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Equipped with Strength (Inside & Out)
15 minutes | 8 days ago
Episode 5: When "Finding Your Why" Is More Trouble Than It's Worth
If you've been in the fitness world for any length of time, you'll know there's been a shift in what goals are seen as more popular and other goals are seen as shallow, or even fat phobic. There's a lot of pressure to "find your why", but what I've realized is sometimes this really means "find a why that's acceptable to everyone" or "make sure your intentions are pure and virtuous"...It can create a whole new set of issues. This episode is my honest thoughts on this good-on-the-surface exercise, and you'll hopefully come away feeling a little happier about the various goals you might have for *your* body.Please subscribe to the show and leave a review . Much appreciated.https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/equipped-with-strength-inside-out/id1535559964
76 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 3: Why Most Injuries Happen - Interview with Travis Pollen, PhD
One of the problems I see in the fitness world is fear. Fear of doing things wrong and/or getting injured. This is evident in the questions people ask in online forums. Such as:How can I protect my knee joints?How can I stop my back rounding so I avoid injury?Why am I getting back pain when I do kettlebell swings?Are certain exercises more risky than others?Isn't that bad for your shoulders?Or comments from bystanders like:My back hurts just from watching thatYou shouldn't ____ or you'll get injuredThat is dangerous for your back/shoulders/kneesYou catch the drift. There is a lot of fear and alarm when we see exercises or feel things in our body that we've been conditioned to believe are risky or wrong.I asked Travis Pollen, PhD (in rehabilitation science) to come and chat with me about why most injuries happen, and why many of these questions and comments don't consider the whole picture. Please note: Travis and I are simply trying to steer the ship away from being so entrenched in the world of "it's ONLY your form that matters" to a more balanced perspective that says there are many factors at play, and form is ONLY ONE of them. Hope you enjoy the episode.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 2: Emotional Eating, Sustainable Fitness Motivation, and Owning Your Fat Loss Goal (Interview with Josh Hillis)
In this discussion, Josh Hillis and I touch on the deeper factors involved in emotional eating and fitness motivation (what is sustainable motivation), how to plan for failure, freedom and agency in your health and fitness journey, and the issue of wanting to lose body fat even when you feel social pressure to embrace your body at any size (how to own your fat loss goal).We also talk a little about what's wrong with the fitness industry, how people are seen as broken, and how to find what's enough for you.Here are some helpful timestamps:Internalized failure and one of many meta problems in the fitness world: 04:33A crazy parallel between the exercise world and diet/food world: 08:20Question 1 from my community (on exercise motivation, behavioral economics): 09:35Then how to help someone move toward sustainable motivation: 15:20When plans fail; how to make robust fitness and eating plans: 18:49Question 2 from community (is emotional eating and diet problems addiction): 23:20Freedom and agency: 31:07It's about frequency: 34:33Question 3 from community: fat adapted, keto, and what's beneficial: 37:00Discussion on wanting to lose fat but feeling conflicted because of fatphobia fears: 40:36Finding "your spot" (owning your goals and your journey): 45:07Enoughness: 53:32Parting wisdoms: 55:45
14 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 1: Introduction to Equipped with Strength
In this first episode of Equipped with Strength (EWS), I give a little "why" behind the show, and what prompted me to plug in my microphone and let my voice be heard.It's so important to listen to others, but it also important to listen to your heart. You know that quiet voice inside that might be nudging you toward something.Yes, this is a fitness show, but it doesn't compartmentalize your body into some kind of box to be ticked. You are a whole person, and it is my hope that more people will listen to their wholeness, rather than the "you're broken" messages in the fitness (and other) industries.As a podcasting rookie, I ask only for your patience as I grow and learn with this medium, fine tuning my style and my speaking skills <3
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