Uncover the ancient elixir that’s been hiding in plain sight, powering both mind and muscles through an unexpected journey from indulgence to discipline This is an exciting story to tell because it’s so profound, and at the same time, something that’s been under my nose for as long as I can remember. So, let’s dive…Read More
Uncover the ancient elixir that’s been hiding in plain sight, powering both mind and muscles through an unexpected journey from indulgence to discipline This is an exciting story to tell because it’s so profound, and at the same time, something that’s been under my nose for as long as I can remember. So, let’s dive……...Read More
This post wasn’t expected (again). But I got some interesting feedback, so I’ll save my “Your Stupid Dog Brain” post for soon. Quick general recap of my process, thinking, methods so far: Can Eating Mashed Potatoes With Your Meals Cause You To Eat 30-40% Fewer Calories? Why Am I “Attacking” The Low-Carb and Paleo Diets?……...Read More
I’ve come full circle on a lot of things lately. More disciplined, motivated, and nose to grindstone in a fun way than in a long time. Way back, in terms of diet & exercise, my routine was LC-Paleoish diet; 1-2, 24-30 hour fasts per week; 2, 30-minute fasted workouts per week (varied weight, plyo, Xfit)…and……...Read More
~ I had a good time with relatively new Paleo blogger Brooks Rembert yesterday. Wasn’t sure if he wanted video or not, so I set up a table and computer in the grass in the backyard and had a great time. This is not a particularly work safe podcast, but all vitriol is reserved for…Read More
I don’t do a lot of guest posts. In fact, when I do, it’s almost always where I see something or someone and seek it out myself. I summarily delete a half dozen guest post proposal spam per day. This one wasn’t spam. It struck me as a reasonable, great entry point for almost anyone,……...Read More
I answered a few short questions for these folks by email. Here’s the link if you want to give it a read.Read More
You can find my introductory post to my ongoing Leangains experience right here.
This post is taking a different form from my original intention. I was going to post about my workout experience and how I see it as different from pre-Leangans days. And, eventually in the course of this series I'd shoot some interview questions at Martin, workout questions being among them.
But in discussing some of the goals I'd like to meet in a post like this with Martin it soon became clear that we ought to just partially do this in and interview format from the get-go, after a brief introduction summarizing my own experience. So that's what we'll do and, of course, Martin will be around to expand on his ideas and methods in comments. So let's get to it.
As I blogged way back in the beginning, May 2007, I did have a sense that brief and intense was superior to the standard gym drudgery of 3-5 visits per week of an hour or more with significant time devoted to low-effort cardio. Instead, I went only twice per week, 30-minutes per session, did no cardio (I did a few sprints once or twice per week away from the gym), and focussed on 3 sets X 10 reps for as many as I could get in, i.e., little to no rest between sets or exercises. In addition, I normally did circuits of 2-3 exercises at a time, such that I could move from set to set with no rest, alternating between the exercises.Read More
Enough people have asked for me to take some video clips of my workouts that I’ve finally obliged. So here’s six reps of deadlift at 255 and seven clean reps of standing press at 115 with two cheat reps tossed in at the end. Previously, I had gotten to 250 on deads doing sumo style……...Read More
I think I’ve finally hit a good stride with the food required to take these last steps and get to my goal of leanness while not sacrificing lean muscle. Moreover, I’m beginning to get pretty strong. At about 175 now, 5’10, I can smell that 300# deadlift (conventional, I’m now at 250# for reps, where……...Read More
In the process of losing the 60 pounds I’ve lost I became averse to appetite, by which I mean that when I got hungry I’d eat pretty good — you’ve seen the food porn — but hardly ever with a voracious or gluttonous attitude. I just really got out of the habit of eating a……...Read More
Long time readers know that I don’t often post stuff about workouts. For one, the workouts have always been a means to promote some good gene expression, keep lean muscle while losing fat, and so on. It was never really about being in competition with myself or a training log. But for now that has……...Read More
Probably the biggest deficiency on this blog from a Whole Paleo perspective is that I don’t post much about the workouts — which is ironic, given that’s exactly how this whole thing got started in the first place, via this post right here: May 29, 2007. That, amongst my political observations formed the basis of……...Read More
Yesterday I tweeted that I was 24 hours into a fast and had yet to experience any hunger. How did that happen? Well, I can't be sure, due too many variables, but what's interesting is that I began the fast about 11 AM day before yesterday, and with only one meal instead of a breakfast & lunch. Eggs & bacon it was. Then I decided to do something I've not done before. I did this high-volume workout at 4 PM, 5 hours into the fast. Then I did 6-7 minutes in the cold cold water. I had no problem with hunger before bed, slept for a good 6-7 hours, woke up refreshed and waited to get hungry. It just didn't happen. The plan was to head over to the gym when the hunger came, and do a cold-water plunge again, as I've used that before to rid myself of hunger. But, I was fixing a big braised pot roast for family guests and I needed to get that started 4 hours ahead of time. So, I never did the second dip and broke the fast without really being hungry at about the 27 hour mark, munching on some nuts as...Read More
I don't post a lot about the specifics of my workouts. Why? Well, whereas all the diet & fasting stuff was very accessible and could be put into practice quickly -- with quick results to verify, repeat, verify, and so on -- workouts never struck me like that. I'm a neophyte (still) but that's changing. Also, I have a trainer and he's proven himself to be unconventional and actually willing to listen to me. Right off the bat, he said all I need is two 30-minute session per week of high intensity. That told me he had a lot right. Now, he often sports my Free the Animal T-shirt. That's pretty cool. There's a new book out there I may have mentioned. It's by reader and sometimes commenter Dr. Doug McGuff, Body by Science, which is soon coming up in my reading stack. In the meantime, workout guru extraordinaire, Keith Norris, has reviewed it in multiple parts here, here, and here. [Added later: Chris Highcock interviewed Dr. McGuff here, and here's another interview on video.] There's a bit of a coincidence. When I first began this journey two years ago, I went to the bookstore to pick up a book...Read More
Beginning last week, my trainer and I have decided to switch things up. Instead of predominantly lifting weights twice per week, I'm now doing weights once and the other workout is a crossfit styled routing, always different. So far, I've had two workouts, and we're talking about lots of pull-ups, push-ups, kettlebell swings, and just now, TRX suspension straps, and various other variations of various varieties. Quite a different routine. I like it. And I shall report. Right here. This may end up delaying my photo update a few weeks, perhaps to middle or late February (I had intended it for my birthday next week, as I turn 48). Presently, I'm down about 5 pounds net from my last shoot, and so far as I can tell, there's not a lot of visual difference. I'm thinking this just might do the trick, as I become more adapted to the routine. We'll see. Bea & I are headed up to the cabin in a few hours. I intend a barrage of posts over the weekend. Then, Monday morning, part one of a BIG 2-part surprise, so stay tuned.Read More
For The First Time In My Life I’m on quite a tear with these two entirely new, way out there things…one of them so obvious (this heartburn Total-Control Absolute Cure) you’ll shake your head when you finally learn of it. … It was right under our noses all along. Probably why few to nobody saw…Read More
It’s more than you think… — Infamous diet and fitness blogger (archive site), and author of The Great Cholesterol Con and The Fat Loss Bible, Anthony Colpo, joins me for a video discussion during our daily activity… which in this case is a scenic hike overlooking Pattaya, Thailand. This is the first of a planned series of videos with the well-spoken……...Read More
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