The Two Things Every Man Needs

"We're the middle children of history. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives." - Fight Club. Women complain about men. It’s been that way since the beginning. Archaeologists say the earliest cave drawings depicted heavy-browed women glaring at a hapless Paleo man struggling to build a fire. I...

Secrets of Getting Ripped No One Talks About (and Few Understand)

So what does it really take to get ripped? For anyone interested in “aesthetic bodybuilding” (or just looking fetching in your board shorts) getting ripped is the ultimate goal. It’s fascinating and daunting, not to mention grossly misunderstood. In my last post, I threw a stiff jab at a common myth in the diet and fitness industry: that being “ripped” is just a slightly more challenging...

The Truth About Getting Lean vs Getting Ripped

I help people get lean. Most want to do it cause it looks awesome. But the benefits go beyond just looks. Being lean is healthier, easier on the joints, and a far better “place” to be, whether your goal is to add new muscle or just cruise through middle age looking and feeling like you have your collective shit together. As I’ve gotten older (and helped more people) I’ve grown to realize how...

[Podcast] 8 Weeks Out — and an Epic Cheat Week!

Hey everyone! Back from an absolutely stellar week in my old stomping grounds, New York City. NYC is the food capital of the world. And even though I have a body composition goal on the horizon, the LAST thing I was going to do was squander a chance to hit up my favorite restaurants and dessert shops and of course, enjoy some real New York pizza. And yes, more than a few Manhattans and my new...

Eat, Lift, and Be Jacked – at 40 and Beyond

The world thinks you’re a moron. A superficial fool. An insecure, overgrown adolescent. All because you want to be lean and muscular as you get older. What you “should” be doing, they say, is eat and exercise to “be healthy.” Presumably to maintain your ability to pee straight and not require a motorized scooter to cruise thru Costco. While I exaggerate of course, it’s the underlying “trade the...

Over 40 Training is a Scam

  Everything you’ve read about working out past 40 is a scam. All right, that’s click-baity exaggeration. How about, if you’re fit it’s ineffective, out of touch, and painfully condescending? Some back-story: a popular magazine asked me to write an article on weight training for the over 40 average Joe. While I was flattered to be singled-out for this assignment, the warm & fuzzy...

Haiti: Hope and a History of Suffering

I was tired of the question. How was Haiti? Either that or my answer was wearing on me. I don’t know. I recently joined a small team of Canadian and American dental professionals for a seven-day outreach in Port au Prince, Haiti. As a “non-doc,” I was to be one of a few support staff. As in sterilizing instruments and carrying anything heavy. “Sounds like job creation for meatheads?” I asked the...