Review: Equinox High Performance Living Symposium ’14, Part II

If you’re looking for Part 1 of the review, it’s here.

Day 2:

When a conference says that the second day starts at 8 AM you don’t expect that to mean an hour of breakfast and 30 minutes of pre-recorded chatter from an equipment manufacturer. You don’t expect it because that’s a pretty shady way of making it sound like there’s more education than there really is.

High carb breakfast

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Review: Equinox High Performance Living Symposium ’14

Last weekend Beth and I attended the Equinox High Performance Living Symposium. Yes, the same Equinox that has been expanding and opening gyms in most of the major markets across the US. While this review may be more interesting to fitness pros and those considering attending a future event, for the general reader this is a small peak behind the curtain (and also a small peak into the mess inside my head).

I’m pretty sure I asked for digital presentation slides #notgoinggreen

I’m pretty sure I asked for digital presentation slides #notgoinggreen

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Mistakes Were Made: A Cautionary Tale For The Idiot In All Of Us

The plan itself was solid, but then… well, not so much at first, but then things started to break.

I was getting in shape for my wedding. We put together a 4 month training program and went to work. Everything was going great. I was going to be shredded. We planned our de-load phases perfectly. We de-loaded during conferences we were attending and a trip we were planning. It was majestic. Perfect planning over a 19 week period.

It’s easy to think that this was when things started going wrong:

Mayyyybe this happened because things were already going wrong

Mayyyybe this happened because things were already going wrong

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Deciphering Diets: Paleo

If you don’t know what the Paleo Diet is here’s a quick synopsis a la Wikipedia:

“The Paleolithic diet is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans. It is based on the premise that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, which marked the end of the Paleolithic era, around 15,000 years ago, and that modern humans are adapted to the diet of the Paleolithic period.


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How To Get It Up, Pt 1: A Primer for Your First Pull-Up

Nothing says you have basic competency with your own body like a strict pull-up. Sadly, many men and women are suffering from severe pull-up deficiencies, unable to raise their heads over a bar even one time. Even worse, some have given up hope that they will ever get it up.

If this is you, fear no longer. I have helped many people get it up. And by “it” I mean their heads. Wait, wait. By “it” I mean…

You know what? Let’s just get to the details.


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