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The James Bond Shower: A Shot of Cold Water for Health and Vitality

As a kid, I was a big James Bond fan. Saw all the movies and read all the books. One thing I noticed about the book version of James Bond was that every time he took a shower, he would start off with the water nice and hot, and then turn it down to cold for the last few minutes. Perhaps this little detail of Bond’s personal bathing regimen was a subtle way for Ian Fleming to illustrate Bond’s Scottish ancestry, as this type of shower is commonly known as a “Scottish Shower.” Who knows. Being a...
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Podcast #508: Break Out of Your Cage and Stop Being a Human Zoo Animal

The human body is capable of doing a wide variety of movements, in a variety of environments. But my guest today argues that most modern people only do a few movements each day, commonly find themselves stuck in sterile surroundings, and that these confinements are sapping our physical and psychological health. His name is Erwan Le Corre and he’s the founder of the MovNat physical fitness system and the author of the book The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, and Freedom. T...
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How to Build a Home Gym on the Cheap

Let me replay you the typical situation you find yourself in every time you go to your commercial gym. You wake up or get home from the office, change into your workout clothes, pack all of the stuff you need (supplements, shoes, protein shaker, etc.) into your gym bag and head out the door. You jump into your car, and, like many living in a crowded urban environment, hit traffic a couple minutes into your commute. You sit, waiting for cars to dissipate so you can accomplish the grand goal you’...
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Why I Deadlift With My Feet So Close Together

Whenever I post a video of me deadlifting on Instagram, I get bombarded with questions asking why my feet are so close together. A few years ago, my coach, Matt Reynolds, changed my stance width, toe angle, and how I set my back to help me lift the most amount of weight. To answer all those questions that I get about why my feet are so close together, I decided to come out of YouTube hibernation and make a video with Matt explaining why I deadlift the way I do.  With these deadlift adjustmen...
Tags: Life, Weightlifting, Strength, Matt, Matt Reynolds, Health & Sports, Barbell


Should You Lift Weights Before Doing Cardio? Or Do Cardio Before Weights?

You’re a busy man. So when you work out, you aim to get in both strength training and cardio exercise in a single session. But should you do weights or cardio first? To help me answer that question, I talked to my barbell coach, Matt Reynolds . His answer? For most people, it’s best to lift weights before doing cardio. For why, read on. Why You Should Lift Weights Before Doing Cardio To get stronger, you want to lift the most weight possible during a workout. But when you do ...
Tags: Fitness, Life, Weightlifting, Cardio, Matt, Matt Reynolds, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Health & Sports


Podcast #484: A Man’s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring

If you’ve never been in a fight before, have you ever wondered how you’d respond to getting punched in the face? My guest today found the experience pretty delightful. Which is all the more surprising given that he’d lived more than three decades of his life as a self-described pacifist, who abhorred violence, thought fighting was barbaric, and feared he was a coward. His name is Josh Rosenblatt, and he’s the author of Why We Fight: One Man’s Search For Meaning Inside the Ring, which describe...
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Podcast #483: What Really Works for Exercise Recovery?

In the past few years, sports recovery has become a big business. Elite athletes and weekend warriors alike are spending lots of time and money on things like cryotherapy, float tanks, foam rolling, and supplements in order to feel better, push themselves harder, and gain an edge over the competition. But does any of this stuff actually do anything?  My guest today spent a year investigating the science of exercise recovery. Her name is Christie Aschwanden and she’s the author of Good to G...
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Can a Hot Toddy Cure Your Cold?

There are many home remedies out there that purport to help you feel better when you’ve got the cold or flu, from eating chicken noodle soup to drinking glasses of OJ. But perhaps no folk tonic is more enjoyable to partake of than the hot toddy. Traditionally made with whiskey, hot water, lemon, and honey, this warm, comforting cocktail remains firmly entrenched in some people’s psyches as being a miracle cure for sniffles and coughs. The question is: Does it really work? Might you even us...
Tags: Wellness, Life, Alcohol, Food & Drink, Mike, Health & Sports, Herbal Tea Toddy Boost


Podcast #476: Are Modern People the Most Exhausted in History?

People often complain about being tired and burnt out these days from work and family responsibilities. We think it’s because of the way technology has sped up the pace of life, and the way we’re always “on,” and figure we’re living in the most exhausting age in history. But are we really? My guest today argues that, no, people have been complaining about being tired since at least antiquity. Her name is Anna Schaffner and she’s written a book called Exhaustion: A History, which traces the fa...
Tags: Wellness, Podcast, Sleep, Life, Depression, Anxiety, Dante, Freud, Health & Sports, Brilliant Earth, BrilliantEarth, Podcast Sponsors Brilliant Earth, Anna Schaffner


Podcast #475: How to Lose Weight, and Keep It Off Forever

If you’re like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve likely made it a goal to lose some weight this year. But if you’re also like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve made that goal before, maybe even succeeded with it, but have had to make it again because you gained all the weight back. My guest today argues that losing weight is actually pretty easy. The real trick is keeping it off. His name is Layne Norton. He’s a professional bodybuilder, powerlifter, and doctor of nu...
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Outfitted & Equipped: Brett’s Weightlifting Workout

Whenever I post videos of me lifting on AoM’s Instagram account , I get a lot of questions about the gear and clothing I use while training. To satiate this interest, I figured I’d answer all those questions in one fell swoop by doing an “Outfitted and Equipped” of my entire workout get-up. These are the things that I use and have found success with; your mileage may vary. Everyday Items 0. Old School Labs Vintage Blast Pre-Workout. About 30 minutes before training, I drink some Old Sc...
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How to Jump Rope Like a Boxer

When you think about boxers’ workouts — when you mentally run through all the real life preparation they put in before a fight, as well as all the cinematic training montages you can remember — one exercise probably comes most readily to mind: jumping rope. Boxers, from bare-knuckle brawlers like John L. Sullivan to modern champs like Manny Pacquiao, have indeed made jumping rope a big part of their training regimens throughout the long history of the sweet science. And with good reason: the b...
Tags: Fitness, Life, Sports, Alabama, Marine, Boxing, Manny Pacquiao, Cardio, Everlast, Lee, Wilder, Pacquiao, Deas, Jack Dempsey, Health & Sports, John L Sullivan


Podcast #460: The Eat, Sweat, Thrive Protocol for Tactical Athletes

First responders and members of the military have physically and mentally demanding jobs. To tackle those jobs effectively, they need to be in shape physically and mentally. But most first responders have erratic schedules that make working out difficult, so that many don’t, and consequently suffer from injuries and poor health. My guest today is a former Navy SEAL on a mission to solve that problem. His name is Adam La Reau, and he’s the founder of O2X, an organization dedicated to training ...
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Take the Simple Test That Can Predict Your Mortality

Quick. Sit down on the floor. Now, can you rise to a standing position without using your hands? No? I’m sorry to break it to you, but your chance of dying is substantially higher compared to someone who can. At least that’s what a series of studies done by Brazilian physician Claudio Gil Araujo seem to suggest. How Sitting Down and Standing Up Can Predict Your Mortality As people get older, balance, flexibility, and strength all decrease. Picking things up off the floor, ...
Tags: Wellness, Fitness, Life, Strength, Araujo, Health & Sports, Danny Clark, Morrie, Claudio Gil Araujo, Wowzer Araujo


Chugging Your Protein: It’s Whey Easier Than You Think

If you’re serious about working out and weight training, you need to be serious about your protein consumption. Protein provides the amino acids your muscles need to rebuild and get stronger after a training session. It also helps you feel satiated, which is useful when you’re trying to lose weight. As a general guideline, active folks should aim to get .5 to .8 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day. If you’re doing really intense barbell training, shoot for .8 to 1 gram of pr...
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Why Every Young Man Should Play a Team Sport

Some of my best memories from my childhood and teenage years involve my participation in team sports. I played baseball and basketball during elementary and middle school, and football all through high school. The funny thing is, the scenes that stick out to me the most from these experiences aren’t specific plays or key moments in a game (though I do have a few special memories of this type). Rather, I mainly think about the camaraderie and sense of belonging that being on a team gave me as a ...
Tags: Life, Sports, Kate, Fatherhood, Dad, Gus, Theodore Roosevelt, Health & Sports, Relationships & Family, Lionel Tiger, Jack Donovan, Intra Inter Competition A


How to Breathe When Lifting Weights

When I started lifting weights back in high school, I was told that the proper way to breathe when doing it was to inhale while going down on the lift, and to exhale on the way up. So when I squatted, I’d breathe in while I lowered my thighs to parallel to the ground, and breathe out as I rose up and straightened my legs out again. I was told that it was important to breathe like this because it ensured my blood pressure didn’t get too high while hoisting all that weight, thus preventing m...
Tags: Fitness, Life, Matt, Matt Reynolds, Health & Sports, Mark Rippetoe, Eugen Sandow, Jonathon Sullivan, Steph Bradford


The Advantages of a High-Carb/Low-Fat Diet

  Welcome back to our two-part series that seeks to redeem a much-maligned macronutrient: carbohydrates. In our previous article, we took a look at the pervasive idea that carbs in and of themselves make you fat and highlighted research which shows that instead, it’s excess calories — whether they come from fat, carbs, or protein — that packs on the pounds. It’s entirely possible to lose body fat while eating a high-carb/low-fat diet. As long as you’re burning more calories than you’re consuming...
Tags: Nutrition, Life, Crossfit, Steve, ADP, ATP, Burke, Chris Carmichael, Phinney, Volek, Health & Sports, Robert Santana, Stephen Phinney, Jim Rutberg


Keep Moving

When Kate was in her mid-20s, she noticed that her beloved nana was starting to slow down and get more frail. Having heard that studies had shown that taking just a short walk a day could help the elderly stay healthy and avoid disability, and wanting Nana to stick around as long as possible, Kate often encouraged her to take regular strolls — advice which, to Kate’s frustration, she rarely took. “It’s so easy to take a short walk,” Kate would muse to me. “I wonder why she doesn’t do it?” Fast ...
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Why Carbs Don’t Make You Fat

For the past ten years, carbohydrates have been labeled as public health enemy number one by many popular diet books, websites, and health gurus. They have been thoroughly excoriated as almost single-handedly causing the obesity epidemic in the West. This actually isn’t the first time carbs have had a target on them. The food group has been a perennial nutrition punching bag since the 19th century. The phenomenon of low-carb dieting goes all the way back to 1863, when it was called “banting” af...
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JFK on the Dangers of Americans Getting Soft

Editor’s note: On December 26, 1960, Sports Illustrated published “The Soft American” by John F. Kennedy, in which the then president-elect outlined his concern over the deteriorating physical condition of Americans, argued for the importance of fitness in developing the potential of the “whole man” and the future health of the country, and detailed his plan to make fitness a focus during his administration. JFK lived up to his word, promoting a life of “vig-ah” in general and the “50-Mile Marc...
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Podcast #415: Forging Mental Strength Through Physical Strength

When you start a fitness program, you tend to spend most of your time thinking about the physical part — what movements you’re going to do, how much weight you’re going to lift, or how far you’re going to run. But my guest today argues we ignore the mental aspect of our training at our peril. His name is Bobby Maximus. He’s a world-renowned trainer known for his brutal circuit workouts and the author of the new book Maximus Body. Today on the show Bobby and I dig into the psychology of...
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The Complete Library of Rocky Training Exercises

The best part of many action/superhero/sports films is arguably the training montage scene, in which we get to see, in compressed time, the protagonist prepare to do battle with his opponent. There’s something incredibly inspiring, and thumos-inflaming, about seeing a man transform from clumsy and out-of-shape, to skilled and fit. It’s a potent symbol of the kind of metamorphosis we all often hope to make in our lives. Of all the cinematic training montage scenes that have ever been, those from...
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Train Like Rocky: Every Exercise From Every Montage

The best part of many action/superhero/sports films is arguably the training montage scene, in which we get to see, in compressed time, the protagonist prepare to do battle with his opponent. There’s something incredibly inspiring, and thumos-inflaming, about seeing a man transform from clumsy and out-of-shape, to skilled and fit. It’s a potent symbol of the kind of metamorphosis we all often hope to make in our lives. Of all the cinematic training montage scenes that have ever been, those from...
Tags: Fitness, Life, UPS, United States, Creed, Joe Frazier, Philly, Rocky, Soviet Union, Rocky Balboa, Balboa, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago, Drago, Health & Sports


Podcast #391: Micronutrients, Genetics, and Preventing Age-Related Diseases

When you think about diet and nutrition, you probably think about carbs, proteins, and fats. These macronutrients play a huge role in athletic performance and whether you gain or lose weight. But food is also full of micronutrients that are vital for your health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, most people overlook micronutrients, and consequently are deficient in them. My guest today has spent her career researching the ill effects of micronutrient deficiencies and what you can do to optimiz...
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Podcast #391: How to Optimize Your Body With Micronutrients, Genetic Nutrition, and Intentional Stress

When you think about diet and nutrition, you probably think about carbs, proteins, and fats. These macronutrients play a huge role in athletic performance and whether you gain or lose weight. But food is also full of micronutrients that are vital for your health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, most people overlook micronutrients, and consequently are deficient in them. My guest today has spent her career researching the ill effects of micronutrient deficiencies and what you can do to optimiz...
Tags: Nutrition, Life, Rhonda, Spotify Spotify, Scott Carney, Health & Sports, Bruce Ames, Rhonda Patrick, YouTube Listen, Real Science of Nutrition and Supplements Diet, Rhonda Rhonda, Facebook Rhonda


How to Fall Asleep in 2 Minutes or Less

Have you ever unexpectedly found yourself with a snatch of time in which to steal a nap? You tried to settle into the chair or nook in which you found yourself, closed your eyes, and then . . . you just sat there, drowsy but awake. Despite feeling quite tired, you couldn’t fall asleep, and soon the time was up before you had gotten in so much as a wink. Talk about frustrating! Not only did you not get to nap, you didn’t do anything else either; if you weren’t going to fall asleep, you could hav...
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When Can Kids Start Lifting Weights?

Maybe you’ve been following a barbell training program for a while now. Maybe you do your workouts in a garage gym at home, and your curious kids have been hanging out with you while you exercise and cheering you on for getting swol. Maybe they’ve even wanted to imitate you, and would like to start lifting weights just like Dad. You start letting them hoist an empty bar a few times, and they feel like they’re ready for more. But your wife catches wind of what you and the gang have been up to an...
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When Can Children Start Lifting Weights?

Maybe you’ve been following a barbell training program for a while now. Maybe you do your workouts in a garage gym at home, and your curious kids have been hanging out with you while you exercise and cheering you on for getting swol. Maybe they’ve even wanted to imitate you, and would like to start lifting weights just like Dad. You start letting them hoist an empty bar a few times, and they feel like they’re ready for more. But your wife catches wind of what you and the gang have been up to an...
Tags: Fitness, Life, Fatherhood, Tanner, American College of Sports Medicine, Health & Sports, Relationships & Family, Chris Duffin, Feigenbaum, Jordan Feigenbaum, Baraki, Austin Baraki, Barbell Medicine, Tanner Puberty Scale When


Is It Safe for Kids to Lift Weights?

Maybe you’ve been following a barbell training program for a while now. Maybe you do your workouts in a garage gym at home, and your curious kids have been hanging out with you while you exercise and cheering you on for getting swol. Maybe they’ve even wanted to imitate you, and would like to start lifting weights just like Dad. You start letting them hoist an empty bar a few times, and they feel like they’re ready for more. But your wife catches wind of what you and the gang have been up to an...
Tags: Fitness, Life, Fatherhood, Tanner, American College of Sports Medicine, Health & Sports, Relationships & Family, Chris Duffin, Feigenbaum, Jordan Feigenbaum, Baraki, Austin Baraki, Barbell Medicine, Tanner Puberty Scale When