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Playing with muscles

In a departure from my norm, I've been working on building some arm muscles lately. It's a really interesting process and while I'm only a few weeks in, I've already had some revelations (and sick gains bro) that I wanted to write about.

Now we all know that I love functional strength training. I'm not really into weight training for aesthetics and I "never" bicep curl - my biceps get all their training from pull ups and rows. In fact my husband is now making fun of me for the fact that I am doing bicep curls in my current programme...

[I'm not totally anti-bicep curl to be fair, I've recently been working on bi and tri stuff with a client who has an old elbow injury - it has its place....]

But anyhow, a couple of months back I listened to this awesome interview on The Fitcast. I loved hearing Jen and Kourtney talk about hypertrophy from this amazing place of body positivity and empowerment. Previously I had always though of hypertrophy in women a…

Living Fitness with Ehlers Danlos

It's May, and May means Ehlers Danlos awareness month
I like to write about living with EDS from various perspectives about this time, previously on my dance blog, but this year it feels right to do it here.

I have Ehlers Danlos type 3 (hypermobility type) and I've also recently been informed that I have Fibromyalgia, which made a lot of things make a lot more sense. Exercise and movement have always been deeply intertwined with my experience living with EDS, from the restrictions the condition imposed as it began to take hold, trying to ignore it and "be normal" as a school-age athlete and university martial artist, injuring myself through bad management, giving up and being inactive for a while, discovering relief through activity in the form of dance, discovering types of conditioning that helped and finally becoming a personal trainer, in part to help people like me find health, balance and peace in their bodies but also discovering more demanding, high intens…