10 Random Thoughts on the Deadlift

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#1: No, The Deadlift Doesn't Blow Out Backs: People are generally really scared of this lift and it's because this is, "deadlifts destroy your back" mind virus has permeated the culture for, since forever. It needs to stop. That sh@t YOU did, that blew out your back, it wasn't even a deadlift to begin with. [Tweet "Don't blame an exercise for your sh@tty technique."] #2: When I started this whole creating disciples to one day take over the world Training People Thing, no one Except me Deadlifted. I'm dead serious about this. <-----see what I did there? In college at (The) Towson University the ONLY people I ever saw deadlifting were with me or in the … [Read more...]

On Gym Etiquette and not Being “That Guy”.

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You're Gonna Do It This Year. You're going to stop spending 25% of your day ingesting worthless, no low value infotainment at he the price of your health and wellbeing. [Tweet "It's ok, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney won't even know you're gone and they can keep up with themselves."] Hell, you made a New Years Resolution. Like that means anything.  But sarcasm aside, this is what you're dealing with: It gets rough. Mostly cause it's like 10lbs of sh@t in a 5lbs bag, but partly cause there are lots of total A-holes out there. Here's your, New to the Whole Fitness Thing, survival guide. Lets start things off with the basics: Don't curl in the squat … [Read more...]

Eat Whatever the Hell You Want Till January 2nd.

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Stop Worrying about How Much Weight You'll Gain Between Christmas and New Years. You hear all these stories about X,Y,Z gaining 10lbs last year and Uncle Don is going to tell you how if it wasn't for this time of year he'd still be at his "playing weight". You'll read all these articles about: "How to keep off Holiday Weight Gain" "How Not to Get Fat this Holiday" "Skip the Cookies and Eat some Carrots" "Quick Workouts to Keep Christmas Cookies Fatness at Bay" and other assorted BS. These are mostly people parroting what they hear and see and the media doing what it does using scare tactics to feed into the over-inflated fears of holiday weight gain. A … [Read more...]

The Meatheads Holiday Gift Guide

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I Pick Things up I Put Things Down http://youtu.be/q7gzmoqmL7g That's what meatheads do, we lift sh@t. So if you're going to buy us stuff, it needs fit the template. Here's the template for the uninitiated: Fat Gripzz: Fatbars are nice change of pace, work the hell out of your grip and really take the stress of the shoulders and elbows for some (they actually add to my shoulder stress, weird, I know) But if you don't have your own gym or a gym equipped with one, you're screwed. Granted you could spring for one if you train at home, but that's about $200 bucks later and you need to store it. That's why Fat Gripzz are awesome. They're a whole … [Read more...]

Yeah, But He’s Not Certified in That….

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When does Human Anatomy and Basic Biomechanics not Matter Anymore? When the certifying agency says so... First off, I love the TRX. I think it's a great product and the educational back-end support on their site is really first class. They mostly get it right, especially for the non-"fitness professional" user. Point of Contention: People shouldn't do pushups like this. From Mens Health, not TRX, but that's kinda sorta how they show it in the manual. It just ain't right. The head of your humerus is all up in your acromion process and stuff. As my Freak Beast of a friend, THE Alex Goldberg recently said in regards to TRX pushups: <---on my Facebook Page, where … [Read more...]

“Ohhh, She Takes Care of Herself” on Maytrdom and False Sacrifice

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Recent Facebook Conversation: Friend: "Hey my kids just started at a new school and really feel like the fat kid. I need to start working out." Me:  "That would be a good thing.  Let me know what you need help with." Friend:  "You can Tell All the Moms Here Take Care of Themselves" "Don't know how they do it" "I just don't have the time".  When I hear this it strikes me as: Weird Sad "Shouldn't we all Take Care of Ourselves?" Isn't that really important? Since when did "Taking Care of Yourself" become something that is out of the ordinary? Shouldn't that be the default? Especially in a society that has the time to consume 8 hours of … [Read more...]

But, Does it Really Fit Your Macros?

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I really like the concept of IIFYM "If It Fits Your Macros" This is kinda/ sorta a new approach to eating....but not really. What IIFYM is. At the base level it's: Your daily caloric intake is "restricted" to your current goals. <---so you have a number All your food for the day must combine to meet certain levels of Macronutrients: Proteins Fats Carbohydrates Any foods are allowed as long as all Macronurtient levels FOR THE DAY are met. And that is what makes IIFYM so popular. You can eat cake. If, it fits your macros. This is pretty much the style of eating I've employed for ohh, about 15 years now. Here's why. I Really … [Read more...]

Put Your Barbell, Not Baby, in the Corner…

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Cause Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner... Except Swayze....he can https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypKSbnYOrwE But you can and should put your barbell in a corner. I do Often. Angled Barbell training (sometimes they call it the Landmine training, but that's all not cool anymore even though it was fine for a long time) THANKS PC POLICE! Any who, angled barbell training is one of those things that looks super douche(y) but it's actually kinda cool. Why I likes it a lot: It gives common exercises a slightly different feel It's easy to switch exercises It's easy to change weights How to do It: <----pay attention. Getting the setup correct is … [Read more...]