Posted on Sep 01, 2016
"Many people think of perfectionism as striving to be your best, but it is not about self-improvement; it's about earning approval and acceptance." -Brene Brown
Perfectionism is what’s standing in the way of those last 5 lbs.
I'm sure you've heard yourself or a friend say something to the effect of, “Sigh! I’ve ruined my diet for today. I was doing so good! Since today is a wash, I might as well eat the whole box of double stuf Oreos.” This is textbook perfectionism.
Why throw in the towel so readily?
Rather than admit mistakes, shrug them off and keep pressing onward, we reflexively deflect...
I still practically shit myself whenever I work out in a new gym. It feels like the record skips and everyone is staring at you.
You don’t want to feel judged by all the gym regulars. Totally fair. Nobody likes feeling judged.
Unfortunately, until gym culture becomes more welcoming (it does seem to be on it’s way), most commercial gyms are going to feel like this i.e. terrible.
Thus, the only way to be “fit enough" to feel like you fit in is to actually start going to the gym.
You can totally get fit by most definitions at home. If you eat lots of veggies and protein and run up a steep hill/...
Posted on Aug 24, 2016
Getting that first chin-up is an amazingly empowering feeling and I want to share how I help my clients break the chin-up barrier.
The first pull-up you do is the hardest one.
After the first pull-up it’s simply a matter of consistent practice.
I want to add that this whole, “women can’t do pull-ups” thing is BS. While men tend to have more relative upper body strength, women tend to have more relative lower body strength. This might make it more difficult for some women. More difficult doesn’t mean impossible.
That said, it seems the biggest barrier to many women’s first pullup is mental, r...
Posted on Aug 18, 2016
I have a big announcement at the end of this article, but please read the whole thing first. This is a very personal post for me and it wasn’t easy hitting the “publish” button.
It’s my hope that through sharing the following story I can offer a perspective that helps people feel more accepting of their mistakes, their imperfections, and their struggles.
I was bleeding pretty bad. I sobbed and I waited for the ambulance.
I woke up staring at the filthy NYC subway platform. Why I was so close to the floor? How did I get all the way down here?
Then I noticed all the blood.
I stood up clutching ...
Western work life is all but synonymous with a perpetual presence of cupcakes, cookies, and let’s not forget the notorious candy bowl.
The constant bombardment of, “eat this! eat this!” at work is one of the trickier barriers to overcome. Being stuck at a desk for hours on end doesn’t put you in a good mental framework to deal with the constant temptation of that oh-so-seductive fun size snickers. ***Side note: What asshat decided a smaller candy bar was more fun?! Size matters yo.
Before I go any farther, we gotta talk about willpower.
Willpower is like your health meter in Zelda. You can b...
Posted on Jul 20, 2016
My friend and I were intent on staying glued to the couch one ambitious Friday evening in Brooklyn.
Then we realized there might be some Bulbasaurs in the park a few blocks away.
I’m a nerd. Pokemon was an integral part of my childhood. The Pokemon games are some of the best RPG’s of all time. FACT.
Despite the fact that my facebook feed these days is literally only comprised of matters of systemic racism and Pokemon, I was unaware of Pokemon Go until 10 PM last Friday night. Strange times.
When I learned Pokemon Go was a free app I immediately downloaded it. My friend and I began franticall...
Posted on Jul 08, 2016
Lifting weights is one of the safest and healthiest activities you can treat your body to.
For starters, strength training increases:
While it's possible to get injured lifting things, you can get injured doing literally anything. So let's learn how to not get injured lifting weights so you're less likely to get injured in general, mmmmmk?
I'm going to let you in on how to stay injury free, not just in the weight room, but outside of it.
Your body is constantly s...
In this post, I'm going to do my damnedest to try and convince you that strength training is what you need to have the best physique of your life, and that it won't make you bulky (unless you want it to).
I have a strong bias towards lifting because I've seen how it changes my client's lives. I've helped tons of people feel sexier and more confident, using strength training to shape their body. Not bragging, just explaining my reasoning.
The majority of my clients have zero strength training experience prior to working with me. They’ve worked out extensively but are frustrated because nothin...
I’m writing this on Father’s Day. My Dad passed away when I was 16. He had a rare blood condition that you’ve probably never heard of.
You could say my dad died in the hippest way possible. It’s Ok, you can laugh. If you can't laugh at our own inevitable demise, what's the point?
Besides, being able to find humor in any situation is something I think(?) I picked up from him.
Dune was one of my Dad’s favorite books. However, I only read it for the first time last year. It was easily one of the best works of fiction I read in 2016, and probably ever.
While there is much that could be said abo...
People love foam rollers. It’s like getting a cheap, DIY massage. What's not to like?
That said, there are some common uses for the foam roller that aren't wise.
Number 1: Eat it
The flavor is bland and the texture gamey.
Pretty unpleasant really. The only way it’s bearable is by adding copious amounts of salt and Sriracha.
Foam rollers aren’t GMO free i.e. they can’t be good for you. I think foam rollers are made with gluten too because gluten is sticky.
The gluten acts as an adhesive to keep the little chunks of foam from falling apart like my hopes and dreams.
Number 2: Build a house with...