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On both the largest and smallest scales of life, nothing can prosper without being built upon a strong foundation. The symbiotic foundations of human life are earth and philosophy; through these two components the crux of humanity is built.  Philosophy will focus upon our personal perspectives and insights to life, learning, coaching, motivation and more!

Philosophy 1
  • Do you have a scientific attitude?

    Eric Helms, MS, MPhil, CSCS, USAW L1   The scientific method is not only an analytical procedure, but also has an underlying philosophy of open inquiry and discussion. How you present information is a more important educational tool than the information itself. Presenting science with......

  • Life-Lessons from Resistance Training

    Jacob Ormes MS, CSCS Summary: A number of similarities and lessons can be drawn between resistance training and general life. While these are likely innumerable and vary by individual, here are a few that I’ve found helpful: Your effort can effect a change in the......

  • Leave Your Mark – A New Look

    Ethan Schaltegger B.S. Student, Kinesiology & Nutrition   Summary: “Leave Your Mark” is easily seen in the macroscopic realm of our actions; i.e. what are we leaving behind, what mark does each individual possess? An individual’s “mark” manifests even through smaller, easily forgotten or unrecognized,......

  • More Wrong Than Right With Your Body?

    Mike T Nelson, CSCS, MSME, PhD   This past spring I presented at PaleoFX in Austin TX and while I was down there, I checked out the float tank at Zero Gravity. I figured that after 3 days of amazing interactions (which I loved), I needed......

  • On Perception, Reality, and Relativity

    Ben Esgro MS, RD, LDN, CSCS   Summary: We are manufacturers of our own realities. Our reality and the accompanying emotions are formed and reinforced via ongoing relative comparison to our constructed knowledge base. We possess the ability to refine our knowledge base for comparison,......

Philosophy 2
  • The Burden of Responsibility

    Ethan Schaltegger B.S. Student, Kinesiology Summary: In the context of this article, responsibility can be defined as the state of accountability, whether from the individual or externally Responsibility is inherently related to our locus of control The stronger our internal sense of control, the more......

  • When No One Is Watching: That’s the Difference

    Michael C. Zourdos, Ph.D., CSCS -The difference is made by the work you do when no one is watching -To achieve a life goal, you will likely have to put in extra work outside of work hours -It’s not enough to want to be successful,......

  • Turning Knowledge into Practice

      Eric Helms, MS, MPhil, CSCS, USAW L1   It’s a good thing that people are debating what it means to be an evidence-based practitioner. Questioning the foundation of how we attain knowledge can only lead to good outcomes in my mind; if you can......


We all must eat, but the choices we make over time dictate whether this is a constructive or destructive behavior.  Representing both the alchemical symbol for water and a field that is relevant to all; nutrition.  This element will be presented in a cumulative manner starting with the fundamentals of nutrition and proceed through increasingly complex nutrition concepts.  Each lesson will be clear, concise, and will include practical applications.

Nutrition 101: Theory
  • Nutrition 101: Energy Balance

    Eric Helms, MS, MPhil, CSCS, USAW L1   Whether gaining or cutting, determining your current calorie requirements is the first step in setting up a nutrition plan. Mass gain or loss is determined by your calorie consumption relative to your requirements: more = gain, less =......

  • Fundamentals of Vitamins

    Mike Niejadlik, CSCS MS Student, Nutrition   Summary: Vitamins are essential nutrients that must be obtained in the diet. They are required in small amounts (milligrams or micrograms daily). Vitamins do not provide energy, but rather help the body obtain energy from macronutrients and assist......

  • Fundamentals of Macronutrients: Part 1

      Peter Fitschen, PhD, CSCS   Nutrients consumed in the diet can be divided into macronutrients and micronutrients.  As the names imply, macronutrients are consumed in large amounts (grams daily) while micronutrients are consumed in small amounts (milligrams or micrograms daily).   The primary macronutrients......

Nutrition 202: Theory
  • Beyond the Diet

    Eric Helms, MS, MPhil, CSCS, USAW L1 Bulking and cutting are not the only modes of nutrition you should operate in, learning how to “gaintain” is important as you advance. Your nutritional tracking strategy needs to be appropriately constrained based on the goal. For a......

  • Fundamentals of Minerals

    Mike Niejadlik, MS Nutrition, CSCS   Summary: Minerals are inorganic compounds that are associated with normal biological function. In the human body they are classified as major, trace, or ultratrace depending on their presence and dietary amounts required. Minerals are involved with a variety of......

  • Physiological Functions of Amino Acids

    Previously, I discussed dietary sources of protein, explained that protein is made up of amino acids, and classified these amino acids as essential or non-essential (https://www.denovonutrition.com/fundamentals-macronutrients-part-1/).  This article will dive further into the functions of amino acids.   Functions of Amino Acids: Amino acids have......

Nutrition 101: Practice
Nutrition 202: Practice
  • 5 Tips For Success When Beginning To Track Macros

    In my previous article (https://www.denovonutrition.com/need-track-macros/), I discussed whether an individual needs to track macro numbers.  This month’s article will be a follow up providing tips for accurately and consistently tracking macros for those who plan to track macros. When starting to track macros, most individuals......


From the simple act of breathing all the way down to mitochondrial respiration, neither are understandable without the field of physiology. Representing both the alchemical symbol for air and the field that encompasses all aspects of training and human performance; physiology.  This element will be presented in a cumulative manner starting with the fundamentals of physiology as they relate to exercise and proceed through increasingly complex concepts.  Each lesson will be clear, concise, and will include practical applications.

Physiology 101: Theory
  • A Survey of Neuromuscular Physiology: Part I

    Ty Carzoli, D.C., M.S., CSCS, USAW-L1, USAPL-CC   A “motor unit” is composed of a neuron and the collection of muscle fibers it innervates. Muscles requiring more fine motor skills typically have fewer muscle fibers per neuron than those suited for gross motor skills. Motor......

  • Sport Biomechanics 101: Laws of Physics and Barbells

    Chad Dolan, MS   Principles of biomechanics underpin the technical aspects of human movement and exercise technique. Understanding these principles can increase our ability to analyze technique for efficiency and safety. Applying these principles an increase our ability to train more specifically, efficiently, and safely.......

  • Autonomic Regulation: Function and Implications

    Andrew Koutnik,  B.S.   Performance may be influenced by important factors outside of how you train and/or eat. The nervous system controls many vital physiological functions and is automated by the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches. Quantification of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system activity may have......

  • Basic Structural and Functional Properties of Skeletal Muscle: Part 1

    Alex Klemp, MS, CSCS Skeletal muscle is a purpose-built tissue for force production and movement Much more comprises skeletal muscle than simply muscle fibers To understand skeletal muscle adaptations to exercise, we need fundamental knowledge of this structure-function relationship What is Skeletal Muscle? Skeletal muscle......

Physiology 101: Practice


Just as fire plays a complementary role to all the other elements, so too does supplementation with human performance. Representing the alchemical symbol for fire is the often utilized but grossly misunderstood; supplementation. This element will be presented in a cumulative manner starting with the fundamentals of pharmacology as they relate to supplements and proceed through increasingly complex concepts.  Each lesson will be clear, concise, and will include practical applications.

Supps 101: Theory
Supps 101: Practice

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