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”

“I’m a bodybuilder and I’m going to Olive Garden,” 3D Muscle Journey Podcast, #216: How to Eat Out

How do successful elite, competitive bodybuilders think about eating out in restaurants? Is there wisdom there for the rest of us? Truthfully, I believe most of the advice that comes out of bodybuilding can tend towards too much obsession over the details to be mentally healthful or practically applicable for most of us. AND thatContinue reading ““I’m a bodybuilder and I’m going to Olive Garden,” 3D Muscle Journey Podcast, #216: How to Eat Out”

How much do genetics define our physique results and how much should we care?

At 16, I dreamt of becoming a geneticist–that or the lead singer/songwriter for a band. Genetics was a new and exciting scientific frontier (whereas my songwriting admittedly didn’t mesh with the then-current Pacific NW grunge scene). Back in the Nineties, we believed that we could unlock the genetic code of anyone and read each ofContinue reading “How much do genetics define our physique results and how much should we care?”

“Don’t make it about weight loss,” Barbell Medicine Ep. #194: September 2022 Research Review

Imagine two scenarios: in one, a patient goes to the doctor and exhibits high blood pressure, and the doctor prescribes a medication and says in passing, “oh, and it wouldn’t hurt to start exercising.” In the second scenario, the doctor sits the patient down, discusses the pros and cons of starting medication right away andContinue reading ““Don’t make it about weight loss,” Barbell Medicine Ep. #194: September 2022 Research Review”

“Dudes getting bigger over time,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 188-Steroids, Aesthetics & Irresponsible Influencers

So, I think Eric Helms has been hanging out over here at Progressive Strength. In addition to a lot of post hits out of New Zealand lately, in this more recent episode of Iron Culture, he goes out of his way to acknowledge his point of view speaking from the position of being a heterosexualContinue reading ““Dudes getting bigger over time,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 188-Steroids, Aesthetics & Irresponsible Influencers”

The Value of Resilience and Lazy Metaphors

What do you do when life throws you a curveball?(1) Do your systems collapse? Do you rigidly adhere to what you think is best or most optimal and hope you can hold it all together until things settle down? Or do you practice flexibility and self-compassion, allow things to change as they need to butContinue reading “The Value of Resilience and Lazy Metaphors”

The problem with calorie counting? Everybody has needs

Eat when you’re hungry. Dieting teaches us that we should ignore our hunger, that it is a personality deficit we should overcome and overpower, that it will “adjust” and we will “get used to it.” No. I can trust my hunger. My body is telling me that I need more energy. It’s not a trickContinue reading “The problem with calorie counting? Everybody has needs”

It’s the 1-year Blogiversary for Progressive Strength!

One year ago today, I posted my first article here at Progressive Strength, and today we’re gonna celebrate it! My first post was this one, breaking down an episode of the Iron Culture Podcast. Looking back on it, it’s not surprising to see that my style as a blogger has shifted over time. I hadContinue reading “It’s the 1-year Blogiversary for Progressive Strength!”

Reblog: Food Tracking and the Allure of Mathiness

The folks at Stronger By Science, with support from lots of other evidence-based folks I admire and trust (Danny Lennon and Jeff Nippard amongst them), released their food tracking app Macrofactor last week. With a free 2 week trial, I have given it a whirl, not because I’m likely to start tracking my food regularly,Continue reading “Reblog: Food Tracking and the Allure of Mathiness”