“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”

Welcome to Progressive Strength! An “Intraview”

An interview is someone asking questions of someone else, so I’m gonna call this an intraview–me asking questions of myself, as a means to introduce myself to you, my fabulous reader! Progressive Strength (PG): Let’s start with the basics. Who are you and why did you start writing this blog? Me: My name is Marjorie,Continue reading “Welcome to Progressive Strength! An “Intraview””

“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?)”

“Musclebound, slow, inflexible, and clumsy,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 140–Squats Are Bad For You (The Origin of This Fitness Myth)

I love listening to Dr. Conor Heffernan. I wish I could run away, go back to college, and study the history of lifting from him. Honestly, I’m a terrible history student; my somewhat dyslexic brain doesn’t hold onto dates and names very well. But big cultural eras and patterns of thinking make sense to me,Continue reading ““Musclebound, slow, inflexible, and clumsy,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 140–Squats Are Bad For You (The Origin of This Fitness Myth)”

“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”

“The few, the proud, the jacked,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 138- Metabolism Myths (Age, Sex & Individual Differences)

This week’s Iron Culture goes into three influences on metabolism and the latest research on to what degree they actually matter–age, sex, and individual differences. Which, as I type that, I realize is kinda obvious from the title. But hey, my seventh grade English teacher taught me to have a topic sentence, and that’s whatContinue reading ““The few, the proud, the jacked,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 138- Metabolism Myths (Age, Sex & Individual Differences)”

“Like a sac of worms,” Iron Culture Podcast, Episode 136–All About Testosterone & TRT (Yeah We Go There)

This episode of Iron Culture features “Mr. Doctor” Ben House and an in depth conversation about testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), which is apparently a recently booming business in the males-in-mid-life demographic. As not a male, nor a female seeking to go on T, honestly, this conversation left a lot to be desired. I appreciate theContinue reading ““Like a sac of worms,” Iron Culture Podcast, Episode 136–All About Testosterone & TRT (Yeah We Go There)”

“If it’s only about inches on the arms, you probably won’t stay,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 134- You Don’t Understand Genetic Limits

Well, the boys roped me in with some first class nerd shit right off the top on this one–applying the mathematical models of limits vs. asymptotes to help us contextualize our own growth as lifters and the inevitable stalls, whether measured in added mass on our bones or added weight on the bar. And weContinue reading ““If it’s only about inches on the arms, you probably won’t stay,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 134- You Don’t Understand Genetic Limits”

“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)”

“I’m trying to help the evil empire,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 132 -Where Does Bro Science Come From?

Wooboy. Take a breath, weed through the SNES stories and nostalgia, and find your way to the connections Eric and Omar see between what we think we know right now and how it’s influenced by when we enter into a particular world of information. And THAT, to me, is the main message of this episodeContinue reading ““I’m trying to help the evil empire,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 132 -Where Does Bro Science Come From?”