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

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

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

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

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...

Fast Paced Fat Loss

If training & coaching has taught me anything, it's that people are incredibly adept at taking a great idea and screwing it up. Sometimes it's because they ignore context. "Big weights builds big muscles, so every exercise should be trained heavy." Yeah, that dog don't hunt. Your chiropractor will love you though. Other times it's too much of a good thing. "Drop sets, rest pause sets,...

9/11 vs. Charlie

I'm a big fan of martial arts. It's a fantastic complement to weight training. It teaches you to channel the strength and power you've developed in the gym while moving freely through space. And if you're sparring, the fight or flight stress hormones surge through your veins, making your breathing shallow and your heart race -- a feeling of panic and terror that everyone should experience in a...