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My New Project Peak State

by Scott

A few months ago I had this idea for a type of workout I’d never seen.

At first the idea seemed a bit out there, but as I’ve introduced it to more people the feedback has been tremendously positive.

The workout is called Peak State and you can read about it here. I now teach it regularly where I live in New York City and you can get a feel for the mindfulness portion of the workouts by requesting access to a sample guided meditation I created here.

Anyways, this post is not a workout prescription but rather the story behind Peak State and why it exists…

I think people interested in starting things and enhancing personal performance will find this a fun read : )

It all …
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Doubling Testosterone and A Business That I Didn’t Start

by Scott

This is a story about being a testosterone guinea pig and a business I decided not to start.

Just over a year ago, I decided to move to Brazil with some of my buddies from NYC.

A few months prior to our departure, my future roommate Ben tried a new diet regimen called intermittent fasting which increased his testosterone by 30%.

I knew testosterone was an important hormone for dudes,  but wasn’t really sure why increased levels were desirable.

After he told me this, I did some more research….

A lot of people hear the word Testosterone and just think of aggressive males, bar fighting with veins popping out of their foreheads. In reality, it’s a pillar for both men and women’s optimal health.

A meaningful …
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Body Hacking: Stronger and Leaner in 20 Minutes A Week

by Scott

I’ve gotten marginally stronger and lowered my body fat by working out 20 minutes a week for the past 2 months. As someone who trained 5 days a week during high school and college, this self experiment has been pretty mind-blowing.

 

The genesis of this experiment came from an excellent book on fitness and reaching your physical potential called Body By Science (affiliate link with proceeds to charity). My summation of the content doesn’t quite do the book justice, but I’ll attempt to outline some of the higher level principles that initially intrigued me as well as my results.

The Big 5 Workout

The prescribed regimen in Body By Science is called the Big 5 Workout. It’s 1 Set of 5 different lifts once a week: Bench, Pulldown, …
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Things You Might Want to Know for Tough Mudder

by Scott

I did my first Tough Mudder event in the Poconos this weekend with my buddies Derek and Mark. It was awesome. I have a lot of friends who seem interested so I thought it’d be useful to highlight things which I would have liked to know going into the event.

Training

Dude 12 miles!? – The average Tough Mudder is around 12 miles, but you don’t need to be able to run 12 miles straight to finish it. Between the rocky terrain, obstacles and bottlenecks, it was next to impossible to run the entire thing. If you’re goal is to finish completing all the obstacles doing light jog the entire time, you should be able to pull this off if you can …
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Weeklongs 7 | Meals Are Not A CheckBox

by Scott

This post is part of my Weeklongs Project.

This week was about letting internal signals direct eating instead of external cues.

As an undersized college football player, I ate constantly. My 5’10 frame was not going to stop me from trying to look like Lattimer from The Program. I didn’t stop eating when I was full and didn’t wait until I was hungry to start. I’d end up eating 4-5 meals a day. In retrospect eating seemed almost more like part of a regimen than an act to satiate my hunger.

Despite the fact that I’ve hung the cleats up, I’ve noticed I still behave this way. Between the hours of 12-2 I’ll go eat lunch – not always because I’m  hungry but because you’re …
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Conserving Energy and Why I Have A Pushup Alarm Clock

by Scott

This post originally appeared on LessDoing, a project of Ari Meisel, an entrepreneur and productivity geek who decided to share his knowledge of and experiments in efficiency. Ari is an Achievement Architect, helping individuals become more effective at everything.

At SinglePlatform we do pushups on the hour every hour. I love this practice and the benefits extend beyond just making us barrel-chested.

          

The trigger for my pushups each hour is an alarm clock I’ve installed on my desktop. When the clock strikes 12, a window pops up notifying me its time to drop and give me 20 (actually 34 this week!)

          

Though practically simple, the pushup alarm clock exemplifies a broader approach …
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