“There’s more to this bodybuilding thing than getting jacked and tanned,” 3DMJ Ep. #203: The Unexpected Ways Bodybuilding Makes You Stronger

What is the deeper learning that can come from healthy relationship with bodybuilding? Lifting weights consistently, learning the skills that allow us to push hard, to be organized and committed for years at a time, to play the long game, these are some of the wins that can transfer from bodybuilding to the rest ofContinue reading ““There’s more to this bodybuilding thing than getting jacked and tanned,” 3DMJ Ep. #203: The Unexpected Ways Bodybuilding Makes You Stronger”

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”

On egg yolks, direct and indirect measures of success

Does the color of your egg yolks bring you joy? I admit, a deep orangey-yellow glow in the center of a clear, uncloudy albumen makes me happy. The color of an egg yolk is influenced by the diet of the hen. Pasture-raised hens with access to a wider variety of feeds, who hunt and peckContinue reading “On egg yolks, direct and indirect measures of success”

#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?”

#TBT: “The middle ground that we tend to avoid,” 3DMJ Podcast #183: The Habits of Highly Effective Preps

I love bodybuilding; I hate diet culture. How do I square that circle? How can I connect with a culture that is all about totally superficial, physical features while abhorring societal norms that narrowly define acceptable bodies? My discussion of the strategies and philosophies of bodybuilding prep diets can give you a window into howContinue reading “#TBT: “The middle ground that we tend to avoid,” 3DMJ Podcast #183: The Habits of Highly Effective Preps”

The Smartest Way To Use Protein To Build Muscle (Science Explained), Jeff Nippard

Do you spend much energy trying to get enough protein? My sense of the research and evidence-based recommendations is that getting sufficient protein is a “big rock,” one of those essential pieces to maintaining a healthier bodyweight and building and maintaining muscle mass. AND daily protein, for me, is a “fix it and forget it”Continue reading “The Smartest Way To Use Protein To Build Muscle (Science Explained), Jeff Nippard”

#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”

“How much do you bench?” and other signs of ignorance

I wrote and posted this to another site years ago, but it still remains relevant. Just last week, once again, I was asked by an incredulous 13-yearold, “You lift?! Oh yeah, how much do you bench?” So, it seemed time to share it once again. I am a middle school teacher, and therefore spend myContinue reading ““How much do you bench?” and other signs of ignorance”