What are the Benefits of Full Body Workouts vs. Split?

A BIG QUESTION personal trainers and strength trainees face is how often each muscle group and compound lift should be trained. Should you split up your clients’ training program so that 1-3 muscle groups are trained each session? Or should you have them do full-body workouts? What about your own … [Read More...]


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The Deadlift: How to Master the King of All Exercises

The deadlift and squat are often called the king and queen (or the two kings) of all exercises - and for good reason, there are few other human movements that are better designed for … [Read More...]

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6 Rules of a Healthy Diet

If you’re reading this site, chances are you look at nutrition from an evolutionary perspective and consume a Paleolithic, hunter-gatherer type diet. Ancestral diets have sustained our species for … [Read More...]


How Much Carbohydrate Should You Eat? Part IV: Wrapping it Up

In part 1 of this series on carbohydrate intake we looked at what our physiology and biology tell us about adaptation to diet and delved into some of the history behind the evolution of our large … [Read More...]


How Much Carbohydrate Should You Eat? Part III: Conflicting Advice

In part 1 of this series on carbohydrate intake we looked at what our biology and physiology tell us about adaptation to diet and established what types of foods that fueled the evolution of our large … [Read More...]


How Much Carbohydrate Should You Eat? Part II: An Adaptable Species

In part 1 of this series on carbohydrate intake we looked at what our biology and physiology tell us about adaptation to diet and established what types of foods that fueled the evolution of our large … [Read More...]


How Much Carbohydrate Should You Eat? Part I: A Big-Brained Animal

As you know if you've been reading this blog for a while, I think there's too much focus on macronutrient intake in the nutritional community. I've repeatedly highlighted the fact that humans can be … [Read More...]


Who’s in Control: The Human Host or the Microbiome?

Yes, I know; the idea that we're not in control of our own body seems like it could be taken right out of a science fiction movie, and the "quack alarm" is probably ringing in many people's heads when … [Read More...]


10 Reasons Potatoes Don’t Deserve Their Bad Reputation

The Huffington Post recently ran an article titled "5 Reasons Potatoes Don't Deserve Their Bad Reputation". Although I agree with the message the author is trying to convey, the article doesn't … [Read More...]


5 Things Every Fitness Enthusiast Can Learn From Paleo (Even If You Don’t Favor the Diet)

Paleolithic nutrition is one of the most highly debated topics in the health & fitness community! On the one hand, “the paleo diet” was the most googled diet last year, and millions of people … [Read More...]


Is Exercise for Weight Loss Really Effective?

Physical activity is a natural part of being human, and exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. And as everyone involved in fitness knows, training is also an invaluable tool for shaping … [Read More...]


How to Lose Weight Without Going Hungry

"Eat Less, Move More" is poor weight loss advice! If you are the least bit familiar with the laws of thermodynamics, you know that weight loss can only occur if you decrease your energy intake (more … [Read More...]


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. … [Read More...]


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 BretContreras.com 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...]


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