What holds you back?

What would you do if you achieved your physical goals, either about your appearance alone, your appearance & your strength/flexibility, etc., or just your strength/flexibility? Have you ever felt that achieving such a goal might…..suck, somehow? I’m asking because I have felt that myself, to be honest. I’ve hit my weight goals plenty of times…

53 laps around the sun

It’s my birthday weekend and we just returned from a lovely time in Vermont – we hiked, walked, boated, and wandered, and I think about the richness of our life, even though it would probably seem modest to most people. In the last year and a half, we have learned a lot about gratitude, and…

This post is coming to you from my vacation

I am in Vermont this week, one of my favorite states in the country. I’m gonna eat cheese curds and paddle on Lake Champlain with my partner of 19+ years, Craig, and do a serious amount of relaxing, reading, hiking, and…..going to a gym? Yes. I even go to the gym on vacation, because I…

Fear of the heavy

Heavy weights, that is. In my experience, the main concern that my female clients have is about using weights. Some of that is fear about poor form and causing injuries, which is valid and can be addressed with training. But a lot of it is fear of growing muscles themselves, of getting bigger. I see…

No Judgement zone

The title of this post references a popular gym franchise motto, but it’s not about them. It’s about gym culture in general. I’d been percolating some feelings for the last 2 weeks, as I’ve started to add more hours at the gym I worked at, pre-pandemic, and I’m starting to see a lot of people…

How do you make a new habit?

You may have seen my recent post about walking a hundred miles and wondered…ok, you might have wondered a lot of things, such as “why?”, but here I’m simply going to talk about what it takes to create change. Me, I like change. As far as your body is concerned, change is how you open…

You’re going to think this is a post about eating…but it isn’t

Our bodies understand a thing that we no longer do: weight represents wealth. And while the current opinion is that fashionable thinness is aligned with wealth, that’s just not true. On a long enough timeline of scarcity, weight becomes thinness, and thinness becomes starvation and death.  That’s definitely not wealth.   That’s not power.  That’s not…

The pendulum, or walking 100 miles for no reason

I’d like to pick up on a theme from last month – the idea of exercise as an all-or-nothing, stressful event, and how that kind of thinking actually holds you back from having an optimal experience before, during, and well after exercise. Basically, it’s this: you’re not built for these waves of dreaded activity. A…

Comparisons

One of the most notable ways that being a personal trainer has changed me is that I tend to do posture and gait assessments of people walking in front of me. I didn’t really notice this happening, but now that the quarantine has lifted enough, and I’m in a small city in Colorado, it’s a…

Let’s talk about shoes, sort of

Maybe you saw my Instagram or FB post about it, but if you didn’t…can I ask you about why you wear the shoes you do? And what are your formative memories of shoes? I recall some of my early shoes: I grew up in the final years of the pre-internet age, where shoes were something…