The Holidays Aren’t “Just One Day of Eating,” and That’s OK

It’s just one day. Enjoy it and move on. This advice has become so commonplace in the potentially kinder, gentler corners of the nutrition-sphere, it’s a cliché. And yet, like most clichés, it isn’t really, deeply true. It rings with truthiness, and I wonder at the harm it does for the many folks seeking understandingContinue reading “The Holidays Aren’t “Just One Day of Eating,” and That’s OK”

“The tyranny of reductionism,” Sigma Nutrition Radio #413: Anthony Fardet, PhD – Nutritional Reductionism, the Food Matrix & Impact of Processing

So, maybe it’s not cool for me to post a conversation about how our modern food systems are contributing to human disease and the destruction of the planet the day before a huge percentage of my readership is about to enjoy Thanksgiving feasts, but here it is. I guess I’m not cool. Like I sayContinue reading ““The tyranny of reductionism,” Sigma Nutrition Radio #413: Anthony Fardet, PhD – Nutritional Reductionism, the Food Matrix & Impact of Processing”

Is Grunting While I Lift Contributing to Patriarchy?

I’m sharing this older post today, written a few years ago, not long after I’d had a hysterectomy. I’m still lifting in my garage, but I’m guessing these conversations are still relevant as folks are slowly returning to gyms again. Over the last couple months, I have returned to the gym after nearly 2 monthsContinue reading “Is Grunting While I Lift Contributing to Patriarchy?”

The Maintenance Phase Podcast

Usually, I prefer to discuss individual episodes of a podcast, and down the line, I may choose to discuss specific episodes of Maintenance Phase; however, for today, I’d like to share my impressions after listening to most of their back catalog and provide some context for how I find myself interpreting their conversations. Mike andContinue reading “The Maintenance Phase Podcast”

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”

How the Men of the Fitness World Can Help Make a More Inclusive Space

Folks like you are the dominant voice in the fitness world. Here are 7 ways you can share the love. one. Elevate women’s (and other non-men’s) voices on your platforms. We’re about half of the population. Quick test–what percent of the people you’re sharing and talking about are women? Not 50%? Time to begin theContinue reading “How the Men of the Fitness World Can Help Make a More Inclusive Space”

“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)”