Monthly Archives: March 2014

What Stronglifts 5×5 Failure Looks Like

Mehdi, the guy behind the Stronglifts 5×5 program that I’ve been using shared this video of what it looked like when he failed his squat sets.

I know the feeling.  As I’ve gotten higher and higher in weight with the various movements, I’ve encountered failure more and more.  It only makes sense, because the body’s capacity to deal with progressive increases in weight is finite.

The Stronglifts 5×5 protocol for dealing with failure is to try again with the same weight during the next session.  If you fail again, you still try one more time the following session.  If you fail that time, then that’s your body’s way of telling you that you need more time to recover, so you should deload by 10% of the weight.… Read More

Bulletproof Travel Mug Review

BP Travel Mug 1Bulletproof Travel Mug Review

I know that I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m a big fan of Dave Asprey, The Bulletproof Exec, so when he came out with this travel mug I was pretty excited.

His whole thing is that he only recommends products that he personally believes in and uses, in fact he stakes his reputation on it.  If he can’t find a product that meets his requirements, then he goes ahead and manufactures it himself at a quality that meets his specifications.

Because he is so anal about the quality of his products and has such stringent requirements, he charges a premium for his products.… Read More

Ketonix Review


Ketonix Review

I picked up the Ketonix Acetone Breathalyzer a little over a month ago and have been playing with it ever since.  I wanted to know how accurate it was in detecting ketosis compared to the current gold standard, which are blood levels of beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHBA). I purchased this device directly from the source at based out of Sweden. The system I use to test my blood levels of BHOB is the Precision Xtra Blood Glucose and Ketone Meter (if you want to find out where to pick up strips for this you can check out this post).… Read More

Carb Back-Loading Results After 4 Weeks

CBLCarb Back-Loading Results After 4 Weeks

Carb Back-Loading (CBL) is John Kiefer’s variation on a targeted ketogenic diet in which a large load of carbs are only eaten after heavy resistance training (optimally in the afternoon).  This theoretically takes advantage of the body’s hormonal and metabolic response to stimulate muscle cell growth while at the same time increasing the breakdown of fat cells.  You can read more about the basics of this approach from my review of the book.


Burn fat while increasing muscle mass and strength.… Read More

Carb Back-Loading Pearls and Criticism

CBLCarb Back-Loading Pearls and Criticism


Listened to the most recent podcast with Kiefer on the Optimal Health Show with a fantastic summary of Carb Back-Loading and a great discussion on the science behind it with info that wasn’t included in the book itself.

Some of the pearls and nuggets dropped:

  • When keeping insulin at low levels in the first half of the day, this activates the enzyme hormone sensitive lipase in fat cells which allows them to release more fat and deactivates the enzyme lipoprotein lipase which prevents fat cells from storing fat.  I know he’s referenced these enzymes in both Carb Nite and Carb Back-Loading but never really mentioned their names.
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Cold Thermogenesis in Antarctica

Polar plunge 1

One of the traditions for folks traveling to Antarctica is the ‘Polar Plunge’ in which you take a swim in the frigid waters.  That’s me on the left taking part in this tradition… and it only counts if you get your head all the way in the water, which I did.

The water was as cold as you imagine it can be… and it took me a good 15 minutes until I could feel my toes again.

I like this picture because it also shows you what a normal person is wearing.  The woman on the right is wearing what we all wore before stripping down into our swim trunks… thermal underwear, a layer of fleece, a layer of down, and then a waterproof thick jacket and pants on top of that along with gloves and beanies and two layers of wool socks.… Read More

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