How ‘Fitness’ Genes Work

I got to view a wonderful TED 2016 presentation on genes by scientist Riccardo Sabatini last night. I’m paraphrasing the talk (it was on personalized Genetic Medicine) here slightly because I’m not a geneticist, but it got me thinking about how genes influence fat loss, muscle gain, sport performance and well, general life too, and why it’s important for the average person to have a …

The X Split Routine

The X split follows the K.I.S.S. principle, and not in the keep-it-simple-stupid, kind of method, but more so the keep-it-short-and-sweet method. Arguably most people don’t want to spend a ton of time in the gym and the X split can help make that a reality. When they are there, they should spend time perfecting the basics and when possible I …

Optimal vs Practical

I’ve been spending more and more time lately reading research. I’ve always been a voracious reader, but research is different… Research is always something I’ve been interested in, but also something I’ve always figured it can wait till I’m over 40 or 50 to pursue doing, ya know when I’m bored with coaching or training or I just want to …

Skill Based 2×2 Training

Skill Based 2×2 is kinda something like Starting Strength (SS – a classic) or Stronglifts 5×5 — Starting Strength with more volume… Two resistance training programs that have taken over the interwebz. I’d say without a doubt I answer more questions about these two ‘beginner’ programs online, than almost any other approach to lifting. In essence they are wonderfully simple programs for strength …

Is Diet Really 80% of the Fat Loss Equation?

Is Diet Really 80%?

There has been a long standing cliche in the fitness business. No doubt you’ve heard the cliche saying that ‘diet is 80% of fat loss’ or maybe you’ve heard that, ‘diet is 80% of muscle mass gain.’ I read it posted in dozens of quora answers nearly every time I answer a question about fat loss or muscle mass gain. …

Less Perfect = Better Results?

Some time ago I wrote a quick article called, “Perfect Smurfect.’ As a recovering perfectionist, I’ve been a long time advocate of encouraging people to escape perfectionism in favour of effort, consistency and deliberate practice. I never really explained why in that article. I just made a statement, along with some personal points of view. I’ve long struggled with perfectionism, so …

Does Hula Hooping Help You Lose Fat?

I’ve seen more and more people in public parks will hula hoops lately. Hula Hooping exercise classes are once again making their rounds at commercial gym spaces. Kind of like the Fresh Prince on Netflix. What’s being pushed lately in fitness circles is weighted hula hooping. I’ve seen many fads come and go, but what generally bothers me about them …