44 Things I’ve Learned About Muscle, Fat Loss, Coaching, and Manhood

Another birthday came and went. Not with a bang, but a whimper. I would’ve completely missed it were it not for the wonderful Facebook. (And my lovely wife and mother of course). I used to think that people who said they “forgot” about their birthday were attention-seeking douchebags.  Then I grew up and got busy and skipped my 43rd birthday entirely, and almost forgot about the big 44 Magnum....

The Secret to Building a Lean, Muscular, Body — For Life

You read right. And it’s no clickbait, no supplement shell-game, not even one weird trick. Well, maybe one. But it's not weird. It’s the secret. A lean, muscular physique is something we associate with youth. So it’s no surprise that a middle-aged person with jacked arms or rippling midsection garners attention. Young people are kinda “supposed” to be in shape, but older folks? That’s a glitch...

The Truth About Physique Transformations (How to Lose Fat the Right Way)

Not long ago on my Facebook page, I offered my two cents on “before & after" photo physique transformations: Even though the marketing is undeniably effective (and I still use them on occasion), they also run counter to my philosophies on health and fitness. Namely, that there should even be an “after” photo. This is supposed to be a lifestyle that evolves with us as we shift from one phase...

How to Travel for Business or Vacation and Still Lose Fat

There are no dumb questions when you coach general population clients through physique transformation. But there are some you get much more frequently. “Should I do low intensity steady state cardio or higher intensity?” “Are free weights always better than machines?” “How long will I have to do this shit?” (A personal favorite.) Interestingly, the answer to the most routinely FAQ's is the same:...

Are You A Monster in the Making?

Last night I was awake til 3am. In part due to jet lag and a mountain of email from neglected clients. Also because I felt compelled to order some personally customized versions of the classic Adidas Stan Smith and Nike Cortez. But that's another post. But the main reason I was up was because of this book, by Chum Mey, who survived unspeakable torture at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. And was...

8 Sneaky Reasons You’re a Fat Loss Failure

2016... The year Hopeful Innocence was ceremoniously drowned in the blood-dimmed tide of Change. When Facebook supplanted the mainstream media as the source for “news,” from politics to pedophile pizza parlors to what really happened to Kimye in Paris. And so it goes. I’ll remember 2016 for a different reason: the year I had my ass handed to me. More like stapled to a chair. Over the past 365...

False Facts That Keep You Fat

You’ve been lied to. Hornswoggled. Bamboozled. Sold a wagon full of malarkey, if you’ll pardon the Bidenism. The things all the fitness authorities say you absolutely “must do” to sculpt a healthy, lean physique? Most are irrelevant. At best they’re window dressing, compared to the stuff that really matters. The Problem There’s nothing nefarious taking place, no grand scheme to confuse you. The...