“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?”

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?”

“Not doing it becomes a conflict with who you think you are,” Stronger by Science podcast, Goal Setting and Behavior Change (Episode 71)

CW: Talk of calorie counting This week’s Stronger by Science is focused on a single topic, what is the evidence we have for successful habit formation, and I’m so excited about it! It is, of course, timely and appropriate for New Year’s, but it’s also something that I find myself wondering about and working onContinue reading ““Not doing it becomes a conflict with who you think you are,” Stronger by Science podcast, Goal Setting and Behavior Change (Episode 71)”

“113,000 Meatheads,” THE MUSCLE IQ TEST: Are You Smarter Than Average About Fitness? Jeff Nippard

If you want to take the quiz, it can be found at jeffnippard.com/muscleiq. I recommend giving it a go before watching the video. (Bonus, you get a code for 30% off programs for completing the quiz.) Am I smarter than average about fitness? I guess so. I scored a 77%, and apparently the average wasContinue reading ““113,000 Meatheads,” THE MUSCLE IQ TEST: Are You Smarter Than Average About Fitness? Jeff Nippard”

“Your genes aren’t deterministic, but they bracket the possibilities,” Is Obesity a Choice-Giles Yeo

Dr. Yeo poses the question “Is obesity a choice?” tl:d watch: No. This video was shared recently on Facebook from someone at Barbell Medicine. It dates back to 2019, but contains information that isn’t yet in the popular consciousness. That’s unfortunate since Dr. Yeo does a great job concisely summarizing the genetic influences that impactContinue reading ““Your genes aren’t deterministic, but they bracket the possibilities,” Is Obesity a Choice-Giles Yeo”

“The time with family and friends, that’s more important,” Chasing the Physique’22 #5, 3DMJ Godfather Contest Prep

Are you joining me in keeping up with Jeff’s contest prep this year? (Here’s links to discussions of one and two.) I have to say, I’m really enjoying watching the week-to-week progression of the work. And from all appearances, Jeff has a healthy relationship with bodybuilding and food, and there’s been nothing too cringy soContinue reading ““The time with family and friends, that’s more important,” Chasing the Physique’22 #5, 3DMJ Godfather Contest Prep”