Posted on Aug 14, 2018
Instant coffee isn’t great. This isn’t a controversial statement.
For the past year and a half I’ve been living in a fairly isolated part of China. It’s isolated mainly from an international standpoint, although it even seems to also be quite disconnected other parts of China . It’s still a big city of over 5 MILLION people (a small town by Chinese standards), yet it’s still quite disconnected from the outside world.
All this is to say you don’t always have access to the same luxuries you’re accustomed to in the US. Or if you do, they’re expensive to the point of not really being worth the ext...
Posted on Aug 06, 2018
Building a healthy lifestyle is fairly straightforward if you don’t have any other responsibilities.
Alas, the unpredictable shitstorm of life is ultimately the road we’re all trying to navigate. This makes implementing the behaviors above a bit messy. Especially if you hate your job.
If you hate your job, you probably have zero energy at work and outside of work. You feel drained constantly. No matter how much sleep you get, you s...
Posted on Jun 27, 2018
As someone who’s been injured in pursuit of a goal more times than I can count (to be fair, I can’t count that high) I know how frustrating and demoralizing to finally start making good progress, only for the proverbial wrench to get thrown in the works.
While obviously you want to prevent injuries in the first place, to quote Forrest Gump :
I’m going to give you a game plan to keep building strength and losing fat even if you have an injury. That way, you don’t squander all of hard earned results playing Banjo-Kazooie on the couch for 3 months whi...
Posted on May 15, 2018
Soreness is somewhat of a vague term, but an important one to understand if you’re to get the most of out of your workouts and build resilient, sturdy joints.
Soreness isn’t necessarily indicative of an effective workout. It can be a byproduct of one. However, just because you are sore, doesn’t mean your workout actually did anything productive.
I could have anybody, regardless of fitness level, do jump squats for an hour and I guarantee they’d be sore the next day.
Did they build any muscle, strength, power, or flexibility? Did they burn enough calories to justify such a unnecessarily nonj...
Posted on May 08, 2018
Once upon a time, I worked at a gym that required its trainers to sell supplements. Not only would trainers get commission for selling those supplements, but they had a quota.
The way the gym justified this was by claiming it was physically impossible to get sufficient nutrients by food alone. Not difficult, impossible.
If this sounds nonsensical, that’s because it is.
There were plenty of other horribly flawed arguments given to justify peddling supplements -- there were many other trainers who were visibly uncomfortable about the idea of pushing expensive supplements onto people who didn’
Posted on Apr 19, 2018
You’ll get in really great shape if you make peace with boredom because the simplest, most “unsexy” methods of achieving anything are the most effective.
Don’t get me wrong. Making nutrition and exercise fun is important because it will help you show up. And showing up is priority number 1. If you don’t show up, nothing else matters.
However, getting good at something requires practicing the same thing repeatedly, which can seem tedious at first glance.
If you can embrace mindful, focused repetition you’ll advance more quickly than always doing random workouts for the sake of novelty, entert...
Posted on Apr 11, 2018
This post is about exercise dogma, namely the notion that certain exercises are absolutely required to make progress.
For example, some people seem to think everyone should back squat all the time -- that if you don’t back squat, the fitness gods will smite you with a protein shake flavored lightning bolt, zapping you of your gains.
Are back squats potentially the best exercise of all time?
Yes. Yes, they are.
Are they a good fit for every person at every point in their fitness journey?
No. No, they are not.
Not everyone can or should squat with a bar on their back. There’s a lot that can ...
Posted on Mar 14, 2018
“Faaaaaaaaaaack! AAAGGggghhGGH! Whyyyyyyyy?!”
You fumble around with your phone, feebly trying to make the infernal noise stop, haphazardly tapping your fingers on the screen. Your eyes are still half glued shut. You’re still half asleep i.e., this might as well be climbing Mt. Everest.
“Huh? I only fell asleep like an hour ago”
Narrator: “You didn’t.”
Your limbs feel like they’re made of lead. You swear you’re physically tied down to your mattress. (What were you doing last night eh? WINK WINK!)
Alas, our economic system requires you get out of bed, otherwise y...
Posted on Mar 07, 2018
You have more healthy behaviors than you may realize.
I can already hear you saying, “I don’t do anything healthy. Ever.”.
To which I call BS.
Well, unless you spend every hour of every day in McDonald’s slamming shots of Fireball and watching Fox News. Even then though, I’m sure you drink some water (read: something healthy) at soooome point.
I’m certain there are actions you take towards your health, be it brushing your teeth or eating the occasional broccoli floret.
You may not feel healthy. Maybe you’ve never thought of yourself as one of those "healthy, fit people". One of those weirdo...
Posted on Jan 26, 2018
What I’m writing to you about today is one the most important mindset switches you can make to stop sabotaging your results.
Imagine you’re on the treadmill. Every 10 minutes or so you check the “calories burned” section on the treadmill interface.
You watch the number steadily climb. Seeing how many calories you’ve burned is motivating. So you keep running to see that number continue increasing.
You finish your workout and see that number has risen to 700 calories. Awesome. You pack up your gym things and head home.
So far so good.
You make yourself dinner. Then, you plop down to watch som...