YouTube Round-up, mid-March

Bert wants us to evaluate the physiques of some semi-nude dudes from 10 years ago. Ok, I love this video, but like (nearly) always, I’m so wishing there was another version with some ladies included as well. I’ve been a fan of bodybuilding as a sport for a long time, and in this video, BertContinue reading “YouTube Round-up, mid-March”

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?”

#TBT–Can We Talk About Physique Goals Without Perpetuating Diet Culture?

Today, I’m resharing my most popular post with the bots that follow me. (LOTS of “likes,” very few “reads.”) Is there a way we can talk about changing our physiques that doesn’t do harm to ourselves or others? What are the guidelines for recognizing when we are perpetuating diet culture and when are respecting personalContinue reading “#TBT–Can We Talk About Physique Goals Without Perpetuating Diet Culture?”

YouTube Round-up, late February

Alan wants us (by which I think he means men and male-identified people) to avoid the allure of taking exogenous hormones and learn how to progress by improving our training. (Honestly, it’s super-funny, but the joke lands a bit flat for me as someone who isn’t in the primary population of potential steroid users.) TheContinue reading “YouTube Round-up, late February”

“Get this hunger monkey off my back,” Breaking Up with Binge Eating, Moving from Calorie Counting to Using Body Signals (And Emotions!)

It seems like the evidence-based folks I listen to and respect land in two camps when it comes to calorie counting. There’s those who see calorie counting as a tool, just a thing you do to keep your awareness and educate your choices, and there’s those who see it as a slippery slope, often leadingContinue reading ““Get this hunger monkey off my back,” Breaking Up with Binge Eating, Moving from Calorie Counting to Using Body Signals (And Emotions!)”

“Intention and trade-offs,” Balance 365, Ep. 207: Weight Loss Considerations For Smaller-Framed Women

CW: Talk of fat loss, body size and calories Do you have fat loss goals? How are you defining them? Are you trying to reach a particular number or size, or is success defined by a feeling? Why is your goal the goal? Many folks are in perpetual fat loss attempts, or more likely, cyclingContinue reading ““Intention and trade-offs,” Balance 365, Ep. 207: Weight Loss Considerations For Smaller-Framed Women”

#TBT–Iron Culture Ep. 128, Book Bodybuilding and the Dog, Ft. Ryan Doris

Today I’m highlighting an older post, a conversation about balancing the desire to push hard versus feeling in control while lifting. There’s not much appeal for me to “get a little stupid” in the gym. For me, it’s impossible to isolate getting hyped up for a big lifting session from the impacts of trauma. LoveContinue reading “#TBT–Iron Culture Ep. 128, Book Bodybuilding and the Dog, Ft. Ryan Doris”

Does childhood trauma make us more likely to become bodybuilders?

As a part of my treatment for PTSD, my therapist recommended that I read Pete Walker’s Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving. I’ve only made it through the first few chapters, but I can see why it was recommended reading. I can see myself in many of the characteristics he describes. Walker begins by identifyingContinue reading “Does childhood trauma make us more likely to become bodybuilders?”

“It doesn’t matter what you’re given, it’s what you do with it,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 155–Alex Tilinca: Self Made Man

I’m having grandiose thoughts. I’m imagining a future sporting world in which the full variety of human experiences are welcomed and included. In which maybe we have men’s, women’s, and open categories for sport, in which anyone can participate who feels called and can do the work. Where we’re defined and divided by our abilitiesContinue reading ““It doesn’t matter what you’re given, it’s what you do with it,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 155–Alex Tilinca: Self Made Man”

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

If there weren’t a drug-free bodybuilding community out there, I don’t think I’d ever be comfortable calling myself a bodybuilder, even a recreational one. I’m a pretty straight-laced person. I drink a mug of coffee in the morning; I enjoy some chocolate. I take my prescription medications and a few over-the-counter things like NSAIDS toContinue reading ““Is there a place for me?” 3DMJ Podcast¬†#195: Is Natural Bodybuilding Viable?”