Lifting While Trans: How to Get a ‘Feminine’ Physique (Part 1)

What do I mean by a caloric deficit? A caloric deficit occurs when more energy is expended than is being consumed. It can be expressed in the form of a simple mathematical equation:

Change of energy stores=energy intake-energy expenditure

Stated differently, energy stores increase during a positive energy balance (energy intake is greater than energy expenditure.

This seems simple enough. If you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose fitness-series-3-1467454weight. Though technically true, this equation tends to ignore a lot and isn’t terribly useful if you already have a basic understanding of the first law of thermodynamics. This is a static energy balance equation. However, humans are not static. For example, as one’s energy stores increase (i.e., as they gain weight), their energy expenditure rises in proportion toward energy balance (homeostasis). Continue reading Lifting While Trans: How to Get a ‘Feminine’ Physique (Part 1)

Dear Christians: A Letter From A Transgender Lesbian Woman

It is said that God’s purpose is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of [humanity]”. In order to do that, we are commanded to be like God. In order to show us the way, it is said that he sent his son to teach us and to die for us. Jesus was once asked of all the commandments to keep, which was number one? He answered: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” But he didn’t stop there. He went on to say: “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”(italics added for emphasis).

Stated differently, Jesus said that we are to love God. And by loving God, we love our neighbors as we love ourselves. So it seems that loving God requires us to love ourselves. Why? Because how can we love anyone else if we cannot love ourselves? If we hate ourselves, then we are liable to hate others and mistreat them. God is love. Satan is hate. Continue reading Dear Christians: A Letter From A Transgender Lesbian Woman

Planet Fitness: Better Than You Think

It’s hard to imagine what it must have felt like to be the object of such a controversy. I have an idea, since during my own transition, I had to deal with the controversy of me being in the women’s bathroom/locker room at my previous job. At the time, I was also visibly trans and it made several clients uncomfortable. Some complained, even threatened both me and my employer. It was a terrifying experience, but what was more terrifying was being in the men’s room while visibly trans. Continue reading Planet Fitness: Better Than You Think

Lifting While Trans: Does Lifting Make Trans Women “Bulky”?

When beginning my transition, my body mass was similar to what it was at my biggest in High School–I was 5’9″ weighing about 180-185 pounds, my body fat percentage was between about 10% to 15% and my chest circumference was easily 38-40 inches. Those measurements scared me. “Would I be able to be the size of a typical woman?” It didn’t seem all that likely to me at the time. Being a fitness expert, I knew that exercise (resistance training and cardio) would help me during my transition, but my professional training didn’t include anything specific to transgender women, so the question “does lifting make trans women bulky?” haunted me for quite some time. Continue reading Lifting While Trans: Does Lifting Make Trans Women “Bulky”?

Fitness Training As Treatment for Gender Dysphoria

It has been well established in the literature that aerobic exercise can help with anxiety, stress, and depression (1, 2, 3). Two unique challenges (among others) for transgender folks are access to safe spaces conducive to fitness, and social physique anxiety. Many transgender individuals risk harassment and assault by being visibly trans in public spaces. Even if one isn’t as visibly trans, it’s often frightening because you never know if or when someone is going to read you as transgender. Continue reading Fitness Training As Treatment for Gender Dysphoria