For years, I was a recreational gym lifter. Then I became a "competitive" powerlifter. I wasn't a great strength athlete, but I enjoyed doing it. Then injuries and burnout made it impossible for me to continue and I looked for other ways to get moving.
I've since rehabbed myself back to where I can lift the weights I warmed up with in high school. I focus on hypertrophy and strengthening my connective tissues. For the first time in ages, I can lift weights without using elbow or knee sleeves or wrist wraps. I can squat below parallel and do walking lunges. I know this is not exactly a remarkable comeback, but I am healthier and continue to improve.
On the writing side, I wrote a column called "My Workout" for The Oregonian for a few years. I also wrote a story for The Portland Mercury that led to an article in The Huffington Post. I even went on my local TV station (on a breaking news night!) to talk about it once.
Here you can find links to some of my articles and videos pertaining to health and fitness.
UPDATE: I just passed my credentialing exam and am now a certified NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Personal Trainer!