Counting Macros Can Kill Your Gains

Counting Macros Can Kill Your Gains

Some do well with counting macros or calories because it offers a sense of control. Especially in light of all the conflicting advice and agenda-driven bullshit that comes with the diet industry. Yet it has its drawbacks, from the accuracy of the numbers being used, to that precious control eventually becoming a psychological prison. I know people who get anxious at the thought of NOT counting,...

3 Quick Tips for Those in January Mode

3 Quick Tips for Those in January Mode

As a coach I have mixed feelings about the month of January. On the one hand, business definitely picks up as people decide that this is "the year they get serious" and sign up for coaching. On the other hand, it's a very tricky time of year as even smart, experienced, long term clients can, depending on their level of indulgence, fall victim to "post holiday bloat so I better slash my calories...

Get Lean over the Holidays?

Get Lean over the Holidays?

  The Holiday season is in full swing, when many juggle office parties, meet-ups over drinks, even quick trips out of town to drink beer and play really bad hockey. Ho ho ho.   Despite the festive vibe, a few clients have reached out to say they feel a little down. And it's all Thanksgiving's fault.   Thanksgiving (at least the US version) is a 4-day disruption that arrives at the worst possible...

Never Stop Building

Never Stop Building

I never miss an interview (or today, a podcast) with a classic bodybuilder. I'm certainly well past the arbitrary 10,000 hour benchmark (which is kind of depressing when I think about it but I'll spare you the self-loathing). When I was young I was drawn to the differences in their approaches. Frank Zane dieted on low carbs, Franco Columbu didn't. Dorian Yates trained with very high intensity,...

The Best Ways to Manage Stress

The Best Ways to Manage Stress

There are plenty of ways to effectively reduce stress. Many impactful steps, however, might be next to impossible to implement, like reducing your daily commute or improving a toxic work environment. Furthermore, even more realistic measures can be inherently stressful (at first) as they require effort, such as adopting bedtime rituals or planning & preparing meals for the week. You gotta...

Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations

Talk is cheap. "Don't tell me, show me" is something I write (or at least think) every day, especially as social media swells with lots of passionate posturing, but not a whole lot of real-world doing. But talk is also incredibly powerful. A simple conversation, with the right person at the right place and right time, can change the course of your life immeasurably. I figured this out in my 20s...

50 Things I’ve Learned This Year

50 Things I’ve Learned This Year

Writing is a pain in the ass. Seriously. Even though I’ve written my share of words over the years I don’t think I’ve ever had a grand old time doing it. I procrastinate, lose my train of thought, and will find almost ANYTHING to do rather than tickle the keyboard. However, as the saying goes, while I do not enjoy writing, I love having written. Especially if it’s something that delivers value...