Category Archives: Quote of the Day

QOTD: Rippetoe on the Best Single Exercise

The below-parallel squat is the best exercise in the entire catalog for whole-body strength, power, balance, coordination, bone density, joint integrity, and mental toughness — good things to develop if you don’t have them.

—Mark Rippetoe

QOTD: Cicero on Overeating

“ We cannot employ the mind to advantage when we are filled with excessive food and drink. ”


Advice to New Muscleheads from Lou Schuler

Steve Parker MD, Advanced Mediterranean Diet, Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet

Not me or Mr. Schuler

I was glad to see that four of my basic exercises were listed by Schuler as foundational: squat, deadlift, pushup, and row. A little more from him:

Every good training program is based on bedrock principles like progressive overload. You give your body a stimulus. You repeat the stimulus an optimal number of times. And then you give your body the opportunity to recover from it. Every good lifter eventually learns how to apply the principles in a way that works for him or her, but it always starts with the basics: learn the movements, apply the movements, build on the movements.

Every bad training program ignores these fundamentals, but it ignores them in a unique way. Too much stimulus with too little recovery. Too little stimulus with too much recovery. Poor exercise selection for the individual’s abilities and goals.

Read the whole thing.


h/t Yoni Freedhoff, M.D.

QOTD: Victoria on Teenage Breasts

Teenage girls are being brought up to believe that their breasts are two pre-cancerous lesions… ticking time bombs.

Victoria at PrincipleIntoPractice

QOTD: Yoni Freedhoff, M.D., on the Paleo Diet

Of course even were the narrative totally BS, I’d venture most folks’ paleo diets are exceedingly healthful given the emphasis on actual cooking.

Yoni Freedhoff, M.D.

QOTD: Downtown Joshua Brown on Email

Email is totally out of control and needs to be made illegal effective immediately. It is the worst thing that’s ever happened to humanity. Unless you consider the alternative – phone calls – which I view as an act of violence. “Why is he calling me? What emergency necessitated his dialing my number and waiting for it to ring, what utter atrocity required the disruptively instantaneous back-and-forth of a voice conversation?”

…A wise man once said that your inbox is like a To Do list that someone else makes for you. To which I say, no thanks.

Joshua M. Brown

QOTD: Paul Johnson on Warren G. Harding and Recessions

The White House

As the U.S. considers a terrifying 2.3% federal budget cut via the “Sequester” next month, I’m reminded of this quote:

[U.S. President Warren G.] Harding inherited an absentee presidency and one of the sharpest recessions in American history.  By July 1921 it was all over and the economy was booming again.  Harding had done nothing except cut government expenditure….

—Paul Johnson, in his book, Modern Times, 1983 & 1991

QOTD: Adam Smith on Economic Self-Interest

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”

Adam Smith, author of The Wealth of Nations

QOTD: Homeopathy

I love it when ads for medical remedies claim to be “homeopathic.” That way I know straight away they’re no better than placebo.

—Steve Parker, M.D.

QOTD: Fish and Mercury Contamination

Has anyone even bothered to ask why the tuna are eating mercury?

—Jim Gaffigan