The History of Black Women’s Exercise with Ava Purkiss

Fit Citizens: A History of Black Women’s Exercise from Post-Reconstruction to Postwar America by Ava Purkiss

Ava Purkiss is a historian and assistant professor of American Culture and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan, and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Michigan Medicine. She is the author of Fit Citizens: A History of Black Women’s Exercise from … Read more

Running as Therapy for Depression with Nita Sweeney

Nita Sweeney, author of Depression Hate a Moving Target

Nita Sweeney is the bestselling wellness author of Depression Hates a Moving Target, You Should Be Writing, and Make Every Move a Meditation. She is also an ultramarathoner, meditator, mindfulness coach, writing practice zealot, mental health advocate, dog mom, retired attorney and the retired publisher of Write Now Columbus. Her … Read more

The Physical and Social Importance of Walking with Antonia Malchik

A Walking Life by Antonia Malchik, a book about the physical and social importance of walking

Antonia Malchik has written essays and articles for Aeon, The Atlantic, Orion, High Country News and a variety of other publications. Her first book, A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time, is about walking’s role in our shared humanity and the damages caused by … Read more

Trauma-Informed Strength Training with Laura Khoudari

Laura Khoudari, a trauma-informed strength trainer and author of Lifting Heavy Things

Laura Khoudari is a writer and leader in trauma-informed strength training and the author of Lifting Heavy Things: Healing Trauma One Rep at a Time. Her work has been widely recognized by the trauma and fitness community, and she has been featured by The New York Times, NPR, BuzzFeed and Outside … Read more

Cycling and Philosophy with James Hibbard

The Art of Cycling by James Hibbard, a book about cycling and philosophy

A former professional cyclist, James Hamilton Hibbard studied philosophy at The University of California, Santa Cruz and DePaul University. He has received grants and been selected for workshops by PEN America and Tin House. He is the author of the book The Art of Cycling: Philosophy, Meaning, and a Life … Read more

Reshaping Physical Education and the Fitness Industry with Natalia Petrzela

Fit Nation by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, a book about reshapng physical education and the fitness industry

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela is a historian of contemporary American politics and culture. She holds a B.A. from Columbia and a Ph.D. from Stanford and is the author of Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture and Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America’s Exercise Obsession. Natalia is also Associate Professor … Read more

The Rise of American Fitness Culture with Shelly McKenzie

Cover of Getting Physical by Shelly McKenzie, a book about American fitness culture

Shelly McKenzie, an independent scholar, holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University, where she has taught writing and American studies. In this interview, we discuss her book Getting Physical: The Rise of Fitness Culture in America and the development of American fitness culture from the Cold War to the present. Enter the giveaway … Read more

The Rise of Women’s Fitness Culture with Danielle Friedman

Danielle Friedman and her book Let's Get Physical, a history of the rise of women's fitness culture

Danielle Friedman is an award-winning journalist and author of the critically acclaimed cultural history of women’s fitness Let’s Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World (Putnam 2022). Her feature writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Cut, Vogue, Health, and other … Read more

The History of Fitness with Daniel Kunitz

Daniel Kunitz, author of Lift

Daniel Kunitz is the author of Lift: Fitness Culture from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors. He has written for numerous publications and is the editor-in-chief of Sculpture magazine. In this interview, we discuss Lift and the cultural history of fitness. Enter the giveaway below to win a copy of … Read more

Butch Phelps on the Brain-Body Connection

Butch Phelps on the Brain-Body Connection

Butch Phelps is the founder of the Stretch ‘n’ Release Technique and The Muscle Repair Shop. He coaches clients to regain the freedom of movement they once had and age more pain-free. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist and holds a bachelor’s degree in aging sciences. His studies have allowed … Read more