I haven’t updated this site in quite some time and I have no plans to ever do so again. A lot of this material is dated, and I offer no guarantees that anything written here reflects my current thinking (a lot of it does not). I leave the site up for posterity, and because some of you may be linked here and find it interesting.
Read at your own risk.
But couldn’t everyone’s life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?
Here I’ve curated posts which I consider to be important, which will give new readers an overview of my ideas (and make it easier for long-time followers to find the nuggets). There’s no suggested reading order, so read at your leisure. Here I’ve curated posts which I consider to be important, which will give new readers an overview of my ideas (and make it easier for long-time followers to find the nuggets). There’s no suggested reading order, so read at your leisure.
Wondering where Amped went? Read here.
This collection of posts relates How I Think About Things. Also included here are discussions of biology: genetics & epigenetics, neuroscience, and other topics only obliquely related to physical training.
- Leverage Volatility
- Thinking About Complexity
- A Calorie Isn’t a Calorie(?)
- A Systems View of Exercise
- Brain States & Willpower
- Outside Context Problem
- Complex Nonlinear Systems [Videos]
- The Language of Failure [Neuropsych]
- The Cortical Lottery: Dopamine and the Activity Set-point [Research Review]
Knowledge in Fitness
The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.
This series of posts talks about how scientific knowledge, from exercise science and nutrition, informs debates about the “right” way to train and eat for results.
Daily Squatting & Recovery Issues
A collection of posts about daily squatting and the alleged recovery issues you might face. A collection of posts about daily squatting and the alleged recovery issues you might face.
- Observations on Bulgarian-inspired strength training
- I’m addicted to daily squatting.
- Squatting still hasn’t killed me.
- Zen and the Art of Squatting, Part I
- Zen and the Art of Squatting, Part II
- How much can the CNS handle? [Stress]
- Adrenal Fatigue Revisited [Recovery]
- The Limits In Your Head (CNS Fatigue)
These are posts that cover miscellaneous nuts and bolts of training. I try to balance these discussions between things I’ve actually done, or things that sound like good ideas from people I think are worth listening to, and what the published research — if any — has to say on the topic.
- Intensity & Training to Failure [Muscle Gain]
- Pain Isn’t A Virtue [Muscle & Strength Gains]
- Let’s talk about fitness.
- Recovery Strategies
- Raw Lifting and Linear Periodization
- Autoregulatory Training vs. Linear Periodization [Research Review]
- A Defense of Round-backed Deadlifting
- Occlusion, Ischemia, and ‘The Pump’
- ‘Functional’ Cross Training vs. Specific Training: General Means General
- The Difference in Speed, Power, and Explosiveness
Workouts & Programs