Minimalism and the Sunk Cost Fallacy

Minimalism and the Sunk Cost Fallacy

This is a short discussion about a simple misconception that most people have about selling an item that you no longer need for a loss.  Most of us, me included, often have some discomfort in doing this, but it is mainly because we fall prey to the Sunk Cost Fallacy.   Understanding the Sunk Cost Fallacy will help you to resolve this discomfort and more easily […]

Weight Training Loading Schemes and Their Applications

Weight Training Loading Schemes and Their Applications

1. Ramping up (starting light and going heavier each set, and doing the same number of repetitions per set).   The first few sets are essentially warm up sets. The last 2 sets are where the work is done. This method is best if you are doing singles to triples, basically working up to a heavy attempt. Probably great for skill based lifts too (Olympic lifts) […]

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Seeking Happiness……You’re Doing it Wrong

Seeking Happiness……You’re Doing it Wrong

I have been reading Seneca’s letters to Lucillius lately and today’s letter was a good one.  Even though Seneca lived 2,000 years ago, his thoughts are as relevant today as they were then.  Today’s letter focused on living by “nature” versus living by “opinion.” (natural versus opinion related needs) One of the central themes of Stoic philosophy is to live in accordance with nature.  The […]

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Plain Living of the Stoics, the Original Minimalists

Plain Living of the Stoics, the Original Minimalists

The idea that minimalism is self-deprivation is, I believe, incorrect.  Self-deprivation has been around for millennia, starting with the ancient ascetics who owned nothing but a threadbare wrap and a begging bowl.  The idea was to give up everything and to suffer, to use suffering as a way to enlightenment.  Suffering is not the point of minimalism.  What good is minimalism if it does not […]

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Filter Your Way to Minimalism

Filter Your Way to Minimalism

A filter is an object that is used to separate things.  You push stuff through a filter and some goes through and some gets filtered out.  What gets filtered out depends on the filter.  It occurred to me the other day that this is a good analogy for how I went about getting rid of about 95% of what I owned. I started with a […]

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Dietary Protein and Muscle Hypertrophy

Dietary Protein and Muscle Hypertrophy

This video lecture is based on a recent review of the scientific literature on dietary protein and muscle hypertrophy, which is available in full text for free here.  Much of what is currently practiced by the drug free bodybuilding community is supported by the research review, but the authors do propose one new novel hypothesis, which could impact current practices.  Their new hypothesis is compelling […]

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Ruck Training: Science, Some Observations, and a Template for Training

Ruck Training:  Science, Some Observations, and a Template for Training

This video summarizes a NATO report on the science of load bearing marches.  I also provide some additional observations and lay out a basic ruck training program based on the science.  

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Omega 6 to Omega 3 fat Ratio and Inflammation

Omega 6 to Omega 3 fat Ratio and Inflammation

This is a short lecture explaining how the omega 6 to omega 3 ratio may impact inflammation.  It also provides a bit of contradictory evidence and makes a couple of simple recommendations.  

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Complementary Proteins: Why you don’t need complete proteins at every meal.

Complementary Proteins:  Why you don’t need complete proteins at every meal.

This short lecture explains why the old bodybuilding myth that you need to eat complete proteins at every meal or you compromise protein synthesis is false.  This is a really short one with a relatively simple explanation.  This is especially relevant for vegan athletes.

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Lipoprotien Metabolism: Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Lipoprotien Metabolism:  Cholesterol and Triglycerides

This is an overview of how cholesterol particles and chylomicrons (lipoproteins) are metabolized.  It includes both the endogenous and exogenous pathways.  

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