How To Not Get Strong

If you've read Anti-fragile by Nassim Taleb, you will know that the last article or two I have written have actually been partly inspired by what I've learned in his book.  He talks about via negativa, which is a theological way of looking at what is good/desirable/positive by examining what something is not.  I'd like to discuss the steps one could take to the path of weakness (with reasons of course), so you can be sure to avoid these steps to get strong.   1. Don't lift heavy weights.  Weak people stick with light weights.  Getting strong means getting jacked.  Being a jacked guy is out right now (see Bieber) and girls will turn into boydbuilders if they lift anything over 5 pounds (true story).   2. Never lift below 20 reps.  Lifting…
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Ego Depletion, Willpower, and Food (addiction?)

[caption id="attachment_1066" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dat Willpower.[/caption] I'm currently reading a very interesting book that doesn't really have much to do with fitness.  It's called The Self Illusion by Bruce Hood.  I came over a very interesting sub chapter that talked specifically about ego depletion, I have heard of this term before somewhere, but never got a chance to really explore any of the research based around it.   Brain-Muscle You may have heard the current cliche 'the brain is like a muscle.'  It technically isn't (as it's made as fat), but in terms of physiology, both muscles and the brain run from glucose.  So the brain, like muscles, only have a certain amount of output to give out before succumbing to fatigue.  This has been researched in the field of addiction.…
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