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The Important Two

If you are a fan of this newsletter or my Twitter feed or my Instagram story (that’s right, your boy is prolific on the socials!) you will probably recognize that I am a big believer of two things: Clarity and Consistency. I could have said simplicity and steadfastness but I think simplicity falls into clarity (at least if you are doing it right)...

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Victor

My middle name is Victor. Daniel Victor Trink. I kept this fairly quiet when I was a kid because, for some reason, Victor was an uncommon and therefore easily made fun of name in suburban Long Island in the early 1980’s. But even as a kid, I took the name very seriously. When I first learned to sign my name in script when I was in elementary...

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How James Lost 50lbs in 90 Days

James gave me 90 days. That was when the contest would be over and, given that he worked in a high-powered, highly competitive financial institution, winning was very important to him. The game was simple. Whoever lost the greatest percentage of body weight in three months won the cash prize. Before you ask, I don’t remember how much it was. But...

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The Practice of Gratitude

I’m not sure who first introduced me to Danielle* but she quickly turned into a steady and long-term personal training client back when I was doing such things. ​ A very petite woman with a more-than-slight running and exercise addiction and a propensity to constantly complain about her high paying executive position at a non-profit, her...

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Nothing Behind Me. Everything Ahead Of Me.

When I was 14 or 15 years old, reading “A Catcher In The Rye” and “On The Road” was considered a rite of passage for young boys on the verge of adulthood. ​ Along with listening to Bob Dylan and Springsteen and Joni Mitchell or reading Huxley or Orwell or Burroughs, this rite was not encouraged because these artists filled my young mind with...

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How A Pirate Got Me To Squat 400 Pounds

Training can be confusing. How many reps? How many sets? What exercises should I be doing? How many days per week? Should I max out to NSync or Backstreet Boys? Difficult questions. While details do matter and individual differences abound based on your genetics, goals, age, training history and a host of other factors, if you can wrap your head...

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Finding The Greatness Within You

We lost a client recently. ​ I first became suspicious when she, a long time fan and frequent commenter of this blog (can you blame her!?!), came up on my weekly list of unsubscribers. ​ Not five minutes later I received a screenshot of a text she sent to a fellow member of the gym making accusations which were not true and stating that she...

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The Pros and Cons of Running

If I were more famous I’d confidently state that I famously am not a fan of running. It’s not that I don’t like it for everyone, I just don’t enjoy it myself. ​ I’ve never been a very successful runner. I’ve never gotten a runner’s high. And my approach to running once-in-a-very-infrequent-while typically leaves my joints and my soul feeling achy...

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The Real Reason You’re Getting Hurt

I’m going to remove the mystery for you right from the jump. ​ You didn’t “sleep wrong”. ​ To think that you tore your rotator cuff by remaining basically motionless for 7 hours is less likely than Netflix green lighting a remake of The Godfather starring Justin Bieber as Don Corleone. ​ Even if you did sleep in an odd position, the soreness...

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The 300 Million Yen Heist

I’ve got a confession to make. ​ I’ve been tricking you. ​ I’ve been doing it for years. ​ But before I get to my admission of deception I want to tell you about one of the greatest feats of trickery ever executed. ​ On the morning of December 10, 1968, four branch employees of the Nippon Trust Bank in Tokyo transported 294,307,500 yen (about...

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