Month: February 2018


10 day cleanse

I do a lot of my work from my home, both for promoting my professional strongman and speaking business as well as odds and ends for my personal training studio.

Since my wife also does a lot of work from home she often has day time television on and I catch snippets here and there.  Last week while I was responding to an email I overheard a promotion from some diet “guru” who had written some “best selling diet” book who was going to be doing a segment on a 10 day cleanse.

I didn’t watch the segment, I don’t need to because I’d be willing to bet that I’ve seen it before.  Cleanses aren’t a new thing and come around in some form every so often, usually using some kind of “detoxifying tea” or something else from a multilevel marketing supplement company.

Here’s the truth, no ingredient that you put into your body with the exception of water going to cleanse you.  That’s what your liver and kidneys are for.  The only “cleanse” would be done by fasting, and that’s really just giving your body a break from taking in new toxins.

The other issue I have is “10 day this”, “21 day that”.  Stop thinking short term and start thinking long term.  Yes programs can be short in duration but that’s really just a stepping stone to another longer term solution.  The fact of that matter is that taking charge of your health is a life time journey that won’t be solved with a short term fix.

One of the goals that I have in my personal training studio is that for the duration that I am with my clients, I will teach them all the things they need to know so that when our time is up, they will be able to do it on their own, not that I want them to go or anything.

I want you to come initially because you need my help to cleanse you (see what I did there?) from the misinformation that populates the fitness industry. But I want you to stay not because you continue to need me, but simply because you enjoy the atmosphere and continual results.

But the only way to see if myself as a coach and my system of training is right for you is to take my one week personal training trial membership and try it out for yourself.

Eric Moss is a world record holding professional strongman, author, speaker and personal trainer.  His personal training studio is in Boonton Township New Jersey with Lewandowski Chiropractic and is close to Mountain Lakes, Denville and Parsippany New Jersey.

Gun Control, Are you prepared

It almost feels like every 3rd day there is another mass shooting. And lately there has been a lot of talk about guns, and our right to have them.  One of the arguments that people that are anti gun control say is “I need guns to protect myself and my family.”

Well statistically speaking you are more likely to kill your family than some intruder is…but that’s beside the point, and I don’t want to get into a pro gun, anti gun debate.  I won’t even tell you wear I stand on the issue.

If I told you, someone was going to creep through your window at night, and murder you while you weren’t expecting it…you would likely verify the threat, call the police, get security systems and the whole nine yards to safeguard you against a threat.

Here’s the thing, the highest cause of death in the US (at least from 2016, but I doubt it’s changed much) is heart disease…not homicide, not even close actually and that’s for all races.

And the kicker is it’s to a large extent preventable.  So whether or not you are for arming yourself to the teeth or not, you should take care of your health first.  And beyond that, being healthy is always a good thing and isn’t even close to being a polarizing issue like gun control is.

“Strong people are harder to kill and more useful in general.” Mark Rippetoe

Eric Moss is a world record holding professional strongman.  His personal training studio is in Boonton Township New Jersey with Lewandowski Chiropractic and is close to Mountain Lakes, Denville and Parsippany New Jersey.

A Few Words on Fasting

I used to be pretty active on Facebook but am more of a lurker than someone actually posting something, unless its funny or promotes positive vibes…or allows me to teach you something, like I am in this article.

A short while ago I was scrolling through my facebook feed seeing what people are talking about.  It’s useful to me to generate ideas of what I want to write about, and I’m friends with a lot of people involved in the world of fitness, strength, personal training etc.  And one thing is for certain is that the schools of thought can be polarizing.  One thing that is very polarizing, is “fasting”

So while I was scrolling my facebook feed, I saw someone make the claim that and I’m paraphrasing here “the only thing that fasting does is burn up your muscle mass and kill your metabolism. Food is fuel.”

First on the burning up muscle and killing metabolism, someone forgot to tell Terry Crews.

Now let’s talk about the food is fuel.  Yes it is, but not in the same way that gas is to a car.  Think about it.  Before gas is put into a car, it has to be refined and broken down to a form that the car can use.  Food is like this, but it’s broken down by chewing it, mixing saliva with it before it’s broken down in your stomach and absorbed.

All of these steps take time, so what your body is actually running off of, isn’t what you just ate, its what you ate a while ago.

Now when your body doesn’t have any stored sugar to burn up (it’s preferred fuel source) it switches to burning up fat (which it had saved up just in case we needed it.) Those days when we needed to store up body fat are long gone unless you live in a 3rd world country or are living on the streets.  It also throws in some of the bad cells in your body with that process Terry mentioned autophagy.  I’ll explain that part a bit more in a different article.

The idea of fasting isn’t new, but it’s come around again as if it were new.  When I explain that I fast, I get a lot of people telling me that my approach is wrong.  I’ll just say this.

I’ve been doing this since 2009 (so about 9 years adherence)

I’ve been able to maintain near single digit body fat year round (not yo yo dieting).

All my biomarkers of health say I’m a-ok

I don’t feel lethargic, or have to worry about what I’m going to have for breakfast, or lunch or if it follows the rules of whatever diet I’m doing.

I don’t have to force myself to eat when I’m not hungry or pressed for time like getting to the studio by 6am.

I’m strong enough to bend steel…like Superman.

With all of those things, if I’m doing it “wrong” then baby I don’t want to be “right”.  Now is fasting right for you?  I don’t know but I encourage you to do your own research so you can make an informed decision.