The Care And Maintenance Of Lifters

Isn’t it just the best feeling when you find out your doctor lifts? Doctors who lift say things like, “Let’s keep you working out.” I get a fuzzy feeling when this happens. Recently, this happened when I went to a hand doctor for a sore thumb (no, really). A lifter himself, he said something else that resonated: “When something starts hurting, I know it’s just a matter of time til something else comes up.” He shrugged and smiled. If you’re frustrated by aches and pains {Read More…}

Why Am I Always Injured? Q&A with Suzanne

Each week I’ll answer your strength training and nutrition questions in this feature. Sure, you can Google your heart away for any ole question these days, so why should you ask me? Because you want the opinion of someone who knows what it’s like to be a woman in the weight room. Because you can trust that I walk the talk. And I don’t mess around with fads, ads, or bullshit. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, {Read More…}

A Journey Continued: My Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy

Hello, lovely. I wrote this over three years ago and since then, I’ve been contacted by many women either considering a mastectomy or wanting to return to training after the surgery. A common thread among women I talk to is that they feel uninformed and confused. I do not believe most surgeons communicate enough about the risks and long-term effects of mastectomies, which is, as one woman said to me, “sad and really an injustice.” For some, having a mastectomy is life-saving; for {Read More…}

Your Guide to Bloating: Causes and Remedies

“She’s writing about bloating, of all things,” said my nine-year-old when she saw this article. Yes… yes I am. Bloating isn’t a popular topic of conversation, but it has more than likely been on your mind at some point or another. If you experience chronic bloating, you’re probably looking for answers, because you spend a lot of time feeling lethargic, heavy, and crampy. And if you’re not bloated at least occasionally, I hate you. Frankly, the emotional cost of belly distention {Read More…}

Digging Deep with Self-Myofascial Release

Using foam rollers and other self-massage tools to eliminate aches and pains and improve flexibility is becoming more mainstream for good reason: Self-myofascial release is one of the best things you can do for your muscles and joints. When your muscles are tight and and your range of motion is decreased, joints and muscles don’t function properly. The result is often pain and even injury, sometimes occurring “out of the blue.” For example, if your hips are tight from sitting all {Read More…}

How to Beat Tennis Elbow or Tendinitis

When lifting a coffee pot is painful, hoisting iron in the weight room is pretty much off limits. This was my reality for months after I was diagnosed with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) in my right arm. All in all, it took a year to feel 100% with that arm again. Tennis elbow is pain on the outside of the elbow that is worsened by cocking back the wrist, grasping or lifting objects, or simply extending and flexing the arm. This is {Read More…}