On my mind #3

It’s been awhile since my last post, and let’s just say that balancing a full-time post-doc with completing a full-time physiotherapy degree hasn’t left much time for the site. It’s been a tough two months, and after sitting down and really thinking about what my priorities are right now, I’ve rebalanced my projects which should hopefully lead to more articles hitting the web over the next couple months. In the meantime, here’s a few updates on what I’m up to and thinking about.

I’m officially “not a real” doctor

This past July I successfully defended my PhD. Years in the making, it was great to finally check that box and have a major hurdle out of the way.

It’s funny to think that I started out in kinesiology because the classrooms were conveniently located above the weight-room and I never would have guessed this is where I would end up. In fact, 18 year old Dan spent his evenings either in the gym or working at a local bar as a bouncer, and, while I should probably be ashamed to admit this, one of the official referees of “Budweiser Babes Boxing”. I’m guessing no one is surprised that I leave that gig off my CV. Fortunately, after an unsuccessful rebrand from a university/sports bar to a strip club called “Lip Stixxx” the bar has been torn down to make room for condos so there’s no evidence for me to have to worry about now.

My life is mash up between “Groundhog Day” and “Billy Madison”

Just when I think I’ve jumped though my last educational hoop I find myself heading back into the fray to complete a physiotherapy degree. While I won’t be eating glue with Ms Lippy, I will be bringing my skill set to another level so that I can help people everywhere address the issues they encounter in pursuit of their performance and physique goals.

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I was fortunate enough during my PhD to land a great teaching assistantship (TA). Not your traditional TA position, I was thrown into teaching cadaver-based anatomy right from the start to graduate physiotherapy students. This was the opportunity of a lifetime, as teaching hands-on cadaveric anatomy for 5 years pretty much gives you X-ray vision when it comes to how things look under the skin.

Somewhere along the way, after working alongside passionate physiotherapists and rehabilitation scientists, and reading the work of guys like Greg Lehman I caught “physio fever”. While it may seem like an odd step given my stage and course of training, I have a relentless drive to figure out everything I can about the human body and translate that into information we can all use to optimize human performance and maximize life. In an industry driven by a push to define a specific niche, I’m pushing back against the “jack of all trades, master of none” mantra that’s so pervasive today.

New look for the site

I’ve received countless compliments on the previous design of the site, for which I can’t take any credit for (check out the Forefathers Group), but it was time for a change. I’ve really enjoyed simple web designs as of late, and thought the site could use some simplification to really focus on the core content. Given the length of some of the posts on the site, I felt switching to a dark text on a light background would enhance readability, and thanks goes out to the Reddit users who took the time to let me know that this was an issue.

The site is now responsive as well, meaning that it’ll look great and be readable on whatever device you choose to read it on. Judging by the stats, the decision has been paying off well with increased mobile traffic already, and increased sharing from mobile devices. Wish I had made the adjustment earlier.

Light weights for big gains

This one is definitely a delayed announcement but my latest article, a collaboration with Brad Schoenfeld is live on T-Nation. It has likely dropped off the main page by now but is still worth reading. It’s based heavily off my previous posts on this site on the relationship between training intensity and fibre-type specific hypertrophy, although this version is a little more user-friendly with fewer data tables included. Brad and I also have a peer-reviewed version that is hopefully in the final stages of the peer-review process (fingers crossed) and should hopefully be out in the next few months.

More to comeā€¦

That’s it for me today, but I have a great list of post ideas to work on, just need to find the time to get my hands on a computer. As always I welcome questions and comments on the site, and feel free to follow me on twitter or send me an email through my contact page.

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Comments

  1. says

    Cadavers are the best. You will never learn anatomy from books – but from examining the bodies and the organs themselves, naming veins, capilaries, etc.
    There are some universities that give those who would sign up to arrange the organs from cadavers putting them in bottles for students’ convinience – that is an opportunity one musn’t let pass

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