Happy New Year!

It’s Jan 2nd and by now your inbox, your Instagram feed, and your Facebook wall should be full of “experts” with less than two decades of real life experience telling you all the things you need to know in order to have a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2017.Only here’s the thing. They can’t tell you anything you don’t already know. It’s okay. I get it and I’ve fallen for this sort of thing plenty of times myself and will probably fall for it again before all is said and done. It’s an easy play, especially this time of year. New … Read More »

#Noshirtnoshoesnoshame

I’ve noticed this new thing in my Facebook feed lately. Friends of mine, specifically female friends of the yogic persuasion, have been posting pictures of themselves in various yoga poses wearing naught but a sports bra and yoga pants. It’s all part of an Instagram project started by two yogis, Thea Pueschel and Melissa Scott, set to run July 1st through the 10th. It’s entitled #noshirtnoshoesnoshame and its purpose is to combat the pervasive body shaming our culture indulges in. At first blush I was like, “Hooray!” I mean, who doesn’t want more female bodies adorning their Facebook feed? It’s … Read More »

Pretty is as Pretty Does

Hey there, I’ve had this conversation a couple times over the past few days and I thought maybe it was time I had it with you. The gist of it is as follows: The primary motivation for most people coming into the gym is — make me pretty. Both men and women approach exercise with the primary goal, spoken or unspoken, of making themselves more attractive. Young people want to be sexually viable and to attract a mate. Older people if they have mates, want to maintain what they have and, if they’ve lost one, want to maximize their chances … Read More »

An Open Letter to the Renaissance Hotel Valet

This past weekend my wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at the Renaissance hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. My wife, Samantha, was driving and as she was turning our vehicle over to the valet an exchange took place that I was not privy to and thus must unfortunately register my opinion here and after the fact. As Samantha was gathering her things the valet commented on the shortness of her skirt and asked that she alert him as to when she was getting out so that he might turn his back and thus not risk any “exposure” on her … Read More »

Rafe Kelley

Meet Rafe Kelley. Rafe is already a known entity in the parkour community. If you haven’t seen them already check out his videos on his channel Rafe Kelley. Also search “TreeRunner” it’s one of the most beautiful things you’ll see all day. In this interview we talk play, parkour, dogs, parenting and anything else that happened to pop into our heads. Enjoy. To learn more about Rafe and his work check out his website: http://evolvemoveplay.com/ To listen to the interview GO HERE. To watch, click below. [leadplayer_vid id=”53691078CF421″]To our perfect imperfection, Dave

Charles Levine

Meet Mental Meat Head Charles Levine. Charlie lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio. Professionally he’s a group fitness instructor specializing in boot camp style fitness. Additionally he’s an aikido-ka with over 14 years of experience under his belt. Listen in as we discuss training, martial arts and how the two crossover and support each other. For audio, CLICK HERE. To watch the video, click below. [leadplayer_vid id=”5332E51E1B395″] Mental Meat Heads Interviews are talks with the cutting edge thinkers and doers of the health and fitness industry. For more about Charlie check him out at 513fit.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/513fit/157…037559?ref=br_tf. To our perfect … Read More »

Zao Jun’s Kitchen

Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the laps of our cooks. — Lin Yutang In Chinese mythology, Zao Jun is the kitchen god.The importance of the kitchen in Chinese culture is evident in Zao Jun’s yearly duty to report to the Jade Emperor, Yu Huang, on the goings on of each household. The Jade Emperor rewards good deeds with good fortune and misdeeds with ill in the coming year. As the kitchen was seen as the center of every home, Zao Jun was well informed, indeed. Now I’m not Chinese and the idea of … Read More »

Cameron Conaway: Part 2

We’re back! Cameron and I sit down for Part 2 of our interview and boy, do we get at it. No subject is taboo. We discuss human trafficking, father issues, writing, and solving the world’s problems. To listen CLICK HERE! To download, right click and “Save As.” To watch on YouTube, click below. [leadplayer_vid id=”53187540AC84E”] For more on Cameron check out the Good Men Project http://goodmenproject.com. To our perfect imperfection, Dave

Cameron Conaway: Part 1

  Meet Cameron Conaway. Cameron is the Executive Editor for the Good Men Project. He’s a former pro MMA fighter, a poet, a world traveler and a writer. Listen in as we discuss martial arts, the Good Men Project, and the purpose of existence, you know “Why Are We Here?” type stuff. Hey, we’re big boys, we don’t play around. Unfortunately, our conversation was cut short due to technical difficulties. But fear not dear viewer as we pick up the conversation in Part 2. To listen in click HERE. To download, right click and “Save As.” To watch the video, click … Read More »

Neil Hill

  Meet Neil Hill. Neil is the other half of Earth Strength which he runs in Tarifa, Spain with Rannoch Donald. Earth Strength is a movement based program designed to help modern, metropolitan humans (Read: Most of us) rediscover nature and the inherent joy that comes with being actively involved in the world around us. Neil teaches bushcraft, or the original skills passed down from our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Think primitive fire making technigues, animal tracking and foraging. He offers classes for both children and adults throughout the year. For more information and schedule of events, check out the Earth Strength page. … Read More »

I am my Own Worst Enemy

I am my own worst enemy, especially in the gym. It’s Monday, snatch day. Another chance to immerse myself in my love/hate relationship with a movement that is at the same time both humbling and empowering. The movement itself is so fast that it leaves no time for thought. When it’s done, there’s assessment. That one felt good. Something was off on that last one. Once the bar hits the floor. I pace a minute or two, let my breathing settle, calm myself for my next attempt — and then it starts. “That’s not very much weight, Dave.” Bastard. This … Read More »

Charles Abouzied

Happy New Year! This year I’m kicking off Mental Meat Heads 2014 with a revisit with a man who is easily one of my favorite people on Planet Earth. Charles Abouzied has the soul of a Buddha and the heart of lion. As the leader of an eager group of fitness enthusiasts Charles runs Crossfit House of Pain in central New Jersey. Listen in as we discuss Crossfit, the Biggest Loser, body image and overcoming limitations, both internally and externally imposed. To listen CLICK HERE. To download, right click and “Save As.” To watch on YouTube, click below. For more on … Read More »