What’s the Best Weightlifting App? Here Are Three Great Options

I’m on the hunt for the perfect weightlifting app. Weightlifting has emerged as my fitness activity of choice in my war for mental health. Some days it’s the only hour that I can get out of my head — particularly if my anxiety and depression are trying to come out to play.

I don’t want to have to spend half the workout trying to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing.  When I started lifting seriously I tried StrongLifts and Starting Strength. I’ve decided to use Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 instead and so I need an app that works well with this program.

Ideal App Features

Need to Have:

  • Cross-platform (Mac OS and Android) capability
  • Easy access to previous workouts
  • Easy current workout entry

Like to Have:

  • Fancy charts
  • Ability to preprogram workouts
  • Any signs that it’s meant to be used by women (not just men)
  • Plate calculator
  • Warmup calculator

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Science Confirms: You’re Stronger Than You Know

Overcoming difficult life experiences is an obvious defense against future difficult life experiences.

Another, more proactive, defense is to just go pick up heavy ‘ish and get strong. Continue reading

Don’t Be Afraid of Weights, They Won’t Make You Bulky, Ladies

I’m going to start this post with an #smh, a #facepalm and a #pleasemakeitstop.

I was at lunch with a beloved colleague and we were talking about a pilates class she attended that morning. I’m a yogi myself so I love that kind of stuff. But when she proceeded to tell me that she loves pilates because it “creates long, lean muscles and helps you get toned instead of bulky” I just took a deep breath, smiled, and nodded before changing the subject.

I love telling people what to do, but I’m no in person proselytizer.  I don’t know everything and I’ll be damned if I’m going to set myself up to be wrong in the future by telling people how wrong they are at every turn. Maybe I’m wrong.

The purpose of this post is NOT to insist that all ladies lift heavy (or lift weights at all, although I do insist on some form of strength training per the CDC).  No it’s about this crazy idea that one can get “toned not bulky” via “light weights and high reps” in the first place.

I cannot let this slide.  C’mon, son (man I miss Psych)! Continue reading