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… Continue reading Navigating Influence

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… Continue reading Can movement be meditation

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… Continue reading Bro Science vs. Science, Bro

Training 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 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 even have a jiu-jitsu event!” The instructor paused for a… Continue reading Training for the long haul

Check yourself before you rec yourself

My fitness career began at the end of a tai chi class. Not because I had committed to fighting (very slowly) for martial supremacy on a secret island. That would come much later. The real beginning arrived by a question ringing in my head: how am I going to be able to keep doing this stuff? The stuff was not any one thing. Not tai chi. Not biking or hiking or any other rec sport in particular. I… Continue reading Check yourself before you rec yourself