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)”

“You can do this vs. I can do this,” Barbell Medicine Podcast, Episode #150: Claire Zai on Hormones, Programming, the Menstrual Cycle, and More

Do women need to train differently than men? What are the considerations when training a woman versus a man in lifting? These are some of the interesting questions that Claire Zai explores in this conversation, and while I’m a bit late in getting this out, I think it’s an important topic to be sure toContinue reading ““You can do this vs. I can do this,” Barbell Medicine Podcast, Episode #150: Claire Zai on Hormones, Programming, the Menstrual Cycle, and More”

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)”

Returning to Running After Hysterectomy

This is the third reblog looking back at my experiences maintaining and rebuilding my fitness after hysterectomy. You can find post one here and two here. This third installment was about returning to running, which I actually found to be a longer recovery than returning to lifting. I didn’t develop a really consistent running practiceContinue reading “Returning to Running After Hysterectomy”

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”

“My body is my compass” Balance365 Life Radio–Episode 175: The Truth About Intermittent Fasting

Wow! This is such a wonderful and nuanced conversation about potential downsides to taking on intermittent fasting, especially for women and other folks who are estrogen-dominant. There are some really important caveats at the start of the episode–if this is something folks are doing under the advisement of their doctor or as a part ofContinue reading ““My body is my compass” Balance365 Life Radio–Episode 175: The Truth About Intermittent Fasting”

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”

“Tell me why,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 125: Competing (and Winning) in BOTH Powerlifting & Bodybuilding (ft. Katie Ann Rutherford)

Whoop whoop! It’s another Monday, which means another Iron Culture Podcast! Katie Ann Rutherford is an evidence-based and world-stage winning powerlifter and physique athlete, and this conversation with her covered some really interesting ground, including how to balance between the two sports, how to work with a coach and how to stay healthy as aContinue reading ““Tell me why,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 125: Competing (and Winning) in BOTH Powerlifting & Bodybuilding (ft. Katie Ann Rutherford)”

Is Fear of Fat Keeping You From Your Goals?

Building muscle takes energy.   Here’s my super-sciency understanding of how that works:   Stimulus (lifting) + Substrate (materials to build with = mostly protein) + Energy to do the work = Hypertrophy (building muscles and related tissues for increased strength)  However, many lifters, especially but not exclusively women, are uncomfortable eating enough to work this equationContinue reading “Is Fear of Fat Keeping You From Your Goals?”