The Importance of Inclusive Examples

How do I color like a 4-year-old? The question perplexed me. I was fourteen, working my first “real” job at a daycare center, and I’d been given the instruction that when I join them for creative tasks, I was to protect the children’s self-esteem by not working too far ahead of their abilities. So, asContinue reading “The Importance of Inclusive Examples”

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”

My Take on the Sumo Debate

Is the Sumo deadlift cheating? There’s a lot of discussion in the evidence-based space and once again, it’s a discussion being had between elite strength and physique athletes who are men. So, what’s missing from this conversation? Rather than debating the relative efficacy of sumo versus conventional, limb lengths, angles, which is quad dominant orContinue reading “My Take on the Sumo Debate”

“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)”

“There is no going back,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 167- The Resurrection of a Powerlifter (ft. Mike Tuchscherer)

Gotta say, I’ve enjoyed this conversation more than most of the recent episodes of Iron Culture. I like it when the guys get other folks with new perspectives on the show to broaden the conversation. Without out it, in my opinion, especially on the science-focused conversations, Eric can get a little mansplainy, and I missContinue reading ““There is no going back,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 167- The Resurrection of a Powerlifter (ft. Mike Tuchscherer)”

Never Stop Lifting: How to Use Progressions and Regressions to Make Any Program Work for You

Regressing lifts might be one of my superpowers. I’ve written many times about the numerous physical challenges I experience and have to work around in order to keep lifting part of my world. And when my body was bigger, and my fitness levels were nearly nonexistent, most strength training programming was way over my currentContinue reading “Never Stop Lifting: How to Use Progressions and Regressions to Make Any Program Work for You”

Book Review–The Sum of Us, Heather McGee

Part of my commitment to being a White ally to is to continue to educate myself about race and issues of racial equity, to reduce the burden on the folks of color around me to keep me informed and to help me do better in my daily interactions and decisions that may have disproportionate impactsContinue reading “Book Review–The Sum of Us, Heather McGee”

Privilege and the “hard work and consistency” narrative

“24 years and I’ve only missed 4 workouts,” stated someone on one of the lifting forums I frequent, alongside some transformation photos showing him going from a small kid to a beefy, veiny specimen of humanity. Honestly, he looked great. And I kept thinking, “wow, imagine a life that allowed me to only skip 4Continue reading “Privilege and the “hard work and consistency” narrative”

Returning to Training After Maybe COVID

To be honest, I’m struggling. I’ve got this overwhelming fatigue. Overwhelming, literally. I feel helpless to it. No amount of rest is enough, and I don’t have enough sick leave to stay at home ad infinitum. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Officially, I don’t have COVID. Or didn’t. I’ve tested negative several times, includingContinue reading “Returning to Training After Maybe COVID”

Thank you, Dr. F

Twenty years ago this month, you saved my life. Twenty years ago, you began the long, complicated process of determining why I was dying and then helped me with the long, difficult treatment process that saved my life. Twenty years ago, you believed me when I said something was really wrong with me. You treatedContinue reading “Thank you, Dr. F”