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”

“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)”

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”

“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)”

“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”