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The Digest Issue #25

Nothing Will Change This Year If You Don't Breaking Muscle  |  Matt Beecroft I’m not going to talk about SMART goal setting or the usual "new year, new me" bullshit. Like you, I have seen it every year for a long time. In fact, 2018 marks my 20th year in the fitness industry. Personally I am not one for New Year’s resolutions. I do believe the end of the year and start of another is a great time for reflection, introspection and time to plan for a better future, but I also believe any time is great time for doing self-reflection and the like. It doesn’t have to be at the beginning of the year. Read More     Never...

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The Digest Issue #24 Curated By Mike Aidala (@mike.aidala)

Way Of The Peaceful Warrior Dan Millman Way of The Peaceful Warrior is a novel, based on a true story, but with fictional elements as well. For the new 20th Anniversary edition, I made 200-300 edits – revisions and clarifications – and added a new Afterword that tells the story of the book’s early life, death, and rebirth. I wrote it to inspire, uplift, and to remind readers of life’s bigger picture and higher promise – but not as a practical guide for life. For such guidance, I found it necessary to write a series of non-fiction books. Read More     The Power of Vulnerability Ted Talk | Brene Brown Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to...

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The Digest Issue #23

Perfecting Protein Intake in Athletes: How Much, What, and When? (and Beyond) Stronger By Science  |  Jorn Trommelen There are two main anabolic stimuli for muscle: exercise and protein ingestion. Protein not only provides the building blocks for muscle. It also provides the trigger to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. Muscle protein synthesis (MPS) is the physiological process of adding new amino acids to muscle proteins and is the primary mechanism of muscle growth. Athletes typically consume a lot of protein to optimize recovery and improve training adaptations. We’re going to take a look at the protein habits of high-level athletes and compare them to evidence-based protein recommendations. In addition, we’ll go beyond the guidelines and discuss my advanced hypotheses to...

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The Digest Issue #22

Embracing the Grind in Barbell Training (And Beyond) The Art of Manliness  |  Brett McKay If you’ve just started a linear progression barbell training program — you’re adding weight to the bar with every workout — you may have noticed that you can consistently add that weight without feeling like you have to strain yourself very much to complete the lifts. But the day inevitably comes when you get under the bar for a squat, and it feels really, really heavy. So heavy you don’t think you can complete the lift. So you don’t. Instead of pushing through the sticking point, you quickly bail, rest the bar on the safety pins, and scratch your head, wondering if you’ve reached a...

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The Digest Issue #21

The Five Levels Of Skill Development Breaking Muscle  |  Daniel Tromello We often see people succeeding at the highest levels and wonder how they got there, or what they were like when they started. Whether it be our fitness, profession, or hobby, the bottom line is that we all start from the bottom with zero experience. The bigger question is, “How do you become a master?” Read More     10,000 Hours With Claude Shannon: How A Genius Thinks, Works, and Lives The Mission  |  Rob Goodman & Jimmy Soni For the last five years, we lived with one of the most brilliant people on the planet. Sort of. See, we just published the biography of Dr. Claude Shannon. He’s...

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