Stop the Fitness Comparisons

One thing that always comes up in training is the inevitable fitness comparisons. “Why don’t I look like that person”? The best answer is the most obvious one: you aren’t that person. If that answer doesn’t suffice, let’s examine why fitness comparisons are useless. The Keys to Improved Fitness If you consistently lift progressively heavier […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Lifestyle Changes That You Won’t Make

As I wandered through the fascinating Bodyworlds exhibit at Discovery Channel in Times Square on Memorial Day, at one point I had to sit down and collect myself. I was getting upset. What got me upset was seeing an artery with atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is better known as a form of cardiovascular disease in which arterial […]

Excuses for Poor Health

There is a scene in the greatest show of all time, The Wire, when Marlo Stanfield walks out of his house and sees his personal driver with a gun to somebody’s head, threatening to shoot the man for some transgression. Marlo observes what is going on and states indifferently “either do it or don’t, but […]

Becoming a Personal Trainer in New Jersey

I often get asked if becoming a personal trainer is a good part-time job or an easy way to make some money on the side. It’s not. Let me be clear on the following point: Becoming a personal trainer isn’t something you do just because you’re interested in exercise. Making a living as a personal […]