11 thoughts on getting leaner

11 Thoughts on Getting Leaner You may have noticed that it’s rare for us to talk about body composition at Bang. Ultimately, there is so much judgement about bodies that it becomes very difficult to talk about them without a sense of moralism or judgement.  The history of this goes way back and, like many things in our culture, tends to have its roots in white supremacy. If you’re curious, you can read about some… Continue reading 11 thoughts on getting leaner

Slices of Friction

The goal is jazz. By that, I mean to be able to pick up your instrument of choice and just play—in a way that is both enjoyable and productive. We can call it deliberate practice, improvisation, or just playing around. Whatever the language, the process is something that satisfies both your feeling of pleasure and your sense of progress. Here, I’m speaking here about health behaviours. Just imagine feeling hungry just as you’re putting the… Continue reading Slices of Friction

Signal and Response

Last night, a friend asked me how I was—and I told him: better than I have ever been. Kind of a big statement, right? So, instead of detailing how it’s all downhill from here, we dug into the whys and hows. Everything began with breathing. About 10 years ago, it was early 2020. I was dealing with the same uncertainty as you were. We didn’t know what COVID was, how it was being transmitted, or… Continue reading Signal and Response

Make Hard Things Easier

I am forever asking how to make hard things easier. This starts with asking what it really takes to get where you want to go—or for you to become who you want to become. And then? Like a sculptor, you chip away all extraneous material. You go until you are left with the true form within the marble. You can start by shedding the easy stuff of course. Easy here means more comfort in the… Continue reading Make Hard Things Easier

Train for the Long Haul

I used to train Brazilian jiu-jitsu alongside a nutritionist—someone who prided himself on his own fitness. Our instructor was a tough man—but one famously uninterested in conventional exercise. One day, the nutritionist challenged him. “Let’s do a decathlon to prove who’s fittest. We’ll do a bunch of events. We can bike, run, swim, and climb…” And then, in a fit of hubris, he added, “We can do a jiu-jitsu event too!” The instructor paused for… Continue reading Train for the Long Haul