“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”

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

“If you think calories-in-calories-out is simple, you need to do more research,” Barbell Medicine, Ep. #175: Determining Calorie Intake Part 1

An important part of deprogramming ourselves from diet culture is learning the facts and reassessing the “rules” we may have been taught about calories, body fat, and food. If you are interested in a good primer on calories–what they are, what it means scientifically and how our bodies use them–this is a good resource. IContinue reading ““If you think calories-in-calories-out is simple, you need to do more research,” Barbell Medicine, Ep. #175: Determining Calorie Intake Part 1″

“There’s more to this bodybuilding thing than getting jacked and tanned,” 3DMJ Ep. #203: The Unexpected Ways Bodybuilding Makes You Stronger

What is the deeper learning that can come from healthy relationship with bodybuilding? Lifting weights consistently, learning the skills that allow us to push hard, to be organized and committed for years at a time, to play the long game, these are some of the wins that can transfer from bodybuilding to the rest ofContinue reading ““There’s more to this bodybuilding thing than getting jacked and tanned,” 3DMJ Ep. #203: The Unexpected Ways Bodybuilding Makes You Stronger”

“Don’t instill fear unless it’s going to actively harm someone,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 168- Movement Screens & Modalities Roundtable (ft. Nick Licameli, Jared Maynard & John Flagg)

I was very happy to hear this conversation on Iron Culture last week about pain, physical therapy and getting back to activities after an injury. I talk a lot about my own physical limitations, and I’ve seen a lot of physical therapists in the last decade. When physical therapy works well for me, it givesContinue reading ““Don’t instill fear unless it’s going to actively harm someone,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 168- Movement Screens & Modalities Roundtable (ft. Nick Licameli, Jared Maynard & John Flagg)”