Snakeoil for the king

So, the King of England has appointed a homeopath. Yes, a person practising homeopathy. Yes, homeopathy. A practice that’s been proven to have zero scientific standing. Over and over and over again. From The Guardian: “Why are kings, movie stars and the rich so susceptible to this snake oil? Two […]

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This common habit slows your progress

Over the years of working with women, I’ve noticed a common theme with most new clients. Postponing the meal after a workout. And it can hurt strength and lean muscle gains. Which kind of sucks because aren’t those the reasons you’re lifting weights in the first place? To make the […]

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Doing everything right but it’s not working

Are you dealing with chronic sleep issues, feeling tired and sore, and your body is not looking the way you’d expect, even with all the activities you’re doing? Even though you’re eating “healthy”. There’s a chance that the things that you’re doing aren’t the right things for you. Most health […]

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How to reduce your risk of injuries

Injuries happen when the demand for tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons) is higher than the tissues can tolerate. You twist your ankle, a knee, a hip, a shoulder, or a… because the force is higher than your body can resist. You can’t eliminate all the injuries. In some situations, only Villanelle […]

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That time a client told me I was full of shit

The other day, I had a chat with a client that got me to do wheelies on my mind-excitement-moped. That was right before she gently told me I should park the moped because I was wrong. In the nicest possible way. And I am thankful that she did. Here’s how […]

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Exercise might not be as important for longevity as we’ve thought

But exercise sure as shit matters if we care about improving the overall quality of the years we have. I don’t know about you, but that’s good enough for me. “Clearly, people who exercise more live longer on average. Genetics, social factors, existing health and other aspects of lifestyle explain […]

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Best books of 2023

You’ve got a few days off, right? Besides eating, hanging out with the fam and playing with the kids, there are a few things I enjoy more than a good book. Even if I only have time to read in the evenings once the kids go to bed. Here are […]

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How to get motivated for the strength workouts

None of my clients love strength training. But they love what strength training allows them to do: – Skiing with stronger and less injury-prone knees. – Easier hill climbs on the bike. – Hiking the glazier. – Running a marathon. – Getting rid of knee pain and to “avoid huck […]

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My home gym set up

This is what I use 95% of the time: – Kettlebells 12kg, 16kg, 20kg, 24kg – 1.5 x 1.5 meters of space in my home office This is what I use about 5% of the time: – Dumbbells 3kg and 7kg (bought them both to rehab my golfer’s elbow) – […]

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How to build your bubble

We’d all be way more content with our lives by implementing some (or all?) of these points from Bryan Caplan. All the points are worth a discussion, but this one jumped out for me: “Emotionally distance yourself from people you personally know who aggravate you. Don’t purge anyone – that […]

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Are you willing to burn your calendar?

When you’re setting up your health and fitness goals, do it with your calendar open. Look at your calendar to decide what’s a reasonable goal given your current obligations with work, family and lifestyle. Yes, something might have to give. Even with a reasonable goal. But if you’re hellbent on […]

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More ammo in the plant-based cannon

“Better adherence to plant-based dietary patterns, especially those emphasizing healthy plant-based foods, is beneficial for lowering the risks of major chronic conditions, including T2D [type 2 diabetes], CVD [cardiovascular disease], cancer, as well as premature deaths.” Here’s the study. Also, there’s an omnivore vs plant-based study circling, which some folks […]

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Let’s talk about protein powders (yay)

Confession: I’d be a one happy being if I’d never have to eat another scoop of protein powder. But with a mostly plant-based diet, I find it impossible to get enough of three-dimensional arrangement of atoms in an amino acid-chain molecule. I’ve gone long stints powder-free in the past, and […]

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