Sexism in Lifting: What is the right balance between sticking my neck out and doing my own thing?

How do we know if we’re making progress when it can go so slowly, it feels like standing still? How do we keep doing the work, plugging away at the pieces, running the experiments, when we don’t even know what the endpoint will look like? Is there a revelation, a revolution, a moment when everythingContinue reading “Sexism in Lifting: What is the right balance between sticking my neck out and doing my own thing?”

Cutting my hair and loving my strong legs

This morning is the first time in over two decades that I’ve woken up with really, properly short hair. I’ve been playing around the edges of a shorter ‘do for a handful of years now, but last night, I committed to going pixie. Or a kinda long, shaggy, pixie. I feel a little like aContinue reading “Cutting my hair and loving my strong legs”

Red Flags That a Fitness Professional is Full of Crap

Ah the holidays, when folks experience all the fun and anxiety associated with unrestrained exuberance paired painfully with social obligation and familial tension. Out of this miasma may rise within us a strong desire to take control, to reset, to cleanse or to start afresh. (And to completely mix the metaphor), thus enters the emotionalContinue reading “Red Flags That a Fitness Professional is Full of Crap”

Protein Cake with Yogurt Frosting? Only if you actually want it.

There are no good foods and bad foods, there are just foods. I believe this, AND I recognize that holding it to be true in my own mind is a work in progress. It’s diet culture bullshit that teaches us to create restrictions–we can or ought to eat these things, we can’t or shouldn’t eatContinue reading “Protein Cake with Yogurt Frosting? Only if you actually want it.”

The Holidays Aren’t “Just One Day of Eating,” and That’s OK

It’s just one day. Enjoy it and move on. This advice has become so commonplace in the potentially kinder, gentler corners of the nutrition-sphere, it’s a cliché. And yet, like most clichés, it isn’t really, deeply true. It rings with truthiness, and I wonder at the harm it does for the many folks seeking understandingContinue reading “The Holidays Aren’t “Just One Day of Eating,” and That’s OK”

“I had to completely reinvent myself,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 146- What The Fitness Industry Gets Wrong About The Obesity Epidemic

Well, I remarked that an 8 minute video isn’t enough to get to the meat of this topic, and the Iron Culture gents come out with a solid two hours exploring the intersection between weight loss for health, weight loss for aesthetics, and the complicated relationship between these ideas and the fitness industry. So, buckleContinue reading ““I had to completely reinvent myself,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 146- What The Fitness Industry Gets Wrong About The Obesity Epidemic”

“The tyranny of reductionism,” Sigma Nutrition Radio #413: Anthony Fardet, PhD – Nutritional Reductionism, the Food Matrix & Impact of Processing

So, maybe it’s not cool for me to post a conversation about how our modern food systems are contributing to human disease and the destruction of the planet the day before a huge percentage of my readership is about to enjoy Thanksgiving feasts, but here it is. I guess I’m not cool. Like I sayContinue reading ““The tyranny of reductionism,” Sigma Nutrition Radio #413: Anthony Fardet, PhD – Nutritional Reductionism, the Food Matrix & Impact of Processing”

Is Grunting While I Lift Contributing to Patriarchy?

I’m sharing this older post today, written a few years ago, not long after I’d had a hysterectomy. I’m still lifting in my garage, but I’m guessing these conversations are still relevant as folks are slowly returning to gyms again. Over the last couple months, I have returned to the gym after nearly 2 monthsContinue reading “Is Grunting While I Lift Contributing to Patriarchy?”

“Dude, you have this argument,” Barbell Medicine Podcast Ep. 136: The Data, Cut or Bulk, and More ft. Greg Nuckols

I wandered off into the Barbell Medicine archives this weekend and found this interview with Greg Nuckols of Stronger by Science. It’s a fun interview, with deep thoughts about the Arkansas countryside, the nature of epistemology (how do we know what we know?), and how to deal with the ever-present false information in the healthContinue reading ““Dude, you have this argument,” Barbell Medicine Podcast Ep. 136: The Data, Cut or Bulk, and More ft. Greg Nuckols”

“You’re not a recluse,” Future of Fitness Podcast, Tony Gentilcore–Coaching for Introverts & Prepping for Life’s Dumpster Fires

I identify as an introvert, but most folks who interact with me wouldn’t know it. One of my closest and dearest friends once told me I was the “most extroverted introvert” she knew. I’m bubbly and energetic with others. I can be loud, over-the-top and silly. AND at the end of the day, I preferContinue reading ““You’re not a recluse,” Future of Fitness Podcast, Tony Gentilcore–Coaching for Introverts & Prepping for Life’s Dumpster Fires”