What I Want Personal Trainers to Understand About Working With the Chronically Ill

I have several diagnosed chronic illnesses which can impact my training. The illnesses themselves, the medications I take to manage them, and the surgeries I’ve undergone to ameliorate the damage they’ve done to my body, all impact how my body works, how strong I feel, and how much I can push myself. When I’m workingContinue reading “What I Want Personal Trainers to Understand About Working With the Chronically Ill”

“When is it really downhill?” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 141- Peak Performance (When & How Long Will You Be At Your Strongest?)

I’ll be 44 in a month. I’ve been lifting about 8 years now, and even though I’ve been pretty devoted for that length of time, I consider myself an “intermediate” lifter. Lifting, for me, comes alongside the chronic necessity to balance my training with managing a wide assortment of health challenges. I want to thinkContinue reading ““When is it really downhill?” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 141- Peak Performance (When & How Long Will You Be At Your Strongest?)”

“Musclebound, slow, inflexible, and clumsy,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 140–Squats Are Bad For You (The Origin of This Fitness Myth)

I love listening to Dr. Conor Heffernan. I wish I could run away, go back to college, and study the history of lifting from him. Honestly, I’m a terrible history student; my somewhat dyslexic brain doesn’t hold onto dates and names very well. But big cultural eras and patterns of thinking make sense to me,Continue reading ““Musclebound, slow, inflexible, and clumsy,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 140–Squats Are Bad For You (The Origin of This Fitness Myth)”

“Navigating a world that is not accessible,” Balance 365 Life Radio Ep. #172– Ableism in Health and Fitness with Alison Tedford

Sometimes we read, watch or listen to something, and we don’t register it as particularly impactful, but in retrospect, we realize it’s changed our perspective in profound ways. This episode of Balance 365 Life Radio has been one of those moments for me. Alison Tedford speaks about the importance of recognizing and addressing ableism inContinue reading ““Navigating a world that is not accessible,” Balance 365 Life Radio Ep. #172– Ableism in Health and Fitness with Alison Tedford”

“Diving into things is your superpower,” Revolutionary You! Podcast Ep. #323–Dr. Lisa Lewis: Using Strength Training as Mental Health Medication

Wow! A really important topic from Jason Leenaarts and his guest this month, Dr. Lisa Lewis! I have to say, I’m really impressed with Jason’s willingness to go beyond the usual conversations about sets and reps and really dig into what I consider the far more meaningful work of health and fitness. Yes, I wantContinue reading ““Diving into things is your superpower,” Revolutionary You! Podcast Ep. #323–Dr. Lisa Lewis: Using Strength Training as Mental Health Medication”

“I’m expecting it to be low because they’re sick,” Barbell Medicine Podcast Ep. #152: Vitamin D with Dr. Austin Baraki

This latest episode of the Barbell Medicine Podcast features Dr. Austin Baraki sharing his current understanding about the accumulated research on the relationships between vitamin D and health and the value (or not) of vitamin D supplementation. And if I were to summarize his main point, it is that reduced vitamin D is associated withContinue reading ““I’m expecting it to be low because they’re sick,” Barbell Medicine Podcast Ep. #152: Vitamin D with Dr. Austin Baraki”

“I’m done being a hater,” Eat Train Progress Radio, Ep. 6–Kiwis on Pizza and New Year’s Resolutioners

We’re going to dig into the podcast archives for this one. I am a member of the ETP Facebook group, and I love the community that Patrick Umphrey has created there. This appears to be the final episode of Eat Train Progress Radio (January 25, 2020), and it’s a fun combination of pizza talk, beardContinue reading ““I’m done being a hater,” Eat Train Progress Radio, Ep. 6–Kiwis on Pizza and New Year’s Resolutioners”

“If it’s only about inches on the arms, you probably won’t stay,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 134- You Don’t Understand Genetic Limits

Well, the boys roped me in with some first class nerd shit right off the top on this one–applying the mathematical models of limits vs. asymptotes to help us contextualize our own growth as lifters and the inevitable stalls, whether measured in added mass on our bones or added weight on the bar. And weContinue reading ““If it’s only about inches on the arms, you probably won’t stay,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 134- You Don’t Understand Genetic Limits”

How Much Effort is Necessary to Keep Making Progress?

I’m kinda shitty at following programming. Don’t get me wrong–I do my lifts. I’m “consistent,” if you define that as doing something most days I plan to do it. But I’m frequently changing up what’s on the page or deviating from it. Sometimes, it’s about honoring my energetic boundaries. Sometimes my mental health–managing depression, PTSDContinue reading “How Much Effort is Necessary to Keep Making Progress?”

What I’ve Learned About Fitness After Hysterectomy (and Other Major Surgeries)

It’s been about 2 years since my hysterectomy. And in a lot of ways, I’m “back to my old self.” Most of the time, in most ways, I’m now able to do pretty much whatever I want to do in the gym. However, I’ve learned a lot from the ups and downs along the way,Continue reading “What I’ve Learned About Fitness After Hysterectomy (and Other Major Surgeries)”