Category Archives: Work Out

The Not Idiots Guide to Nutrition (Complex Advice Made Simple)


The Thinker holding a book about Complex Carbohydrates

Derivative by Jay Ray

Written by Jay Ray

In past blogs, I have discussed the importance of protein consumption for maximizing the results of working out, and my friend and colleague, Cameron, has pointed out how food can affect moods. Now, the focus turns to how inexpensive household food staples can synchronize the body to best respond to exercise and then maintain the rewards.

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Myths and Follies of Working Out (Discouraged and Debunked!)


Weight lifter with chicken legs and counting off reps.

The Chicken Leg Creature
Derivative by Jay Ray

Written by Jay Ray

There’s a good chance that what you think you know about working out is wrong. It’s not your fault; many of these misconceptions have been passed along by coaches, workout buddies, or are just so entrenched as “common knowledge” that they are taken on faith. A lot of it is just bad advice and myths. Now, we go to school.

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You’ve Made Your Bod, Now Lie in It (Virtues of Protein and Rest)


Statue of Adonis with sleeping mask and whey protein

Derivative by Jay Ray

Written by Jay Ray

Okay, kids, the coaxing and psychobabble of previous posts are going on hiatus this week. Instead, this posting will focus on  those who ARE working out, and the fuel needed to get a totally ripped bod ( I don’t think I like myself when I talk this way). But, really, supplements do make a difference — as does REST, which might be counterintuitive to a mind that is determined to push the body for glorious physical fabulosity (okay, I’ll stop with the hyperboles — I promise).

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Transcendence and Echoes


Sequence of a runner disappearing in to the distance

Photo by Jay Ray

Written by Jay Ray

Oh, the rose-colored glasses and euphoric recall through which people “remember” their youth: those magical late teen and early twenties years when abandon was without consequence and limitless energy abounded. Nonsense. I remember something different; I remember being confronted with tough choices and, when weighing positives and negatives, thinking: how much is this going to hurt? In most cases, the pain for gain was easy enough to equate. For the independence afforded by an apartment, I had to suck it up and pull double shifts waiting tables. The demands of college courses required the discipline to sometimes forgo the lure of social joviality. The lure of social joviality sometimes resulted in the agony of hangovers and/or sleep deprivation that was compounded by the looming responsibilities of school and work. I understood the motivations, rewards, and consequences of my decisions — but clarity amidst tumultuous times would have benefited my decision making skills. The difficulty of convincing already busy/overwhelmed people to endeavor in physical fitness is that the motivations and rewards are often misunderstood.

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