The Importance of Inclusive Examples

How do I color like a 4-year-old? The question perplexed me. I was fourteen, working my first “real” job at a daycare center, and I’d been given the instruction that when I join them for creative tasks, I was to protect the children’s self-esteem by not working too far ahead of their abilities. So, asContinue reading “The Importance of Inclusive Examples”

My Take on the Sumo Debate

Is the Sumo deadlift cheating? There’s a lot of discussion in the evidence-based space and once again, it’s a discussion being had between elite strength and physique athletes who are men. So, what’s missing from this conversation? Rather than debating the relative efficacy of sumo versus conventional, limb lengths, angles, which is quad dominant orContinue reading “My Take on the Sumo Debate”

The Gender Binary, Patriarchy, and How Bodybuilding Gives me a Place to Express my Authentic Self

I have never been the girl my mother hoped I would be. From a very young age, she has given me unwanted gifts like full length, pink nighties with puff sleeves and lace, dolls to play house with, and birthday cards with sparkles and butterflies. (I still get the birthday cards with sparkles and butterflies.)Continue reading “The Gender Binary, Patriarchy, and How Bodybuilding Gives me a Place to Express my Authentic Self”

Never Stop Lifting: How to Use Progressions and Regressions to Make Any Program Work for You

Regressing lifts might be one of my superpowers. I’ve written many times about the numerous physical challenges I experience and have to work around in order to keep lifting part of my world. And when my body was bigger, and my fitness levels were nearly nonexistent, most strength training programming was way over my currentContinue reading “Never Stop Lifting: How to Use Progressions and Regressions to Make Any Program Work for You”

“Cash that piggy bank in,” 1st Week with a Newborn Baby | Am I Losing All My Gains?! Alan Thrall

Alan Thrall is quickly rising to the top of my evidence-based favorites list. His content is continuing to evolve and discuss new topics, his message is becoming more inclusive (and is less obviously exclusive), and I enjoy his sense of humor. This video shows the first week of him balancing his training with being aContinue reading ““Cash that piggy bank in,” 1st Week with a Newborn Baby | Am I Losing All My Gains?! Alan Thrall”

Lifting with My Inner Rebel

I’ve been trying something new with my training lately. Sometimes, when I’m not feeling inspired to do what I’ve planned to do, I’ve been ignoring my programming and doing whatever the fuck feels good. Not all of the time, not every workout, but when I want to do something but that little voice in myContinue reading “Lifting with My Inner Rebel”

Mindset Tips For the Woman Who Wants to Start Lifting

Yay! Welcome! I love you! I’m so happy you are getting ready to take that step! Strength training can be a truly transformative and empowering experience. It also may have a steeper learning curve than getting into cardio as many of us have little to no experience with it before we decide to make itContinue reading “Mindset Tips For the Woman Who Wants to Start Lifting”

What does a habits-based approach to physique change look like?

CW: Talk of fat loss and weight loss The most recent episode of Stronger by Science was all about evidence-based practices to create goals and to establish new, healthy habits. I thought it might be worthwhile and interesting to provide my own examples of these, not from a place of expertise but from a placeContinue reading “What does a habits-based approach to physique change look like?”

“Not doing it becomes a conflict with who you think you are,” Stronger by Science podcast, Goal Setting and Behavior Change (Episode 71)

CW: Talk of calorie counting This week’s Stronger by Science is focused on a single topic, what is the evidence we have for successful habit formation, and I’m so excited about it! It is, of course, timely and appropriate for New Year’s, but it’s also something that I find myself wondering about and working onContinue reading ““Not doing it becomes a conflict with who you think you are,” Stronger by Science podcast, Goal Setting and Behavior Change (Episode 71)”

Red Flags That a Fitness Professional is Full of Crap

Ah the holidays, when folks experience all the fun and anxiety associated with unrestrained exuberance paired painfully with social obligation and familial tension. Out of this miasma may rise within us a strong desire to take control, to reset, to cleanse or to start afresh. (And to completely mix the metaphor), thus enters the emotionalContinue reading “Red Flags That a Fitness Professional is Full of Crap”