206: Pseudo Intuitive Eating

Intuitive eating is not the art of memorizing your food rules and then applying them without using a food scale or a food tracking app. Intuitive eating has grown in popularity and it’s far more popular now for people to demonize dieting. You’ll hear things like: “I’m anti-diet!” or “I help women lose weight without dieting” or “where intuitive eating …

Working Out Feels Different When It’s a Choice

It used to be admirable to be so dedicated to fitness… so relentlessly obsessed with changing & maintaining your aesthetic. Only a woman truly dedicated to the way her body looks can understand. To the onlookers- it’s admirable, it’s envious. Ya know? But you wanna know what I think is cooler than that? Loving the gym and having zero concerns …

How To Handle Having Cellulite

Just like this. You just have it, continue to exist and carry on as usual, normalize it, and reduce shame by not trying to hide it. Bonus points for highlighting it. Fitness pursuits and athletic pursuits are different. They are not (or do not have to be) mutually exclusive. Years ago this would have wrecked me. “How could I be …

I Don’t Want My Clients to Need Me

The Ideal Client Paradox I used to want clients that NEEDED me. You, too? It makes sense- if someone doesn’t desperately need you, they won’t hire you, right? Except, when a client is desperate for a change and doesn’t have a track record of being tenacious & resourceful on their own, you can accidentally create a less-than-empowering dynamic between you …

Is Your Body A Reflection of How You Feel About Yourself?

A word, if I may. This idea that the way we look = how we feel is often backed by how we get our nails & hair done and “no one is shamed for doing that so why should women be shamed if they want to lose weight.” You’re not bad for wanting to lose weight- nor is that the …

204: Getting Through a Body Image Meltdown

Bad body image days are normal. Here’s what you need to know: -Body image is an internal issue; it will not be fixed with an external result like weight loss. -Emotions are triggered by thoughts. This means that when you observe your body and feel a negative emotional hit when doing so, the emotion you feel is triggered from a …

The Importance of Rest

Why are we so willing to coddle our pets when they rest, yet when we rest, we’re so quick to degrade ourselves, call ourselves lazy, and feel intense guilt over it? My dog, Mack, has taught me an awful lot about rest. First, he’s the cutest. Yet, what thoughts come up for you when you rest? If you’re like me, …

Avoiding Injury While Returning To Your Gym

Injuries are about to sky rocket as more and more gyms open up. Here’s why: Outside of catastrophic events, injuries happen when load exceeds capacity. Load = force, weight, reps. Capacity = tissue & nervous system readiness. Even *if* you’ve been lifting at home like we have been (@ironphoenix.strengthclub & The Barbell Collective) the available load needed to create the same …