“People are there for selfish reasons; they don’t owe you anything,” Why People are Intimidated by the Gym, Alan Thrall

In case you haven’t seen this video yet, I wanted to be sure to draw your attention to it. What are the reasons folks are intimidated about going to the gym? According to Alan’s own polling, it boils down to this: they expect other people at the gym to be assholes. They expect folks toContinue reading ““People are there for selfish reasons; they don’t owe you anything,” Why People are Intimidated by the Gym, Alan Thrall”

My Home Gym Wish List

I continued training throughout the pandemic. At first, it was mostly bodyweight stuff, with some long sets using the sparse lower-weight dumbbells I’d accrued over the years. I also had some resistance bands I’d purchased the previous year to train while healing from my hysterectomy. It was fine. I kept a lot of my strength,Continue reading “My Home Gym Wish List”

“You should be doing more of what you enjoy doing,” Alan Thrall, Dec. 1, 2021: No Motivation To Exercise

What is the balance between discipline and motivation? Motivation is an emotion, and like all emotions it comes and goes. In this video, Alan Thrall talks about practical ways you can improve motivation like “do stuff you like to do.” He also talks about doing things just because it needs to be done, what IContinue reading ““You should be doing more of what you enjoy doing,” Alan Thrall, Dec. 1, 2021: No Motivation To Exercise”

Fitting in my lifts with circuit training

Back in September, I wrote about reducing my lifting training to 4 45-minute sessions. Well, as is often the case, with the holidays approaching, my time is no more my own than it was earlier in the fall. It’s ok, though, even with my shortened workouts, I’m still making progress, and to paraphrase Greg Nuckols,Continue reading “Fitting in my lifts with circuit training”

Vote with Your Wallet–an Evidence-Based Gift Guide

I consume a lot of free content. Podcasts, blog posts, interviews, youtube videos–They’re a huge way I entertain myself, keep informed and feel connected to the world of lifting and fitness nutrition. And I want the folks I love and support to keep doing their thing. So, I vote with my wallet. When I needContinue reading “Vote with Your Wallet–an Evidence-Based Gift Guide”

“My body will tell me,” Chasing the Physique ’22-Ep 2 (3DMJ Godfather Contest Prep)

This week’s 3DMJ Godfather contest prep video, in addition to more soothing images of Jeff Alberts lifting calmly and with intent, includes some thoughts on how to manage aches and pains during training. He mentions some specific exercise substitutions he keeps in his back pocket for when his body gives him feedback that something needsContinue reading ““My body will tell me,” Chasing the Physique ’22-Ep 2 (3DMJ Godfather Contest Prep)”

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?”

“What’s the point if you’re not having fun?” Chasing the Physique ’22-Ep. 1 (3DMJ Godfather contest prep)

What gets you to go back to the gym day after day? What pushes you to finish the long sets, complete your assigned programming, and push yourself to new levels? It’s so common in the fitness world to talk about motivation like it’s this mythical, physical thing like buried treasure–what to do if we haveContinue reading ““What’s the point if you’re not having fun?” Chasing the Physique ’22-Ep. 1 (3DMJ Godfather contest prep)”

“There are huge genetic differences,” Jeff Nippard, Are You Stronger Than Average? (Noob To Freak)

I made the mistake of reading the comments. Are 95% of the lifters out there doing it to prove something? Is ego-lifting the dominant motivator for doing the damn thing? I love having some kind of “rational” and quantitative milestones to compare myself against as much as anyone, but there’s something about the “what strengthContinue reading ““There are huge genetic differences,” Jeff Nippard, Are You Stronger Than Average? (Noob To Freak)”

“Do I bulk, cut, maintain or recomp?” 3DMJ Podcast #190: Q&A Session 19

CW: Talk of weight manipulation, body size, and body fat I always enjoy these Q&A episodes from the folks at 3DMJ. This week’s conversation starts with the age-old question, “do I bulk or do I cut?” This time around, the question is being asked by a person with a history of higher body fat whoContinue reading ““Do I bulk, cut, maintain or recomp?” 3DMJ Podcast #190: Q&A Session 19″