#TBT: “Is there a place for me?” 3DMJ Podcast #195: Is Natural Bodybuilding Viable?

Why are folks drawn to extremes and what can we do to make bodybuilding, an extreme sport, a little healthier? I explore these ideas, and what I suspect are some of the gender differences that add nuance to the conversation, in this post about the folks at 3DMJ discussing the viability of natural bodybuilding. IContinue reading “#TBT: “Is there a place for me?” 3DMJ Podcast #195: Is Natural Bodybuilding Viable?”

The Gender Binary, Patriarchy, and How Bodybuilding Gives me a Place to Express my Authentic Self

I have never been the girl my mother hoped I would be. From a very young age, she has given me unwanted gifts like full length, pink nighties with puff sleeves and lace, dolls to play house with, and birthday cards with sparkles and butterflies. (I still get the birthday cards with sparkles and butterflies.)Continue reading “The Gender Binary, Patriarchy, and How Bodybuilding Gives me a Place to Express my Authentic Self”

#TBT: “A size 2 White lady with a ponytail and a leather jacket,” Hysteria podcast, Oct. 21, 2021

This week’s throwback Thursday post is a conversation with the ladies of Hysteria about the term “badass,” and the gendered implications of the term. I really valued the variety of opinions and ideas shared in this episode. Do you find the term badass to be celebrating masculine traits in women? If you do, do youContinue reading “#TBT: “A size 2 White lady with a ponytail and a leather jacket,” Hysteria podcast, Oct. 21, 2021″

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”

#TBT: Is Fear of Fat Keeping You From Your Goals?

I admit, I still want The Golden Unicorn of personal physique change–losing fat while gaining muscle for dramatic body recomposition! But alas, the results from this sort of effort are apparently rarely satisfying once we’ve gotten beyond newbie status. Which means accepting a certain amount of body fat increase, at least temporarily, while we workContinue reading “#TBT: Is Fear of Fat Keeping You From Your Goals?”

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”

“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”

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”

“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”

What would you want if you let go of shame?

Shame is a shit motivator. Loads of research has found that instead of inspiring people to quit smoking, lose weight, be more patient parents, whatever, it instead pushes them into a loop of self-loathing and self-punishment followed by reactive over-correction for short periods of time. Shame is the cornerstone of large-scale diet and fitness industryContinue reading “What would you want if you let go of shame?”