How to be a strong dad

I remember it like it was yesterday. I came home and all three of my “girls” my wife included, were having meltdowns. It’d been tense. I was in school, we’re busy, two kids, mortgage, responsibilities. You probably know what it’s like—most of my readers are 30 and above. This time, inspiration struck and I just said let’s just… Read More »

The iPosture

Saw this article in the New York Times the other day about posture and self esteem. You know how so many people are hunched over their mobile devices. Yeah—it’s pathetic. And, it might be destroying your posture, too. But the NYT article goes a bit further. It’s kind of like when you smile you feel better. The physical… Read More »

Are you strong?

Dude how much can you bench? A popular refrain I recall hearing…in high school, and maybe a few years beyond. Then the decades passed—yes almost decades plural. Part of the idealism of youth being replaced with the practicality of experience. Reminds me when my dad told me that old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.… Read More »

Quality reps

I’ve been reading Calvert’s Super Strength and it really has me thinking about quality reps. It started with his description of the pull over. Don’t count reps—don’t focus on anything but the movement. Also he says a few things about exercising versus training. The pullover with 30 pounds in exercising. Attempting a pullover with something like 50-70 pounds… Read More »

What is the purpose of training?

I started exercising in 1994. Perhaps that was the age where my level of activity reduced enough where some external stimulus was needed? Who knows, but there is some fundamental truth to that: for most of us, exercise is something we need to offset an otherwise sedentary, non-physical life. That is not the main purpose of exercise for… Read More »

Things that screw you down the line

I write this channeling my Supply Chain professor. His colorful language can quickly convey meaning and is amusing to me. Anyway, what can possibly screw you down the line? Sitting too much and not moving enough. We sit too much. No doubt. We gotta get up and move. But walking isn’t enough. We need to “take” exercise like… Read More »

Yard work, playing with kids, and a return of the Gout

Friday night. My parents took our 3.5 year-old and with one kid in tow we headed to what turned out to be an excellent Indian restaurant. We got the non-vegetarian meal not realizing there would be no vegetables whatsoever and just meat. It tasted great, but I felt a little gunky afterwards. Later that night I was doing… Read More »