The Dumbbells Podcast

My spouse and I disagree about comedy. The majority of the comedic content he consumes annoys me. Oftentimes, I get that the idea is funny, but the execution rubs me the wrong way. So, I had some hesitation when he recommended a podcast to me, populated by some of the voices out of UCB (UprightContinue reading “The Dumbbells Podcast”

How Do We Make a New Habit Stick?

You’re all ready to go. You know what you want, it’s in alignment with your long term goals and values, and you’re feeling inspired–and then, you just can’t seem to make it stick. That new habit of going for a walk after work or fitting some fruit into breakfast most days or prepping weekly vegetablesContinue reading “How Do We Make a New Habit Stick?”

Are You “Just Making Excuses,” or Are You Honestly Recognizing Barriers to Success?

Around this time of year, it’s common for my friends to want to talk to me about their exercise and nutrition plans for the year ahead. They want to be successful, they want to feel like they’re on a good trajectory, and they respect the changes I’ve made in my life over the years toContinue reading “Are You “Just Making Excuses,” or Are You Honestly Recognizing Barriers to Success?”

Sexism in Lifting: What is the right balance between sticking my neck out and doing my own thing?

How do we know if we’re making progress when it can go so slowly, it feels like standing still? How do we keep doing the work, plugging away at the pieces, running the experiments, when we don’t even know what the endpoint will look like? Is there a revelation, a revolution, a moment when everythingContinue reading “Sexism in Lifting: What is the right balance between sticking my neck out and doing my own thing?”

Working Out When You’re Experiencing Depression

I have experienced depression off and on for most of my life.  I also now experience symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder which can feel a lot like depression, with moments of low moods coming seemingly out of nowhere, triggered often by nothing of which I am aware.  It can be very difficult to maintainContinue reading “Working Out When You’re Experiencing Depression”

“I don’t think there is a panacea for depression, full stop,” Sigma Nutrition Radio #421: Brendon Stubbs, PhD – The Research on Depression & Physical Activity

Does physical activity reduce our symptoms for depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges? Does our current research give any clear guidelines on what helps, how often, and how much physical activity shows benefits for improving our experience of these diseases? This week’s conversation between Danny Lennon and Dr. Brendon Stubbs explores the strengths andContinue reading ““I don’t think there is a panacea for depression, full stop,” Sigma Nutrition Radio #421: Brendon Stubbs, PhD – The Research on Depression & Physical Activity”

Mindset Tips For the Woman Who Wants to Start Lifting

Yay! Welcome! I love you! I’m so happy you are getting ready to take that step! Strength training can be a truly transformative and empowering experience. It also may have a steeper learning curve than getting into cardio as many of us have little to no experience with it before we decide to make itContinue reading “Mindset Tips For the Woman Who Wants to Start Lifting”

“Modern warriors, let’s get started,” introducing Ancient Workouts with Omar

Omar’s got a show on the History Channel; Omar’s got a show on the History Channel! Hey, did you hear? Omar, he’s got a new show, like a legit show, on the History Channel! (Ok, the online version, but still. . .) Ok. Maybe I’m a bit over the top, but I think any timeContinue reading ““Modern warriors, let’s get started,” introducing Ancient Workouts with Omar”

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)”