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  • The Sunk Cost Fallacy in Fitness

    The Sunk Cost Fallacy is a double edged sword in when it comes to an individuals commitment towards their fitness pursuits. Before exploring that duality lets first explore what the Sunk Cost Fallacy is so we can get everyone on the same page. After that, we’ll explore the implications for an individual’s decision-making process surrounding their personal

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  • N of 1 trial

    If you are going to take any piece of advice from me to heart, and actually apply it, then here it is. The most powerful leverage we have in influencing our health, wellness, and fitness is our ability to repeatedly adjust our habits based off of what works and what doesn’t for ourselves. Adjust, measure, learn. Adjust,

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  • Snapshots

    What does a blood work report, balance sheet, and your daily workout log have in common? The blood work is a snapshot of various pre-requested biomarkers that could possibly indicate certain things about ones health and wellbeing. The balance sheet is a snapshot of the assets and liabilities of a company at any given day.

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  • The Purpose of Physical Culture

    I’ve been terrified to write this post for 18 months. When I first started this blog I named it Physical Culture. I decided to name it that because I wanted to this to be a long-term writing project so that I could build a body of knowledge, thoughts, and ideas. I knew that in order

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  • Playing favorites

    My favorite movement practice is always the the next one. The next squatting session. The next set. The next rep. The next exhalation of breath when I complete a rep. Always what’s next is what’s treasured. Inspiration is from Duke Ellington, who’s favorite song is always the next to be written. Who embodies the desire and temperament

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  • By product. Not the product.

    A research professor will dedicate decades and an innumerate amount of time researching, thinking, analyzing, discussing, and clarifying a concept. Depending on the field this process can eventually culminate  into various mediums such as research papers, scientific articles, books, articles, and so on. What people see is this product. This tip of the iceberg so to

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  • On Training and Creating

    “A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.” -Tchaikovsky There is an interesting juxtaposition between being of the artistic temperament and that of one who’s focus is Functional Longevity. There is a misguided notion that inspiration is a reliable and sustainable driving force for developing your

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  • The woes of survivorship bias in fitness

    During WW2 allied naval engineers were tasked with retrofitting B24 bomber planes with extra plating under the plane  for added protection against ground fire. Their strategy was simple. As planes came back from bombing runs they would analyze where their gun and shrapnel damage to determine where they would add the extra armor. Since armor

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  • 4 MORE Lessons I’ve Learned from 9 years of Fitness

    In a previous post, I talked about how I got my start in fitness and discussed a few notable lessons I’ve learned along the way. In this post i’d like to talk about a few more fitness lessons. Lesson 5. K.I.S.S. Principle in Fitness K.I.S.S. is an acronym for “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” The principle

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  • The Folly of Inspiration

    In a previous post I made the argument that stoicism and equanimity are far more important than motivation in long term adherence to physical fitness and functional longevity. In this post, i’d like to extend that thought. Constantly relying on inspiration for daily exercise and nutrition habits is a poor mechanism for building long term

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  • Stoicism and Equanimity take precedence over Motivation

    “Triflers have wearied themselves in life by their activity, and yet have no object to which direct every movement.” – Marcus Aurelius A prevailing ideology of the fitness industry is that motivation and determination are the cornerstones to successfully reaching performance and/or aesthetic goals. Though these emotions and character attributes are admirable traits and undeniably

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  • 4 Lessons I’ve Learned from 9 years of Fitness

    In 2004 I was a freshman in high school and  had just finished my last soccer season of my life. I started my first job at Starbucks and after a few months working, no soccer, and unlimited free frappuccinos I had gone from a skinny 130 pound soccer player to a skinny fat 145 pounds ex-athlete. Something

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  • Cargo Cult Fitness

    In this post i’ll be exploring a commonality between Cargo Cults in post World War II and dietary and exercise interventions by Health and Fitness professionals. With this comparison I hope to shed light on a deep rooted problem within the fitness industry. First and foremost, lets discuss what a Cargo Cult is. Up to a few

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  • New Blog

    Over the years I have started few blogs each with a different topic, niche, or focus. The issue is I tend to write about one interest I have at that specific time and when I move onto something new I stop writing about it. With this in mind I’ve decided to start writing with no specific topic

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