All that is not

For me, there’s no higher praise than someone bringing their mom in to see me. This happened yesterday and it made my day. A former client and his mom were visiting from California and came in for some help with her knee pain. She had spent the last few years sitting more than anyone would recommend. You could see it in her walk, which was pretty stiff and inelastic. It didn’t fit her. She moved

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Navigating Influence

Let’s examine the continuum of bullshit around influencer-led nutrition media by breaking things down into three categories: Secret knowledge and the keys to the kingdom A friend once described hipsters to me as people who are nostalgic for a time that never existed. I’ve since expanded that idea to all matter of opinions on politics, economics, social order, and—of course—health. Influencers, beginning with Jean Jacques Rousseau, have long been telling us that we once held

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Can movement be meditation

I wish that I could tell you that I was a great meditator. The practice of regulating attention is a real challenge to me. Meditation would be great BUT… That’s just not how my brain works.   The people who need it most often find it the hardest. Ironic, innit? A major turning point for me was getting into martial arts as a teenager. I remember thinking that it was the first thing I’d truly

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Bro Science vs. Science, Bro

Exercise physiology is a young science. A baby! Some of the nuts and bolts understanding we have about how muscles work—stuff that seems absolutely essential—was only discovered after you were born. That’s why academics are so cautious when it comes to definitive statements about anything. This is, of course, in stark contrast to the unwavering confidence of fitness influencers. Obviously, an aggressively attractive person who speaks in certainties has more curb appeal than a chorus

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Iron and the Soul by Henry Rollins

IRON AND THE SOUL by Henry Rollins I believe that the definition of definition is reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. Completely. When I was young I had no sense of myself. All I was, was a product of all the fear and humiliation I suffered. Fear of my parents. The humiliation of teachers calling me “garbage can” and telling me I’d be mowing lawns

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Posture Revisted

Posture is a loaded word. Anytime we associate anything physical with anything morality-related, we get into dangerous territory. If you think I’m being dramatic, I present Exhibit A: The Great Ivy League Nude Posture Photo Scandal. This was the discovery—in the late 70s—of thousands of photos of nude and semi-nude students from prestigious American universities. How did we get there!? If you asked William Sheldon, the psychologist—and budding eugenicist—behind the photos, it was a health

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