The Pleasant Archives

A collection of strength inspired articles

Aug 15, 2022

Conjure Up Motivation for Working Out

A long list of tricks, mindsets tweaks and other tips for getting to the gym when you don't always feel like it.

Jul 15, 2022

What’s Up in The Pleasant Box: Summer 2022 Lifting Program

A detailed look at my current lifting program, along with a hefty dose of self-reflection.

Jun 3, 2022

People Change

Sometimes fast, sometimes slow. But don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.

Apr 22, 2022

Becoming A Strong Listener

A book report on "You’re Not Listening" and confessions from an aspiring listener.

Apr 1, 2022

A Short Presentation on Resistance Training

Here’s the deck I presented at a company talk about health and fitness this week. Also personal records galore!

Mar 25, 2022

Adventures in Palm Cooling for Strength Gains

It’s like a performance enhancing drug… but without the drug.

Mar 18, 2022

An Inside Look at A Weight Loss Cut

I’d like to see my abs this summer. Here’s how I’m approaching 10 weeks of slowly losing body fat, while maintaining muscle mass, and keeping my energy high.

Mar 11, 2022

Navigating Lifting Jargon

If you don’t know why most training programs prescribe 3 sets of 10 reps for each exercise, please read.

Mar 4, 2022

The Art of Throwing Paint on the Wall

An essay on getting started and why it's one of the most important skills in the world.

Feb 25, 2022

An Ode to Protein

What makes this macronutrient so great, how much should you eat, and where can you find said quantities? Plus a poem, because I needed some levity this week.

Feb 18, 2022

A Letter to My 28-Year-Old Self

From a wiser, stronger Evy who finally started a blog when she was 40.

Feb 11, 2022

A Cure for Feeling Lost in the Gym

A template for tracking your workouts and implementing progressive overload to get stronger and build more muscle.

Feb 4, 2022

Building Strong Teams

Four books that have shaped how I think about, build and participate in teams. What should I read next?

Jan 28, 2022

January Challenge Recap & February Challenges

More than 15,000 push ups have been completed by The Pleasant Box team! In February, let’s tackle our abs and minds.

Jan 21, 2022

Losing Weight is Hard

There is no easy way to shed pounds. But if you accept that slow, steady and sensible practices will get you there, you will succeed.

Jan 14, 2022

Learning to Lift at 56 Years Old

How my neighbor went from never touching a barbell to making serious gains with one resistance training session per week.

Jan 7, 2022

A Basic Home Gym Within Reach

How can a home be complete without a gym?!

Dec 31, 2021

Introducing The Monthly Challenge App

Let’s do hard things together!

Dec 31, 2021

Guide to Pushups

10 pushup progressions from beginner to advanced

Dec 17, 2021

Hotel Workouts Formulas

Working out on the road or in small spaces

Dec 10, 2021

Aging Strongly

Some lessons I learned from training through or around minor injuries, aches, and pains.

Dec 3, 2021

OKR you ready to get stronger?

How I Set Strength Training Goals for 2022

Nov 26, 2021

A Hopefully Helpful Rant on Food Marketing

I will always choose Cool Ranch Doritos over veggie chips.

Nov 19, 2021

On Setting Goals for Yourself

Thanksgiving is my favorite time to slow down and reflect.

Nov 12, 2021

Learning to write my own resistance training programs

A book report on Glute Lab: The Art and Science of Strength and Physique Training

Nov 5, 2021

Surviving the Holidays Without Gaining 10 Pounds

Fighting the urge to turn 3 days into 60.

Oct 29, 2021

This is uncomfortable

Some thoughts on practicing experiencing discomfort 

Oct 22, 2021

Observations from the Last 6 Weeks of Lifting

What I did, how it went, and what I learned

Oct 15, 2021

The Getting Shit Done Muscle

Also, how to avoid meetings. Also, the art of the memo.

Oct 8, 2021

Sweet Sweet Cravings… Under Control

My sister asked me what advice I have for dealing with sweet cravings. I have many.

Oct 1, 2021

An Approach to Reaching Fitness Milestones 

A reader from the West Coast asks how should I go about setting fitness goals? 

Sep 22, 2021

Practical Advice for Designing On-the-Go Workouts

When shit hits the fan, there’s still time for a workout.

Sep 14, 2021

A Short Primer on Getting Stronger

Why it matters and how to get there.

Sep 6, 2021

Time to Make Time

I do my best work and feel my best in general when I have control over my calendar.

Aug 31, 2021

Snooze the Booze

This is going to be unpopular... but even if less booze isn't your goal, it's worth the read. Cheers.

Aug 23, 2021

Squat, Hinge, Push, Pull, Bingo

Not everyone enjoys working out for the sake of working out.

Aug 16, 2021

Mindset Hacks to Make Room for Fitness

It's not as daunting as it may seem.

Aug 8, 2021

Powering Through

Sometimes we have to do hard things.

Garage Gym Diaries

What I'm doing and thinking about in the gym.

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