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?”

Why is the Online Strength Space So Full of Casual Sexism and Homophobia? I blame it on men.

I’m part of a few online strength training forums, places where folks can ask questions, explore ideas, and talk shop. And, unfortunately, all except one has a casual culture of sexism and homophobia. Common language includes describing oneself as a pussy, or more often not a pussy. There are references to losing one’s titties. BCAAsContinue reading “Why is the Online Strength Space So Full of Casual Sexism and Homophobia? I blame it on men.”

2 Deep Thoughts: Iron Culture Podcast Ep. #124: Natty or Not, Drug Testing and Genetics

This week the gents at Iron Culture give us 50 minutes of wide-ranging conversation about muscular genetic potential, steroid use, and to whom we compare ourselves. 37:00ish Eric makes a great point that we compare ourselves and others based on who we watch online, who we follow on social media and who we lift around.Continue reading “2 Deep Thoughts: Iron Culture Podcast Ep. #124: Natty or Not, Drug Testing and Genetics”

Can We Talk About Physique Goals Without Perpetuating Diet Culture? 

 Part 1. Aside from the personal benefits it gives me, I lift because I want muscles; I like working to increase my size, and I see strength training as a means to sculpt my physique.  It’s an art form, a form of personal expression.  Implicit in these goals is the pursuit of body composition.  IContinue reading “Can We Talk About Physique Goals Without Perpetuating Diet Culture? “