“Moderate and balance” your attitude and expectations, not your actions

“Moderation includes extremes” - Unknown (I can’t remember if I made that up, or I read it somewhere, but either way I can’t find a source. If no one finds one, I’ll take credit eventually. If someone knows, please aware me.) There are two sides of the discussion about what “balance” in diet, training and getting fitter/healthier means. On one side its: “It takes … [Read more...]

On body awareness, body image, and the use for shame

Reading Oliver Sack’s “A Leg To Stand On” was a bit surreal for me. In it, he describes the strange and unexpected event in his life of losing his leg. Not losing it physically, but mentally. Through injury, and nerve damage his leg "went dead" to him. He experienced thinking of his leg as not his own, but as a foreign object tethered to him through an uncontrollable … [Read more...]

New Years; upload a mental virus, rather than crafting a resolution (aka a promise to yourself you don’t keep)

I like New Years celebrations, and I don't mind the ritual of New Year resolutions either, per se. But I agree that simply deciding on a new goal or action because it is "a new year" doesn't pan out well for most people. We all know the drill; the large majority of us will fail at keeping our New Years resolutions. I have a bit of a different twist on the idea of using the … [Read more...]

Lessons in ‘Chocolat’: Keeping food a pleasure, for better fat loss and better health

Why this matters Diets normally need structure, but that structure should never include guilt about what you eat or avoidance of the inherent pleasure of food. [Read time: 10-15 minutes]   I came across this research paper the other day and found this statement to be quite powerful. "Attitudes to Food and the Role of Food in Life in the USA, Japan, Flemish … [Read more...]

A Habit’s Tale

  Why am I showing you my nails? Cause I'm running my own lifelong experiment with the hardest and most ingrained bad habit I have: biting my nails. I started biting them when I was 3, right after a time period of family-related stressful shock. As a child, you don't control your environment, you just respond to it, adapt to it. Somehow my little brain decided … [Read more...]

Stop lying about time. If your time isn’t yours then neither is your life.

I reached a bit of a peak (or rather a valley) in the last couple months feeling unproductive, forgetful, sluggish, aimless, sleeping badly and even not "finding" time to train. I felt harried.  Not all the time, mind you. But this was a trend I was experiencing. It frustrated me. I felt like my mind was being glossed over and the color of the paint was called "Meh". I … [Read more...]

The real reason Tracy, Jillian, Oz, Oprah, Selter, Mercola, and Food Babe are winning the information game

Why This Matters Want to influence someone to see the light? First, understand how they obtain and process information. Reading this could be a game-changer. [Read Time: 11 minutes] As a trainer, I choke upon hearing some of the stuff people spew about fitness and nutrition. Yeah, I can get indignant like it's nobody's business. The people I named in the title of … [Read more...]

Does the menstrual cycle impair training performance?

In the course of my research for my presentation at the Structured Training Seminar in NYC next week (check it out here), I came across a surprising thing. Surprising because it is one of those soundbites you hear repeated frequently enough, yet I had never really sat down and researched the answer. You often hear: "Women can't perform as well during their menstrual cycle. … [Read more...]

My Squat Everyday Training Log: Average Lifter Gone Wild

Just over a year ago, I was stepping into brand-spanking-new learning territory about fitness, lifting, biology, neurochemistry, stress physiology, and training philosophy. Around that time, you might have heard me say things about "squatting every day." I had started delving into certain threads online regarding strength and conditioning, and I was exploring the … [Read more...]

Welcome to World Athletics

This week has meant so much to me that it is really hard to sit down and just "write about what I learned".  There was so much complexity, simplicity, epiphanies, comfort, excitement, wonder, understanding stuffed in it, that I have to just kind of let it flow out if I can hope to share what a week of being around some of the best coaches and olympic level athletes in the world … [Read more...]