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On Having No End Goal

On Having No End Goal

We pin our hopes and wishes to the randomness of the world around us. Doing the best we can to reach our goal is a one thing. But a part of the success comes from crossing our fingers, hoping that a stray event doesn’t derail us from our grand plans. And all along our happiness is on hold. Days, months and years go by as we wait for a better tomorrow. That day when we can finally move into our…

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The Declining Standard Of Fitness

The Declining Standard Of Fitness

This is a rant. 165 days. Five and a half months. That’s the minimum military service a Finnish male has to complete after his eighteenth birthday. The time spent in the service is almost a third less than what it was in the 1950s. Back then, the fine youth of the nation had to gear up for at least eight months. Although the length of the service has changed, one tradition never fades. Whenever the current group of young men…

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Why We Should Appreciate Our Bodies As They Are

Why We Should Appreciate Our Bodies As They Are

I will bet my left knee cap that as you’re reading this, there is something about your body that you’d like to change. That you don’t feel completely satisfied with how something in your body looks (belly fat), feels (spongy) or moves (tight, or constipated). We often think of this lack of satisfaction as a good thing. It provides the motivation to switch into our training gear. That little voice that urges us to make healthier decisions during meal times….

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The Struggle of Training for External Validation

The Struggle of Training for External Validation

The firm desperately wanted Jeff* to stay. They were offering more money. A lot more. As in, buy yourself a Rolls Royce made of diamond dust more. There was a promise of elevated status and responsibility. Another rung on the ladder, a feather in his cap, the coveted high-waist big boy pants. In short, promises of things to come that would’ve been enough to convince the Kardashians to stop getting plastic surgeries. If only in return Jeff would stay and…

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Who Is Setting Your Goals?

Who Is Setting Your Goals?

Slim and toned models trying to entice you to join our gyms. Topless, fit looking guys on their paddle boards to sell our services. Lose fat, oil up the abs, look chiselled, bounce ice cubes off the butt.* Not appealing? Fair. Not everyone’s motivated by specific, easy-to-measure, look-like-a-cover-model-who-sleeps-with-a-barbell aesthetic goals. Focusing only on fat loss and muscle building and striving for the glistening fitspo isn’t everyone’s jam. But you keep coming back to the aesthetic goals. Only because you think…

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The Sunk Cost of Believing, Feeling and Behaving

The Sunk Cost of Believing, Feeling and Behaving

– Hey, I know you were asking for a hammer for your birthday. Here. It’s the top of the line. And because you’re so special, I didn’t want to just wrap it in an ordinary gift paper. Instead, I buried it somewhere in this terrarium along with ten funnel web spiders in it. Because I thought you’d like to have them, too. – Gee. Thanks. As Seth Godin puts it so eloquently, sunk costs are gifts from our past selves….

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My Coaching Mistakes (well, some of them…)

My Coaching Mistakes (well, some of them…)

As I am closing in on 10 years as a trainer/coach/whatever there are certain past practices that I now look back at with an awkward awe. I’ve been thinking about some mistakes I’ve made along the way. I wouldn’t call them regrets, but signs of professional growth. And sometimes, ripples in my evolution as the person I am today. With that out of the way, here are (some of) my coaching “ughs”. Mistake 1: Strict movement screen for everyone I…

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Book Notes: Breathe by James Nestor

Book Notes: Breathe by James Nestor

Book notes reflect a specific time in the reader’s life. If you enjoy my notes and highlights, I highly recommend you buy the original book as it’s likely that there’ll be parts for you to discover that I didn’t find important. Read my notes below. Or buy Breathe on Amazon. The greatest indicator of life span wasn’t genetics, diet, or the amount of daily exercise, but lung capacity. James Nestor in Breathe Breathe is a fascinating book. I don’t say…

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Too Busy Means It’s Not a Priority

Too Busy Means It’s Not a Priority

Being busy means there is no time to stop. Like we’re living in this limbo of errands and poor time management. There’s a deeply negative undertow to it. I am not busy. I never want to be busy. As a dad with a toddler and a three week old newborn* in the mix, there’s a fair bit of life admin that screams (often literally) for my attention. Our laundry baskets (yep, we have multiple) are always 80% full. I am…

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Being Physically Resilient Makes Life Better

Being Physically Resilient Makes Life Better

Now here’s a word I love in every possible way. And probably more than any sensible person should love a specific set of alphabets aligned in a meaningful way. Despite the risk of sounding like a hardcore weirdo, here goes. I love the way it looks on a piece of paper (or on the screen), the way it resonates in my ears, the way it feels in my mouth when I say it out loud. Or even better, when I…

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