The Difference Between Gaining Muscle, Losing Fat, and Toning

Bigger muscles.  Less fat.  Leaner, buffer, bulkier, trimmer, more toned.  Every aesthetic goal out there comes down to managing levels of muscle mass and body fat.  They often go together, although that relationship isn't exact.  It's correlation, not causation.  Today let's consider how they interact. We often see big differences between training programs based on goals.  We'll …

Everyone Is Right. (Even Raw Vegans.)

The match lasted 90 minutes.  It was mostly a mental one counting bars of rest, and managing all dynamics between pppp and ffff. For about 90 minutes last night I navigated Mahler's 2nd Symphony with 4 other percussionists in the South Shore Symphony Orchestra. We had an absolute blast.  (If you want to check it out, click …

Chocolate Peanut Butter: The Greatest Flavor Combination Ever

Last January I was immersing myself in my first student teaching experience at a local elementary school.  It was 2.7 miles and 4 turns from my house.  Talk about an easy commute!  The school is in a great community, supported by passionate teachers, and curious children.  The experience in front of my students was invaluable, …

My “Plant Based” Diet

Last night I ate 30oz of frozen yogurt.  Seriously, here's proof: Vincent and I were trying to create the heaviest yogurt possible, and based on the horror on the cashier's face, I think we were successful.  I loaded that sucker up with peanut buttery candy pieces, peanut butter and Milk Dud froyo, and loads of …