The Pleasant Box

Evy Lyons
A publication about finding joy in the lifelong pursuit of strength.
Created 25 Jul 2021
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  • Hotel Workouts Formulas
    17 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    This past week I was reminded how effective a small gym space with limited equipment can be. From Sunday to Wednesday, I only had access to a hotel gym. There were no squat racks or barbells. And yet,...
  • Aging Strongly
    10 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Aches and pains are an inevitable part of life. At some point, your body will hurt when you are doing the things you love. You will have a choice. Stop doing what brings you joy. Or, find out what is ...
  • OKR you ready to get stronger?
    03 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    There is one area of my life where measurement has come easy. In lifting, everything is numbers. How much weight are you lifting? How many sets? How many reps? Is it more or less than last time? It’s ...
  • A Hopefully Helpful Rant on Food Marketing
    26 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 4
    The most frustrating place in modern society is not the airport. It’s the grocery store. What should be this wonderful collection of colorful nutrients has been converted into a mall for packaged, pro...
  • On Setting Goals for Yourself
    19 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 4 2
    In 2010 my New Year’s resolution was to learn to play the accordion. I had totally forgotten until I searched “resolutions” in my Google Drive earlier this week and stumbled on this unfulfilled intent...
  • Learning to write my own resistance training programs
    12 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 4 1
    In November 2020, I programmed my own training for the first time–ten years after getting serious about fitness. As it goes with me more often than I care to admit, doing something new brings on a flo...
  • Surviving the Holidays Without Gaining 10 Pounds
    05 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 5 5
    The holidays are fun. It’s the end of the year. There is a promise of life slowing down. There is vacation. Hanging out with family and friends. And a hell of a lot of food. If the grocery stores are ...
  • This is uncomfortable
    29 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    I’ve been out of my comfort zone for the last week. I could not control my sleep, food, exercise or work schedule to the degree I’ve gotten accustomed to over the last 18 months. Further, I’ve had to ...
  • Observations from the Last 6 Weeks of Lifting
    22 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    On September 6th, I started a new training cycle, which will take me until the end of the year. My primary focus for this period is building strength. This means not prioritizing conditioning, hypertr...
  • The Getting Shit Done Muscle
    15 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 4 2
    I’ve been known to say, “we should be working, working out, or sleeping.” To which, my father once replied, “wow, you’re so fun...” It's true, I need to learn the art of relaxation. Just not today. On...
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