Optimal vs Practical

I’ve been spending more and more time lately reading research. I’ve always been a voracious reader, but research is different… Research is always something I’ve been interested in, but also something I’ve always figured it can wait till I’m over 40 or 50 to pursue doing, ya know when I’m bored with coaching or training or I just want to …

Skill Based 2×2 Training

Skill Based 2×2 is kinda something like Starting Strength (SS – a classic) or Stronglifts 5×5 — Starting Strength with more volume… Two resistance training programs that have taken over the interwebz. I’d say without a doubt I answer more questions about these two ‘beginner’ programs online, than almost any other approach to lifting. In essence they are wonderfully simple programs for strength …

Is Diet Really 80% of the Fat Loss Equation?

Is Diet Really 80%?

There has been a long standing cliche in the fitness business. No doubt you’ve heard the cliche saying that ‘diet is 80% of fat loss’ or maybe you’ve heard that, ‘diet is 80% of muscle mass gain.’ I read it posted in dozens of quora answers nearly every time I answer a question about fat loss or muscle mass gain. …

Less Perfect = Better Results?

Some time ago I wrote a quick article called, “Perfect Smurfect.’ As a recovering perfectionist, I’ve been a long time advocate of encouraging people to escape perfectionism in favour of effort, consistency and deliberate practice. I never really explained why in that article. I just made a statement, along with some personal points of view. I’ve long struggled with perfectionism, so …

Does Hula Hooping Help You Lose Fat?

I’ve seen more and more people in public parks will hula hoops lately. Hula Hooping exercise classes are once again making their rounds at commercial gym spaces. Kind of like the Fresh Prince on Netflix. What’s being pushed lately in fitness circles is weighted hula hooping. I’ve seen many fads come and go, but what generally bothers me about them …

HOW You Do Things Matters

If you’re currently doing nothing then moving in general, even if it’s five minutes a day is significantly better. I’m an effectiveness whore, but sometimes trying to optimize your time prevents you from taking action. I know it often slows me down, so it’s a raging battle between my built in need to do things really well and the fact …

What’s Better: A Split Routine or Total Body Routine?

Split routines, or as I like to call them Frankenstein routines (hat-tip to Dan John…) are synonymous with bodybuilding circles. Few days escape me when I’m not asked a question about a split routine, or to critique a program. Almost all young men new to the gym (and not in an athletic training environment) will experiment with a split routine …