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Eat How You Feel

I've read a fair amount of articles over the last bit that have expounded how people should eat based on how they feel.  This has to be one of the stupidest things I've ever read.  Especially when people are telling others to eat how they feel when they probably don't actually work with anyone and are gearing their articles at beginners. I will actually use some research in this article, which I haven't done in the past little while because of various reasons.  The idea for this article came from one of my best buds, who was cracking a joke about how if he ate based on how he felt, he'd be obese.  I'm of the same ilk.  If I could choose to eat whatever I wanted based on how…
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A Novice Hypertrophy Program

I've been getting a fair amount of questions about programs for a novices that will put some weight on them. First thing first, you need to eat. I talk about this in nearly everyone of my blog posts lately, but that can't be understated. If you are eating the same food day in and day out then get on  a new program, not much will change. You are placing a stressor on your body when you go into the gym. In order for it to adapt metabolically, you will need to fuel your body to put on muscle. This means whatever you are eating now, isn't enough. Use a calorie tracker. Google calorie tracker and you'll have numerous choices. It doesn't matter which one you choose as long as it…
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Q&A: Plateaus and Squat Help

I've been answering a lot of Q&A's on e-mail but I want to start putting more on my blog.  This will cover a couple option for smashing through a fat loss plateau.  Then I'll go over what you can do to help increase your squat (programming considerations, exercise selection and all that fun stuff) Q: I've lost 66 pounds in the last 6 months.  For the last two week I have been stuck at 223 and I'm getting discouraged.  I run daily for ~30 minutes and do some core work.  What do I do to get out of this plateau? A:  This can be a complicated question and I get something along these lines pretty often.  I'm talking complicated like solving a rubiks cube, drunk, while running away from a…
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Actions and Outcomes

The spark of this article comes from a friend of mine Bojan Kostevski who wrote an excellent article on Arnold Schwarzenegger's site called "Why You Need To Stop Setting Goals". The part of the article that reverberated with me was this: What specific actions can I take to maximize the chances of ever reaching the body of my dream? This week? Today? This did a great job of linking the action goal to the outcome goal.  The outcome goal is the end result "lose 10 pounds" or "put 100 pounds on my squat." The action goal is what you need to do on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis in order to achieve that goal. So I started thinking about some of my clients, and some of my friends who train…
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24 Things You Don’t Know About Me

1. I used to piss my bed.  Don't make fun of me, my mom said it's normal to stop at 25. 2. I'm good friends with WWE wrestler Nick Rodgers. [caption id="attachment_1200" align="alignleft" width="159"] The Mayor![/caption] 3. I was originally a huge fan of Spider-man.  As I matured I've realized he's just such a pussy compared to Bruce Wayne tho. 4. Predator and Terminator 2 are two my favourite movies. Ever. 5. I played hockey for 15 years, but haven't played in the past 10 :(. 6. I love Starcraft.  I watch the shit out of it and play it more than I'd care to admit. 7. When I used to give a shit, I built my own computer.  It was an IBM.  After the operating system crashed literally 7 straight…
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Why Am I Hurting?

[caption id="attachment_1180" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ouch.[/caption] A topic that is will inevitably come up with everyone that lifts hard is injuries.  Anyone who spends time in the gym for an extended period of time will incur injuries. No matter what. This article will go into the aspects of resistance training that are causing you injury.  I won't be going into biomechanics or anything but will look at program design, training frequency, exercise selection, and manipulating variables that can cause injuries, as well as prevent and manage them. I've been training clients and consulting for a few years now and to say that you will never get injured while training is foolish.  On the one extreme, look at any professional athletes career.  These men and women are pushing their bodies to the limits in the gym, and…
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Outstanding Articles and Vids of The Week

I've been thinking of starting something like this for a while.  Not sure why I didn't.  So here we go.   Omega-3s and Prostate Cancer: Is There a Downside? - By Kristen Wiens I'm sure you have read/listened/heard about how omega-3 fatty acids have been linked with an increased risk of prostate cancer...  I could complain about how the media needs to maybe learn to read a bit of research, or ask someone who knows a thing or two, but I won't.  So here is a pretty good and short read that does a pretty fine job of refuting these alarmist claims.   Of Mice and Men: Problems With Animal Studies Highlighted In A New Light - Posted by Gary Schwitzer This is another research related article showing some new issues with animal…
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5 Reasons You Aren’t Jacked

  Summer is in full force.   Many guys who did things correctly are probably trying to shed some bodyfat so they can turn heads at the beach. However, the majority are probably having the same problem year in, year out and can't even get the "off-season" straightened out enough to elicit a shedding period. This article goes out to those of you who have issues increasing your muscle mass. You will recall I did an article which called out people's bullshit claims on being a hardgainer. You can read that article here.  That detailed with the nutritional aspect of things.  This quickie will delve mainly into the training aspect of obtaining the illusive "jacked" title, coveted by innumerable males.   1. You simply aren't eating enough food.    …
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My Thoughts on Neck Packing

Theres been a bit of talk lately on packing the neck.  I will get to what neck packing is, but first the reason people say neck packing is important is to increase safety, by putting your entire posterior chain into a better position.  There are some very smart people who will only let clients do exercises with a packed neck.  Other coaches don't care, other powerlifter and olympic lifters (to some degree) do pack the neck, and others don't.  Anyways, let's go on.   Neck packing is simply keeping the neck in a neutral position.  If you stand up straight, and extend your neck you are in the "traditional" heads up squat/deadlift powerlifting neck position.  Pretty much nobody has their neck completely flexed while lifting (which would be looking down…
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Putting That Hardgainer Bull#%& To Rest

[caption id="attachment_1100" align="alignleft" width="300"] Me @ 18, after a few months of hard training.[/caption]   Quick disclaimer.  This is meant only for people looking to gain weight at all costs.  If that isn't your goal, you won't get much out of this.  Also, this is pretty much a rant. Enjoy.   I was thinking about this the other day and decided I'd may as well put my two cents into what I feel about 'hardgainers.'  For those of you who don't know what a hardgainer is, it's an individual who apparently can't gain weight even though they eat like a sumo wrestler.  It's complete and utter nonsense propagated by skinny boys who need something to blame for the fact that their girlfriends are more jacked than they are despite the…
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