Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: Success, Gluten, and Saturated Fat

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Before we get to this week’s list of stuff to read I have a few “house cleaning” items to address.

1.  Cool news!  I had a video chat** with the guys over at the other day about the possibility of partnering with them to a greater extent in the near future on providing some programming content on their site.

Some of you may recall that I’ve done some work with in the past mostly of which consisted of me logging my own training sessions on their site (which is what they’re about in the first place).  But I also provided some of my own programming as well as helped to organize a little deadlift battle around this time last year which, not to brag or anything, made the Battle of Helms Deep in The Two Towers pale in comparison.

Looking into my crystal ball, and assuming things stay on course, it seems I’ll be back on board providing some killer content – specifically monthly programming – for their site soon.  So stay tuned for more details on thay front.

2.  Lastly, as I was going through my emails yesterday I noticed I received one from Laura over on informing me that I was named on their list of 50 Bloggers Making a Difference in Fitness, Health, and Happiness.


[Still waiting to be named to People Magazine’s Sexiest Strength Coaches]

It’s always an honor to be named to lists like this especially given the company I’ve been bundled with. Nevertheless, I just wanted to thank Greatist for their continued support and I encourage all of you reading to check out the list yourself as there’s bound to be some (new to you) people dropping some knowledge bombs.

My Success Is a Lie (How to Avoid Feeling Like a Fraud) – Nate Green

I thought this was a powerful piece of writing by Nate, and it’s topic that I feel is always on the back of most people’s minds.

People define success in different ways.  Not surprisingly, wealth is usually at the top of the list.  Some people gauge success by their sense of happiness and self worth; while others gauge it by how many times they went poop this morning.  Hey, I’m not here to judge.

I know there are times where I still feel like a fraud.  Despite being in this industry for a little over a decade, helping to run a successful business (Cressey Performance), continuing to build my own business/brand (Tony Gentilcore), and appearing in just about every major fitness publication, there are still times where I feel like I don’t know what the hell I’m doing or talking about.

Nate helps to shed some light on this topic, and I highly suggest giving it a look.

What the Hell is Gluten – Steve Kamb (

It seems you can’t walk more than ten feet nowadays in a grocery store without walking past some display, sign, or advertisement extolling that “x” product is GLUTEN FREE!

Speaking candidly:  while I understand that celiac disease is a real thing that real people suffer from – and it’s NO joke (it sucks donkey balls) – and too, while I understand that there are varying degrees of gluten intolerance, I still feel that this whole gluten craze has gotten a bit out of hand.  Nothing exemplifies my thoughts on this matter more than this cartoon that my friend, Leigh Peele, made:


Suffice to say:  there’s a lot of misinformation (not to mention a bit of overblown propaganda) when it comes to gluten.  You would think, after watching the nightly news or perusing Facebook that gluten was the worst thing since Hitler.

Thankfully Steve came through in the clutch and helps to set the record straight.

Our War on Fat Was a Huge Mistake – Kris Gunnars

I’m a visual learner, and this article – on top of providing some awesome commentary – has SIX graphs which essentially dispel many (if not all) of the LIES we were told back in the day on saturated fat being the root cause of  everything from heart disease to having a bad hair day.

For realz.

** = Just as an FYI:  Despite it being a video conference I did end up wearing pants.  You know, to keep it professional.

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