Diet philosophizing, training progress….a bit of cursing and my fave squat vid!

Random thoughts typed out on my Iphone about the whole dieting thing. Might as well archive them here! Some cussing, some controversy. Lots of my thought processes. This blog is my journal as well. Your personal bias is HUGE. Do what you can to minimize it. Be proud and picky when choosing information to put into use for yourself. You owe no one anything. No trainer, no … [Read more...]

Recommended Resources: Starve Mode by Leigh Peele

I first heard of Leigh Peele in reverent whispers from other trainers I admired. It usually went something like "Oh Leigh? Yeah she's great. Smart, excellent resource." Yet, I hadn't heard much about her. Unlike yours truly, she doesn't smear herself all over social media. Yet, her body of work, and the respect she garners from top coaches, her clients, and other trainers is … [Read more...]

Your Problem With Sugar is THE Problem With Sugar

Why this matters: Nothing is easier than blaming sugar when it comes to unsuccessful dieting, but that blame is often very misplaced. Learn what sugar is and why it's not as devilish as you've been made to believe.  [Read time: 25 minutes (stick with it; it'll be worth it!)]   "When you start from an incorrect assumption, you reach an incorrect conclusion." - … [Read more...]

Can You Learn About Fitness From Unrequited Love?

When I was 20, I was out of my first relationship that had lasted 4 years. I was living with my dad in Japan and had the cutest fat little baby girl who looked like a brown Shirley Temple. I even called her Charlee Temple. I  lived in a beautiful compound in the mountains about 3 hours from Tokyo and 20 minutes from the beach. I was working as a nonprofit volunteer with a … [Read more...]

Why Lifting Weights Lets You Eat More Carbs and All About Metabolism

Why this matters: Women, it's time to de-mysticize metabolism and carbs and learn how to fuel your workouts, gain muscle, and get lean (with carbs!).  [Read time: 25 minutes (stick with it; it's worth it!)]   Let's get on with talking about carbs, muscles, and metabolism. Metabolism is such a cool word. It implies all kinds of sciencey things. "I don't … [Read more...]

Consultation Question and Answer Sample

I get quite a few emails from people inquiring about consultations, and/or just asking questions. This is great for me as a coach, because it exposes me to a wider variety of problems! Right now, besides working with an online client, I deal daily with mostly strength and conditioning factors for young athletes. Getting experience working with other types of clients is not as … [Read more...]

Random Stuff and Some Cool Links

I am in the middle of writing a post on thoracic extension, core stability and a new (well not NEW new per se, maybe "simpler"?) approach to thinking about good upper back and shoulder positioning/mobility and how it translates to core strength, but it won't be done till next week as far as I can see. I had a great week with some personal insights, accomplishments (despite … [Read more...]

Quick Question: Is it true that I should only eat 20-30 grams of protein at a time?

Short answer: No. Better answer: From Alan Aragon in this interview here: machinemuscle.com Interview with Alan Aragon "You wrote an article regarding protein per meal, could you give the specifics on the research?" "Wow, it seems like forever ago that I wrote that article (here). The general thrust is that people mistakenly think that there’s a strict limit to how … [Read more...]

Cutting, Bulking, and the Fear of Gaining Weight: A Woman’s Perspective

  Why This Matters Women: Have you been trying to lose those last 10 lbs. for months or years? Stop cutting, start eating a little more, and start lifting weight. [Read time: 12 minutes]   This topic has been on my mind for awhile now, and moreso because of quite a few private messages and posts from different women. I wanted to discuss cutting and … [Read more...]

What You SHOULD Know About Plateaus

I have had this post bouncing around in my head since last week, and if I don't get it out I'm gonna go crazy. Occasionally at work (the prison), I am assigned to construction watch. This is great for me  because it means babysitting two non-inmate maintenance guys = I can catch up on reading!!! I print out some Alan Aragon Research Reviews, grab a highlighter and get paid to … [Read more...]