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1986: My Introduction to the Dark Side of Bodybuilding

This post is the third in a retrospective series. Read the first and second posts. When I think of 1986, the first thing I about is how the trophies started changing. In 1983, the trophies I won were tiny and flimsy, and only 2 or 3 feet tall. By 1986 and then 1987,...

My First Bodybuilding Contest: 1983

I believe there can be tremendous value in nostalgia. Nostalgia can bring mixed feelings, and yes, it is possible to spend too much time in it—but I really believe there can be tremendous value in it. Recently, I discovered some old photos. With some help, I was able...

Client Case Study: Melissa S

In a recent email about my new coaching page, I hinted at the remarkable journey of one of my clients: Melissa S. Today I want to talk about that remarkable journey. When Melissa first hired me, she was concerned with metabolism issues she’d been experiencing as a...

You can do this. Against all odds, you can do this.

I’m going to tell you about a once in a lifetime achievement against all odds. I often say that how you live is a direct reflection of what you love doing. If you love “doing” fitness, then diet and training doesn’t feel like a struggle. It’s just an extension of the...

Dealing with Food Bullies

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had to help clients deal with the problem of food bullies, part of a larger category of problem I like to call “navigating the nonsense.” Navigating the nonsense usually has nothing to do with diet and training, and everything to do...

How to Change Your Life

You can't change your life in one area without changing it in others. Whole industries lie in wait for you; they're hoping to tell you that you can change your entire life by tweaking one or two things. They're lying. They're slapping a new coat of pain on old ideas...

Client Case Study: Maxx’s Before and Afters

Why I do these client case studies? To illustrate that everyone’s journey is different and a definition of triumph and success is different for everyone as well – therefore there are no linear pathways – but there is expert guidance. Some people aren’t even aware of...

You’re Not “Struggling” With Weight Loss of Physique Goals

I get one or more emails every day expressing something like this: “Coach, I’m really struggling with my diet…” “Coach, I’m suffering because of all the sacrifices I have to make to lose this weight…” Let me ask you: are the words “struggling” and “suffering” really...

Lessons In Metabolism: A Case Study of Yours Truly

“Metabolism” has not truly been understood in our industry, but it’s one of these industry buzzwords that capture people’s attention. Today, in order to explore what metabolism really is—and what it’s all about—I want to share my own personal (and recent) example, and...

Sleep: The Unsung Hero of Sustainable Weight Loss

I’ve just returned from the bookstore to pick up some research I ordered. Because of my background in sociology, one of the things I always do at the bookstore is go over to the diet section and to see what books people are looking at and buying. Of course there is a...

The Joy of Being a Muscle Head

This is a guest blog by Perry Mykleby: Meat head. Iron head. Muscle head.  Those are terms used to describe guys (mostly) who are longer on muscle than brains. In recent years, I’ve learned there’s a lot more head involved in building muscle than I...

Review of the Audio66 BTS Sport Headphones

This is a guest post by Mike Forest. Scott was recently offered a set of headphones in exchange for an honest review. Thing is, Scott doesn’t listen to music when he works out, or even when he goes on long walks. Mike does. All the time. So… we had the company send...

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