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”

“A punk, DIY ethos,” No Lift Podcast, Ep. 177–Bristol co-op gym with Guy Lochhead, Lotte Kammenga, and Conor Heffernan

What can we do to make gyms more inclusive spaces? I’ve posted ideas in the past, including making clear guidelines and behavior expectations. But what if the design of the gym was created by the membership? Would a community create a more inclusive space by having more voices involved in the design and participation inContinue reading ““A punk, DIY ethos,” No Lift Podcast, Ep. 177–Bristol co-op gym with Guy Lochhead, Lotte Kammenga, and Conor Heffernan”

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?”

Sexism and the Myth of Universality of Men’s Stories in Lifting

“Why do I need to learn this?” It’s day two of the sex ed unit in my 7th grade health class, and we’re labeling assigned female anatomy. The boy asking the above question is sincere. He doesn’t see why he needs to learn about the anatomy of literally half of the world’s human population. ItContinue reading “Sexism and the Myth of Universality of Men’s Stories in Lifting”

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”

“Getting away from avoidant language,” Barbell Medicine, Ep. #167: Exercise in Pregnancy

Is it safe to train during pregnancy? Even before this episode of Barbell Medicine, I had a strong feeling this was the wrong question. It needn’t be “is it safe or unsafe?” That’s black-and-white thinking, which is rarely the right approach in things health and fitness. Instead, we need to ask the more nuanced questionsContinue reading ““Getting away from avoidant language,” Barbell Medicine, Ep. #167: Exercise in Pregnancy”