Mindful Strength

Mindful Strength, hosted by Kathryn Bruni-Young.

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249 Em Palmerton: Nutrition for Strength & Why You Need Carbohydrates

249 Em Palmerton: Nutrition for Strength & Why You Need Carbohydrates

Today we welcome dietician, coach and strength athlete, Em Palmerton for a conversation about nutrition and why carbs are so important for strength. We hear so much about protein intake, but what about carbs?

Em talks about fitness trends, how carbs have been demonized in many circles, and why healthy exercise is about more than just being lean. Kathryn and Em talk about why carbs are specifically important for strength training, how to navigate blood sugar information, and why macro tracking can be useful in certain advanced situations, but isn't always helpful. 

To learn more about Em click here

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248 Greg Lehman: Does technique matter? What about spinal flexion? And other hot topics.

248 Greg Lehman: Does technique matter? What about spinal flexion? And other hot topics.

This week we welcome physiotherapist, educator and researcher, Greg Lehman. Kathryn and Greg tackle a few topics that require a lot of nuance, like, is technique important for preventing injury and spinal flexion across different demographics including people with osteoporosis. Greg shares insights on what we know from the research, and topics where we don't have enough evidence (yet) to make black and white claims. They talk about the importance of strength training, loading gradually over time and actual risk factors in class settings. 

Greg also answers a couple of listener questions about pain science, anticipating pain, and whether or not pain decreases as damage heals. 

Kathryn and Chris will do a recap of this episode in the coming weeks to talk about what they learned from this conversation.

To learn more about Greg Lehman, his courses and work click here.

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Previous episodes with Greg...

Click here to listen to Ep 158 Explaining Pain Research, Biomechanics & Strength

Click here to listen to one of our first episodes with Greg (2019!) Pain Science and Biomechanics 

247 Gina Wright: Strength Training, Fuelling & HIIT for Perimenopause

247 Gina Wright: Strength Training, Fuelling & HIIT for Perimenopause

In this episode Kathryn and Gina talk about perimenopause and why strength training and high intensity interval training (HIIT) are really helpful in this phase of life. Gina also shares quite a bit about pre-exercise fuelling and why starting exercise with extra energy is incredibly powerful. Perimenopause is a confusing time, there's no test to say you are in perimenopause, and it can start earlier than we think. In this podcast you will learn more about why consuming both protein and carbs pre-training is useful, how muscle and metabolism are linked, what true HIIT is, and the importance of progressing gradually to higher intensity.

Gina is a strength & conditioning coach who started lifting at 16 and hasn’t stopped. Experiencing how different training in her teens, 20s, 30s, and now mid-40s encouraged Gina to return to school for exercise science, focusing on women’s metabolism. Her mission is to help reshape what is possible as women age, empowering them as they navigate perimenopause.

To learn more about Gina, her training and e-book click here.

To follow Gina on IG click here.

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246: Recapping the Dr. Stacy Sims Interview

246: Recapping the Dr. Stacy Sims Interview

Our interview with Dr. Stacy Sims was a banger! We got numerous emails and messages from our audience expressing how powerful the conversation was. Kathryn and Chris sat down to recap a handful of the main points that really stood out and give more practical context for those of you wanting to integrate this knowledge further. If you have not yet listened to Ep. 245 go do that now, then come back for this one!

To learn more about our upcoming Strength & Conditioning Program beginning April 17th click here.

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245 Dr. Stacy Sims: Strength, Conditioning and Nutrition for Postmenopause

245 Dr. Stacy Sims: Strength, Conditioning and Nutrition for Postmenopause

Today we welcome one of our favourite researchers, teachers and speakers, Dr. Stacy Sims! In this episode Kathryn and Dr. Sims talk about what makes female physiology so unique and why strength and conditioning are essential for longevity. They tackle popular topics like intermittent fasting, 10,000 steps a day, exercising on an empty stomach and the keto diet. Dr. Sims speaks about the importance of heavy loading and multi-directional impact for muscle and bone health, and why yoga and low impact are not enough. They iron out how much protein women in this stage of life need, how to absorb more water without peeing so often, and much more. It was a huge honour to interview Dr. Sims, Kathryn and the whole team are huge fans of her work.

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STACY T. SIMS, MSC, PHD, is a forward-thinking international exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist who aims to revolutionize exercise nutrition and performance for women. Dr. Sims has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers, several books and is a regularly featured speaker at professional and academic conferences, including those by USOC and USA Cycling. 

Stacy currently holds a Senior Research Associate position with SPRINZ- AUT University, supervises PhD students, writes academic papers, and is on the advisory board of some cutting edge companies including Tonal Strength Institute, WILD.AI, and EXOS.  She also has her own business (www.drstacysims.com) where she creates and delivers online learning material focused on women training with their physiology across the lifespan. 

Click here to follow Dr. Sims on Instagram

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244 Dr. Caitlin Casella: Progressive Exercise for Osteoarthritis

244 Dr. Caitlin Casella: Progressive Exercise for Osteoarthritis

In this episode Dr. Caitlin Casella and Kathryn talk about what osteoarthritis is, and how you can use progressive exercise to help manage pain, inflammation, and feel more robust in daily life. Most of what we have been taught about osteoarthritis relates to "wear and tear" but as you will learn in this interview, there's so much more to the story. 

Main points you will learn about...

  • Pain science as it relates to structural changes in joints
  • Knee joints specifically
  • Beginning exercise even when pain is present
  • How gentle aerobic exercise can be a great place to begin, before heading into strength training
  • More on systemic inflammation and it's role in osteoarthritis
  • The low impact craze and why it's essential to gradually progress impact training

You can follow Caitlin on Instagram here.

Learn more about her work by clicking here.

Caitlin Casella is a physical therapist in New York City. After a 14 year career teaching yoga and mentoring yoga teachers, Caitlin transitioned into other systems of holistic movement, somatics, strength and conditioning. Through this evolution, she experienced firsthand how beneficial strength training and cardio conditioning can be—not only on a physical level—but mentally, for emotional stability, pain management, and a confidence boost that extends beyond physical endeavors. 

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243 Dr. Stephanie Carter Kelley: Holistic Perspectives on Lower Back Pain

243 Dr. Stephanie Carter Kelley: Holistic Perspectives on Lower Back Pain

Dr. Stephanie Carter Kelley is back on the podcast this time for a conversation about lower back pain, pain science, the multi-factorial nature of pain and how culture deeply effects our pain experiences. Stephanie takes a truly holistic approach to treating pain, as a movement teacher and clinician. This episode will have you reflecting on pain in more nuanced ways and understanding how fear and avoidance influence pain.

To listen to Stephanie's first episode on osteoporosis, Ep. 214 click here.

To learn more about Stephanie's work and courses, click here.

To follow her on Instagram click here.

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242 Trina Altman: From bands to barbells, why building strength really matters

242 Trina Altman: From bands to barbells, why building strength really matters

In this episode Kathryn and Trina talk about shifting from lighter weights and bands to coaching clients using heavy weights and barbells. Both came from yoga/pilates and have been incorporating strength training into their classes and programs for years. They talk about why building strength and progressing to heavier weights is highly beneficial, even if it seems a bit scary at first. Trina also shares about how her training and nutrition have changed through her 50's and into peri menopause. 

Trina Altman is a movement educator who helps teachers tap into their own brilliance and understand how to break the rules, so they can create new and inventive exercises and classes to meet their students’ needs. Trina is the author of Yoga Deconstructed, a trainer, and the creator of online courses that can be found on her website.

To learn more about Trina, her book, courses and work click here.

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241 Dr. Scotty Butcher: Energy Systems, Conditioning & Metabolic Health

241 Dr. Scotty Butcher: Energy Systems, Conditioning & Metabolic Health

Today we welcome one of Kathryn's mentors, Dr. Scotty Butcher back to the podcast for a conversation about energy systems. Every time you move, your body is using and re-synthesizing energy. Learn where that energy comes from and why high intensity exercise has metabolic and muscle building benefits. Scotty will help you understand aerobic and anaerobic energy systems, balancing strength and conditioning, and what is actually fuelling your training. You will also learn why mid-workout rest breaks are vital to replenish energy in order to feel successful and efficient in exercise.

To learn more about Dr. Scotty Butcher click here.

To listen to Scotty's first interview (ep. 172) click here

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Bio of Mindful Strength

Mindful Strength, hosted by Kathryn Bruni-Young, is a podcast that embraces the power of mindfulness, strength training, yoga, movement, mobility, and body acceptance. With a deep-rooted connection to the yoga community and years of teaching experience, Kathryn is driven by a desire to empower individuals and cultivate confidence in their bodies.

Drawing inspiration from her own personal journey, Kathryn developed the Mindful Strength method—an integrative approach that brings together various disciplines to create a holistic and embodied practice. Through this podcast, she shares her wealth of knowledge and nurtures a sense of curiosity among her listeners.

Kathryn engages in insightful conversations with exceptional and inspiring guests, exploring the ever-evolving narratives surrounding yoga, movement, and health. Together, they delve into a wide range of topics, shedding light on the transformative power of these practices and uncovering new perspectives along the way.

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