Getting into the Right Headspace to Lift (with reference to Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 128–Book Bodybuilding and the Dog, Ft. Ryan Doris)

CW: Discussion of trauma I’ve been bustling around all morning making cupcakes for a party (half chocolate peanut butter, like these, and half lemony white cake with berry frosting–summery perfection). It’s mentally demanding work to bake multiple recipes, and I’ve been focused for hours. It isn’t stressful in a unpleasant way for me; I enjoyContinue reading “Getting into the Right Headspace to Lift (with reference to Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 128–Book Bodybuilding and the Dog, Ft. Ryan Doris)”

The Chicken and Egg of Physique Goals and the Fitness Profession

I was listening to a conversation between a couple of trainers this week, and they commented that most of the clients who come in to see them do so because they want to improve their physiques. The main goal is fat loss, building muscle or both. And it sounded to me that the unspoken argumentContinue reading “The Chicken and Egg of Physique Goals and the Fitness Profession”

Sigma Nutrition Radio Ep. #395: Prof. Carel le Roux–Current Thinking on Obesity Treatment

Don’t tell my spouse; I think I’m in love! I was so thrilled to be listening to Dr. Carel le Roux(1), and I’m excited to share this conversation with you today, too. This short episode of Sigma Nutrition Radio presents what I suspect could be a really powerful paradigm shift in our thinking on understandingContinue reading “Sigma Nutrition Radio Ep. #395: Prof. Carel le Roux–Current Thinking on Obesity Treatment”

The Erosion of Trust in Professionals, aka That Time My Gynecologist Gave Me Dietary Advice While Looking at my Cervix

Jen Campbell went on an amazing rant in the Weight Loss Without Restriction Facebook group last week. She was on fire about nutritional misinformation being shared in a group, with the poster using the fact that the misinformation was from a medical professional to give credence to their dietary philosophy. The rant was a realContinue reading “The Erosion of Trust in Professionals, aka That Time My Gynecologist Gave Me Dietary Advice While Looking at my Cervix”

“We’re just trying to get through this life feeling better,” Revolutionary You! Ep. #313–Ruby Cherie: A “Health First” Approach (1 of 4)

CW: Talk of fat loss, calories, and scale weight At the start of this interview, (4 min) Ruby Cherie contextualizes her advice in her own transition from bodybuilding to powerlifting, and she makes a really great point about how transitioning from activities that become our identities requires finding new identities. I think it’s important toContinue reading ““We’re just trying to get through this life feeling better,” Revolutionary You! Ep. #313–Ruby Cherie: A “Health First” Approach (1 of 4)”

“It’s the story you tell yourself in your head,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. #126–Competing At The Highest Level In Powerlifting (ft. Bryce Lewis & Ashton Rouska)

Are you a competitive person? Do you compete as a lifter? What motivates and activates an athlete to compete in a way that can be sustained through the wins and losses? This week Iron Culture brings us a rare glimpse into the minds of two lifters who have faced each other and placed first andContinue reading ““It’s the story you tell yourself in your head,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. #126–Competing At The Highest Level In Powerlifting (ft. Bryce Lewis & Ashton Rouska)”

“Tell me why,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 125: Competing (and Winning) in BOTH Powerlifting & Bodybuilding (ft. Katie Ann Rutherford)

Whoop whoop! It’s another Monday, which means another Iron Culture Podcast! Katie Ann Rutherford is an evidence-based and world-stage winning powerlifter and physique athlete, and this conversation with her covered some really interesting ground, including how to balance between the two sports, how to work with a coach and how to stay healthy as aContinue reading ““Tell me why,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 125: Competing (and Winning) in BOTH Powerlifting & Bodybuilding (ft. Katie Ann Rutherford)”

Weekend Food Prep: “Guilt-Free” Cream Cheese Shortcake

*shudders* Ok, I hope all my regular readers know me better than to believe that the following recipe follows any kind of food rules, avoiding whatever supposedly ails us this month so that we can fit it into whatever arbitrary restrictions we’ve decided to impose upon ourselves! You know how you make dessert guilt-free? YouContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep: “Guilt-Free” Cream Cheese Shortcake”

Is “Recreational Bodybuilding” a Thing?

My preferred lifting style is hypertrophy-based. Strength is fun to brag about, but at the end of the day, what I’m really inspired by and enjoy is having larger muscles. And I have no plans to ever step on stage. Do I still get to call myself a “bodybuilder?” Does being a bodybuilder mean IContinue reading “Is “Recreational Bodybuilding” a Thing?”

Why is the Online Strength Space So Full of Casual Sexism and Homophobia? I blame it on men.

I’m part of a few online strength training forums, places where folks can ask questions, explore ideas, and talk shop. And, unfortunately, all except one has a casual culture of sexism and homophobia. Common language includes describing oneself as a pussy, or more often not a pussy. There are references to losing one’s titties. BCAAsContinue reading “Why is the Online Strength Space So Full of Casual Sexism and Homophobia? I blame it on men.”