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”

“Science is political,” The Food Medic podcast, S4 EP7 (part 1): INFERIOR: How Science Got Women Wrong

The Food Medic, Dr. Hazel Wallace’s podcast, is a new one to me, and I’ve been digging into the archives to learn more and give it a try. The conversation I want to highlight today is with journalist Angela Saini, who got interested in the history of sexism in science whilst researching menopause. Apparently, thereContinue reading ““Science is political,” The Food Medic podcast, S4 EP7 (part 1): INFERIOR: How Science Got Women Wrong”

Cutting my hair and loving my strong legs

This morning is the first time in over two decades that I’ve woken up with really, properly short hair. I’ve been playing around the edges of a shorter ‘do for a handful of years now, but last night, I committed to going pixie. Or a kinda long, shaggy, pixie. I feel a little like aContinue reading “Cutting my hair and loving my strong legs”

Welcome to Progressive Strength! An “Intraview”

An interview is someone asking questions of someone else, so I’m gonna call this an intraview–me asking questions of myself, as a means to introduce myself to you, my fabulous reader! Progressive Strength (PG): Let’s start with the basics. Who are you and why did you start writing this blog? Me: My name is Marjorie,Continue reading “Welcome to Progressive Strength! An “Intraview””

“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”

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”

“A size 2 White lady with a pony tail and a leather jacket,” Hysteria podcast, Oct. 21, 2021, “Dames” (with Rep. Rosa DeLauro)

How do you feel about being called a “badass?” This week, the ladies at Hysteria discussed female-exclusive compliments and in particular, whether or not we see the term badass as positive or problematic. About 40 minutes into the podcast, the hosts Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco are joined by Julissa Arce and Dana Schwartz toContinue reading ““A size 2 White lady with a pony tail and a leather jacket,” Hysteria podcast, Oct. 21, 2021, “Dames” (with Rep. Rosa DeLauro)”

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”

“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)”