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Mens Health & Fitness

It is one thing to show a man that he is in error; it is another to make him see the truth.   John Locke Wow, things seem to be moving at warp speed lately, and last week was the epitome of that.  Hell, I’m not one to whine, but I’ve still got a birthday […]

“The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many.” – John Naisbitt So I turned 49 this weekend.  Which, if my math is correct, marks my 38th year of actively pursuing strength and conditioning as way to better myself.  And even before my […]

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt  I’ve fielded some very good questions about the concepts of “Autoregulation” and “drop-off” lately, so I think I’ll dive into a little deeper explanation and elaborate on these ideas using a couple of actual workouts.  I’ll also toss a couple of new […]

“Several excuses are always less convincing than one.” – Aldous Huxley Let’s Talk Nutrition! And let me begin by saying that this is not intended to be an exhaustive treatise, but rather a 30,000 ft overview of how I approach the question of diet, nutrition and supplementation.  And what is my approach, in a nutshell? […]

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky   Old school — Walter Payton, “Sweetness”, chargin’ the hills Here’s a workout that I and my good friend, Bryan Barksdale, knocked-out this week.  What I’d like to cover are some of the various ways we can Autoregulate this very basic MetCon […]

“Everything that lives, lives not alone, nor for itself.” – William Blake   Way back in my college football playing days, I could pull-off a fairly sweet standing backflip. No big deal on our team at that time, because in actuality, every one of our five starting DBs (we ran a 3/3 split if that […]

The trees wear brilliant shades of yellow, orange, purple, and red. The air is crisp as it brushes our cheeks, and the scent of sweet apple, pumpkin, and cinnamon dance in our homes. Autumn has arrived in full force while the team at Primal Toad was busy harvesting the best collection of health and wellness […]

“What we’ve got here is, failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men…..” Captain, Road Prison 36; Cool Hand Luke Ahhh, one of my all-time […]

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” – John F. Kennedy  A conversation with one of my Efficient Exercise clients this past week reminded me of my Return on Investment  post from awhile back. This is an intelligent and super-motivated 50-ish male client who has been with me for a couple of years now. A […]

“The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.” – Samuel Johnson I find it curious how the popularly accepted “legitimate” emphasis of “weight training” has shifted over the years. In other words, if we were to group together all people who “weight train”, what would be the […]

“Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Yeah, he looks innocent enough.  Better watch your 6, though… I’ve written previously about what I feel is the major drawback to linear periodization: namely, that life just has a real funny way of consistently getting in the way of that […]

“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” – James Michener Since returning from AHS13, I’ve been consumed with listening to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History account of the life and times of Genghis Khan.   Of course there’s a hell of a lot to the Khan story — roughly 10 hours worth in […]

 “Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.” – Michel de Montaigne  Next weekend I’ll be in Atlanta for the 2013 iteration of the Ancestral Health Symposium.  My presentation topic will be, The 21st Century Fitness Professional – A New Paradigm.  Needless to say, I am stoked for this event!  Now, can I pack […]

“It’s tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time it’s tricky…it’s tricky (tricky) tricky (tricky)” – Run DMC   No disrespect, fellas — but if y’all think rockin’ a rhyme that’s right on time is tricky (tricky) tricky (tricky), try integrating a good and sensible workout program into a hectic, […]

“The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke I’m am currently immersed in a collection Bruce Lee’s writing called Artist of Life, and came across something that I’ve tried to express many times, but could never quite get a good handle on. Lee puts it this way, in an essay titled How […]