Every Day is New Year’s Day

Every Day is New Year’s Day

Death, Taxes, and New Year's Fails There are only three things in life you can truly bank on, after the standard death and taxes: Number one: a strip club will have an ATM. Number two: when you call the credit card company to question activity on your account the night after visiting a strip club, it will be a cute sounding girl on the line. And number three: any resolution made on New Year's...

Less Is More

Less Is More

The first text I read when I rolled out of bed at 11:07 on Black Friday morning was from a buddy back home. “You out shopping for deals?” I had no work or training on the agenda, but I certainly knew what I wasn’t doing today. “Nah I’m good. I got everything I need.” Less is More You’ve heard it before. We’re obsessed with the acquisition of things. In our society, “Living life to the fullest”...

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

I'm a big believer in expressing gratitude for the good things in your life. It's human nature to focus on things in our lives that we don't have or are just outside our grasp. In some ways that's a good thing, as wanting more is the first step towards achieving success. However, at a certain point you need to take stock of what you have and say, "While this shit ain't perfect it could sure as...

In Defense of Higher Learning

In Defense of Higher Learning

Check out the photo below. It was taken late one night (okay, maybe not late by NYC standards) at a speakeasy in Manhattan’s Flatiron district. In the photo is me, my wife, and our very good friend and fellow Canadian, Dr. Bryan Chung. Whenever I see this photo, the first thing I think isn’t “did you really just pay $18 for a cocktail?” but instead, “37 years.” As in, 37 years of post-secondary...

Meathead Meditation

Meathead Meditation

A few months ago, I basically doubled my training volume -- from about 5 hours a week to 10 hours -- doing a mixture of heavy lifting, higher volume hypertrophy work, and a lot of martial arts training. Adapting to the sudden increase in work was surprisingly easy, and I've even hit PRs in the squat and bench press. One thing that's been helpful is I've basically trimmed all the fat from my...