27| Meghan Wieser, physical therapist and weightlifter: Learning to Listen to Your Body

Meghan is a doctor of physical therapy and works as a physiocoach at Recharge in Ellicott City, Maryland. Recharge is a group fitness environment run by physical therapists (think: rehab and fitness under one roof) where Meghan programs and teaches group classes and treats patients. She also does remote strength programming.

Meghan started her gym habit for aesthetic reasons (and to complete a challenge), but stayed for the social aspect and how she feels when she can confidently lift heavy weights.

Connect with Meghan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meghan.wieser
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.megaweezy.physio/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meghan-wieser-45421566/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcE_ZiB-B63lNGvNWAtK9g7-tk2ps8a95\

Trigger warning: counting macros, weight loss

In this episode, we talked about…

  • Meghan’s love-/hate relationship with tracking macros 
  • Dating during a pandemic
  • The number one fitness myth Meghan wants to bust
  • The problem with detoxes
  • The beauty of not having mirrors in the gyms without mirrors 
  • The challenges— and excitement — of relocating to a new place
  • How working out at the gym becomes a habit 
  • The differences between hypertrophy, muscular endurance, and powerlifting
  • How life’s stressors and recovery can impact performance (and how important it is to respect those limits) 
  • The sweet spot between listening to your body and working toward goals 
  • Sustainable workout plans 
  • When to choose a workout over extra sleep (or vice versa)
  • Shifting from a focus on aesthetics to how good it feels to be strong
  • Finding the balance between eating for pleasure and fueling for performance

I like feeling really strong and capable. 

It’s exhilarating, feeling like you’re capable and resilient and able to do things. 

Save the hard days for the hard days and the easy days for the easy days.

Zoom out a little bit because your body’s a system … There’s no way to simplify humans.

Your body’s threshold for stress is going to be different day-to-day, and that includes physical stress, mental stress, work stress, home stress, the stress of not having slept, the stress of not having enough calories in you.  

I think one of the good things about becoming more in tune with your body is you recognize when it’s a motivation thing or a laziness thing.

When it’s a case where you just have no business working out, like your body needs to take a chill pill, give yourself permission to become more in tune with your body.

I slowly became more excited about not necessarily how much weight I could lift, but how I felt during workouts and after workouts.

Yes, there’s different hormonal differences, but muscle responds to load. So there’s no specific movements that women or men should avoid or do. 

[Detoxes are] usually geared toward women, to either take something away or to just alter the shape of their body. 

Anybody who’s moved to a new place without knowing that many people or having strong connections there probably will understand this: It is hard to build a life somewhere.

Recharge in Ellicott City, Md. 

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2 thoughts on “27| Meghan Wieser, physical therapist and weightlifter: Learning to Listen to Your Body

  1. Cheryl says:

    Started lifting in my late 20s/early 30s to help my running. At 68 I now spend 3 days a week in the gym pushing weights and working on balance through yoga. Keeps me on my mountain bike and lifting those 40 lb bags of birdseed into and out of a rolling shopping cart and into the car/out of the car! No help needed! Currently benching a max of 80- 🙂 More than necessary as I age!

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