We can’t optimize nutrition like we optimize technology.

Living in Silicon Valley, there is a push to optimize and automate everything. We want things done more quickly than before. More importantly, we have more by doing less. If it’s accessible with a press of a button/app, then let’s make it happen. The food industry has been jumping on board too. It’s evidenced by…

There are too many rules in nutrition.

There are too many rules in nutrition. Seriously. How often do we catch ourselves reciting an allegedly healthy “rule” when it comes to eating? Every damn day.   “Fruit has too much sugar so I’m cutting it out” (Barf.) “I’m only allowed to eat 1200 calories a day” (No.) “I heard that carbs will make…

Real People, Real Fitness: Power Lifter, Elizabeth Dang

Elizabeth and I met in a chemistry class 7 years ago! It’s been such a joy to see her blossom and find her love for fitness in an unexpected way: powerlifting. Traditionally, the weight room has been dominated by men, but it’s so inspiring to see women join the ranks and kick butt! It’s less about them being “masculine” and…

Tips for arm day!

Time to lighten things up! Today’s post will focus on tips for solid arm workouts. Whether you’re new to the bodybuilding world or are looking to change up your routine, these tips will hopefully help you get those arm gainz you’re looking for. When I first started working out, big arms topped my wish list. Imagine 18…

4 body-shaming things gay men should stop saying

  In the gay world, being fierce is celebrated; being hot, worshipped. There are varying definitions of hotness, so let’s focus on a prominent generalization: muscular dudes in tank tops (the irony is not lost upon me as I quickly close my drawer of tank tops and race to the gym). I hesitated to write this blog post because I’ve…

Why do you eat? The 5 motivators that cause us to eat.

“Because I love food, Thomas! Duh” I love food too, guys! A lot of people don’t believe me and assume I’m super disciplined with healthy eating. It’s not true. My love of food knows no bounds (except for papaya. I don’t understand papaya). But I don’t eat food just because I love it. Like everyone else, I eat for different…

Why cooking matters more than ever.

How often have we asked ourselves: “what am I going to eat?” (Basically, every single meal, am I right?) We’re busy at work or doing errands when suddenly, the hunger pangs hit. Nowadays, we have a kajillion options like restaurants, prepared foods in grocery stores, and food delivery apps. We don’t even need to think “what am…

Exercise form: why it’s so important.

When it comes to exercise, every trainer is different. My past clients can attest to my style–I’m a stickler about form. I would rather you do 10 perfect squats rather than 100 craptastic ones in a minute. Quality trumps quantity any day of the week because when you maximize your form, you reduce your risk…

Protein before or after a workout?–Why nutrient timing matters.

In sports nutrition, protein is worshipped like mother’s milk. Somehow it became the end-all-be-all macronutrient among bro-athletes. Sure, we need more based on our physical activity, starting from 0.8 g of protein/kg of bodyweight up to 1.7g of protein/kg of bodyweight. But, don’t forget that carbohydrates and fats are just as important for a balanced…