“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”

“If it’s only about inches on the arms, you probably won’t stay,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 134- You Don’t Understand Genetic Limits

Well, the boys roped me in with some first class nerd shit right off the top on this one–applying the mathematical models of limits vs. asymptotes to help us contextualize our own growth as lifters and the inevitable stalls, whether measured in added mass on our bones or added weight on the bar. And weContinue reading ““If it’s only about inches on the arms, you probably won’t stay,” Iron Culture Podcast, Ep. 134- You Don’t Understand Genetic Limits”

“You don’t know if you’re going to be the next Arnold,” 3D Muscle Journey Podcast #185: Are Your Expectations Too High?

The intended audience for the 3DMJ podcast is professional bodybuilders, folks who are looking to go pro, and their trainers, and I don’t always relate to the content. However, I think there’s a lot of important messages in this episode for the rest of us, and a careful listen can help us all develop healthierContinue reading ““You don’t know if you’re going to be the next Arnold,” 3D Muscle Journey Podcast #185: Are Your Expectations Too High?”

How Much Effort is Necessary to Keep Making Progress?

I’m kinda shitty at following programming. Don’t get me wrong–I do my lifts. I’m “consistent,” if you define that as doing something most days I plan to do it. But I’m frequently changing up what’s on the page or deviating from it. Sometimes, it’s about honoring my energetic boundaries. Sometimes my mental health–managing depression, PTSDContinue reading “How Much Effort is Necessary to Keep Making Progress?”

What I’ve Learned About Fitness After Hysterectomy (and Other Major Surgeries)

It’s been about 2 years since my hysterectomy. And in a lot of ways, I’m “back to my old self.” Most of the time, in most ways, I’m now able to do pretty much whatever I want to do in the gym. However, I’ve learned a lot from the ups and downs along the way,Continue reading “What I’ve Learned About Fitness After Hysterectomy (and Other Major Surgeries)”

Respecting Our Energetic Boundaries

I think most people who meet me think of me as an energetic, go-getter kind of person. And I can be. I can also be chronically exhausted and feel wrung out for weeks at a time. We all have energetic boundaries; there are times when we are able to push through the discomfort and getContinue reading “Respecting Our Energetic Boundaries”

“Don’t worry about it yet,” Stronger By Science Ep. #62–Energy Deficiency, Training Frequency, and Beginner Gains

I’m an avid listener to the SBS Pod, but I don’t usually feel comfortable adding my commentary. I’m not a statistician or scientist, and it’s out of my wheelhouse to interpret data. However, this week’s podcast is a Q&A, and that means it includes conversations about applying an evidence-based approach to our training, and THATContinue reading ““Don’t worry about it yet,” Stronger By Science Ep. #62–Energy Deficiency, Training Frequency, and Beginner Gains”

Returning to Lifting After Hysterectomy

Last week, I shared what I’d learned about easing back into training after hysterectomy. This next post was written as a 10-week post-operative update on returning to lifting. It is now nearly 10 weeks after my complete, laparoscopic hysterectomy, and I figure it’s about time for an update on my progress! When I last wrote,Continue reading “Returning to Lifting After Hysterectomy”

“It’s the story you tell yourself in your head,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. #126–Competing At The Highest Level In Powerlifting (ft. Bryce Lewis & Ashton Rouska)

Are you a competitive person? Do you compete as a lifter? What motivates and activates an athlete to compete in a way that can be sustained through the wins and losses? This week Iron Culture brings us a rare glimpse into the minds of two lifters who have faced each other and placed first andContinue reading ““It’s the story you tell yourself in your head,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. #126–Competing At The Highest Level In Powerlifting (ft. Bryce Lewis & Ashton Rouska)”

Keeping Fit While Healing from Hysterectomy

I have had to adapt my training to many setbacks–in particular, since I began training, I’ve undergone several major surgeries that required general anesthesia and months (or years) of recovery. One of the most recent examples was having a hysterectomy a few years ago. Below, you will find a blog post that I wrote forContinue reading “Keeping Fit While Healing from Hysterectomy”