What’s Your Real Workout Goal?

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This morning was a typical morning at the gym… A woman on the recumbent bike reading a magazine. Another woman first striding on the elliptical machine and then looking like she’s doing some sort of interpretative dance with dumbells weighing less than a supersized soda. Yet another woman almost breaking a sweat on the stairmaster. […]

Lift Weights Slowly for Good Gains with Less Risk

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How fast should you move the iron when you’re weightlifting? You can find experts suggesting everything from explosive movement to very slow movement. Years ago, a famous bodybuilder, whose name escapes me at the moment, was a huge proponent of slow lifting, but as is often the case, these assertions were just anecdotal rather than based […]

Should You Be Taking BCAAs?

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Recent research suggests that supplementing with branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) before, during and after a workout can help maintain and build muscle. So what’s that mean on a practical level for someone looking to get leaner and stronger? It might mean that it supplementation is a good idea, and BCAAs are relatively cheap and probably […]

Getting Things Done by Making Slacking Hurt

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At a certain point this year I found myself frustrated and feeling like I wasn’t getting anywhere on several different projects, while at the same time feeling like I was working too much and not having enough fun. I needed motivation, and I needed priorities. I came up with something that helps me with both […]

Paypal Buyer Protection on EBay is Worthless

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Bottom line: Paypal Buyer Protection on Ebay is pretty much useless if you have to make a claim and can actually be a smokescreen for scammers. And more to the point, don’t buy software on EBay. I should have known better.

Three Keys to Good Decisions

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It’s hard to make good decisions, but here are three quick jedi mind tricks to avoid a lot of bad decisions:forget sunk costs, use absolute numbers rather than proportions, and be aware of confirmation bias.