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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 these posts are all about; recent research, articles, and videos that have popped up in the health … [Read More...]

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What Can We Learn About Health From Studying Hunter-Gatherers?

Those who've been following my blog for some time know that my writing is always based on an evolutionary perspective on … [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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4 Key Questions for Understanding the Obesity Epidemic

In my last post here at OrganicFitness.com 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...]

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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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Why There is No Single Healthy Microbiome

The human microbiome is getting more and more attention, and it's definitely no longer just scientists and folks in the ancestral health community who are interested in the trillions of critters that … [Read More...]

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Evolution: The Basis for Understanding Human Nutrition

After my last article on traditional diets I started thinking more about the changes that have occurred to the human diet throughout our evolutionary history, and in this article I will give a broad … [Read More...]

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Traditional Diets for Optimal Health?

One of the best books I've read on human health is Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A. Price. Contrary to many of his colleagues in the field, Dr. Price wasn't content with the … [Read More...]

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How to Box Squat

In my article titled 'The Number One Squat Mistake' I talked about the importance of sitting back when squatting and highlighted several strategies that are effective for learning proper movement … [Read More...]

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How I Eat

After having now written dozens of articles on nutrition, supplements, etc. I felt it was time to put up a post where I go through my own diet. While my diet has changed somewhat over the years, the … [Read More...]

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4 Keys to Better Gut Health and Improved Fitness

“All disease begins in the gut” - Hippocrates About 2000 years after the father of medicine said these words, the emerging field of microbiome science and increased focus on the gastrointestinal … [Read More...]

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The Number One Squat Mistake

Is the squat a safe and highly effective exercise for building the glutes/posterior chain? Of course it is, but not the way a lot of lifters perform it. After having teached hundreds of clients the … [Read More...]

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Homemade Coconut Cake

Are you looking for a simple dessert recipe that doesn't contain all the sugar and white flour you find in most cakes and pastries? Or perhaps an easy and convenient snack for school or work? Then … [Read More...]

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What Can We Learn About Health From Studying Hunter-Gatherers?

Those who've been following my blog for some time know that my writing is always based on an evolutionary perspective on human health. But why do I think it's so important to learn more about the … [Read More...]

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Exercise or Training? A Question That Determines Your Workout Results

Physical activity is great. Whether it's about getting up off the couch, going for a run, or lifting heavy things, the vast majority of us benefit from being more active. For some people, making the … [Read More...]

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