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Squats and Thoughts
61 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
34 - Is Pilates and Walking the New Lifting?
Elle and Mel have a discussion about the wave of people on TikTok switching from lifting weights to lower intensity exercise such as walking, yoga and/or pilates. They comment on some of the misinformation coming from certain creators with respect to lifting and calorie deficits and have a discussion on how fitness trends come and go and decide what we would do if we ever decided to leave the gym for good. You can find us on Instagram at @squatsnthoughts_ !
52 minutes | May 13, 2022
33 - Gentle Weight Cutting with Elle
This episode is not recommended for those currently healing or living with eating disorders or disordered eating behaviours. Elle embarks on a solo episode this week where she shares her recent and current experiences with cutting for her upcoming meet. She makes several realizations along the way as she decides to take a gentle approach with as little restriction and micromanaging as possible and finds success with it. Follow us on Instagram @squatsandthoughts_ and share the episode with those in your life.
84 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
32 - Am I The Asshole: Gym Edition
Elle and Mel spend this week's episode reading through and reacting to various reddit "Am I The Asshole" posts directly related to gym and fitness. Join them for some laughs and nuanced discussions of what actually constitutes "assholery" and help us identify who the real asshole in the situation is. You can follow us on Instagram at @squatsnthoughts_ or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you agree or disagree!
65 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
31 - Is Fitness Actually Accessible?
Elle and Mel take a look at some of ways traditional gym set-ups are not exactly the most accessible environments and what sorts of consideration the industry should be asking itself moving forward if they wish to increase accessibility of fitness. They touch on taken for granted assumptions about strength, sex, ability, size, financial stability and more and highlight the benefit that would come for everyone if we approached fitness with universal design. You can follow us at squatsnthoughts_ on instagram to participate in polls and questions or to suggest topics and give us feedback!
86 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
30 - Influencers Are Not Your Friends
Elle and Mel open up about their thoughts on fitness influencers and their overall impact on the health and wellbeing of their consumers. They call on the need for increased transparency and accountability if the mission is ultimately to help foster good health and well-being and warn listeners of the need to be critical when consuming all forms of media even when it appears to be authentic. To engage with us follow on Instagram @squatsnthoughts_
96 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
29 - Occupational Therapy? Never Heard Of It.
In this episode Mel interviews Elle on all things occupational therapy since she is currently a first year student occupational therapist. She answers questions all the way from what even is occupational therapy to common misconceptions to the various practice areas and so so so much more. It's a long conversation but you'll likely step away a little more informed on all things OT. This is a very broad overview of the profession and is by no means comprehensive or exhaustive, but if you are looking for more information feel free to reach out to Elle directly through our instagram @squatsnthoughts_. For more information on occupational therapy in Canada you can visit: https://www.caot.ca/ or https://www.coto.org/
75 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
28 - WE'RE BACK!
Elle and Mel are back after a 4 month unplanned hiatus, because such is life! They do a catch up on things they are prioritizing for the year which includes podcast and book recommendations, tips for sticking to goals, a discussion on human psychology, social media and the metaverse? It's a little bit of everything as a light and unstructured intro back. If you have questions or episode suggestions please find us at @squatsnthoughts_ on Instagram or email us at email@example.com
64 minutes | Oct 30, 2021
27 - The Most Underrated Activity for Good Health
Elle and Mel offer tips for increasing your step count in your day and share the reasons why you should care. From longevity to weight management, getting up and getting active, beyond just hitting the gym can be a great addition to your life. Listen for some inspiration and ideas, you connect with us on Instagram at @squatsandthoughts_
62 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
26 - Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder -- You're Not Alone (with Kat and Shan)
Elle and Mel sit down with Kat and Shan of Clear Cut Fitness (@clearcutfitness) to talk about women's health, specifically as it relates to lifting, training and life. They both discuss how their lack of knowledge on women's health lead to a history of injuries. We also go over their experiences with birth control, why the fitness industry lacks knowledge on women's health as well as Kat's personal struggles with PMDD and how that has affected her both inside and outside the gym. If period talk makes you uncomfortable, it just means you should listen to this episode twice instead of once. Follow Kat (@1flykat) and Shan (@clearcutshan) on Instagram for more information on women's health and join them for their FREE webinar on November 17, 2021 at 7pm EST by signing up here: tinyurl.com/katandshan
55 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
25 - Where Have We Been?
Elle and Mel address their one month long hiatus and have a casual catch up chat to answer the question of where the heck have we been? We talk about school, IPF worlds, returning to the gym and just life in general. Don't forget to connect with us on Instagram @squatsnthoughts_
77 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
24 - Are you ready for your powerlifting meet?
So you've decided you want to compete in powerlifting. How do you know when you're ready to step on the platform? When are you strong enough? Do you know what to expect on meet day? Elle and Mel share what they've learned from their competition experiences, as well as helpful tips and advice for lifters new to the sport - from kilo conversions, to bringing extra underwear. Follow us on Instagram @squatsnthoughts_ and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
55 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
23 - Nutrition Coaching, Weight Cuts, and RED-S with Maria Manrique
Mel and Elle talk to nutrition coach and competitive powerlifter, Maria Manrique all about RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport), what it is, how she got became interested in it, as well as how to spot it in yourself. We talk about weight cutting in powerlifting and what lessons we've learned along the way. Maria offers some insight on how she approaches nutrition coaching for her female clients and some advice for the general population. You can learn more about the services she offers at theeatmethod.com and reach out directly on Instagram @theeatmethod to work with her!
62 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
22 - Healing From the Inside Out with Bodywork Specialist Tony Eng
Can you heal from trauma and PTSD using the power of the mind? How do our childhood patterns condition us, and can we change these situations using our subconscious mind? Tony Eng, a certified massage therapist and yoga & bodywork instructor who has explored the world of bodywork for over a decade, joins us on this episode about wellness and harmonizing the mind, body, and soul. He also shares what strategies has aided his healing journey with Topical Steroid Withdrawal. Find and connect with Tony on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tonyeng.bodywork or visit his website at tonyengbodywork.com.
47 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
21 - Quarantine Weight and Comeback Season Blues
To celebrate the opening of gyms in Ontario, Canada, Elle takes you along for a solo episode where she talks about how everyone's return may look different and this may be the end of the road for many people's old goals. She also spends the other half of the episode discussing quarantine weight gain and why both accepting it and wanting to change something are not mutually exclusive and it's okay to be honest with yourself. This is the perfect episode to keep you going through your first gym workout of the season!
70 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
20 - Making Gains with Period Pains
Elle and Mel delve into the topic of menstrual cycles, birth control and all the fun stuff that comes along with it. They go over and discuss what potential effects your cycle may have on your training at different times of the month, how to manage those issues and also diversity among women in their experiences. They also discuss birth control and their experiences with it as well as why they choose to take it or not take it and how that potentially influences their training. It's a fun and lighthearted episode about the shared female experience, but it's meant to serve as a learning opportunity for anyone interested!
44 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
19 - Skin in Flames: My Topical Steroid Withdrawal Journey
From eczema to Topical Steroid Withdrawal, Melody goes into her lifelong journey dealing with skin challenges that most people aren’t even aware of. Helpful resources: https://itsan.org https://nationaleczema.org/warnings-for-topical-steroids-eczema https://nationaleczema.org/tsw-need-to-know https://www.instagram.com/tsw_atlas https://www.instagram.com/itsan.nonprofit "Preventable" Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMbtf3C8BZk Follow us on Instagram: @squatsnthoughts_ Email us: email@example.com Follow Mel's TSW journey: @skininflamesblog & skininflames.com (coming soon)
80 minutes | May 21, 2021
18 - Macros: To Track or Not To Track
Elle and Mel talk all about their experience with tracking macros/IIFYM in this episode and whether they think it has had a positive or negative effect overall on society and at the individual level. They also discuss whether it should be a tool given to beginners as well as some “red flags” to watch out for when tracking that may be giving you a sign that you’re headed down the wrong path. Follow us on Instagram @squatsnthoughts_ and email any questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
94 minutes | May 7, 2021
17 - Fitness and Life Advice to Our Younger Selves
What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time? Even if you don't live life with regrets, surely there's something you wish you would have known sooner. Elle & Mel sit down and talk all about the things they wish someone told them 5-10 years ago about fitness and about life in general. Everything from not wasting money on BCAAs and high protein desserts to anxiety and overcoming people pleasing, you're sure to relate and feel maybe a little less alone in your journey in becoming the healthiest version of yourself. Follow on Instagram @squatsnthoughts_ and email any questions and comments to email@example.com.
89 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
16 - Does Your Gym Environment Really Matter?
What does the gym you go to say about you? How critical are you when you look to sign up for a new facility, and how much does it really matter? Elle and Mel discuss their experiences with both the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to gyms and what is on their list of nice-to-haves and must-haves. They go into it from the perspective of a powerlifter but also as someone who is maybe searching for a gym for the first time. They also share listener thoughts on gym "red flags" and "green flags" to help you develop your own list of must-haves or maybe even build a gym one day that everyone will love and want to visit. Follow us on Instagram @squatsnthoughts_ and email any questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
60 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
15 - Dr. Sarah Kashdan: Naturopath, Cancer Survivor, Powerlifter
Elle and Mel interview Dr. Sarah Kashdan, a Registered Naturopathic Doctor and NCCAOM Diplomat of Acupuncture from Fort Collins, Colorado who stumbled on the profession after her own run in with Ovarian cancer. The conversation centres around being your own health care advocate, balancing western and eastern medicine, her journey into powerlifting and how that has helped shaped her as a person today. Find Dr. Sarah Kashdan at @coloradonaturedoc on Instagram or if you're in the area, she sees patients at Rocky Mountain Natural Medicine in Fort Collins, Co. Follow us on Instagram @squatsnthoughts_ and email any questions and comments to email@example.com.
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