Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 2/3/12

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I’m sitting here with my fingers crossed as I write this post because there are going to be some minor changes to the site shortly.

I know I’ve been talking about this for months now, but I’ve been working with my web designer, Jason Lengstorf and the crew over at Copter Labs, to give the site a little bit of a Bazinga factor – or face-lift, if you will – and if all goes according to plan you should all see the finished product at some point today.


NOTE:  It’s official, the new updates are live.

That said, while I sit here and wait, here are some great reads to check out from this past week.

The Pull-Up Manifesto – Todd Bumgardner

Todd’s a fellow contributor to, and an awesome strength coach/strong man competitor located near State College, PA. Having met Todd in person last year when he and his girlfriend came to CP for a few days, and exchanging emails with him routinely (we talk shop and argue about who’s more diesel:  Megatron or Soundwave?), he’s definitely someone I’ve become a huge fan of.

About two weeks ago, he sent me a preview of his Pull-Up Manifesto, which accordingly, I read in one sitting while hanging out at Panera on a Friday night (I know, party central).

In a word – awesome.  You should read it.

All you have to do is sign up for Todd’s newsletter (located on the right of his site) and you get it FREE.

The “Boring But Big” 3-Month Challenge – Jim Wendler

Arguably one of Wendler’s best articles, which is saying a lot.  Never to bullshit anyone, here, Jim outlines a basic – albeit very effective – program that will, you know, get you big-n-stuff.

Eat Like a Predator, Not Like Prey – J. Stanton

One of my clients sent this article to me after reading how Lisa and I are currently going through our own ‘Paleo’ experiment, and I have to say, it was refreshing considering how much people tend to get their panties up in a bunch arguing over semantics.

Less dogmatic, I like how this article allows a little more freedom compared to its predecessors.  Butter is allowed!  What what!  He also advocates supplements like vitamin D and fish oil. Hey, I like this guy – great minds think alike.

He also mentions that people should go out of their way to “play” and lift heavy things. I’m down with that.

A very informative and entertaining read that breaks everything down in an easy to follow format.  It ain’t rocket science people……Weight Watchers isn’t food.

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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Comments for This Entry

  • Neil

    Tony, I really enjoyed the article from J. Stanton as I am fascinated by the paleo diet and all the associated methods/guidelines. How has your paleo experiment been going and how do you go about consuming your carbohydrate sources? Do you eat them solely at breakfast and around your workouts?

    February 3, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply to this comment

  • Ray

    Your Paleo experiment Tony is going to make you change your habits forever. I know people like St. Pierre like eziekel bread and such but in reality, its just not optimal. I think your making the right move. Though not strict Paleo, full fat greek yogurt is fantastic btw. Have fun dominating bacon!

    February 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Copter Labs

    You're all set and installed, Tony! Your pretty face is all over this sumbitch, now. :)

    February 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply to this comment

  • r smith

    Tony, Loving the site. Very cool, sir. Regarding Paleo: Not closely following it, but I'm laying off Ezekiel for a month--been a week so far--and sticking pretty strictly to meat, eggs, veggies, coffee, yogurt and a wee-bit of peanut butter each day. (And, yes, a processed protein bar or two to get ratios where they need to be.) Feels good so far. Not much off from how I normally eat, but I figured I'd give it a try to see what I miss. RS

    February 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Will

    Just to chime in on the whole Paleo thing too, butter, play, no eziekel...all sounding very PRIMAL, as opposed to strict Paleo. It's my preferred...thing, for myself and my clients. Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf would be two sources, including their books, I think you'd really resonate with.

    February 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply to this comment

  • J. Stanton

    Tony: I'm glad you find ELAP inspiring! I agree that it isn't rocket surgery...if we needed an entire book to figure out how to eat, the human race would have died out long ago. As you're discovering, there are several different flavors of 'paleo': I call my approach 'functional paleo', and justify it in this article. You and your readers should feel free to ask me questions, either directly via email (hit the "Contact" page) or on the forums. I have a lot of knowledge that I haven't yet turned into articles -- and since I'm stronger on the nutrition side than the training side, I'm hoping to learn from people like yourselves. JS -

    February 4, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply to this comment

  • Donovan

    Diggin' the new scenery, man. Gotta flex a little more on the pose son! Great reads as always.

    February 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Lauren L

    Tonyyyyyy loving the new homepage. You're like a giant growing out of the sidebar.

    February 5, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply to this comment

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