodybuilding

It sounds like the IFBB Pro is run by a couple of assholes. Apparently, according to reporting over the last six months, they quietly, and maybe illegally, turned the nonprofit into a corporation, and then while raking in the dough, created an incentive structure in which the only official photographer was the son of theContinue reading “Sexual Exploitation in Bodybuilding”

Gender, Sex and Strength

Spread the word–I want to hold a Guinness Book of World Records event in Tennessee. The current documented world record for the largest drag performance was only 73 performers. Let’s create an enormous street event with thousands of folks in drag. They can’t arrest all of us! You can hardly miss that the latest vulnerableContinue reading “Gender, Sex and Strength”

Sustainable Fat Loss and the Power of AND

Fad diets don’t work for most people long-term AND that doesn’t mean sustainable fat loss isn’t possible for many people AND just because it’s sometimes possible doesn’t mean everyone with some “extra” body fat should be bothering to try to lose it. ALL of these can be true at the same time. Fad diets, includingContinue reading “Sustainable Fat Loss and the Power of AND”

Bulk, Cut or Recomp–What can a habit-based approach look like?

For those of us who want bigger muscles and to be lean enough to see them, it can feel like chasing a golden unicorn. Muscles build better when eating in a surplus, but eating in a surplus means putting on some fat, too. Eating closer to maintenance gives us the option of staying in aContinue reading “Bulk, Cut or Recomp–What can a habit-based approach look like?”

Is Emotional Eating a Myth?

This is the first time I’ve been triggered by an episode of the Maintenance Phase Podcast. But, after several over-generalizations, including about PTSD research ironically, or maybe pointedly, I found myself so upset, I turned it off. It’s disappointing, because I think they are usually pretty mindful of their words and how they might impactContinue reading “Is Emotional Eating a Myth?”

The power to decide

I’m feeling ready to begin work towards bodybuilding-type goals again, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a bit conflicted. Can I add more intensity and/or volume to my training without overdoing it and triggering my PTSD? Can I work towards some fat loss in a healthy way that honors the lifeContinue reading “The power to decide”

Progressive Strength 2022 Top Ten

Here are the top 10 posts of 2022, based on readership: 1. The most-read post of 2022 was this post on privilege and the “hard work and consistency” narrative. It’s always important to consider that what we can accomplish is dependent upon our unique circumstances and abilities. 2. Only yesterday, I read a training programContinue reading “Progressive Strength 2022 Top Ten”

Working Out in My Winter Garage Gym (Feeling Boss on the Floor Press)

We are well-nearing the longest night of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is damn cold in the garage where I lift. Getting started at 6:15am, when it’s 34oF outside, the iron plates and bars are accurately conducting the absence of heat to my fingertips. I lay down on the concrete floorContinue reading “Working Out in My Winter Garage Gym (Feeling Boss on the Floor Press)”

Can Intuitive Lifting Lead Us Towards a More Inclusive Lifting Space?

There’s lots of folks out there who want to be stronger and build muscle. Only a small percentage of them can commit to 4-5 training sessions a week, an hour more at a time, doing the most effective, optimal exercises year in and year out. Barriers include, but are not limited to: So, here’s aContinue reading “Can Intuitive Lifting Lead Us Towards a More Inclusive Lifting Space?”

“I get upset about underdone pizza,” Eat Train Progress Radio, All Things Food Environment

Hey, it’s been a while since I shared an episode from Patrick, and I’m super stoked to think there will be more content going forward from him and his awesome team. Patrick hosts the most inclusive, well-moderated lifting community that I’ve found online, and I’m thrilled to take a moment to share some of hisContinue reading ““I get upset about underdone pizza,” Eat Train Progress Radio, All Things Food Environment”