Mighty Cast 122: The Math of Weight Loss

Want to lose some weight? Before joining a diet cult, listen in. There’s nothing magical about weight loss. You don’t have to demonize carbs, fat, meat, sugar, alcohol or gluten. You don’t need to pledge allegiance to the Paleo gods. You just need a little math. “OH NO!” I hear you cry, “ANYTHING BUT MATH!!” Don’t worry, if you can balance your checkbook, you can understand the math of weight loss. And it’ll be infinitely easier than swearing off eggs, bacon and pancakes for the rest of your life. Listen in to learn the mathematical laws governing weight loss, and how to work with them instead of against them for predictable results you can count on every time. Enjoy! Related Videos (pop-up lightbox) Same Day Before & After Related Posts Mighty Cast 40: Fat Loss Tips Mighty Cast 38: Weight Loss Methods Mighty Cast 37: The Diet Review Related Products Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks I Think You’ll Find It’s a Bit More Complicated Than That How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading http://archive.org/download/MightyCast122TheMathOfWeightLoss/MightyCast-122-TheMathOfWeightLoss.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:33 —...

Living as a Warrior: Strength & Honor: 2014

This updated version of this old article of mine is dedicated to Chris Young. Chris is beginning the biggest battle of his life and I KNOW he will win!! Chris, I KNOW you have the intelligence, strength and power to not only defeat, but become STRONGER through your current battle!! I love you like a brother, man!! Being a warrior requires having a strategic path. It also means that to achieve your goal, you must be committed and change or adjust your activities to further that commitment to your goals. This goes for achieving a great lift, competing in your first meet, or pushing forward through chemo. “Not everyone will have the [guts] to take it. The warriors path is demanding and calls for its travelers to reorganize their actions, thoughts, feelings, and perceptions in ways that will make them different from most of the people around them” (Robert L. Spencer). We as powerlifters, and strength athletes are a minority in this fat and lazy culture. We think that everyone works out because we are always in gyms or at competitions where they surround us. Now, narrow down that sub-culture even more. How many of the people you see in your gym are actually training? What made Ed Coan a legend and the greatest powerlifting champion ever? Ed had a warrior mentality, planned out his workouts to the exact poundage, and utilized animal intensity when he trained. Yes you are right, genetics always play a role, but it was only through his intelligence and intense training that he was able to realize his full genetic potential. He seemed mysterious...

Your Own Relativity

I’m not sure that Einstein had this in mind when he came up with his “Special Theory of Relativity” in 1905. In fact to coin a current popular phrase I doubt he even lifted. He Didn’t Even Lift! The relativity I’m speaking of is your own reality as far as training is concerned. We are pack animals, when we enter any environment for the first time we observe to see where in the pack we are. If you’re an experienced trainer then you might look at the biggest, strongest guy and move down stream from there. If you’re a beginner then you might look for the skinniest kid first and move up from him. This is human nature, neither good nor bad, it’s just the way it is. You might well ask if this is the case then what concern is it of mine? Well Dear Reader, the concern is this; the environment you train in can have a huge impact on your progress. Where would YOU make the best progress? The local “Fitness First” where there’s a guy who can half Squat 200kg, but that one time he almost hit depth he barely got 120kg! Or my own little dungeon “Darkside Barbell of London” where even the beginners are Squatting 120kg for reps. The message here is that if you have access, any sort of access at all to a lifters gym then take advantage of it. When you train you will continue to compare yourself to others and move up or down the ranks accordingly. If you settle for the middle of the pack (just assuming) then the...

Next Mighty Cast

Just a quick note to remind listeners that the next episode of The Mighty Cast will be recorded when Nick returns from the States, probably in a couple of weeks and we’ll do our best to get it up as soon as possible. From then on we’ll be back to our usual once a week schedule.   Thanks for bearing with us. Chris...

Reacting to Setbacks

There are many reasons why individuals achieve a goal; great planning, action, and reacting to feedback and some of the biggies, but perhaps the biggest reason is how you react to setbacks, which in training terms usually means injuries.   From my observations most “normal” people get injured and react badly. Their reaction is often denial, they try to run through the pain, or they take some painkillers before each session rather than seeking professional advice and resting. Oftentimes the body will heal itself despite this less than optimal behaviour, but as many of you will know the injury can also worsen. With bad or persistent injuries there comes a time when you need to stop doing what’s hurting you and start recovering.    I bet he’d make a great physio – my Mrs is so going to kill me for this!   By the way recovering doesn’t mean sitting on the couch eating pizza and drinking beer while feeling sorry for yourself. YOU NEED TO BE ACTIVE IN YOUR OWN RECOVERY, not one of these tender-headed types who helplessly lays there saying “fix me please”.   If at this point you’re wonder which professional advice you should be seeking; I will now refer you to a passage in my book “The Mighty Method” which is available on this site.   Where to Get Rehab Advice From? I realise that I’m going off on a bit off a tangent here, but understanding who to go to for advice in this area could make or break you. In the UK it’s fairly simple; we have Physiotherapists who work in our National...

The Art of Weight Selection

The art of weight selection is one area where a good coach can be really helpful, and I realise that many of you don’t have the luxury of having Muscle Russell as your training partner, who is great at calling weights, therefore I will do my best to help with this Blog.   With beginner lifters life is relatively easy, if you hit a set of 5 reps in good form then increase the weight by 2.5-5kg. I don’t want you to miss any reps so you might only get 3 reps on this next set but that’s OK, next time you might get 4, or even 5, it’s all good.   Do you overestimate how much weight to use? Things become a little more complicated when the lifter becomes more experienced. For an intermediate lifter they might have some sessions where they’re aiming for sets of 3; when doing these sets I like the lifter to move up only if they’re 75% certain of success. A quick look at their journal will confirm how good or bad they are concerning this. Once again I don’t want any missed lifts at this stage.   The strange thing is that intermediate lifters often miss lifts, even those who come to Darkside. I think this is due to 2 main reasons. Firstly they get scared of the new weight, as soon as they feel this  weight self preservation kicks in and it all goes wrong. Conversely, they can miss due to having a low work capacity. Advanced lifters will time their psyche to specific lifts whereas the intermediate lifter often gets too keyed up as the...