Sitting and standing

When you have close relatives who are male and a lot older, you might come to question the point of sticking to certain aspects of life when they are no longer working as they did. Ok, I’ll cut to the chase: I’m talking about peeing standing up.  I was thinking about why a relative who… Continue Reading Sitting and standing

Weight, BMI, WTF

The picture accompanying today’s post illustrates the problem at hand – this incredibly muscular guy will likely be tagged as ‘Obese’ for his weight/height ratio alone. If that can happen, why do we even use this measurement? We exist in a pretty dismal situation in this country, where it comes to an individual’s weight and… Continue Reading Weight, BMI, WTF

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… Continue Reading Fear of the heavy

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… Continue Reading No Judgement zone


As I write this, parts of the USA are coming out of various states of lockdown, and a 17-year cicada swarm is about to hatch in the summer warmth. Two very different species are emerging from conditions of rest, isolation, and protection, into the less-safe, less-confining world around us. Practical note: if you’ve never experienced… Continue Reading Emergence

Changing how we see

The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what is in Fortune’s control and abandoning what lies in yours.”  – Seneca I was thinking about this quote from Seneca, and because I’m me, I applied it to the process of becoming a more self-aware, self-kind person… Continue Reading Changing how we see

Happy May!

Time to start getting serious about summertime. No, I’m not talking about beach bodies, either. I’m talking about the stressors that make summertime exercise outdoors more challenging. The best way I’ve found to do that is to start preparing in May, and I’m usually pretty ready for anything once June & July hit. (By August,… Continue Reading Happy May!