“Captain Picard of the USS Jacked,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 139- Why Try Harder Fails

Spinning your wheels in the gym? Maybe you just need to try harder. Or not. It’s not my thing to assume folks simply need to put in more effort in order to realize their lifting dreams. I’m much more interested in finding sustainable solutions that address the barriers that prevent us from being as consistentContinue reading ““Captain Picard of the USS Jacked,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 139- Why Try Harder Fails”

It’s Time for Some New Gym Rules

As gyms around the world are slowly reopening, I welcome them to take this opportunity to restart with some new ground rules and expectations for their patrons in order to make it a more welcoming space.  As they existed pre-COVID, most gym cultures that I experienced were sometimes fine and sometimes extraordinarily problematic. They wereContinue reading “It’s Time for Some New Gym Rules”

“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”

Fitness Professionals: Why you should care about anti-fat bias

There’s a type of trainer out there who walks around assuming that folks who are fatter and less fit than themselves simply aren’t motivated enough. I’ve heard many podcasts with the type, and their interviews always amount to a tough love kind of style–no one but me is going to tell you the hard truthContinue reading “Fitness Professionals: Why you should care about anti-fat bias”

Making the Most of Minimal Training

A few weeks ago, I wrote about figuring out how much training we need to do in order to continue to progress. That post was focused on the theoretical boundaries of load and volume because the reality is how much we need to do and see progress will be different for each of us. However,Continue reading “Making the Most of Minimal Training”

“Take a step back and look at the big picture,” Alan Thrall, Ten Tips for Novice Lifters

I went down an Alan Thrall Youtube wormhole this weekend. It started with someone I know sharing this video on how to respond to pain in the gym. I found it nuanced and informative, and off I went to chase other video titles! The video I want to talk about today is from 2018, andContinue reading ““Take a step back and look at the big picture,” Alan Thrall, Ten Tips for Novice Lifters”

“You don’t know if you’re going to be the next Arnold,” 3D Muscle Journey Podcast #185: Are Your Expectations Too High?

The intended audience for the 3DMJ podcast is professional bodybuilders, folks who are looking to go pro, and their trainers, and I don’t always relate to the content. However, I think there’s a lot of important messages in this episode for the rest of us, and a careful listen can help us all develop healthierContinue reading ““You don’t know if you’re going to be the next Arnold,” 3D Muscle Journey Podcast #185: Are Your Expectations Too High?”

“The shift from human to superhuman,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. #133- The Shady History of Supplements (ft. Dr. Conor Heffernan & Ben Esgro)

Very happy to be back for another episode of Iron Culture, especially when it includes Iron Game historian Dr. Conor Heffernan! I LOVE the context he provides to help us understand the trends and changes in lifting culture. I often dream he will come to the show to specifically discuss the history of women, queerContinue reading ““The shift from human to superhuman,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. #133- The Shady History of Supplements (ft. Dr. Conor Heffernan & Ben Esgro)”

“You can do this vs. I can do this,” Barbell Medicine Podcast, Episode #150: Claire Zai on Hormones, Programming, the Menstrual Cycle, and More

Do women need to train differently than men? What are the considerations when training a woman versus a man in lifting? These are some of the interesting questions that Claire Zai explores in this conversation, and while I’m a bit late in getting this out, I think it’s an important topic to be sure toContinue reading ““You can do this vs. I can do this,” Barbell Medicine Podcast, Episode #150: Claire Zai on Hormones, Programming, the Menstrual Cycle, and More”