Productivity Articles

Netflix or Gym: Why some habits are easier to form than others

This article was originally published on Oct 15, 2015 and was updated on July 12, 2017. Forming positive habits, like eating healthy or exercising regularly, is probably the most repeated new years resolution.  Many try and many fail.  Trying, and failing, to get started with exercise is particularly common and for some there is a constant cycle of working out ...
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Your life, Your Responsibility – Taking Ownership of What Happens to You

The featured image for this article is from a camping trip with my father in the fall of 2016. He always taught me that even though it may not be our fault that a campsite is littered and destroyed when we get there - it IS our responsibility to clean it up and leave it better than we found it. A ...
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Timing your workouts to supercharge your memory

exercise and memory Anyone whose dealt with the nightmare that is "Finals week" knows the commonplace feelings of memory failing.  People try all sorts of things to improve their memory for these types of high pressure situations such as dramatic increases in caffeine intake, adderall abuse, or off-label use of desmopressin.  It's very analogous to the person that wants to ...
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Habits and Supplements to Master Your Sleep

Sleep, the often sacrificed aspect of our training regimen. Sleep is hugely important to athletes: it's a time when we recover and recharge. Additionally shorter periods of sleep are typically associated with increased levels of obesity in and adults. Honestly, it doesn't take a thesis level article to explain to you why you should be getting quality sleep, you already ...
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The Devil and The Barbell – How weightlifting helps me fight cluster headaches

In late August/early September of 2009 I went dove hunting with my dad. We were out at one of the old farms he used to own, he's been retired for a few years at this point, and not able to hit anything. A couple of nearby hunters pepper us with their bb's by accident and all around it was a ...
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Out of the Dark – 3 Fitness myths I USED to believe

I used to believe a whole host of fitness myths. I drank more of the fitness industry koolaid then all of Jonestown. At one point I had a bar in my apartment completely stocked with different supplements from fat-burners, endurance formulas and natural testosterone boosters to 4 different kinds of multivitamins and vitamins that I still can't find any real ...
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How the Engineering Design process can help you win in the gym

Engineers. On the whole we have probably some of the best stereotypes: intelligent, imaginative and resourceful. However I rarely see a physically well trained engineer, in fact most engineers are quite average in their approach to fitness. Some run the treadmill, do home workouts, set unspecific goals, maybe throw some weights around. It's a real shame because engineers have been ...
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SMART Goals

From high level management training to personal training guidelines and everywhere in between success is desired one theme pops up repeatedly (and somewhat relentlessly): Goal Setting.  We're all familiar with setting some goals: I want to lose 60 lbs in a week, I want to be able to bench press a truck, I want to make 100K a year for ...
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Riding the Wave: Making the most out of whatever motivation you have

When I wrote the last article, Netflix or Gym: Why some habits are easier to form than others, I came across more information regarding behavior change than I could have imagined.  In trying to keep that article on point I had to cut out some other points that factor in to changing behavior.  In this short follow up I want to ...
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How exercise can improve depression

I don't think I could rightfully call this blog "Brawn for Brains" without a post discussing the mental benefits of fitness and I'm feeling particularly motivated to write this article at the moment. For the sake of this argument I'm going to take the Tabula-rasa assumption, I'm going to assume those reading this know nothing. I'm not doing this to ...
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