How To Lift Weights: A Primer In Primacy

Lifting weights should be simple. You go to a place with a bunch of metal and pick it up and put it down until you look like The Incredible Hulk. But weightlifting—like any other worthwhile pursuit—requires study, planning, and care to succeed at, which sucks.

Weightlifting is also no fitness panacea. There are few things you can do at the gym that you can’t undo at the Taco Bell on the way home, and no amount of deadlifts is going to prepare you for a marathon. That said, it’s fun and exercise is good, so let me Sherpa your climb up the mountain of strength, past the filthy Ganges of Internet Broscience.

Let’s start with stuff. Lifting equipment falls into three categories, the stuff you’ll need, the stuff you’ll probably want, and the stuff you might eventually want.

Source: How To Lift Weights: A Primer In Primacy

Since I’ve started I’ve done a lot of research on form and so far I have really preferred taking tips from powerlifters over bodybuilders, they just seem to be no nonsense and focus mostly on lifting the most weight possible without hurting yourself.  Listen to powerlifters in the gym; listen to bodybuilders in the kitchen.

Stick to Your Diet by Offering to Bring a Dish to Dinners and Parties

If your diet has certain restrictions, it can make accepting invitations to dinners or parties complicated when the host isn’t aware of your diet’s ins and outs. Here’s a simple, and polite, way to safely stick to your diet and still enjoy the gathering.

Source: Stick to Your Diet by Offering to Bring a Dish to Dinners and Parties

A note about the etiquette around this: it’s polite to offer to bring a dish. It’s not polite to insist upon bringing a dish if the host declines, or to bring a dish without asking.

  • Your host may have a special meal planned down to the last detail. Or she may have dietary preferences your dish doesn’t match. So don’t insist.
  • If you bring a dish without asking, it’s a host/ess gift, and the host/ess is not obliged to serve it. So don’t bring your grain salad without asking unless you never want to see it again.

Why Finding the Right Gym Culture Makes You Stick to Your Workouts

The equipment in your gym doesn’t matter.

Sorry bro, but your favorite squat rack, sled, barbell, and battling rope are mere accessories to the one thing that every great gym has.

It’s that secret sauce that turns a gym into the gym. 

I’m talking about gym culture. 

Source: From Gold’s to Planet Fitness: Importance of Gym Culture

Your gym culture can often make or break your fitness experience, so it’s important that you go to one that suits you. There’s a reason CrossFit appeals to so many fitness first-timers and veterans alike: It’s more of a community than it is a place where you splash around in a puddle of your own sweat.

Is Double-Dipping Actually a Health Risk?

If you’ve seen that classic episode of Seinfeld, “The Implant,” where George Costanza double-dips a chip at a wake, maybe you’ve wondered if double-dipping is really like “putting your whole mouth right in the dip!”

Source: Is double-dipping a food safety problem or just a nasty habit?

What if the second dip is performed with the not bitten end of the chip/cracker/vegetable/etc?  I admit – I’d been blasé about double dipping until reading the article.  I’m not typically getting sick like some I know, but that doesn’t mean I’m not an asymptomatic carrier.

Get Ripped, Not Rude: Ten Rules for Proper Gym Etiquette

Jerks are everywhere, but people being jerks in the gym can be especially grating. All you want to do is lift heavy stuff in peace, but there they are, with their sweaty butt imprints on a bench, loud conversations on the phone, and equipment strewn all over the floor. Oops—does that sound like you? Here’s how to make the gym a better place for all.

Source: Get Ripped, Not Rude: Ten Rules for Proper Gym Etiquette

One rule the article missed: Most women do not go to the gym seeking a hot date.

Family Eating Rules That Can Help Transform Picky Eaters

These are our suggested 10 “rules” of picky-free parenting…

Source: 10 Rules for Picky-Free Parenting

I’ve previously covered an article about tips for dealing with picky eaters without tricks.  And be aware that picky eating can be an indication of emotional issues

Good luck! 🙂

Chocolate Was Once Considered a Powerful Cure-All Drug

Chocolate, the gateway drug…
Chocolate has not always been the common confectionary we experience today. When it first arrived from the Americas into Europe in the 17th century it was a rare and mysterious substance, thought more of as a drug than as a food. Christine Jones traces the history and literature of its reception.

Source: When Chocolate was Medicine: Colmenero, Wadsworth and Dufour

Considering the amount of things that have been thought of as a cure-all over the years?  Mercury, trepanning, bloodletting, leeching…

Learn Proper Global Dining Etiquette With This Chart

Whether you’re abroad, or going out to a foreign restaurant locally, you need to be sensitive to the dining etiquette of the culture. This infographic (png) gives you a broad overview of table manners around the world.

Even if it’s just one night at a friend’s house, they’ll appreciate your sensitivity to showing proper manners. The chart has a list of “dos” and “don’ts for:

  • Portugal
  • France
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • India
  • Thailand
  • China

Source: A Global Travel Guide to Dining Etiquette


Ramen: Slurping is Mandatory

Why? Because slurping your noodles isn’t rude, it actually serves three purposes:

  1. It cools off your mouthful of noodles just enough to let you enjoy them while the rest of the bowl stays piping hot, and
  2. It aerates the noodles and the broth, allowing the flavors to mellow out and fully develop before you chew and swallow.
  3. If you eat your ramen daintily, the process can take a long time and the noodles will get all mushy.

Source: Slurping’s Mandatory: Why Getting Messy with Ramen Makes It Taste Better

Western etiquette says slurping is bad – and yes, as a result many of us find the sound irritating.  And it can be messy with spray…  But in some eastern cultures, eating very silently is rude.  Like how burping is a compliment to the chef?  Either way, ramen shops are often clear about the importance of slurping.