“You can do this vs. I can do this,” Barbell Medicine Podcast, Episode #150: Claire Zai on Hormones, Programming, the Menstrual Cycle, and More

Do women need to train differently than men? What are the considerations when training a woman versus a man in lifting? These are some of the interesting questions that Claire Zai explores in this conversation, and while I’m a bit late in getting this out, I think it’s an important topic to be sure toContinue reading ““You can do this vs. I can do this,” Barbell Medicine Podcast, Episode #150: Claire Zai on Hormones, Programming, the Menstrual Cycle, and More”

“Don’t worry about it yet,” Stronger By Science Ep. #62–Energy Deficiency, Training Frequency, and Beginner Gains

I’m an avid listener to the SBS Pod, but I don’t usually feel comfortable adding my commentary. I’m not a statistician or scientist, and it’s out of my wheelhouse to interpret data. However, this week’s podcast is a Q&A, and that means it includes conversations about applying an evidence-based approach to our training, and THATContinue reading ““Don’t worry about it yet,” Stronger By Science Ep. #62–Energy Deficiency, Training Frequency, and Beginner Gains”

Is Fear of Fat Keeping You From Your Goals?

Building muscle takes energy.   Here’s my super-sciency understanding of how that works:   Stimulus (lifting) + Substrate (materials to build with = mostly protein) + Energy to do the work = Hypertrophy (building muscles and related tissues for increased strength)  However, many lifters, especially but not exclusively women, are uncomfortable eating enough to work this equationContinue reading “Is Fear of Fat Keeping You From Your Goals?”

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.”

2 Deep Thoughts: Iron Culture Podcast Ep. #124: Natty or Not, Drug Testing and Genetics

This week the gents at Iron Culture give us 50 minutes of wide-ranging conversation about muscular genetic potential, steroid use, and to whom we compare ourselves. 37:00ish Eric makes a great point that we compare ourselves and others based on who we watch online, who we follow on social media and who we lift around.Continue reading “2 Deep Thoughts: Iron Culture Podcast Ep. #124: Natty or Not, Drug Testing and Genetics”