What’s up everybody?
This post will kick off a new segment of my blog: at the end of every month I will send out links to all the interesting podcasts, books, documentaries, articles, music, movies, and performances that I checked out throughout the previous 4 weeks and that inspired me in some way, shape or form.
I’ve been doing this for my clients via email the last few months, and I thought that it would be cool to share this stuff with all of you as well.
One of the characteristics that I feel distinguishes me from others in the health and fitness industry is that I have a very broad definition of “wellness.”
Continue reading “Mental Muscle: September 2017”
It was the summer of 1996.
Jay-Z’s first album, Reasonable Doubt, had just been released, Michael Jordan had just won his fourth NBA championship, and Bill Clinton still knew the definition of the word “is.”
I was ten years old and my family headed to Miami Beach’s Eden Roc resort for one of my father’s biennial conferences for the Cuban American Medical Association.
For him this meant 3 days of lectures, meetings and glitzy dinners; for my sister and I this meant 3 days of unadulterated “fun in the sun.”
We’d get up early and hit the buffet around 8 or 9 am, then spend the rest of the day at the beach and the pool, playing games and horsing around with the many friends we had made with the other doctors’ kids.
Continue reading “Muscle Soreness Vs. Muscle Fatigue”
I recently discussed The Law of Diminishing Returns in regard to training in an Instagram post about a week ago.
Basically, this economic principle refers to the point in which the benefit gained from something ceases to outweigh the investment (time, energy, money, etc.) required to accrue that benefit.
If you are new to training, it doesn’t take much to get results: just lift 2-3 days per week and focus on 3-4 exercises per session, consisting of full body, compound movements.
A simple workout of 2-3 sets of squats, dumbbell press, and rows can elicit some pretty impressive results if executed correctly and fused with proper eating habits.
Now, once you are passed that beginner – intermediate level and focused on taking your training and muscle-building to the next level, you’re going to have to get a little more intricate with how you design your workouts.
Continue reading “The Best Exercises For Each Body Part”
Most people have absolutely no clue whatsoever about how they should go about designing their training sessions.
They walk into the gym and immediately head over to the free-weights or machines— without warming up—and dive in, head first, into an incredibly inefficient training session; and, in most cases I observe, a workout that usually does more harm to their bodies than good.
This is because not only are they performing exercises incorrectly, with bad form and/or in the wrong sequences, but they are also just focusing on one aspect of a training session: lifting.
Continue reading “The Perfect Workout”
I’ve been lifting weights now for almost 20 years; and I’ve been studying nutrition and exercise science for just about the same amount of time.
One of the many mistakes I made when first starting out as a personal trainer 8 years ago was that I often gave new clients too much, too soon.
I would forget that not everyone was like me; and while this stuff may have come easy to me over the years, for most people it was complicated and extremely challenging, especially later in life—and even more so if they were severely overweight.
Continue reading “A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Healthy”
This past weekend, I was listening to a “Beats 1” Podcast that featured one of my favorite young Hip-Hop artists, Joey Badass.
Joey just released his second full length LP, entitled “Amerikkkan Badass.”
The music is uplifting, inspirational, and delivers a stinging social commentary on the current state of our Union as it pertains to social justice and race relations.
Continue reading “Change Your “Diet””
Let me start this post by wishing everyone reading a very “Happy New Year.”
A few years ago I decided that I wasn’t reading as much as I would’ve liked, and I made a resolution to read at least 2 books per month.
I was out of practice, and sitting down for several minutes on end in deep concentration was not easy.
Like most adults living in the “Age of Information,” my brain had adapted to quick bouts of stimulus from multiple sources spread out across the day.
I decided to treat this endeavor as a form of mental exercising, and I started with a slow, gradual approach, just as I would any type of athletic pursuit.
Continue reading “Every Book I Read This Year – 2016”
Who am I?
What is my purpose?
What is the meaning of life?
Humans have been asking these questions for centuries.
I personally struggle with them on a daily basis, and have done so for quite some time.
Knowledge of self, or self actualization, is defined as the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.
In philosophy, it’s considered the highest of all human needs.
Continue reading “Know Thyself”
How many people do you know (including yourself) that actually enjoy living?
Think about this.
How many people do you know that greet you with a warm smile and make eye contact?
How many folks do you come across that ask about your day, and actually listen to what you are saying?
Continue reading “Morning Rituals For Success”
We have officially begun the second half of 2016 and I have just started reading my fourteenth book of the year.
If you know me or have been following my blog then you know that reading is one of my greatest passions.
I was an avid reader as a child, but, like many people, I fell out of the habit in my early twenties.
I few years ago I made it a goal of mine to read at least two books per month as a way to spur me back into action.
Continue reading “A Renaissance Man’s Guide To Reading”