I’d like to talk about connections. I mean the connections we have with others, and ourselves. As humans, we crave these connections, even if they aren’t personal. We read books, and connect with characters, we watch movies and fantasize about being one of the stars. Being a part of the team, taking no shit, […]
The bench press — loved by many, loathed by many! Used right, it’s a great tool for building strength and muscle. Done wrong, and it can hurt you in a hurry! Here’s ten ideas to set you up for your best pain-free bench!
Your employer is trying to kill you. There are systems in place at work that will kill you unless you take direct action. Am I stretching it a bit? Here’s what I mean. Most people who work in an office environment are expected to be at their office or cubicle desk […]
Mr. Nice Guy, that’s me. And it’s a shame, too. Because nice and kind are two different things. And sometimes to be kind, you can’t default to being too nice. Here’s what I mean by that. The difference between nice and kind is that sometimes you want to be nice. You want to go along […]
During my journey to get lean I wanted to emulate John Grimek — a famous bodybuilder AND weightlifter in the 1930s and 40s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Grimek He would take part in weightlifting events that were also physique events. He looked great and lifted a ton. I thought that entering into a powerlifting competition once I was lean […]
Both sides of my family are Dutch immigrants who came over to Canada after World War II. Like many immigrants they had to learn a new language and deal with prejudice. Canada’s attitudes towards immigration were different at that time. My Mom sometimes talks about being referred to as a “dirty DP” when she was […]
This is why Iron Lion Training exists. To provide a safe, sane and rational place for normal people to get fit, and feel awesome!
I’ve written before about my experiences with bullying. When I started lifting weights it was with the express goal of making myself a physical deterrent to bullying. So I wanted to be big and strong. And that’s the direction I took for many years — eating and training with the goal of size and strength. […]
Growing up Stephanie Rosemarie Buchanan was a tough come up.
My parents divorced when I was 5. My Dad took off a few years later. Like most West Indian families (and, from what I hear, other families too), we never talked about feelings. Or, really, anything.
I was a bit of a chubby kid. I might be winking in this picture but it’s a bit hard to tell. And kids are total dicks cruel. So I found out about the whole being chubby thing at about age 6. Prior to that I just ran around the farm feeling like a normal […]