Tag: Exercise

Health, Philosophy, Science Fact of the Day

The Tao of Bro-Science

When the gym is your lab: Bro-Science If you go to any gym, you’ll find a great deal of unusually specific information about strength training. Strangely, you’ll find very little in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, or scientific literature appended to it. This information is Bro-Science. The problem with Bro-Science is that it differs from gym …


Knee Tendinitis and Squatting Every Day

TLDR I did an experiment based on some new data I discovered about tendons. My 8-year knee tendinitis is gone as of 2014. It had to do with exercising more frequently. I got a lot stronger in just 3 weeks. After 6 weeks, I hit my then all-time squat max of 365 for an easy …

Health, Science Fact of the Day

Bad News for Weight Gain: There is a point of no return

Researchers have found that under the typical conditions of care for obese and overweight individuals that: “current nonsurgical obesity treatment strategies are failing to achieve sustained weight loss for the majority of obese patients. For patients with a BMI of 30 or greater kilograms per meters squared, maintaining weight loss was rare and the probability …

Exercise, Health, Parenting

Science Fact of the Day: Pregnancy and Strength Training

When I was a personal trainer I had always hypothesized that strength training would lead to positive outcomes for pregnant women and the child, particularly if they had been training prior to the conception of their child. Since I’m not a research center and such training could be high risk, I just wouldn’t train a pregnant …

Exercise, Christianity, Education, Health

How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?

So asks Tyler Durden in, Fight Club. I think it’s a serious question. And even for men to prefer gymnastic exercises by far to the baths, is perchance not bad, since they are in some respects conducive to the health of young men, and produce exertion—emulation to aim at not only a healthy habit of but …

Exercise, Health

Thoughts on Strength Training For Women

A friend recently asked if I could help her design a strength training program (and I just finished). And while I made one for my wife and made jump/chin-up/and general strength programs for clients in the past, I still just felt the need to look more into the research on women’s health issues and the …


Music Monday: Motivation for the Gym

Here is a metal-esque song that really only exists to listen to prior to or during intense exercise: I highly recommend this song for getting pumped up for a heavy set of squats or dead lift, but it’s also a good “getting to the gym by car” song. Any other gym music recommendations?


Punching Bags

It was finally cool enough to work out in our garage rather than at the gym. Avery and I lifted weights and I hit the punching bag. I increased the intensity of my blows just because I thought my hands had hardened up pretty well over the past several weeks. This resulted in two things. …

Exercise, Health

Two Weight Lifting Book Reviews

As with all books, fitness tomes range in quality and genre. Some are essentially reprints of complicated protocols used by coaches. Others attempt to give training advice based on evidence, whether scientific, anecdotal, or testimonial. Some attempt to give theories of training from principles. Here are brief reviews of the latter sort. McGuff, Doug, and …


Fatigue and Heavy Lifting

When I was younger I used to train really hard. I still tend to do so. But when I was younger, I don’t even remember why, but I decided that it would be important to test my ability to lift insanely heavy weights under psychological distress. To simulate that state, I did what I hate …