Less is More

Key Points: 1. When it comes to training, people have a particularly difficult time accepting that “less is more.” 2. This is partially because a belief that more is always better is hammered into us from a young age. 3. But, when we never decide what “enough” means, we put ourselves at increased risk of … Read more

Is playing sports actually good for you? Part 1

Key Points: 1. Most athletes, from the professionals to the weekend warriors, are physically unprepared for the demands of their sport. 2. That might sound like a bold claim, but injury data supports it.  3. The truth is, most athletes are overtrained and under-recovered. It’s become a competitive advantage to take time off and actually … Read more

Is playing sports actually good for you? Part 2

Key Points: 1. When we engage in competition, we’re primarily motivated either to achieve success or to avoid failure. 2. There’s a continuum that describes this in more detail. It helps explain why we do well in certain situations, but not in others. 3. Sports are full of identity traps, but we’re never taught what … Read more

Why aren’t shoes shaped like feet?

Key Points: 1. Most people’s shoes and running form contribute massively to foot problems. 2. The answer is NOT orthotics and more cushioned shoes. 3. One step that’s absolutely vital is to train your feet, just like you would any other muscle group. Estimated reading time: 4-8 minutes Sometimes I’m struck by the absurdities of … Read more

Should baseball even be considered a sport?

Key Points: 1. Sports primarily measure skill, athleticism, and strategy. 2. The amount of each varies dramatically from sport to sport. 3. Differences in opinion about which of these three categories is most valuable (and identities built around that) often account for the surprisingly heated discussions about which sport or athlete is “best.” Estimated reading … Read more

What’s More Dangerous-Running with the Bulls or Running a Marathon?

Key Points: 1. We should respect the potential commitment and consequences of any activity we undertake. 2. When we do so, we often find that our limits are much further away than we would have believed. 3. To illustrate this, I interviewed my friend Will about his experiences in running his first marathon. Under 3:20! … Read more

Is It Morally Wrong to Watch the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

Key Points: 1. It’s not actually possible to separate politics and sport. 2. An all-too-common tactic is for people in power to “pass the buck” on the moral consequences of their decisions to those with less power. 3. Engaging with the ethical discomfort of enjoying any activity with a human cost is our first responsibility. … Read more

Are Your Training Methods Outdated? Part 2: The Courage to be Wrong

Key Points: 1. It takes courage to be open to the possibility that our current training methods may eventually be considered horribly outdated. 2. Only relying on scientific studies to validate your training methods is NOT the answer. 3. “You are a lifelong experiment of one.” Test everything, and remember that nothing that works for … Read more

Are Your Training Methods Outdated?

Key Points: 1. The Fitness Industry is still quite new and is evolving quickly. 2. So, people often sort themselves into “fitness religions” and deny themselves the benefits of well-rounded training. 3. We should avoid becoming overly attached to any particular training method. There isn’t a “best” one! Estimated reading time 4-8 minutes Given its … Read more