Paul Konerko Redefines Challenge

Paul Konerko

“How much of what [an athlete] does is within his own control? As Paul Konerko reminds us, all of it. Even when it defies what we think we know.” – Christina Kahrl on ESPN.com A great article on human agency in the face of inevitability: Paul Konerko redefines challenges, expectations

Virtue Ethics, or What If Mother Teresa Was an Olympian?

As one of the three major approaches to ethical thought, virtue ethics seeks to describe the qualities that constitute a good person. Rather than focus on how one should act or the consequences one should endeavor to produce, virtue ethics examines the virtues held by a good person. A good … Read more

The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come

Dear Kinesophites: The first three months of this blog have served as an introduction to the topics I intend to discuss in this forum. My takes on deadlifting and The Myth of Sisyphus were intended to provide a first glimpse into the interplay between ethics and health and fitness, and I dedicated … Read more

Aldous Huxley on Inactivity

Aldous Huxley

“I do muscular work, because I have muscles; and if I don’t use my muscles I shall become a bad-tempered sitting-addict … Western intellectuals are all sitting-addicts. That’s why most of you are so repulsively unwholesome. In the past even a duke had to do a lot of walking, even … Read more

Obesity and Society

Obesity and Society

Obesity: the condition of an adult having a body mass index (BMI; equal to weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters) of 30 or higher. Though BMI does not account for lean, muscular individuals such as competitive athletes, there is no doubt obesity is on the … Read more

The Neuroendocrine Response, or Why Everyone Should Learn to Deadlift

The Neuroendocrine Response, or Why Everyone Should Learn to Deadlift

The deadlift. A sinister-sounding word for “how to lift something heavy off the ground without your knees exploding or spine snapping in half.” The deadlift is a simple motion requiring sound technique. Yet it is also highly practical and extremely effective at improving total body strength. An inexhaustible amount of … Read more

Did Mom Steer You Wrong?

Did Mom Steer You Wrong?

We’ve all heard the common refrain “lift with your legs—not your back” or seen images like this one on the side of a heavy box: But such advice can be misleading. According to Mark Rippentoe, whose career as a former competitive powerlifter and current strength coach and author is based … Read more

Say Yes to Distress – Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus

Say Yes to Distress – Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus

“The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.” So begins existentialist philosopher Albert Camus’ famous … Read more