Rant 72 January 2015: Love the one you’re with

Picture a parent. A good parent. Not a “perfect” parent, like the weird glassy-eyed people who live in Martha Stewart zombie universes. A real parent. More of a Louis CK kind of parent than a Michele Obama kind of parent. But a good parent nevertheless. Now imagine you ask this good parent about what it’s […]

Stop antfucking. Start living.

Miereneuker (Dutch): Antfucker. Korinthenkacker (German): Raisin crapper. Both terms refer to someone who is obsessed with small details, nitpicking, and petty bullshit; yet poignantly is usually ignored or unable to execute anything meaningful as a result. If you’ve opened a magazine, read a newspaper, listened to the radio, watched television, perused a blog, peeked into […]

The Physical Culture Peril

A century-old essay by P.G. Wodehouse, eerily appropriate today in the age of Instagramming “carb refeed breakfasts”, tweeting WOD scores, MapMyRunning shares, and the like. Physical culture is in the air just now. Where, a few years ago, the average man sprang from bed to bath and from bath to breakfast-table, he now postpones his […]

Rant 71 October 2014: Make it Crunky

Last night I ate chicken sashimi. Yes, that’s raw chicken breast. Which is normally an insane thing to do. Unless you’re in Tokyo with a Japanese host, in a restaurant with no English where chefs are diligently fanning real charcoal with bamboo fans. Where their chicken livers were probably still squawking 6 hours ago. After you’ve […]

Girls Gone Strong: Interview with Molly Galbraith and Cassandra Forsythe

Molly Galbraith and Cassandra Forsythe are two of the amazing women behind Girls Gone Strong and the Modern Woman’s Guide to Strength Training. They’re also two of the powerhouses behind the Women’s Fitness Summit. I caught up with them in Summer 2014, between the release of the Modern Woman’s Guide and the Fitness Summit to talk […]

What is ninja crapping? Is your “solution” actually your problem?

And many more questions answered by me in this fun, fearless, femmechat interview with the excellent Summer Innanen. From Summer’s writeup: In this MUST-LISTEN-TO episode, we talk about: Krista’s unconventional story of disordered eating and how she went from being the girl with glasses who was last in gym class to a leader in fitness […]

How to be a good coaching client

I’ve written about how to find a good trainer. But that’s only one half of the equation. To get the most out of your coaching or personal training experience, you have to be a good client. It was 6:55 am on a weekday morning, many years ago. Rain sloshed down. I’d managed to find the […]

4th Trimester Bodies — a new vision of post-pregnancy

4th Trimester Bodies Project began in 2013 as a passion project of Chicago-based photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson as a way to help women feel both comfortable and proud of their post-pregnancy bodies.   As quoted in Buzzfeed, Jackson says: “I see beautiful, inspiring, real women on a daily basis who struggle with their body image because […]

“Fishful” thinking on omega-3s?

A recent article in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology questions the hypothesis that indigenous Northern populations are indeed free from some “diseases of civilization”, particularly CVD. This hypothesis and research was popularly used in ketogenic/Paleo diet circles to justify a high-fat diet. Yet the data that was used to generate this hypothesis (i.e. the hook that this particular […]