In my hierarchies of priorities for nutrition and training (The Muscle and Strength Pyramids), consistency is the foundation of each (behaviour and lifestyle for nutrition, adherence for training). This is not a platitude to be ignored by the “dedicated” or “hardcore”, who assume they are not the target audience of such a distinction. Rather, this is an intentional call to action I hope even the hardest of the hardcore gives serious consideration. [Read more…]
We’ve all seen the blogs, vlogs, and podcasts…two “experts” talking about differing viewpoints; both fully vested in his/her beliefs. They debate passionately and fiercely. One brilliantly strategized attack followed by a beautifully planned defense. Soon it becomes similar to watching Floyd Mayweather lean, roll, and dodge punch after punch while backed into a corner then plant a hook at the perfect time and with perfect precision. It becomes so heated that the original purpose (if there was one to begin with) is forgotten. Now it’s about winning and losing. [Read more…]
The room is dimly lit and there are shelves packed with leather-bound books along the walls. You’re laying down on a couch spewing your deepest, darkest secrets to some stranger who’s favored responses seem to be, “how does that make you feel?” or “your parents are the reason you’re like this.” Meanwhile, this stranger is fiercely scribbling on a notepad what you speculate is your dooming diagnoses and who knows what else. [Read more…]
Luck. Whether you’re born with it, find it in a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, or find it in a bottle of golden liquid won for brewing the best Draught of Living Death potion in Potions class, we are all aware of its existence. But what exactly is luck? Why does it seem like some people are just so darn lucky, while others can’t catch a break? Also, is luck necessary for success in competitive bodybuilding? Let’s dive in and look deeper! Oh, and whatever you do, don’t play the “Name Game” with luck if there are children around…
“I’ve tried four different coaches, none of them met my expectations, I was disappointed with each one.”
“I read through the very positive testimonials for this coach, but after trying the coach out, I didn’t get the results I expected.”
“The coach produced some really impressive before and afters, but after trying the coach, the coach didn’t produce the same results for me.”
These seem like reasonable statements, and I’ve heard them before, many times. However, one thing I want to point out, is that if you remove the word “coach” in each of the examples and replace it with home or kitchen appliances like “vacuum”, “Rumba”, or “blender” the sentences still work. That’s a problem.
One of my least favorite memories from my childhood was moving on a frequent basis. I forget the exact count, but I believe I went to total of 11 different schools growing up. This often came with a full relocation of residence, so I was not only the new kid at school, but also on the block. Not the most comfortable of things at the time, but these experiences shaped my persona immensely. For the most part I was well received as a child, and I was often the one kid everyone referred to as their best friend. [Read more…]
Are you really dedicated?
There was a time, over a decade ago, where I was an incredibly “hardcore”, focused, and silently judgmental young bodybuilder. I was completely intent on winning my pro card and one day winning a natural bodybuilding pro world title. [Read more…]
Some people live a life that imposes more stress on them than their training. Some people are the opposite. They have a program that is the largest stressor in their life when it comes to the physiological disruption it causes. However, most people proceed as though they are in the latter category, changing their training program often trying to find something that works as well as they expect, when in fact, the problem is high levels of life stress. [Read more…]
Here is a recent post of mine followed by a comment that I received…
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I recently had a really great exchange with a young individual who is striving to become a “thought leader” or “public intellectual” in the fitness community. They want to “break into” the industry, have their work recognized and begin making a difference. This is an admirable, but difficult goal.
Many individuals in their late teens or early twenties, at the beginning of a road that leads to a fitness career, feel time pressure and like they are trying to enter a crowded space where it’s hard to stand out. On top of this sense of urgency and fear of obscurity, many up and comers also feel pressure from time and energy constraints, as they try to balance study, work, and the time and energy required to create an online presence. [Read more…]