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Over 12 years ago, I came across me intellectual mentor, friend and hero, Howard Bloom. I emailed him to ask him about his belief in God or gods. He sent back a fantastic two paragraph note that I still have in my Bloomian folder. But I won’t write it out for you. Sorry if it seemed I was going to. What I will write out is how he influenced me by asking me to look at things right under my nose as if I had never seen them before. And to proceed from there. 12 years later, here I am. Trying to find a way to look at things differently. Trying to find a way to write science as art. Trying to see if I can’t radically alter your perceptions and mine.

You Can Throw Away Your Straight Bars (if you so choose)
A straight line. That is all a barbell is. Ask yourself whether the user should conform to the tool or the tool to the user?

Human beings are rotational, rotary, twisty, circular, assymetrical and imbalanced. It’s how we are.

Arthur Jones realized this and dismissed the barbell as a tool of any importance. And he was almost right. But somewhere along the line, his message was lost to the machismo-cult of strength. Now I’m not a High Intensity Training Jedi – I abhor low volume machine only training. But Arthurs message was spot on. And my message? The barbell is a dumb tool.

Listen, the barbell CAN be useful. But it is no axiom. It is no essential. You do not “need” to train your body with a bar. Dumbbells will not only suffice, they will do your joints good. They will allow for rotary shear minimization in odd planes when you perform your frontal and sagittal feats of heaving might.

They will also better stimulate the entire musculature chain of movement pattern through spreading activation demands to muscles that were let off the hook due to the stability the barbell provided.

The only thing the barbell does better than the dumb-bell or well designed machine is feed your ego by allowing you to lift more loads that no one will ever really care about. We went the way of art, cognition and intellectual development when we strayed from our more ape-like ancestors. We didn’t go the route of strength because both are un-necessary for creative endeavors. You don’t need to be stronger to look better, you need to be smarter. A better physique looking physique is not the pursuit of the ancient caveman, it is the pursuit only made possible in the modern world of abundance and the appreciation for a certain type of aesthetic.

We Are All The Same AND We Are All Different, At Once

There is no exact right or wrong when it comes to the interpretation of general principles of human functionality and response. This matho-mechanical thinking, flimsily disguised in the veils of reason and logic, is the foundation upon which the boring, mundane, grey and dead fitness industry IS that way. Averse to creativity, shielding itself from criticism using the imaginary powers of “evidence based” thinking.  Us humans are all as different from one another, as we are the same. Each person is a unique signature expression of the human project. All the same essentially, but different at the same time fundamentally.

The DIFFERENCES create the rules of individualization. Taking the essential block of human function and response, and carving it with the specific and uniquely sharpened chisel of individuality.

These differences in body-structure result in unique movement signatures. In unique responses and in unique journeys.  There is not mathematical formula that can predict the future functional state of a living biological being. And when math, physics and thus logic and reason fail us, we see how biology, art and creative drive can save us.

Professional Deviation – Thoughts From The Random

Professional Advice for Coaches and Trainers
– If your passion does not become your profession, then your profession will become your poison
– When it comes to the art of coaching – the psychology of diet and the physiology of program design and vice versa – internet argumentation will kill creativity more than it will inspire it. People want to you to STOP travelling, traversing and trailblazing new paths and seeing from new angles, and under different lights, much more than they will ever want you to START
– Getting someone to believe you is easy, hard is getting someone to believe IN you

On Training 
– Fitness is thoroughly monistic, and the duality of Strength and Conditioning is wrong
– There are only tendencies and they can be expressed as StrengthConditioning and/or ConditioningStrength programs
– It is NOT about the muscles or the exercises. Not at ALL. It is about the combinations and sequences. The program you put the trainee through. Not about the letters or the words. Its about the sentences and the paragraphs. The story you put the reader through
– Training carves the canal through which the river of calories shall flow
– Your body is a learning and adapting bio-machine. Its stochastic with its long term adaptations BUT, it is ALWAYS learning. Which is why the second rep is always better than the first. The second set always better than the first. The second month better than the first. The second year better than the last. Till a noxious component (we like to call it fatigue) accumulates, the body gets better and better. Till it doesnt. The body craves learning through repetition. Till too much of the same becomes its own poison. And then it craves change. All change. Some change. Any change

 On Diet
– Clean-eating leads to hate-eating
– A food issue is a mood issue
– There are two ways to get lean: Eat less or move more so long as one stays stable, constant and controlled. You can pick one or both. But sometimes you need to eat more and move less – to heal from eating less and moving more. Supercompensate. And sometimes you need to eat more and move more or eat less and move less. Every and any combination of the two can be manipulated and used for purposes specific and for goals general. Pick your corollaries but know the axioms that bind to them at the hip of choice, purpose and pursuit

On Posture
– It is a lie to assume that postural chronicity – ANY posture – won’t accumulate a negative. Even the repetitions that are positive, as in pushups and squats, will have negatives tail their positive repercussions. Over the course of time in the short term and the long term – in the now of when and the when of then. You cannot escape the simple axiom that anything in excess is a poison. And that the dose; the duration and magnitude, determine whether a stress or strain will lead to pain or gain

On Motivation
– A sublime serenity is achieved when what you want is what you need
– I can only suggest what I think you should do. Whether or not you CAN do it, is your problem
– There are no short-cuts to greatness. There are only options. And each option comes with a consequence. What you don’t want to sacrifice – is your honour and integrity. Because you never get that back. Everything else – health, money, time – you lose anyway
– You can never stop working on your body…Because you are a dynamic flow of changing states. A complex system of psycho-physiological problems interconnected to a web of sociological judgement’s of right and wrong, being pulled in two directions, one of immediate satisfaction and the other of delayed gratification…to the breaking point. You can never stop the work of progression, because your body will never stop the work of regression.

On Principles
– Want to work smarter? Work harder
– Two powerful ideas
1 – truly not giving a shit about the people you do not give a shit about
2 – truly giving a shit about the people that you give a shit about
– In most affairs, neutrality is a cop out
– Never respect success, ALWAYS respect effort
– Never respond with equality; either crush your enemy or ignore them
– There are more possible divisions and dimensions to people than merely good or evil – Sometimes people are both, at the same time

On Moderation
– Obsession will get you everywhere, In fitness. In finance. In love. In life. Moderation is “the nothing”.  And do nothing in moderation
– Moderation in all things is an extreme idea

 On Death 
– When a person dies we should be mourning for the living – not the dead 

On Experts
– How do you tell if one is?
a – he has more questions than answers
b – he abhors simplicity of explanation but embraces simplicity of application

On Intelligence
– Master the rules of logic and you can at least create the illusion of intelligence
– If the teacher chose correctly, the student will surpass the teacher – If the teacher chose incorrectly, he is not worthy of teaching
– If you are smart enough to know how dumb you are, you are exponentially smarter than you think you are
– The more complex the problem, the more you should trust your intuition – of course, you may not realize how complex the problem actually is to begin with, since complexity and simplicity are deceptively conjoined; layered and intertwined in a closed loop of cause and effect with each other, to give us our precious perception of reality…

On Alternative Thinking
– Unpredictability is predictable
– What imposes a limit exposes a potential; A limit imposed is a potential exposed (constraint)
– Commitments always come with restrictions = this is constraint creation
– The thing people dont realize? that restrictions arent just new NO answers; you say no to things you would have said yes to before, they are also new YES answers; you now say yes to things you would have said no to before


On Creative Thinking And New Paradigms
– The world is a relativity engine. Context, recursion and power laws are the soil, sunshine and water of development
– If at first you do not generalize, you cannot analyse what you want/need to comprehend, to synthesize what you need/want to understand

On Deception
– Marketers know that when they write “simple”, you  read “easy”
– Utopia exists in your head – exactly where the idea that you live in a dystopia does
– We want to accept, embrace and own the good part, but we cannot do that without owning, embracing and accepting the bad part 

On Boredom 
– Tackle your boredom and you can tackle your diet
– The fewer social constraints you abide by, the less likely you are to be a victim of boredom

On Beer 
The problem with beer is that beer gives guys without the balls to talk to a pretty girl in the bar, the balls to talk to a pretty girl in the bar long enough for her to realize that beer is a problem

On Relationships
– The perfect relationship – ANY relationship – is not symmetrical; it is asymmetrical – one has more power and control than the other, over the other, but even that is asymmetrical, one does not retain or relinquish that power or control forever – symmetry is the idealization, asymmetry is the realization
– Nothing creates presence like absence, be it it your health, lover or cheesecake
– Human mating today is basically the following binary delusion: Guy trying to convince girl that he is thinking about the long term when he is really only looking for a good time in the short term and Girl trying to convince guy that she is looking only for the long term when she actually wants something fun in the short term
– Life is commerce: give and take – if you want something from someone, you better have something someone else wants from you and this applies top to bottom and bottom to top, no exceptions

Small Corruptive Thoughts

The Scientific, Lab Tested and Explicit Versus the Tacit, Experienced and Observed
You have probably already realized that I’ve created an all out, no holds barred false (or true?) duality slug fest. Each with it’s own trichotomy. And you’d be right that the problem is not this simple. The issue isn’t this plain. The solution isn’t this formulaic. The process not this black and white.

And no, I am not part of the anti-science or scientism band-wagon. I believe science may just be the best “systematic” conduit to some sort of functional truth that we have created. At least as of this writing. But without the accompanying fuzzy real world experience, is scientific knowledge enough to justify professional expertise?
No. Knowledge is second hand experience. Experience is second hand knowledge. Both inform each other. Two sides of the perceptual coin. But neither one is better than the other. I can’t trust anyone who only has one side of this expertise coin covered…no matter how thoroughly. 

Good Form Versus Bad Form
Stop looking at form through the binary lens of GOOD versus BAD.
View it as BEAUTIFUL form versus UGLY*.And things will fall into place much quicker and smoother.
Though there is no such thing as ” good form ” in general, there definitely are empirically identified biomechanical constraints that we probably should not push to their terminal end points (think hysteresis for proper metaphor) — to reduce injury risk and the accumulation of the potential for injury. Otherwise form is like a written signature — every Tom, Dick and Harry will write Tom, Dick and Harry in their own way — so long as they don’t write mot, kidc and rarhy.

*not for inexperienced trainers. Either get hurt and recover or go mentor under someone better than yourself. The eye for aesthetics of movement comes with time and experience.

Psychology Of Physiology
Obesity should be recognized as a psychological problem. If recognized as a problem to be  or that can be “solved” at all. It’s like crime, it isn’t as much a problem as it is an expression of psychological wants meeting physiological needs designed by natural tendencies responding to nurtured cultural dogmas and beliefs.

A Hormetic Apple A Day Keeps Decay Away
Your body and mine is always trying to achieve homeostasis, bio-psychological equilibrium. But nature has rigged the game. The body chases its own allostatic tail. The minute we can remove ALL stressors is the minute we create the stress of no stress. And fall down a slippery slope of decay. The mind and the body crave disturbance, challenge and resistance. Mental, physical, cognitive and physiological. When they get their fill, they digest and absorb and change accordingly. Till they hunger and hanker again.

Feed The Work
You visualize, intuit and plan what physical alteration you are going to put the client through, and how much and what type of work that entails… THEN YOU FEED THE WORK PLAN with a food plan. The fitness industry has it backwards. The body will begin to process food according to the metabolic nature of the demand. Your workout tells your body what to do with food. You can have an excess of EITHER. That isnt the point. We are talking about getting the formula right; which means the training “recipe” should dictate the eating “program”.

Oh Calories
A calorie is a calorie. Sort of. It’s also about whos body is taking in that calorie. Sort of. Thing is, the biological constraints are elastic. And where there is elasticity of law, there are various degrees of freedoms; there are permutations of expression. Some things in small (the right?) doses are progressions and excess (the wrong?) doses are regressions.

Anabolic Catabolism and Catabolic Anabolism Or A Confused Metabolism?
You can build muscle and lose fat at the same time. For a while. But everyone has their own individual constraint signature which restricts just how far this metabolic sweet spot of anabolic catabolism or catabolic anabolism will go before it chooses direction. Keep pushing for fat loss and muscle loss will follow. Keep pushing for muscle gain and fat will gain ground eventually.

The Stress Of Strain
To coach, you must understand and appreciate that there is an emotional component to physical stress and strain. And a physical component to emotional strain and stress.  So does every gain come with a pain, in terms of price paid? And does every pain with a gain, in terms of hormesis?  That I leave for you to decide.

Of Hypocrites
The same people that claim that the type of food can matter for health, have no hesitation in proclaiming that the type of exercise does not. This idea stems from their myopic understanding of the bigger picture; that food is energy in and exercise is energy out. Aesthetically and in my opinion, from an optimally functioning perspective:  Food is what could happen, exercise is what does happen.

Periodization Simplified
Periodization is one of the sexier underground concepts masturbated to in the intellectual coaching worlds greatest circle jerks. But there is a simpler and more effective way than what the Eastern Bloc has you convinced is best practice. The way to get to your best possible body is to move more and eat less most of the time. But eat more and move less some of the time as well. Take that as an axiom for understanding long term training and diet planning, and understand this: With energy you need to flux, fluctuate and facilitate a cycle of highs and lows.

Contradict Yourself To Express Your Best Self
And the best approach for your physiological state of being — may be a complete contradiction to your psychological state of mind. The psychological assessment of wants and needs is not MORE important than the physiological assessment of needs and wants; considered holistically. Because what may be the best approach psychologically, may not necessarily be the best approach physiologically. Usually, its a complete contradiction. You mentally cant handle what it takes to change your body physically. The best approach for your physiological state of being may be in complete contradiction to your psychological state of mind.

Moderation In All Things At All Times Is An Extreme Idea
Moderation has consumed us? And you know why? Because we are weaklings. We don’t like the discomfort of pushing hard enough to actually achieve our ideals. True moderation, if it means not pushing yourself smack dab into the middle of unrecoverable damage terrain, should be a fluctuation between very intense application and not so intense application of training and diet, of expending and ingesting. OVER TIME. In the same sort of “rest recovery cycle” format we use for weekly training. For day working and night sleeping. This spiralling of high demand with low demand tasks is natures essential cycle. Adaptation is proportionate to disturbance within the constraint of the outer most periphery where a psycho-mechanical breakdown resides. And each disturbance has it’s own stress signature with its own short and long term adaptation curve. This is why moderation cannot be sustained indefinitely, because you will eventually regress without stepping outside of your moderate constraint. The key isn’t moderation then, the key is understanding how to surf the curves of extremes; of highs and lows and to understand what to expect in terms of physical and psychical feedback.

Ideas That Will Change Your Training Philosophy

Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.
― Ludwig van Beethoven

Human existence is like a dialogue with a multiple protean involuntary – motives, resistances, irremediable situations – to which willing responds by choice, effort, or consent. I submit to the body which I guide.
― Paul Ricoeur

Function builds structure.
― Szent-Gyorgyi

Energy flows through all systems, and the flow of energy leaves a residue of structure.
― Ray Peat

Indulge your passion for science, says she, but let your science be human, and such as may have a direct reference to action and society. Abstruse thought and profound researches I prohibit, and will severely punish, by the pensive melancholy which they introduce, by the endless uncertainty in which they involve you, and by the cold reception which your pretended discoveries shall meet with, when communicated. Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.
― Hume

I have watched the caravan as it crossed the desert,” he said. “The caravan and the desert speak the same language, and it’s for that reason the desert allows the crossing.
― Paulo Coelho

Art is the left hand, science is the right hand.
― Howard Bloom

Upgrading The Classic 5 Day BodyPart Split

The Classic 5 Day Training Split is Wrong – And The Answer Is 6
Every and any excellent coach uses a primary creative framework for program design purposes. An overall shell that he or she then chisels, shapes and molds according to the instructions read by assessing the clients needs and goals. Which one have I used for the longest time? The oldest split in the book. The five day classic bodybuilding split.

But is the Chest, Back, Shoulders, Legs and Arms split the best way to visualize how the body can be divided and trained?

No. It is not.  Nor is any other sequence of the five way body division metaphor any better.


Because it ignores the lower posterior chain. The gluteals, the hams and the calves. And what is not there, is your day six.

So the modern eras updated version would look like this:


This is the better split. But why have I concluded this after 5 years of studying metaphor?

  • The glutes can handle a tremendous amount of high intensity work on their own. Pairing them with quads is like training chest and back together; it would never allow the maximal amount or intensity of work that COULD be done for either to BE done.
  • The Glute/hams when trained separately can handle more volume, which is always going to be better for aesthetic development and calorie expenditure (operating at a greater and higher energy input/output allows for more exercise benefits to manifest)
  • Psychologically MUCH less taxing if program design is correctly done (just like training chest and back together would be more taxing due to higher total workload not only before training, but during, training quads with hams is as well – and its time we fixed that)

Whether you choose to run it over the course of 7 days or 6, the choice is yours. But give the lower body it’s due. And make body part training (when all done on one day per week I call it concentration training) energetically demanding enough to be worthy of inclusion into anyone’s game plan.

What about the abs/core?
I view the abs/core as a force conductor group/unit first and a “muscle group” to be target trained, second; because the abs/core connects and fires to micro-manages the smooth working of other body parts. So if target-trained, the abs/core complex can be made to “fit” in anywhere on any of the six days, depending on program design. But that’s another topic for another design post.

Do I believe that one body part trained every 7 days is optimal? No. I’ve designed programs where each body part is trained up to 6 times per week. 6 exercises each day, one for each “part”. My point is not about trying to find what is optimal, but rather to have a core metaphor for program design. A primary axiom.

Because the one I’ve used for too long, is wrong.

Oh Science, Where Art Thou

Fission Fusion Training aims to emancipate the common mans understanding of physical enhancement from the tyranny of linear cause and effect thinking. 

Cycling Signatures – The Dynamic See-Saw Of Metaphor

So what is the Fission Fusion System? Let me clarify what it is not. It is NOT a physics inspired, mathematically guided, logical, rigid and mechanical system of thought that deals with the biological, anti-entropic solutions of fitness. The Fission Fusion System is a metaphor for a thought. A program design structure that allows me to engage an infinitely creative application of its principle message – which is?

Cycle stress signatures between Fission and Fusion dominance type programs.

It can take any shape, while never losing its identity. No two programs that are forged from its general principles need to have any specific detail in common at all, but may. Yet follow a grand purpose nonetheless. The constraint, the rules and the walls against which we slam the principles till they are at their most absurd , are elastic.

() Fusion Strategy ()
To undo the effects of a modern hypo-kinetic lifestyle, we enter the realm of hyper-kinetic training.
Focused on working kinetic chains through different movement patterns in multiple planes of motion and utilizing a variety of exercises at varying speeds and tempos. Focused on full body functionality.

() Fission Strategy ()
Now we isolate to aesthetically integrate.
Focused on working the individual body parts through different movement patterns in multiple planes of motion and utilizing a variety of exercises at varying speeds and tempos. Focused on full body aesthetic balance.

The two primary methodologies of Fission-Fusion feed into each other and produce a greater sum effect over time than applying the same stress signature over a longer period of time – why? Because anything in excess is a poison. Thus progressively alternating and integrating both ends of the stress signature spectrum the adaptive processes change the clients abilities over time, every time. As you never train in the same body twice. 

It Is About Program Design
The essence of a good program doesn’t come from the individual exercises of which it is constructed, but from the emergent meaningful unity of bringing those exercises together in that certain and sometimes peculiar way for that certain person.

Aesthetic Auto-catalysis: As You Look Better From Training, You Get Better At The Kind Of Training That Lets You Look Better
One of the side effects of training for pursuits of aesthetic magnificence instead of strength gain, is a gain in strength.

How odd. But true. And this enhanced strength feeds itself into an auto-catalytic process, enhancing the ability to train for pursuits of aestheticism. With increased load for one. And with an increased ability to stabilize for deeper, finer and more refined isolationism, second. Increased power as well. The increased strength becomes the new constraint, but as a constraint that potentiates and liberates. And all without training specifically for it.

The Ultimate Split: All Of Them And None Of Them Depending On When
Splits are metaphors. So the idea of dividing up the body to train it is as valid as training it in full, depending on the pursuit.

For example, chest work, anterior loading or push day are basically metaphors for the the same abstraction.  Some metaphors work better than others, at certain times for certain people, because each metaphor brings with it it’s own set of slightly or greatly differing rules. I find the chest METAPHOR as valid as any mathematical or biomechanical view divvying up the human frame for concentrated work bouts of focused attention and destruction. Full body workouts are indeed splendid. But sometimes not so much. Sometimes they are the wrong effort peg for the wrong progress hole.

Metabolic Priming: Supercompensation Sorcery
It’s all about the training – the diet is a far second. Say someone has been training correctly for months. Even years. They’ve sure paid attention to energetic expenditure, but next to no attention to energetic intake. Then one bright sunny morning, they decide to restrict some variable in their daily food fiesta regime, resulting, knowingly or unknowingly, in a caloric reduction. Like pulling the rabbit out of his magic hat, the result is an illusion. A deception. The results are already there, internally. Metabolically waiting. To be exposed by the lifting of the caloric iron curtain.

You can stay in a metabolically primed state BEST if you hold some fat. But you can’t stay in an aesthetically primed, very low body fat state, without depressing your metabolic economics.

What Does A Great Coach Do?
A great coach is a coach that recognizes what type of specific environment (energetic expenditure and ingestion) to create for what type of specific person (mindset)) to get them to express their best self. Nature and nurture synergized.

 Going Too Hard, Too Soon
The pendulum that is raised to the left, strikes back to the right with relentless necessity. — Uexküll

This is what I mean when I try to explain how a crash diet or a crash training program will result in a crash outcome. Your body compensates and this is what adaptation IS. All adaptation is not beneficial. All adaptation is not improvement. Sometimes it is decline, destruction and demise.

The Phlogiston Theory Of Strength And A History Of Lies
Above I wrote about how an increase in strength production can enhance the journey of aesthetic enhancement. But if resistance training were about increased strength levels alone, there would be no point to it. Since strength increase eventually must cease. But that DOES NOT MEAN you are not sowing the seeds of physiological improvement.

You absolutely still are. The strength purists would have you believe otherwise.

But they lie. Or misunderstand. Or misinterpret.

So they use the old phlogiston and magnesium protocol thinking. The phlogiston theorists used to believe that when magnesium burned, it would “release” phlogiston. Making magnesium lighter. But burnt magnesium only became HEAVIER.

So they concluded , “well, that’s because phlogiston has negative weight”.

In the same way, when you train and fail to get continually stronger,  “research reading specialists” explain it away as your training having a negative effect.  Well, they are wrong. Your training just doesn’t have the same effect THEY find easiest to measure. The only effect they really can measure. Or understand.

The purpose of strength training is not and cannot only be to get stronger. It is also about training your strength through multiple possible conduits or means. Finding different ways to express your strength, and  different ways to tax your strength expression. The possible conduits are limited only by your imagination. The triceps extension works out your triceps muscle with the aid of a cable machine

Quick-Fire: Disorderly Order Of Thoughts As They Come

Set in motion by stress and strain, the biologic(al) pendulum swings between catabolism and anabolism, trying to eventually bring stability back to a disrupted metabolism.

Muscle Tricks
Human muscles are tricky – they can change function on you. A bicep works very differently when you curl a dumbbell compared to when you perform a chinup. Closed chain or open chain, shunt muscle or spurt muscle, stabilizer or prime mover… the body is wonderfully complex.

A Swirl Of Anti-Scientific Metaphor
What stretching is to the cycle of contraction, aerobic system function is to the anaerobic systems cycle of stimulation. Now cant a contraction be part of the stretch cycle? And cant anaerobic system function be part of the aerobic systems cycle of stimulation? No. Why? At the most restful state, on your back, you are stretched and aerobic. Action is thus an opponent process.

Elongation will happen with contraction, don’t you worry. And Aerobic system stimulation will happen with anaerobic challenges, don’t you worry either.

Does this show a sort of optimal directionality for exertion? Does the contraction-elongation cycle and the anaerobic-aerobic cycle metaphor linkage negate the need for all forms of stretching and steady state cardiovascular work? We shall see.

Shadow Of Fatigue
In movements of unilateral character, you shouldn’t always work your weak side first. Not always. Training, straining and pushing the weak side second, under the shadow of fatigue from working the strong side first may actually enable you to train it under harder conditions and bring it UP better. Since the fatigue will be systemic and not local.

Principle of Interdependence
The physical and psychical principles of training and nutrition, working and eating, expending and ingesting, do not exist independent of each other. They are functionally interdependent.

Yet, most of the fitness industry operates on mixing and matching various paradigms that are functionally and fundamentally divorced from each other. Yet applied together…such as high velocity training and low carb dieting for middle aged people with life long weight and body image struggles. You know what Im talking about coaches.

This leads to a diet that contradicts the training, training that contradicts the individual and an individual that contradicts the entire process.

(Now it doesn’t always follow this sequence, sometimes the individual is the one who contradicts for the sake of contradicting. Those clients should be shown the door with relentless necessity)

A Beginner Looking For The Best Program And Diet?
There are NO special exercises. Sorry.
There are NO special programs. Sorry.
There are NO special diets either. Sorry.
There are ONLY special coaches or special clients; special people.

And even then the battle will be fierce.
But it usually begins ad hoc.
And you need to win it a priori.

I never said it was going to be easy.


Arms on the preacher rack in front of you?

More Madness – A List Of Agonizing Ideas

Idea 1 – Pseudoscience of Mind Over Matter?
Physics constrains psychology, yes. You simply cannot positive-think or dream-desire your physique to a state of aesthetically refined enhancement. You need to engage in diligent work instead. To sweat, strain and drain. You cannot suspend belief in the mighty caloric equation either. You need to measure. To weigh, to count. But can psychology influence the physics of your biology? I think so. If you can think yourself into fatigue. If you can think yourself stronger, then I think you can make some of your genetic constraints for physique enhancement more malleable, more willing, more ready for diplomacy. And remove some of the roadblocks that hinder the expression of a specific fitness adaptation. Through thought.

Idea 1 – Training Is Harming?
Training is the pars destruens – the destructive part of the physical betterment plan. The way you break yourself down is the way you will find your body builds you back up. Training is a dose of a certain stimulus. The stimulus has a nature. It has a duration. An intensity. A deliverance modality. And then there is the mentality with which you strain; the above psychology influencing the physics of your biology. All of this creates a signature pattern of stress. A breakdown plan. And in the rubble of the workouts destruction, your body reads the instructions for construction. The pars construens.

Idea 1 – You Don’t Need A Barbell?
The straight bar is a stupid tool. Not a useless one, just a stupid one. Ideally the tool should conform to body, not the body to tool. The barbell is a remnant of our past simplistic mis-understanding of the importance of loading for physique alteration and re-creation. The focus on the external, the numerical, the count-able and the braggable. Your body is hopelessly asymmetrical. From the inside, where your right side diaphragm is almost 2/3rds as massive as your left side diaphragm, to the outside, where we are all functionally asymmetrical. Two dumb-bells will flow with the bodies natural twisting, torquing and turning rhythms and in my opinion, allow for more muscle tissue to be seduced, recruited and stimulated for each bout of repetitious effort.

Idea 1 – Idealizations Of Perfect Form Are Not Real? 
There is no ideal form or ideal posture or ideal patterns in the biological game of gravity. The idea that there are such ideals, assumes that a dynamic biology can fit itself snugly into our mathomechanical metaphor models of ideal biomechanical states. These are myths constructed by our aesthetic obsession with the purity of straight lines and linear thinking. The same ideals that won’t let us, not you or me, let go of the barbell. The same ideals that seek to find simplistic feed-forward causes and effects to explain physiological effects that are the result of a nexus and plethora of intersections of cause becoming effect and effect becoming cause.

Idea 1 – The Paradox Of Fitness?
Fitness isn’t a battle. It is a war. You are never going to find the comfortably numb point of ease. Never going to find that place where you can back off the hard effort and maintain your best physical self. You and I see the battle mind-set practically every day. And fitness pro’s are guilty of the same. Ricochet programming. Jumping from one program to another. From one system to the other. Diets follow the same pattern. Low carb to high fat, high this to low that. You also need to understand that there is no linearity in biology. The fitter you get, the more resistance to fitness inducing stimulus you create. Most people understand that, but cant apply the same reasoning when it comes to diet. The more times you diet per year, the more times you need to diet per year. Exactly why my Fission Fusion Method cycles not only caloric intakes, but cycles volumes and loads of mechanical, metabolic and technically challenging training stimuli.

With your body, variation is important. But too much creates novel redundancy. Too little creates abject despondency.

Can Art Save Fitness? And More Tidbits

 I never did get into this profession to “help” people, I should admit. I took to the field because I wanted to KNOW everything there is to know about the human body and the infinite interior of the human mind. To feed the most powerful craving of all – the craving for knowledge. And as far as helping people. That is a beautiful side effect that I am glad comes with the territory.

We Are All The Same AND We Are All Different, At Once
There is no exact right or wrong when it comes to the interpretation and methodological application of the observed principles of human functionality and response. This mathomechanical thinking, flimsily hid behind the veil of reason and logic, is the foundation upon which the boring, mundane, grey and dead fitness industry, IS that way. Averse to creativity, shielding itself from criticism using the imaginary powers of lab-coat worshipping “evidence based” thinkers. We humans are all as different from one another, as we are the same. Each person is a unique expression of the human project. The human project being a unique expression of the biological engine of creativity itself.

All the same essentially, but different at the same time fundamentally.

And the DIFFERENCES create the rules of individualization. Taking the essential block of human function and response, and carving it with the specific and uniquely sharpened chisel of individual need.

There is no mathematical formula that can predict the future functional state of a living biological being. And when linear mathomechanical thinking and thus logic and reason fail us, we see how biology, art and creative initiative can save us.

The Greatest Exercise Of All Time
If I had to pick just ONE. One only. Only one? I wouldn’t pick.

An exercise itself is nothing without considering its place in a workout. A workout is nothing without considering its place in a program. A program is nothing without considering where she, the trainee is coming from, where she is and where she wants to go. The key is context and nuance. They give relevance. And relevance explicates meaning. Context wipes the eyes of the haze of uncertainty and sharpens the solution finding apparatus of the coach. His mind, experience and foresight.

Each person is unique, though we are all the same. And that means each exercise means something for everyone, but that it also means something unique for that person. But it will not have the same magnitude of meaningful effect for two people in exactly the same way. BOTH situations need to be accounted for. The specific and the general.

Low Volume Training VS High Volume Training
Probably the most childish debate in the fitness world. And to imagine entire coaching niches have been built around both concepts just makes it all that much sillier. But lets move the entire situation into the realm of no context. Where we can see that BOTH are useful if cycled correctly. BOTH can provide their own unique stress signatures and BOTH can thus be beneficial for the trainee. So let’s end this adolescent bickering. Maintaining volume over time is to create stagnation. Playing with its highs and lows will add more cumulative benefit than sticking with either alone. As I’ve explained before, your body is adept at recognizing stress patterns. And any stress pattern maintained long enough will result in the creation of it’s own poison.

Result Do Not Happen At The Rate Your Mind Desires, They Happen At The Rate Your Body Allows
There is no clean linearity in biology. Your physical fitness progress will be a slow, heavy, drudging process. Testing the endurance of your patience. It will have micro-periods of linearly accelerative progress, punctuated with phases of near absolute stasis. A limbo of change. The stasis does NOT necessarily mean something needs to change in your program, because even when we interpret the body to be in stasis, it never is. As I’ve said before, you never train in the same body twice. The need to “change”  is a massively common misconception based on a very average understanding of cause and effect in complex adaptive bio-systems like you and I.

One common theme? That stasis usually seems to be followed by another period of accelerated change. Why? I’m still working out the exact description in my head, so you’re going to have to wait on that. But till then, stasis is better than regression. But to be honest, sometimes regression is best of all. My friend Kerry Hayes, an exceptionally intelligent Engineer, forged the thought into a beautiful metaphor. With some editing from myself, he put it this way, “Like driving a fast car, the greatest acceleration is measured from the point of origin. As you go faster and faster the acceleration decreases. With the phases of stasis, I am guessing your body needs to change gear to reach a higher top speed. Each gear change invokes moments of deceleration.”

The biology of fitness is everything you never expected. Twist your wrist as you slowly bring the dumbbell to.

Flip The Script

One day during his tenure as a professor, Albert Einstein was visited by a student. “The questions on this year’s exam are the same as last year’s!” the young man exclaimed. “Yes,” Einstein answered, “but this year all the answers are different.”

Metabolism Optimization Isn’t Just About Eating Better
Since life began, metabolism has been the never ending struggle between anabolic processes and catabolic processes, of energy intakes versus energy outputs. Both processes of a self-generating, self-healing, self-correcting and adapting system. Without one, there is no other. Therefore metabolic up-regulation is not and cannot be only about getting people to eat more, as the popular underground Ray Peat inspired metabolism-gurus have been persuading us to believe. And rightly so. But it has to ALSO be about training and exerting MORE. The energy IN verses energy OUT conduits must work in sync to heal and reestablish optimal metabolic functionality. Anabolism and catabolism are connected at the hip of metabolism, in the never ending dance of biological life.

Screw Sustainability It’s Hogwash
A training and feeding program needs to be sustainable to allow compliance? Something a client can actually do? Forever? Not so fast. When designing a program I consider what I can get my client to do, yes. AND what I can get them to eat. BUT that does NOT mean, you only give them what they LIKE to do and LIKE to eat or only what they can do or can eat. I’m looking for compliance. But compliance of what it will take to produce an alteration, not to sustain the comfort zone state. It is obviously what got them to have to need my help in the first place. I truly admire the modern fitness pros intention of  diet sustainability, but to be fair, the entire concept is hogwash. The fear of people not complying to protocol. A diet, like a training program has to be CHALLENGING – just not IMPOSSIBLE. The idea is that the challenge be, at the very least, slightly outside the clients comfort zone. You can’t aesthetically alter your physique without intellectually altering your mind. Take into account where they stand and where they WANT to go by doing what they NEED to do. When it comes to physique alteration, challenge, disturbance, instability creation and jolting the system is the very mechanism of change. Embrace it, use it and steer it.

Your Training Pattern Determines Your Adaptation Pattern
What your body does with your food depends on what you do with your body. The workout carves the path the calories must take. The path forged displays the obstacles, puzzles and challenges you faced during your sessions of  stress, strain and pain. In the gym and in life. And since the very “mechanism” of biological adaptation is stress, strain, pain, disturbance and instability inducement, realize that the type, pattern and nature of the challenge contains the exact and precise instruction set for the nature of the adaptation to come. Strain for duration and the adaptation is the endurance gestalt. Strain for power expression, mechanical tension or a mix of something in between and the adaptation is the power production gestalt. Each gestalt comes with it’s own set of positives and negatives. Now, you are free to choose the positives but only so long as you accept the negatives.

Everything comes with a price. But one expense may be more desirable than the other.