Is Nearsightedness a Reversible Condition?

Myopia (nearsightedness) is an extremely common condition, and in some places, wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses are now the norm rather than the exception. However, it hasn't always been this way. We don't have to go back more than 40-50 years to understand that the prevalence of this condition … [Read More...]


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Why You Don’t Really Need a Post-Workout Protein Shake

Everyone who’s been lifting weights for some time have inevitably heard – and most likely bought into – a lot of the gym talk and magazine wisdom surrounding training and diet. Besides … [Read More...]

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5 Steps for Learning the Squat

I've talked a lot about optimal squat and deadlift technique on this blog. Of these two, the squat is especially popular, and many consider it an essential part of a good resistance training program. … [Read More...]


Lower Back Pain? “Back Training” Could Be Doing You More Harm Than Good

There are few musculoskeletal disorders out there that are as common as lower back problems, and every year people spend millions of dollars on pharmaceuticals, chiropractic interventions, and … [Read More...]


Coconut Cream and Banana: A Simple and Healthy Dessert

Although I'm very interested in nutrition, diet, and food, I'm not a foodie. Instead of trying new things all the time, I prefer to just find something that works and then stick to it. This is partly … [Read More...]


Myth: Paleo Diets Are Always High in Meat and Fat

There are many myths surrounding the paleo diet. One of the most prevalent ones being that ancestral diets are always very high in fat and meat. This notion probably stems from the fact that a lot of … [Read More...]


Are Gut Bacteria Making You Fat? Part IV: Wrapping it Up

At this point, we don’t know exactly what characterizes the obese microbiome. However, it could be argued that we don’t really need to establish exactly which phyla and species of microbes that play a … [Read More...]


Are Gut Bacteria Making You Fat? Part III: Two Emerging Hypotheses of Obesity

When talking about body fat regulation we always have to adhere to the basic laws of thermodynamics. We know that increases in body fat mass happens when energy intake is higher than energy … [Read More...]


Are Gut Bacteria Making You Fat? Part II: Ancestral vs. Westernized Microbiome

Why are we seeing these changes in the human microbiota? Studies show that the western lifestyle promotes a suboptimal phenotype, in the sense that highly processed diets, sedentary living, lack of … [Read More...]


Are Gut Bacteria Making You Fat? Part I: The Second Genome

The obesity epidemic has quickly become one of the greatest health challenges humans have ever faced, and the weight loss industry is now a billion dollar market that provides dieters with … [Read More...]


Why You Should Take Cold Showers

We all enjoy the comforts of modern life. There's just no getting around the fact that modern transportation, electricity, and technology have made our existence better in many ways. However, if … [Read More...]


The Latest in Health & Fitness

Hey fitness people! I've now changed the name of this series of posts from "Around the Web" to "The Latest in Health & Fitness". Why? Primarily because I think the new name better reflects what … [Read More...]


Upper Crossed Syndrome – The Personal Trainers Guide

Do your clients have excellent posture? If they have a desk job, go to school, and/or spend lots of time in front of the computer or TV every day, then the answer is probably no. So it’s no surprise … [Read More...]


How to Build a Great Butt

Something like 60% of the clients I've trained over the years are women. One of the things pretty much all of these female clients have in common is that they want a lean and curvy physique, and they … [Read More...]

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Should You Train to Get Stronger, or Should You Chase the Pump?

After reading Will Vatcher's excellent article for a couple of months ago, I started thinking more about the importance of finding the right balance between variation and … [Read More...]


How to Eat for Muscle Growth

If you've been serious about resistance training for some time, you know how important good nutrition is for gaining muscle! Actually, after having trained for so many years, my dietary habits are so … [Read More...]


The Reasons You Crave Sugar. Part III: Getting Out of the Vicious Cycle

In part 1 of this series on sugar cravings we established that humans have evolved a taste for sweetness. However, I also made it clear that although this evolutionary adaptation can help explain why … [Read More...]


The Reasons You Crave Sugar. Part II: From Fruits and Honey to Doughnuts and Candy

In the first article in this series on sugar cravings we established that humans have evolved a taste for sweetness; an evolutionary adaptation that benefitted our survival in an ancestral … [Read More...]


The Reasons You Crave Sugar. Part I: A Taste for Sweetness

We've all felt the notorious "sweet tooth" rear its ugly head one time or another; whether it's that urge to run down to the bakery to buy a doughnut, the impulse to grab just one more of those … [Read More...]


Sorry to Disappoint, but Muscles Don’t Get “Confused”

Most lifters typically start out with a 3-5 split training program where each muscle group is trained once per week. For example, Monday is chest and triceps, Tuesday legs, Thursday back and biceps, … [Read More...]

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My Fitness Journey, and Why You Should Question Conventional Wisdom

If you've been involved in the health & fitness community for some time, you've probably heard that eating every other hour (you gotta keep the metabolic fire burning!), training each muscle group … [Read More...]


My 10 Favorite Writers, Bloggers and Researchers (Who You Should Check Out Too)

Are you looking for some interesting articles and books to read during the summer? Or perhaps a video or podcast? I've got you covered! I've read a lot over the years. I also train, study ("required … [Read More...]


How the Modern Lifestyle Affects Your DNA

A recurring theme on this blog is how the health status of our species has changed over the course of evolution, with an emphasis on the agricultural and industrial revolution. If you've read my … [Read More...]


Liver: A Nutrient-Dense Superfood

If you've been reading some of the paleo blogs out there and/or heard about the benefits of eating a nutrient-dense diet, you've probably also understood that eating organ meats on a regular basis is … [Read More...]


What is a Healthy Diet?

Have you ever stopped to really think about this question? I often hear people talking about specific foods being healthy or unhealthy, but how do we define which foods are "good" for us and which … [Read More...]


Epigenetics: Turn Your “Good” Genes On and Your “Bad” Genes Off

DNA; it's remarkable that this "small" molecule carries all the information organisms need to develop and function. Since DNA in many ways is at the root of all life on earth, I strongly believe that … [Read More...]

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Around the Web

It's been a while since my last around the web post, so lots of stuff to cover in today's edition. I publish these articles on a semi-regular basis, as I don't like posting until I have a good mix of … [Read More...]


5 Top Training Tips for Building Muscle

Today I'm mixing things up with a lighter post; less science (although all of these tips are definitely firmly rooted in the literature), straight to point, and no lengthy discussions. I've never had … [Read More...]


4 Key Questions for Understanding the Obesity Epidemic

In my last post here at I talked about the pyramid model and how important it is to build a solid foundation to support our ideas, thoughts, and conclusions upon. I discussed how … [Read More...]

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5 Steps for Dealing With Anterior Pelvic Tilt

The number of people experiencing bad posture and back or knee pain is steadily increasing, and millions of dollars are spent each year on pharmaceuticals and other symptom-based treatments to … [Read More...]

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How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

Official dietary guidelines generally recommend that everyone should get between 10-20% of their daily energy from protein, and some health authorities even argue that high protein diets (>20%) … [Read More...]


What Pyramid Construction Can Teach Us About Health, Fitness, and Life

In my opinion, one of the most common mistakes in the field of health and fitness (and pretty much all other aspects of life for that matter) is to jump right in with specific conclusions and opinions … [Read More...]


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