I’ve discussed the idea of a Venn overlap between science, intuition and field observation many times before (here’s one example); the idea that science cannot be the end-all, be-all when contemplating the reactions of a vastly complex organism, living in a vastly complex environment.  Some things can only be reduced so far.  Some variables cannot be completely isolated or accounted for.  Just as a hammer cannot be the end-all, be-all when constructing a house, we have to be smart about utilizing the best tool for the job at hand.

An interesting aside:  This past weekend, while tailgaiting prior to the Texas A&M / Alabama game (Still wiping my tears, by the way.  3 fucking pick-6s!?  Are you kidding me?),  I witnessed a good friend (and chemistry major) in mortal combat with another friend over the making of gumbo.  “But the recipe calls for….” she kept exclaiming, while he was retorting with “fuck that!  Just taste it!”

And it’s not that the hammer is any way superior to the saw; it’s simply the best tool for the situation at hand.  In fact, the saw and hammer work beautifully together in the hands of a skilled carpenter.  Just as a skilled S&C practitioner leverages the most applicable tool at the right time, illuminated by the commingling of available science, intuition and field observation.

In that spirit, I *highly* recommend listening to this Barbell Shrugged interview with the wise-beyond-his-years (and Paleo f(x) alum), Dr. Andy Galpin.

From the Barbell Shrugged site:

..we visit the Human Performance Lab’s of Cal State Fullerton to discuss the latest Sports Science with our long-time friend, Dr. Andy Galpin.

This is one of the top educational programs in the country, with multiple teaching, research and training spaces filled with some of the brightest minds in strength and conditioning. And while you don’t know them all by name yet, their work will likely influence the way you train and coach at some point in the very near future.

This is a very cool episode.  I think it’s great to hear, from a research scientist, the limitations of research.  And of keeping an open, observational mind.

The bottom line?  Listen to the episode; you’ll be glad you did.


One of the best glute exercises ever?

Well, all manner of squats and deadlifts, of course.  But what if you’re looking to totally isolate the glutes?  Or, if for whatever reason, you’re limited in some way from doing heavy squats and/or deads?

Well, here’s an exercise I learned from my good friend, and PT extraordinaire here in Austin, Sam Sneed:

And sometimes I’ll use this as a lead-in exercise for people who have a hard time “finding” their glutes on those more traditional compound exercises.

Or, I’ll simply use this in a superset with a hinge or a drive movement.  Pairing this movement with an ARXFit leg press for example, is always a good time 🙂

And if you’re in Austin and looking for an excellent body wrench, check out Sam’s body work dojo, Next Level.

In health, fitness and ancestral wellness –



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