Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 9/5/14

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You know the saying  “the calm before the storm?”  Yeah, well I’m experiencing the opposite of that right now.

I leave for London in the middle of next week for mine and Dean Somerset’s 2-day workshop, and while I’m super excited for my first trip to Europe – Note to self: DO NOT, for the love of all you can eat buffets, forget your passport!! – I’m not super excited about all the work that needs to be done before I leave.  Programs need to be written, article deadlines, so on and so forth.

Instead of the calm before the storm, it’s more like the maelstrom of chaos before the epic shit-storm.

Alas, it’s the epitome of a first world problem. Oh, woe is me:  I’m going to Europe next week and I have a lot of things to get done before I leave. Boo-hoo. Next thing you know I’ll be complaining about knee space and getting into a fist fight on my flight over because someone has the audacity to recline their seat.

Seems to be a lot of that going around lately…..;o)

Oh, before I forget. Speaking of mine and Dean’s workshop, the early bird special for our event in Washington, DC in October ends this weekend. After this Sunday (Sept 7th) the price jumps $100. That’s money you could be saving for a date night, gas, or, I don’t know, The Tower of Orthanc LEGO set.  Hey, I’m not judging.

Dean and I feel this workshop is a perfect fit for any coach or trainer (or serious fitness enthusiast) who’s looking to take his or her skill-set with regards to assessment, program design, and coaching to the next level. We purposely cap the total number of attendees to a few dozen because we prefer to keep the setting as personal and intimate as possible.

Don’t worry, there’s no Sade or candlelights involved.

You can click on the link below to find out more information as well as to register (and take advantage of the early bird discount).

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Lets get to this week’s list.

Nutrition Debate: Are Eggs Good For You? – Dr. Mike Roussell

It’s always an adventure whenever Lisa and I go out for brunch. Almost always I’ll inevitably order an omelet, and sometimes, just to see the reaction of the server, I’ll DOUBLE my order.

Server: “That’s six eggs sir, which is a lot. Are you sure?”

Me:  “Hmmm, you’re right.  Better triple that order.”

I have to chuckle to myself that ordering six eggs is somehow considered “a lot” of food and that it merits Man vs. Food kind of reaction.  It’s not really that much.

One egg = 60 kcals

Six eggs = 360 kcals, in addition to whatever accoutrements or sides I decide to toss in (a litrle cheese, some bacon, onions, etc).

Compare that to the traditional pile of pancakes, French toast, or waffles that most people order which can easily tally up to 800-1000+ kcals.

Even funnier is when I go through the line at the grocery store and the cashier shows concern over my cholesterol levels because I have four cartons of eggs in my cart.  Mind you, they never say anything to the person a head of me who’s cart is full of chips, cookies, mac-n-cheese, and other processed garbage.

Anyways, I LOVE articles like this which help explain that eggs – whole eggs, none of this egg white crap – are one of the most nutritious and healthy foods out there.  And even if you don’t agree with that assertion, at the very least, it helps dispel many common myths.

A Woman’s Worth – Molly Galbraith

To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Girls Gone Strong, Molly gets a little personal and shares her story of struggling with self-esteem and trying to “fit the mold” of what society deems is the ideal female body type.

In reality it’s all BS.

Humbling Exercises for the Egotistical Lifter – Chad Rodgers

There’s without a doubt a spectrum of exercises that I range from “oh, that’s cute” to “OMFG I hate life.”

The guys over at Show Me Strength break down some exercises that, if you’re up for it, will make you lean towards the latter.


T-Nation recently released their list of 22 Best Deadlifting Articles. I’m honored to have three of my own on that list (and Eric has four, always the one-upper!!).

If you happen to have a hankering for deadlifts, this would be a great start.

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