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”

The Dumbbells Podcast

My spouse and I disagree about comedy. The majority of the comedic content he consumes annoys me. Oftentimes, I get that the idea is funny, but the execution rubs me the wrong way. So, I had some hesitation when he recommended a podcast to me, populated by some of the voices out of UCB (UprightContinue reading “The Dumbbells Podcast”

Are You “Just Making Excuses,” or Are You Honestly Recognizing Barriers to Success?

Around this time of year, it’s common for my friends to want to talk to me about their exercise and nutrition plans for the year ahead. They want to be successful, they want to feel like they’re on a good trajectory, and they respect the changes I’ve made in my life over the years toContinue reading “Are You “Just Making Excuses,” or Are You Honestly Recognizing Barriers to Success?”

What does a habits-based approach to physique change look like?

CW: Talk of fat loss and weight loss The most recent episode of Stronger by Science was all about evidence-based practices to create goals and to establish new, healthy habits. I thought it might be worthwhile and interesting to provide my own examples of these, not from a place of expertise but from a placeContinue reading “What does a habits-based approach to physique change look like?”

Cooking Strategies for the Unwell, with Cakey Ginger Cookies as an aside

CW: Talk of chronic illness, terminal illness and death I have a lot of experience feeding people who are sick. I took a year off of college to spend time with my step-mother, who was terminally ill with ovarian cancer. For most of a year, at the age of 20, our roles reversed and IContinue reading “Cooking Strategies for the Unwell, with Cakey Ginger Cookies as an aside”

What I Want Personal Trainers to Understand About Working With the Chronically Ill

I have several diagnosed chronic illnesses which can impact my training. The illnesses themselves, the medications I take to manage them, and the surgeries I’ve undergone to ameliorate the damage they’ve done to my body, all impact how my body works, how strong I feel, and how much I can push myself. When I’m workingContinue reading “What I Want Personal Trainers to Understand About Working With the Chronically Ill”

“When is it really downhill?” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 141- Peak Performance (When & How Long Will You Be At Your Strongest?)

I’ll be 44 in a month. I’ve been lifting about 8 years now, and even though I’ve been pretty devoted for that length of time, I consider myself an “intermediate” lifter. Lifting, for me, comes alongside the chronic necessity to balance my training with managing a wide assortment of health challenges. I want to thinkContinue reading ““When is it really downhill?” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 141- Peak Performance (When & How Long Will You Be At Your Strongest?)”