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The Elephant & Weight Loss

This is the ultimate story behind my recommendation of changing only one thing at a time as you pursue weight loss (or anything else for that matter…).

It’s by far the best analogy I’ve heard as an explanation of how your mind works on the most basic of levels, though horse-riding works as well.

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Risks vs Rewards

This balance is how I govern all of my training programs. I’ve had many the argument actually based on context and actively encourage all trainers to consider context when they program for their clientele.

I see too many boasting the virtues of this style of lifting, that exercise or this programming structure, without the consideration of context.

If you’re presently the client of a trainer, beware absolute thinking. Continue reading Risks vs Rewards

Why Self-Labelling Keeps Weight On

I know you’ve done this before.

I’m pretty sure I’ve heard every single one of my family and friends label themselves before, I’ve been guilty of it time and time again.

I’ll say things like, “I’m built for explosive power and going fast, not long-distances,” to justify my disdain for distance running, road cycling or any form of continuous long slow distance aerobic work.

In my defence, I have still trained for and completed a 1/2 Marathon, several 5 and 10k races, 40 and 60k bike races and a sprint and olympic distance triathlon, though they were all in my late teens or early 20’s. I just didn’t really enjoy it, so don’t let me discourage you from doing what you enjoy. Continue reading Why Self-Labelling Keeps Weight On

Is it Better to Lift Light Weights or Heavy Ones?

Now do you still believe lifting light weights leads to more tone?

Guys in particular are always asking me questions about how much weight they should be using for this or how much weight they should be using for that. They ask me if they should lift heavy weights or light weights.

Most people are still convinced that lifting light weights for high repetitions means that you will get more toned, particularly women but this ignores entirely three of the four different types of muscle fibers.

Plus it won’t help you look like the woman above, who looks good doesn’t she? That’s a lot of weight she snatched overhead too… Continue reading Is it Better to Lift Light Weights or Heavy Ones?

The Decision Making Tool

Nothing groundbreaking, but the decision making tool I’ve found is invaluable…

Have you ever had trouble making a decision?

I know I have…

Many moons ago I had aspirations of completing an M.B.A. at the Schulich School of Business at York University, in Toronto, Canada.

It is regarded as one of the top 10 M.B.A. business programs in the world, in large part because of this man, Seymour Schulich, who donated a huge portion of his billion doller fortune to York.

Long story short, he made a lot of money in oil and gas, then diversified his portfolio, is now among the biggest philanthropists in Canada — particularly in health care and education — and wrote the book you see in the top right on his personal life lessons.

It’s a great little book actually, fifty or so short chapters (3-5 pages each), describing one actionable piece of advice he would give on various topics from relationships and partnerships to health, wealth and investing. Continue reading The Decision Making Tool