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”

Are Folks Choosing Between Eating to Get Swole and to Save the Planet?

I became a vegetarian when I was 15 years old after my biology teacher explained the caloric energy inefficiencies of a meat-based diet. Each step up the food chain costs energy, and more people would have access to more food with less environmental cost if more of us ate lower on the food chain. TheContinue reading “Are Folks Choosing Between Eating to Get Swole and to Save the Planet?”

“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”

“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”

“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”

Making the Most of Minimal Training

A few weeks ago, I wrote about figuring out how much training we need to do in order to continue to progress. That post was focused on the theoretical boundaries of load and volume because the reality is how much we need to do and see progress will be different for each of us. However,Continue reading “Making the Most of Minimal Training”

“I’m done being a hater,” Eat Train Progress Radio, Ep. 6–Kiwis on Pizza and New Year’s Resolutioners

We’re going to dig into the podcast archives for this one. I am a member of the ETP Facebook group, and I love the community that Patrick Umphrey has created there. This appears to be the final episode of Eat Train Progress Radio (January 25, 2020), and it’s a fun combination of pizza talk, beardContinue reading ““I’m done being a hater,” Eat Train Progress Radio, Ep. 6–Kiwis on Pizza and New Year’s Resolutioners”

“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”