Doin’ My Part to Keep the Gym a Safe Space for Men

I wrote this post several years ago, when I lifted in a small community center gym. With COVID restrictions reducing and lots of folks entering gyms for the first time in a while, I thought it might be a good time to revisit these themes–and to think about how we might counter the problems IContinue reading “Doin’ My Part to Keep the Gym a Safe Space for Men”

Book Review–Atomic Habits: An easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones, by James Clear

According to James Clear, Atomic Habits was Amazon’s number one selling book around New Year’s. And no wonder–Clear gently takes the reader through our current best understandings about how habits are formed and changed and provides practical advice on how to put that evidence into practice. Each chapter of the book gives you something toContinue reading “Book Review–Atomic Habits: An easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones, by James Clear”

“There’s definitely a false equivalency,” Sigma Nutrition Radio #429: Kevin Hall, PhD & Stephan Guyenet, PhD – Carbohydrate-Insulin Model vs. Energy Balance Model

Do you think carbs are bad for you or inherently fattening? When you feel an urgency to change your physique, are carbs the first thing to go from your plate? Do you worry about the glycemic load of your carbohydrate choices, carefully weighing the pros and cons of a baked potato versus pasta? We areContinue reading ““There’s definitely a false equivalency,” Sigma Nutrition Radio #429: Kevin Hall, PhD & Stephan Guyenet, PhD – Carbohydrate-Insulin Model vs. Energy Balance Model”

“Look beyond aesthetics and look at being healthy,” Food Medic Podcast EPISODE 7 – Eating to thrive not survive in training with Liam Holmes

The longer I spend in the evidence-based nutrition world, the more similar the advice seems to become. Really, once we get beyond the bullshit pseudoscience, the “big rocks” of nutrition are widely agreed upon–get enough protein (but don’t expect it to be magic), gets lots of fruits and veggies, have sufficient fats and carbs forContinue reading ““Look beyond aesthetics and look at being healthy,” Food Medic Podcast EPISODE 7 – Eating to thrive not survive in training with Liam Holmes”

“A punk, DIY ethos,” No Lift Podcast, Ep. 177–Bristol co-op gym with Guy Lochhead, Lotte Kammenga, and Conor Heffernan

What can we do to make gyms more inclusive spaces? I’ve posted ideas in the past, including making clear guidelines and behavior expectations. But what if the design of the gym was created by the membership? Would a community create a more inclusive space by having more voices involved in the design and participation inContinue reading ““A punk, DIY ethos,” No Lift Podcast, Ep. 177–Bristol co-op gym with Guy Lochhead, Lotte Kammenga, and Conor Heffernan”

“30 days to fatten you up,” Maintenance Phase, Supersize Me

Let’s start with a confession: until a few years ago, I showed Supersize Me in my health classes. I have a “student” version of the DVD, and I would show it in a Health and Nutrition elective class I taught. In my defense, I was finding myself more and more uncomfortable with the messaging implicitContinue reading ““30 days to fatten you up,” Maintenance Phase, Supersize Me”

YouTube Round-up, mid-March

Bert wants us to evaluate the physiques of some semi-nude dudes from 10 years ago. Ok, I love this video, but like (nearly) always, I’m so wishing there was another version with some ladies included as well. I’ve been a fan of bodybuilding as a sport for a long time, and in this video, BertContinue reading “YouTube Round-up, mid-March”

Book Review–Diet Cults: The surprising fallacy at the core of nutrition fads and a guide to healthy eating for the rest of us, Matt Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald isn’t a science writer, and I don’t know how evidence-based this book qualifies as. He discusses science, but it’s in the popular, journalistic narrative sort of way rather than in the accumulation of data over time with critique and drawbacks sort of way that a more science-minded author would likely do. In any case,Continue reading “Book Review–Diet Cults: The surprising fallacy at the core of nutrition fads and a guide to healthy eating for the rest of us, Matt Fitzgerald”

“You’re never going to reason someone away from their belief,” Offline with Jon Favreau, Abbie Richards on Fighting Disinformation on TikTok

How do we combat disinformation and misinformation? Can we inoculate people from the strains of misinformation in their lives? This conversation is mostly about politics, but I see so many parallels between the pseudoscience and self-promotion we see in the health and fitness space and the opportunists manipulating information to influence politics and public health.Continue reading ““You’re never going to reason someone away from their belief,” Offline with Jon Favreau, Abbie Richards on Fighting Disinformation on TikTok”

YouTube Round-up, late February

Alan wants us (by which I think he means men and male-identified people) to avoid the allure of taking exogenous hormones and learn how to progress by improving our training. (Honestly, it’s super-funny, but the joke lands a bit flat for me as someone who isn’t in the primary population of potential steroid users.) TheContinue reading “YouTube Round-up, late February”