The Genius of Joseph Campbell

At some point in my senior year of high school, during a particularly difficult time, my mom posted a card on my wall with a drawing of flowers and trees and some quote about “following your bliss”. I had no clue what it meant. Bliss is not a concept that I could easily relate to; […]

Don't Sweat the Yin

“When people see things as beautiful, ugliness is created. When people see things as good, evil is created. Being and non-being produce each other. Difficult and easy complement each other. Long and short define each other. High and low oppose each other. Fore and aft follow each other.” – Lao Tzu Yin and Yang are […]

Deadlift Problems: Where the Bar Begins

Starting with the bar too far in front of the body during the deadlift is fairly common but can cause some serious problems due to the physics involved. What I do at the end of rep #2 and the beginning of rep #3 is what I’m focusing on. Rep 1 is good. I then reset […]

Slow Down Your Life (and your deadlift)

In the midst of the American invasion of Sicily, 1943… A mortar fragment had chipped two of his teeth, but [Teddy] Roosevelt [Jr.] “mumbled and rumbled to himself snatches of song and bits of poetry in French, in Latin and in English”, while lamenting the lack of scholarship “in this hurried world”. – The Day […]

How to Break Out of a Rut

There are two definitions of rut that resonate with me: “A fixed, usually boring routine, dreary or undeviating, a narrow or predictable way of life.” and also “A habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change”. Ruts can manifest themselves in all areas of life. A football […]

The Problem with Desire

“There are two great disappointments in life: Not getting what you want, and getting it.” The Problem of Desire As humans, we desire. We desire stuff. Some things we desire are absolutely necessary for healthy survival: basic food, water, shelter, friendship (humans are social creatures). Others aren’t necessary at all: fame, money, cars, big houses, […]

Fitness Mistakes People Make

Here are four fitness mistakes that are consistently made by people who struggle to make bodily change. Fitness Mistakes- The Big C Of all fitness mistakes, this one is the biggest: Humans are terrible at estimating calories. We consistently overlook small amounts of food. Unfortunately, these small amounts of food can mean the difference between […]

Patience In Physical Training

A bodybuilding legend died recently. Larry Scott Two quotes from the article jump out at me as they show the reality of physical training. 1. Aspiring bodybuilders often asked Mr. Scott his secret to success. He shared it in an interview with the martial arts trainer Steve Cotter. “I generally tell them to take lots […]

The Value of A Training System

Look up “train” in Webster’s Dictionary you get the following definitions (among others): noun: a series of parts or elements that together constitute a system for producing a result. verb: to teach (someone) the skills needed to do something (such as a job) : to give instruction to (someone) As a trainer, I have two […]

Vegetable Oils and Health

Are vegetable oils the greatest nutritional threat to good cardiovascular health? Read on….. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/health/a-lifelong-fight-against-trans-fat.html “In the past two years, he has published four papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, two of them devoted to another major culprit he has singled out as responsible for atherosclerosis, or the hardening of the arteries: an excess of polyunsaturated vegetable […]