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 […]

Light Weights and Training

Is there a role for light weights in your training program? Yes, my opinion is that there is a role for light weights, as long as it’s in conjunction with heavy weights. For this brief discussion, I am labeling any weight you can do for more than 15 reps to be light. So the 15-20 […]

Top 20 Food List

A constant theme of mine, one that I try to beat into the heads of my trainees, is that changing your body and keeping yourself healthy takes some thought. One of those mental exercises is to come up with a Top 20 Food List. People who don’t want to think about the exercise and eating […]

Protein Ratios and the Top 20 Food List

An often overlooked aspect of protein consumption is what I call the protein ratio. More accurately, it’s the protein to calorie ratio and the protein to price ratio. Let’s look at an easy way to get more protein in your diet: turkey cold-cuts. I eat Applegate Organics Sliced Turkey Breast. It says that it has […]

The Desire to Improve Your Health

I’ve long agonized over the fact that, working off the same exact information, you may succeed fantastically when trying to improve your health, body, and well-being, while another person can fail miserably. The basics don’t vary much from one person to another. The Big Three are: 1. Control your calories 2. Maximize protein consumption 3. […]

The Human Body as Art

I took the quick trip from Belleville, New Jersey into Manhattan over the weekend to visit the Museum of Biblical Art and an exhibit of Donatello’s sculptures on loan from the Duomo in Florence, Italy. It got me thinking about the human form throughout history. Upon viewing ancient sculpture, one recognizes that the ancient Greeks […]