“There are huge genetic differences,” Jeff Nippard, Are You Stronger Than Average? (Noob To Freak)

I made the mistake of reading the comments. Are 95% of the lifters out there doing it to prove something? Is ego-lifting the dominant motivator for doing the damn thing? I love having some kind of “rational” and quantitative milestones to compare myself against as much as anyone, but there’s something about the “what strengthContinue reading ““There are huge genetic differences,” Jeff Nippard, Are You Stronger Than Average? (Noob To Freak)”

“You’re not a recluse,” Future of Fitness Podcast, Tony Gentilcore–Coaching for Introverts & Prepping for Life’s Dumpster Fires

I identify as an introvert, but most folks who interact with me wouldn’t know it. One of my closest and dearest friends once told me I was the “most extroverted introvert” she knew. I’m bubbly and energetic with others. I can be loud, over-the-top and silly. AND at the end of the day, I preferContinue reading ““You’re not a recluse,” Future of Fitness Podcast, Tony Gentilcore–Coaching for Introverts & Prepping for Life’s Dumpster Fires”

“A size 2 White lady with a pony tail and a leather jacket,” Hysteria podcast, Oct. 21, 2021, “Dames” (with Rep. Rosa DeLauro)

How do you feel about being called a “badass?” This week, the ladies at Hysteria discussed female-exclusive compliments and in particular, whether or not we see the term badass as positive or problematic. About 40 minutes into the podcast, the hosts Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco are joined by Julissa Arce and Dana Schwartz toContinue reading ““A size 2 White lady with a pony tail and a leather jacket,” Hysteria podcast, Oct. 21, 2021, “Dames” (with Rep. Rosa DeLauro)”

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?)”

Looking Forward to Squat Day

I noticed something wonderful this morning: I found myself looking forward to my squat workout. This has not typically been the case for me. I started training with a barbell a couple years ago and immediately showed some talent with deadlifts.(1) On the first day with a barbell, I repped deadlifts at twice the weightContinue reading “Looking Forward to Squat Day”

“It’s always peanut butter or cheese,” Revolutionary You! Podcast Ep. 324–Dr. Lisa Lewis on Resilience, Self-Care, Balance and the Injustice of Peanut Butter (4 of 4)

This is an important episode from Jason at Revolutionary You, so let me begin by apologizing to him and Dr. Lewis for only just getting around to talking about it! I covered the previous conversation (here, only one week delayed!), but this one has even more good stuff I hope you will listen to andContinue reading ““It’s always peanut butter or cheese,” Revolutionary You! Podcast Ep. 324–Dr. Lisa Lewis on Resilience, Self-Care, Balance and the Injustice of Peanut Butter (4 of 4)”

“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”