Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: The Day Before My Birthday Edition

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That’s right, it’s the day before my birthday. For the record, I wear a size 10.5 shoe, large t-shirts (okay whatever, smedium), and if you’re looking for any other gift ideas, I’ve been eye-balling the Star Wars collection on blu-ray.

…..I also take gift cards.

Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a birthday person.  I mean, I’m one of seven BILLION people in this world, so who am I to think that November 30th is somehow a bigger deal than any other day throughout the year? Come to think of it, though, I do share a birthday with Bo Jackson – so that’s pretty baller.

Nevertheless, tomorrow I turn 35.  35!  To put that into perspective, 20 years ago Goodfellas came out in theaters (but Silence of the Lambs won Best Picture.  Bullshit!), The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was my favorite television show (Blossom was a close second), and I was totally performing my fair share of bicep curls while listening to Gonna Make You Sweat by C+C Music Factory.

In a way, I guess you could say I was pretty awesome for a 15 year old.

Okay, enough with the walking down memory lane business – I’m sure this is just thrilling to everyone reading. Anyways, here’s some stuff to check out that I felt were fantastic reads from this past week!

Core Power, with a Twist – by Tonge Mccor Erotempo of Econazole

For those wondering who the hell Tonge Mccor Erotempo of Econzole is – that’s me; albeit it’s my Star Wars name. Go a head and click the link.  Don’t pretend you don’t want to know what yours is as well.

If you turn to page 57 of this month’s issue of Men’s Health (the one pictured above), you’ll see a quick 15-Minute workout I wrote.  Sorry there’s no link, so you’ll have to visit your local CVS.  That is all.

The Real Reasons You Should Exercise – by Ericka Hurst

This blog post was sent to me by my internet buddy, Juliet, because she felt it would be something I’d think was pretty badass.  And she was right!

I’ve always been curious as to why, when a woman is seen training her butt off in the gym, she’ll inevitably be approached by someone asking “so, uh, what are you training for, a competition or something?”  My girlfriend gets interrupted all the time during her training sessions by either personal trainers or random gym patrons asking her about her program (which I write). She doesn’t mind or anything, and she’ll answer their questions, but it’s funny to think that just because she’s performing a heavy set of deadlifts followed by kettlebell swings automatically means she’s stepping on stage next week.

Why can’t a woman train just to train?

I love Ericka’s comment:  I workout because being weak and mediocre sucks!

Right on!

New Cholesterol Guidelines:  Utter Madness – by Jonny Bowden

Anyone who’s been reading my blog for a while knows my thoughts on cholesterol. I think it’s been wrongly demonized, and feel that the lay public is woefully misinformed.

Here, Jonny Bowden responds to the news that The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has issued new guidelines on cholesterol, and now advise screening for all children between the ages of 9-11.

I’ll let Jonny take over from here, but suffice it to say, I couldn’t agree more that this is setting a very, very, very dangerous precedent.

How a Chubby Trainer Became the “Go To” Guy Among Dozens of Hardbodies – by John Izzo

I’ve always appreciated John’s perspective on things, because he doesn’t sugar coat anything. If you’re an upcoming trainer or coach, you’d be remiss not to read this excellent post. At the end of the day, it comes down to something Mike Boyle has stated numerous times:  no one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Did what you just read make your day? Ruin it? Either way, you should share it with your friends and/or comment below.

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Plus, get a copy of Tony’s Pick Things Up, a quick-tip guide to everything deadlift-related. See his butt? Yeah. It’s good. You should probably listen to him if you have any hope of getting a butt that good.

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  • Dan

    Be sure to click on “the primal butt” link in Ericka’s blog….great pic, er…..article, great article!!

  • Thanks so much for the link! ..and happy early birthday!!

  • Damon Brobst

    Great Stuff Tony! I really enjoyed reading John Izzo’s post, thanks for the link.

  • Juliet

    High five internet buddy. Good stuff. I’m stoked to read the cholesterol guidelines and that last link. On that note, I am going to go pretend to work.

    OH! And happy birthday. Enjoy the dead animal flesh I’m guessing you’ll be celebrating with!

  • Barath

    Happy Birthday Tony!

  • ‘House’ of Fitness

    Dude! That is Erika Hurst, and She Rocks!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the heads up! I tried to find her last name on the blog, but couldn’t. Already made the fix.

  • Nock


    your first link on “Core Power…..” doesn’t have the hyperlink set up properly. Just F.Y.I.

    • Anonymous

      Nock –

      There isn’t supposed to be a link because it’s only in the print mag (I believe).

  • R Smith


    Eager to read the MH piece. I have a date with the bookstore later today. AND the blog by Ericka is, so far, my read of the day. Just…dayum!

    Also, it was great to hear an NPR commentator deride Chik-Fil-A for going after the “Eat More Kale” folks on my way to the gym this morning. I believe the line was, “Yeah, whenever I reach for kale, I often worry about confusing it with chicken.”

  • Dwalk

    debate about cholesterol at work today with people who refuse to believe that it is not the evil bastard of heart disease, lasted until I brought up all my evidence and studies ( some from your site ) and not another word was said about it

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