The ‘Grab Something Heavy’ Contest

Posted February 2nd, 2010 in Contests by Clint

As I’ve said repeatedly in the book, despite the rapid progress of both science and technology, there has yet to be developed a stimulus better than simply grabbing-aholt of something heavy and moving it. I collaborated on making some ‘engineer bags’ for some friends for Christmas, and along with hearing of a few readers’ custom-built (or DIY if you prefer) resistance training apparatuses (hippopotamuses, hippopotamai?) I decided I would like to see more.

two stacks of rocksocks, prepped for userock socks being stacked into an engineer bag

So we’re running a contest. Winners receive an autographed copy of Brain Over Brawn, postage paid. The criteria are fairly straight-forward:

  • authentic equipment one actually uses will receive priority over comedy responses
  • action photos of equipment in use is preferable to just pictures of equipment (like mine, woops)
  • please pre-blur or edit any photos prior to submission (if you don’t want your face on the internet, blur it out)
  • I’ll reply to whatever emails have sent winning pictures, and receive the shipping information from same (this information will only be used for fulfillment)

I’m looking forward to seeing your own innovative homebrew workout gear. Good luck.

Foods: tortillas and noodles now with reduced guilt (or guilt free)

Posted February 1st, 2010 in Foods by Clint

I’ve been around to check, and most every local grocery store offers low-carb (and often high fiber) tortillas. The most common example I’ve seen is La Banderita’s Xtreme Fiber tortillas.

The nutritional label claims:
Total Fat 2g
Total Carbs 5g
Dietary Fiber 12g
Sugars 0g
Protein 8g

You could actually wrap your Base Meals in one of these without worry, and get that floury goodness you crave without all those carbs messing with your meal profile. Fiber is of course awesome, you get a nice bit of protein in there, and by all appearances there’s no real downside.

The other honorable mention I would like to give is to Barilla for their “Plus” line, which includes fiber, ALA Omega3 fatty acids, and protein. The carb count would still limit pasta to a Peak meal to have after you exercise, but according to their label:
per 100g
370 calories
Total Fat 3g (360mg of ALA Omega3)
Total Carbs 67g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 3g
Protein 17g

So if you decide to go for pasta for a Peak meal, I suggest you try swapping out your regular noodles with Barilla Plus (I haven’t really seen other high protein/fiber noodles on the market so far). They taste great to me and I have yet to have a complaint at the table, and both you and your family can appreciate the significantly improved nutritional profile over regular noodles. They also come in a number of shapes from rotini to angel hair.

free e-book version now available

Posted January 26th, 2010 in Site Update by Clint

Look I have no idea why it’s putting those weird squares on the edges of the pictures; we tried saving the pdf in a number of different dpis and styles and it’s just happening and we can’t stop it.  It isn’t like that in the original or the hardcopy, but you can still tell what’s going on. Just bear in mind I don’t have this square nose or square head or whatever, and that’s not a horrible photo-trimming job. It’s Adobe.

That said, hey it’s free. Go B A N A N A S. You can click here or hit the ‘Get the book.’ link on the bottom bar.

Brain Over Brawn: now on Old Man Bezos’ little online store

Posted January 22nd, 2010 in Uncategorized by Clint

Brain Over Brawn is now up on

Here’s that earl:

Recommended Reading: Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe

Posted January 22nd, 2010 in Recommended Reading by Clint

Though I’ve many times said in Brain Over Brawn and elsewhere that you do not need to go to a gym, some people have access by default through their school, their company or as an amenity of ownership or membership of property or association. And some people just enjoy going to a gym for the atmosphere and camaraderie. Though it’s not for everyone, I might like for it to be in my personal neo-utopian fantasies.

I’ve also said that personal trainers are by and large hacks and charlatans, and that has yet to change in any measurable metric.

With these two facts in mind, I would suggest for both the novice and veteran gym-goer and barbell enthusiast alike to pick up Mark Rippetoe’s “Starting Strength: 2nd edition”. For as much as someone could capably learn a physical, spacial movement (well, a series of movements) via a book, Mr. Rippetoe goes into exhaustive (approaching neurotic) detail. If you intend to mess with big iron plates and bars as your preferred method of resistance training, this is about as close as you can get to someone with accurate information getting uncomfortably close to your ear and rubbing their stubble against your jaw while whispering all the collected minutia and errata they have dutifully gathered over decades of legitimate training.

Ball-busting aside, Rippetoe knows what the haps are, and if you plan to formally lift this is the resource for you. Even if it is your first time in your life entering a gym, chances are excellent you would be far better equipped after reading this book than by taking that ‘complimentary session’ from lycra-clad “Kev” at your local McGym.

Pardon Our Dust

Posted January 14th, 2010 in Site Update by Clint

Please excuse the mess as we unroll our new and improved site to accompany the book “Brain Over Brawn: Smart solutions to regain and maintain health, strength & youth”, currently available at and (very) select retailers. Our new site will include links to additional reading and references for nutrition and exercise, healthy cooking, and answers to questioned emailed to me regarding the book, health topics, and life at large. Also included will be miscellaneous debris from myself deemed relevant to the topic of this book.

As promised, the ebook will soon be available through this site. Amazon has received their first shipment from us and should be updating their stocks to ‘usually ships within 24 hours’ aaaany minute now. Quantities will be limited (by them, not by us) but we have requested they stock up and will keep you informed when it is more readily available.

Thank you for your interest in the book. Stay tuned for updates (we should have an RSS feed and other such frivolities in the very near future).

This right here is a test pattern

Posted August 1st, 2009 in Praise by Clint

We are moving things around to make this site more functional and interesting. I hope you’re cool with that. If you happen to get this on the RSS feed, my bad, doggies. If you want to make an omelet, there are eggs and there are other ingredients you will want to include or otherwise you have an empty pan and what’s up with that stop wasting electricity!

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