Pottenger’s Cats

Ever heard of Pottenger’s cats? No, not Schrodinger’s cat, Pottenger. (What have these scientists got against cats, anyway?) Francis M. Pottenger, Jr. conducted studies on cats from 1932 to 1942. In those studies he tested the affect of raw and cooked food diets on the health and longevity of several subsequent generations of cats. His studies are often cited by those in the Raw Food camp as supportive of the Raw Food lifestyle and the dangers of eating “dead” coooked food. Essentially the results of his studies were that cats fed raw meat (one study) and raw milk and raw meat (another … Read More »

Of Big Rocks, Little Rocks and Exercise

I’m sure you’ve heard this story before, but in case you haven’t I’ll sum it up quickly. A professor walks into his senior level philosophy class the last day of school spring semester. He carries with him a giant, empty pickle jar and puts it on his desk. From under the desk he produces a box of large rocks and begins putting them into the jar. He manges three or four of them before he gets to the top of the jar, then he turns to the class. “Is this jar full?” Most of the class replies in the affirmative. … Read More »


The Mental Meat Heads group on Facebook has been a hotbed of activity this week and it’s gotten me very excited. At just over 700 members this group has been a labor of love for the past two and a half years. I started the group after our first Mental Meat Heads Workshop, in January, 2013. I wanted to create a forum where like minded fitness enthusiasts and professionals could share ideas, debate concepts, and, thereby, elevate the industry as a whole. Over time our ranks have steadily increased. My partner in all of this, Chip Conrad, has been a … Read More »

AFS Powerlifting Team

The Agoge Fitness Systems’ Powerlifting team is now in its second week of training. At present there are nine of us on the team, five men and four women. We’re following a program laid out for us by Hugh Morgan and Bob McKee, two national level competitors who were lifting during the 70s and 80s. Hugh and Bob shared the platform with such lifting greats as Paul Anderson and Bill Kazmaier and, now in their 70s, are still able bodied and healthy enough to coach programming and demonstrate technique. We are very honored to count them as part of our … Read More »