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I’m an athlete who studies athletics. I’m a human trying to get better. My blog and podcast share what I’m learning.

Why I Work for Free

Since becoming the first (and only) additional member of Team 3D Muscle Journey (3DMJ) in in late 2015, many emailers and interviewers want to know how in the hell I pulled that off.

The full story is longwinded and you can find it in a previous podcast interview or two, but the short version is that I have spent enormous amounts of time performing work for free.— Read More…

“Finding” Self-Awareness Is Bullshit

I wish new ideas and concepts lasted longer for me.

I can go from never hearing about something, to thinking I’m an early adopter, to being immersed in it, to being slightly over it, to absolutely hating it with every shred of my existence.

The term “self awareness” is one of those things.

Sure, I agree that it’s one of the backbones of human existence. To “know thyself” is one of life’s greatest keys to progress and happiness.

(Ugh, sometimes the word “happiness” makes me wanna vomit, too.)

But unfortunately, because I’m personally so worn out of these cliche positive thinking terms, I find it almost unbearable to be around people who preach them.

How can you NOT know yourself?

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Maybe You Should NOT Be a Fitness Entrepreneur

The article below is the script I wrote myself before recording a piece of audio for a multi-guest episode of the Shredded By Science Podcast.

When the host of said episode requested us to come up with “the one fitness industry thing we wish would die in 2017”, I came up with what is written below.

For the full audio of that SBS Podcast episode, CLICK HERE. I am the first contributor, and my part is delivered within the first 15 minutes.— Read More…

Training for GRID Makes Me a Better Bodybuilder

I’ve talked about this many times on our 3DMJ podcast, but have never actually written out these ideas until now.

This article will serve as an update on my athletic progress as a bodybuilder after one year of not trying to be one.

SET UP CONTEXT: GOALS

About 13 months ago, I began working with my coach, David Charbonneau, in hopes of making it into the National Pro Grid League (NPGL) one day. And by “one day”, I mean sometime in the next 5 years.— Read More…