My name is Jillian and I am a mental health nurse, a health research methodology graduate student, and a health and fitness enthusiast! I have been involved in fitness in some capacity my whole life – from gymnastics to cheerleading to lifting weights. Recently, I moved my fitness journey to the world of bodybuilding and competed in a natural bikini bodybuilding competition (and won! woot!). If you want to know about me & my fitness journey, check out Pure Femme Fitness for an interview I did on my fitness journey: https://www.purefemmefitness.com/jillianhalladay
I have become very interested in the scientific evidence behind bodybuilding and other forms of health and fitness (yes, I know I am a nerd). To learn more, I plan to complete my personal training certification and fitness nutrition certification this summer, I have subscribed to several health and fitness journals, I have started compiling a list of cool research articles….yes, I know… I am a BIG nerd.
Let’s get real – most of the things people do at the gym and in the kitchen are based on “Bro-science.”
For those who have never heard of the term “Bro-science,” the top 2 definitions on urban dictionary are:
- Word of mouth knowledge passed off as fact, primarily among bodybuilders + weightlifters. Generally spouted most by guys who have used loads of steroids and are huge, have no idea what is happening to their bodies and then share that same cluelessness with others who make the false assumption that their experience means that they have knowledge
- The uninformed opinion of “meatheads” or “jocks” on topics relating to health, strength, or athletic development.
Now, I agree these definitions (while entertainingly aggressive) are not the full picture. Anecdotal evidence from personal experience and coaching experience is incredibly important and can transform peoples bodies and lives. “Bro-science” can, and does, work!
However, being a health researcher and a nurse, I cringe a bit when I do not know the evidence behind something I am doing. When it comes to health and fitness, I am pretty much that annoying kid that repeatedly says “but, why?”
I have decided to stop relying on other people to answer my but-why’s and answer my own but-why’s.
I am going to use this blog to share the answers to my (and your) but-why’s. My plan:
- Summarize a research article related to health and fitness every other week (going to be posted here – BLOG)
- Connect the content of that research article to my life and other people’s lives
- When possible, getting an “expert” in the field to comment on the content of the post
- Have anonymous surveys based on the content of each post (find the surveys within the posts and here – The Surveys)
- Post results of the surveys the week after the blog post (find results here – Some stats about YOU)
- Provide other tips and resources related to health and wellbeing (posted here – Resources & Tips)
I want to learn & share some facts, share my own journey, & hear about other people’s health and fitness journey’s.
I want to help YOU feel INFORMED & EMPOWERED
Now I am not saying I am an “expert” in health and fitness but I am going to do my best to provide you with evidence informed knowledge…and I guess, I will also try to make it entertaining to read. I do warn you – I SUCK at writing when I am not referencing a journal article every other sentence. Therefore, this blog won’t be full of fancy metaphors or clever puns… but it will hopefully provide you with new insights about your personal journey to a stronger body and mind while providing moderate levels of entertainment.
So thanks for reading this so far and STAY TUNED because I AM SO NERDILY EXCITED TO SHARE SOME COOL RESEARCH. I will post the first official post next week.
Please consider taking less than 5 minutes to fill out a quick survey on who you are and what you want to read/learn about so I can make my blog better for YOU – click here: http://evidencebasedpump.limequery.com/256418?lang=en
Sending positive vibes and virtual hugs,
The Fitnerd – Jillian
P.S. In my other life I do research related to cannabis use and mental health. If you’re interested, follow my twitter for other nerdy content related to research on cannabis & mental health – https://twitter.com/Jill_Halladay