Is It Your Duty to be Muscular?

Is It Your Duty to be Muscular?

“Duty is the essence of manhood.” – George S. Patton "What destroys a man more quickly than to work, think, and feel … as a mere automaton of duty?" -- Friedrich Nietzsche I struggle with duty. I‘m not alone. It’s said that men are born with an innate sense of duty. Or at least a need to “serve” other than their own self interests. They’re just waiting for something to awaken it, like faith or...

How to Live a Life that Matters

How to Live a Life that Matters

I wake up in a great mood. The earlier the better. I love opening my eyes when it's still dark outside. It's like awakening to find you're at the head of the line. The reward for your discipline is crushing a few hours of quality work before most have found the snooze button. I've learned to cherish everything about waking up. The first splash of cold water on my face. The smell of fresh coffee....

How to Look Like You Lift Weights

How to Look Like You Lift Weights

People love rules. Lift weights 4 times a week for 60 minutes and you’ll gain 2 pounds of muscle in 8 weeks. Now get to work. Sorry, but that’s not how any of this works. A huge frustration, especially among more experienced dudes, is the size versus strength conundrum. When you’re first starting out, there’s considerable overlap. Your first year you can add weight to the bar almost every...

4 Ways Lean People Think Lean

4 Ways Lean People Think Lean

Lean people get attention. Actually they get scrutiny. Lots of it. It’s because they’ve got something that most only dream of having – a healthy, strong, desirable body. But with great power comes great responsibility. In this case, being in shape means enduring non-stop questioning from your not-so svelte colleagues. Do you eat breakfast? Or do you fast? Do you eat carbs? What about fat? Have...

The Big Roadblock to Losing Fat

The Big Roadblock to Losing Fat

What’s the number one thing preventing people from sticking to a diet and losing fat? Is it hunger? Lack of variety? Cost? Inconvenience? Nope. It’s anxiety. From too much information. The health and fitness world is in information overload. It’s absurd  -- people even “share” utter bullshit, just so they can tear it apart and make themselves look smart. The problem, especially to newbies with...

The Best Time to Burn Fat or Build Muscle

The Best Time to Burn Fat or Build Muscle

According to the calendar it’s officially Spring. So even if there’s still snow on the ground and the Easter bunny has lost an ear to frostbite, one thing is clear: fat loss season is in full court press. But forget Spring -- have you noticed how some people seem to be constantly dieting? Month after month, even year after, they track and count and weigh (and stress). Why do so many stop making...

Why Healthy Habits Don’t Work

Why Healthy Habits Don’t Work

The health industry has entered the Age of Enlightenment. Science, reason, analysis, and skepticism are replacing gimmicks, gadgets, and asinine “5 protein shakes a day” diets. People are waking up and demanding better. Emerging from this refreshing Age of Reason has been the concept of healthy habits. The old school sledgehammer approach – “Follow this meal plan, dickhead” -- is obsolete,...