What the f*ck do I put on my potato?

A few weeks ago I told you all about hiring Eric Hulse to help me with some health issues. After a visit to my doctor earlier this spring I got back some blood work that I felt, as a professional in the health and fitness industry, was less than stellar. My blood pressure hovers at borderline high, as does my A1-C1 or blood sugar levels. My energy levels are not as high as I’d like them and to be honest, neither is my libido. Last fall, when I stopped intermittent fasting, I saw a jump in body weight that I… Read More »

Michael De La Pava: The Interview

Meet Michael De La Pava, former Muay Thai kick boxer, current strongman and rugby player. Located in Miami, Florida, he’s the owner of The Battle Axe gym and, as a social worker for the elderly, a champion for our nation’s Nanas and Poppies. Few people I know embody the warrior’s spirit like Michael does. He’s decisive, a man of action, with huge appetites and a lust for life. At the tender age of 28 Michael’s life choices have taken their toll. Finding himself riddled with injury and a body that wouldn’t keep up with his mind’s desires, Michael began a… Read More »

Kat Ricker

Welcome to the platform the Mighty Kat, Kat Ricker. Not only is she a weightlifter, she’s a former competitive bodybuilder, a boxer, a published author (no, really, she’s got REAL books for sale on Amazon), a photographer, a film maker, and a promoter of park lands for the great state of Oregon. Listen in as we discuss all these things from ill spent youth to the joy of movement and doing battle with gravity. To listen CLICK HERE! To watch GO HERE! And don’t forget, the Creating the Holistic Weightlifter workshop is THIS weekend. Reserve your spot NOW! To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

If Dirk Gently was a Weightlifter

  Way back in the early eighties I became a fan of Douglas Adams. I discovered The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in middle school and his lesser known Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency shortly thereafter. I thought Dirk Gently was awesome. He was a total Zen master. Nothing was ever out of sorts, ever, no matter what happened. Lost? Just follow the car in front of you it’ll take where you need to go, wherever that might be, whether you realize it or not. The idea was: the universe is perfect as it is, no matter what happens. Little things… 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 »

Mental Meat Heads

I’ve got that after Christmas feeling. Not the one where you’re all bloated from too much turkey and sweets and disappointed that you didn’t get that pony again this year, but the one that’s the natural denouement that comes from getting all ramped up for something awesome, and it was awesome, but now it’s over and you’ve got to start thinking about going back to school, maybe even finish that book report you were putting off. This past weekend was nothing short of amazing – the culmination of several months effort and planning, but also the high point of my… Read More »

Zach Marcy

Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. As a further expression of my own personal thanks I am happy to offer not only this week’s interview with Zach Marcy, but access to his Holiday Thrival Guide, as well.  With Zach’s guide you can do more than just survive the holidays, trying your best to atthe  least “do no harm” to your weight loss or fitness goals.  This year you can THRIVE, and still enjoy the holidays.  You can get your copy of his FRE-E guide HERE. Zach runs Synergize Transformation Center in Miami, Florida.… Read More »

Guest Post — Rebecca Dobrinski

Hey there , Today I want to share with you a guest post written by tribe member Rebecca Dobrinski.  Rebecca is a regular in our kick boxing class and has provided me with the rare opportunity of allowing someone else to sing my praises. I am Still Learning That’s the interesting thing about life: we (hopefully) continue to learn. Whether it is a small fact or a new skill, we are presented with a wide variety of learning opportunities on a daily basis. I do my best to take advantage of these opportunities whenever they present themselves. It was with… Read More »

The 3rd Commandment

My book is back on sale this week.  Go to the Products page of the Agoge website and click on the link to get your copy at 50% off.  It’s only on sale for next three days and I’m not sure when (or if) it will go on sale again.  Get it now! Back to our discussion,  Dan John’s Third Commandment of Lifting is “The best anabolic is water.” To me this is such a foregone conclusion that I don’t think I give it the emphasis it deserves, partly because it’s as boring to say as my clients often find… 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 »

Solon and Croesus

I had a cancellation this morning and was in desperate need of a haircut.  I’m an old school guy and so get my haircut at Vincent Oliver’s Hippodrome in Woodlawn. Vincent is in his 70’s now.  He graduated from Woodlawn High School , which is only a block away from his barber shop, in 1950-something.  The majority of his clientèle are old classmates, who gather at his shop to gossip about old friends and reminisce about the good ol’ days. Vincent has old barber chairs that glide up and down and must weight a ton a piece.  He shaves the… Read More »

What’s This Doing for Me?

I mentioned this yesterday, all too often we hear that time spent in the gym helps forge a better, more capable person.  What we don’t hear is how. It’s as though there’s some mystical, alchemical transformation that takes place.  As a trainer and coach it’s tempting to, if not outright promote, at least not discourage this notion.  After all, if I’m the holder of some arcane knowledge, with secrets that imbue a better life, greater liberty and the attainment of true happiness, doesn’t that make me more valuable?  Greater value on my part justifies a higher price tag on my… Read More »