Eric Hulse

Yes, Eric Hulse IS Elliott Hulse’s younger brother, and now that that’s said, that’s all we’re gonna say about that. Except that, like his brother, Eric is poised to make a significant impact in the health and fitness world. Eric’s focus on health, strength, fitness and well, wellness centers around it’s foundation, nutrition, but nutrition in a way you might not have considered before. Consider, your body is affected by everything you put in it. Not so radical, right? We all know we are what we eat. But consider this: We intake more than just food — thoughts, ideas, impressions,… Read More »

Krista Scott-Dixon

Krista Scott-Dixon has a mission.  She’s in the business of changing lives.  Through fitness and nutrition, providing both example and support, her mission is to help people, both the lay public and professional members of the industry, take control of their own personal power to make positive change in their lives. Practically, Krista does this through her work with Prograde Nutrition and her website, Stumptuous.com.  So, sit back grab a tasty beverage and listen in on our conversation.  You’ll be better for it, I’m sure. To listen go HERE.  To download, Right Click and ‘Save As.’ To our perfect imperfection,… Read More »

Making Gains

A long time client of the personal training side of the gym approached me late in the afternoon one day earlier this week. Our gym is on his walking route and he always stops by for water. I was pacing the open space of my gym on the phone with my wife (to his credit I was using headphones and the speaker option so it wasn’t readily apparent that I was on the phone.) He looked at me and pointedly asked, “Are you putting on weight?” “Yep,” I said. “On purpose?” “Yep.” With a look of absolute incredulity he asked,… Read More »

Sharpen Your Saw

Here’s a fable for you: A old man went for a walk in the woods. After a mile or so he began to hear the sounds of another man working. As he approached he saw a younger man laboring furiously at sawing down a tree. “Whacha doin’ there, sonny?” the old man asked with a grin. “I’m trying to cut down this tree,” the younger man said with as much patience as he could muster. “Well, it looks like your trying very hard. How long have you been at it?” “Five hours, so far. I’m about half way through.” “Wow,… Read More »

First, Seek to Understand…

“First. seek to understand, then to be understood.” Oh, this is a good one. I spent Saturday and Sunday in Tennessee with family. My cousin-in-law, Gary, had suffered a brain hemorrhage from an aneurysm several weeks ago. On Saturday friends and family got together to host a spaghetti supper to raise money for my cousin and help mitigate some of the financial costs of this hardship. As you can imagine, I had my issues with the whole idea of a spaghetti supper. The concept of a carb laden sugar fest whose primary purpose was to alleviate health care costs struck… Read More »

The 4th Commandment

Just a reminder.  My book, THINK! And Lose Weight: the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Weight Loss, is on sale at 50% off for the next 48 hours.  More than just a weight loss book, it covers mindset and goal planning, the essential components to success in any endeavor.  Get your copy here. Here’s Dan John’s 4th Commandment of Lifting, “Did you eat breakfast?  If not, don’t ask me anything about nutrition.” Oh, this one really hits home and reveals my own inner flip-flopper.  At it’s core it reveals the more of the debate between ability and appearance (are you… Read More »

What’s for Dinner?

Last week Kimberly Hartke published a piece on pellagra, wondering aloud if it might be the root cause of the upswing in public shootings and violence. Pellagra is a vitamin B deficiency, symptoms include: fears, fatigue, depression, confusion, paranoia, hostility, rage and anxiety.  In the early part of the 20th Century the rural South was rampant with pellagra.  It is this, in part, which is to blame for the Southern stereotype of being slow, dumb and quick to anger. Yesterday, my fellow Mental Meat Head, Jason C. Brown, re-posted an article from the Exhuberant Animal.  In it Frank Forencich touches… Read More »

Coaching Call

Today is the last day to get in on the sale of my new book over at Critical Bench.  It will still be available after today, but at twice it’s current price. Apparently, my radio interview with Brian Cannone, on FTNS Fitness Radio, was successful.  Mike Westerdal, my publisher, said his inbox has been swamped with email asking questions about the book, most of which he said could be answered by buying the book (he should say that, he’s my publisher), but all these questions put an idea in his head. To sweeten the pot, Mike has decided to offer… Read More »

“Pimp” Yourself

Last night was definitely an exciting first for me. Back last March when I finished my work on the manuscript for Think! And Lose Weight I felt a remarkable sense of accomplishment.  I took a rough manuscript and turned it into a polished product that was readable and better suited to deliver it’s message.  I made a sizeable contribution to the book and was proud of my work. And then I kinda forgot about it. My publisher, Mike, and I would touch base occasionally about the production phase, which for an e-book is essentially rendering it into a pdf format,… Read More »

New Book!

I’m pretty excited today.  Yesterday saw the launch of an e-book I started working on back in November of last year.  It’s available through Critical Bench and, if you’re interested, you can download your copy HERE. Some of you may know that I started my foray into fitness writing a few years ago by doing editing for Elliott Hulse and Mike Westerdal, the authors of the highly successful internet products Lean Hybrid Muscle and Lean Hybrid Muscle-Reloaded.  Initially, I worked on projects for Elliott and his business, before long he introduced me to Mike, for whom I worked on material… Read More »

Elliott Hulse

All I can feel is sound, the roar of a thousand lions, caged, furious, mad with rage.  Bulls bellowing with all of their strength straining to break their bonds, every fiber taut, fuelled by an anger so deep it’s origin is nameless. In a moment of clear consciousness I realize–it’s coming from me.  I’m on my knees beating the floor with both fists, bawling for all I’m worth.  My neck strains, my mouth stretches and all I can do is let it out. Around me fifty some odd guys and a few women are in the throes of their own… Read More »

Underground Strength Conference: Part 2

  I am so incredibly blessed. It’s 11:30 on a Saturday night and I just got back from a late night training session at Zach’s gym.  It could not have been a more perfect ending to an indescribable day (but I am going to try). The conference began with a talk by the Ultimate Warrior.  Most of you might not know who he is, but Warrior (that’s his legal name) was a pro wrestler from the days of the WWF.  He fought guys like Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant.  Today Warrior is a man of passion who uses his… Read More »