Managing the stress of trying to get fitter: part 1

Stress is, anything that has an influence you and your body, within your self and through your environment. You can see how broad the word "stress" is then. “I am stressed” is usually said as a negative statement. But in the context of exercise “I am stressed” is physically, the point. The point of exercise is to stress you out. Stress your skeletal structure though … [Read more...]

You don’t need to love your body, you need to own it

Once upon when I was 21, I sublaxed (partial dislocation) both knees right after the other. That day, the right one was already bandaged, and I was hobbling around on the left, watching a soccer game with friends. There were a lot of people around me, and I was standing still and very unsteadily, unable to move with any sort of ease. I was all wobbly, constantly in danger of … [Read more...]

Malnutrition masquerading as health; a modern problem.

There is one thing going wrong with what's happening day to day in peoples eating habits in modern societies, that I will risk speaking out quite adamantly on. My intention is not to criticize anyone's choice of actions for their health, but to describe a problem I see. It would be impossible for me to know all the circumstances under which someone makes their health choices, … [Read more...]

A woman can never be as strong as a man could be; physical safety starts with physical strength

Read the title carefully. This is not a post about whether there exists a woman that "could" beat a man, in some way. Of course there is. A big woman, a small man.... but even then, research is not in her favor. This post is strictly a discussion of the inequalities apparent when discussing differences in physical strength between men and women.  I do not aim to discuss … [Read more...]

How do you measure your fitness?

I've always been someone who has appeared "fit". I have never been overweight, I have muscle tone (more now, than before), and have engaged in "working out" for many years. Everything from exercise videos to powerlifting. I started working out “formally” 16 years now, doing Cindy Crawford and Kathy Smith exercise videos before walking to school. Yet, at times, while still … [Read more...]

Exercise is learning. The most basic kind.

A couple years ago when visiting World Athletics (now Altis) in Arizona, I asked Dan Pfaff how long it would take someone to develop physically at a basic level (in the context of the sport he coaches at an Olympic level, track and field). In other words, generally speaking, if you took someone with no consistent physical training, and trained them to be physically … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Carbs and sugar are not “junk food”

Why are the words “carbs” and “sugar” synonymous with “junk food”? I talk to people a lot about what they think about nutrition, to see what kinds views they have, but also to find if anything could be a roadblock or very limiting to progress. The belief  that "carbs/sugar = junk food" is one of those. A lot of junk food has sugar. A lot of junk food has carbs. A lot of … [Read more...]

Three things you should do for yourself in every training session, no matter what kind.

Here are three things I do with every client, every session, that are simple and have a firm scientific basis for implementation. That means you can do them right away, and improve training immediately. These aren't contestable facts, so no research links are included, but if you would like to learn more for yourself, you can follow your curiosity. I encourage you … [Read more...]

Uncertainty is certain: reducing stress through acceptance of fact

There are lots of facts in this world. They are recorded diligently by scientists in very field imaginable. Science is the collecting of facts through arduous and specific processes improved on over time; what can be known is kept on record and updated. What is not "known" continues to be sought. This is an arduous process, as we all know. The common complaint that "science … [Read more...]

Uni of Toronto #3 – “Muscle doesn’t care about transfer (to sport), movement does.”

Last recap of the University of Toronto Strength and Conditioning Summit, and this quote was from Chris McCleod from The English Institute of Sport. Before I share some notes, I have to give an acknowledgement to Jennifer Sygo, and her presentation "Evaluating Nutrition Trends:  Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free Diets and their Role in Sport Performance" which was stuffed … [Read more...]