“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”

#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?”

“There is no going back,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 167- The Resurrection of a Powerlifter (ft. Mike Tuchscherer)

Gotta say, I’ve enjoyed this conversation more than most of the recent episodes of Iron Culture. I like it when the guys get other folks with new perspectives on the show to broaden the conversation. Without out it, in my opinion, especially on the science-focused conversations, Eric can get a little mansplainy, and I missContinue reading ““There is no going back,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 167- The Resurrection of a Powerlifter (ft. Mike Tuchscherer)”

Never Stop Lifting: How to Use Progressions and Regressions to Make Any Program Work for You

Regressing lifts might be one of my superpowers. I’ve written many times about the numerous physical challenges I experience and have to work around in order to keep lifting part of my world. And when my body was bigger, and my fitness levels were nearly nonexistent, most strength training programming was way over my currentContinue reading “Never Stop Lifting: How to Use Progressions and Regressions to Make Any Program Work for You”

“Cash that piggy bank in,” 1st Week with a Newborn Baby | Am I Losing All My Gains?! Alan Thrall

Alan Thrall is quickly rising to the top of my evidence-based favorites list. His content is continuing to evolve and discuss new topics, his message is becoming more inclusive (and is less obviously exclusive), and I enjoy his sense of humor. This video shows the first week of him balancing his training with being aContinue reading ““Cash that piggy bank in,” 1st Week with a Newborn Baby | Am I Losing All My Gains?! Alan Thrall”

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”

You can choose to NOT change

What if I decide to NOT work on that right now? The moment I thought the thought, I was flooded with a sense of relief. I’d decided to be ok with letting things be what they are for now, and it felt good. As the social media cliché goes, I don’t know who needs toContinue reading “You can choose to NOT change”

“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”

Lifting with My Inner Rebel

I’ve been trying something new with my training lately. Sometimes, when I’m not feeling inspired to do what I’ve planned to do, I’ve been ignoring my programming and doing whatever the fuck feels good. Not all of the time, not every workout, but when I want to do something but that little voice in myContinue reading “Lifting with My Inner Rebel”