You don’t need to love your body, you need to own it

Once upon when I was 21, I sublaxed (partial dislocation) both knees right after the other. That day, the right one was already bandaged, and I was hobbling around on the left, watching a soccer game with friends. There were a lot of people around me, and I was standing still and very unsteadily, unable to move with any sort of ease. I was all wobbly, constantly in danger of … [Read more...]

A woman can never be as strong as a man could be; physical safety starts with physical strength

Read the title carefully. This is not a post about whether there exists a woman that "could" beat a man, in some way. Of course there is. A big woman, a small man.... but even then, research is not in her favor. This post is strictly a discussion of the inequalities apparent when discussing differences in physical strength between men and women.  I do not aim to discuss … [Read more...]

How do you measure your fitness?

I've always been someone who has appeared "fit". I have never been overweight, I have muscle tone (more now, than before), and have engaged in "working out" for many years. Everything from exercise videos to powerlifting. I started working out “formally” 16 years now, doing Cindy Crawford and Kathy Smith exercise videos before walking to school. Yet, at times, while still … [Read more...]

Exercise is learning. The most basic kind.

A couple years ago when visiting World Athletics (now Altis) in Arizona, I asked Dan Pfaff how long it would take someone to develop physically at a basic level (in the context of the sport he coaches at an Olympic level, track and field). In other words, generally speaking, if you took someone with no consistent physical training, and trained them to be physically … [Read more...]

Uncertainty is certain: reducing stress through acceptance of fact

There are lots of facts in this world. They are recorded diligently by scientists in very field imaginable. Science is the collecting of facts through arduous and specific processes improved on over time; what can be known is kept on record and updated. What is not "known" continues to be sought. This is an arduous process, as we all know. The common complaint that "science … [Read more...]

Uni of Toronto #3 – “Muscle doesn’t care about transfer (to sport), movement does.”

Last recap of the University of Toronto Strength and Conditioning Summit, and this quote was from Chris McCleod from The English Institute of Sport. Before I share some notes, I have to give an acknowledgement to Jennifer Sygo, and her presentation "Evaluating Nutrition Trends:  Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free Diets and their Role in Sport Performance" which was stuffed … [Read more...]

Effects of the menstrual cycle on training and cravings

I've read so many articles on training and dieting and the menstrual cycle, that I have an entire corridor in my brain, stuffed with the information. But that's fairly irrelevant beyond knowing the actual facts of the menstrual cycle, and the impacts of particular hormones at certain times. Anyone can look that up in a textbook. So I am not going to quote journal articles here, … [Read more...]

Uni of Toronto SnC Summit #1 Notes: “The best training is the one that works.”

This past weekend, I attended one day of the University of Toronto's Strength and Conditioning Summit. I would have liked to go both days, but kids really only last one day on their own watching TV, and fending for their own meals from the fridge, before the trend in attitude and boredom really goes downhill, so one it was. I attended this conference last year as well, and … [Read more...]

Hypermobility and the female Crossfitter – with Libby Wescombe

  Libby Wescombe is a Crossfitter and coach in Sydney, Australia. I teamed up with her to write this blogpost "Hypermobility and the female Crossfitter" over at her site eatercise.com.au. It contains a lot more coaching principles in relation to hypermobility and learning to lift , specifically geared to those who want to do high intensity exercise, learn to lift … [Read more...]

What I am dying to tell my clients about training…..that’s not about training

Over the past several months, I've had the pleasure of communicating and training several clients who went through stressful life changes and events. Often, training took a backseat and talking took a frontseat. I learned to listen better because of what they shared, and saw what they needed beyond just exercise prescriptions, better technique or sets and reps. There's much … [Read more...]