Weight Gain and Perceptions of Health


Abs and Drop Two Sizes — Yay!


Abs and Gain Muscle / Lose Pounds — Yay!


Society tells us running a lot and being skinny and having six-pack abs indicates health.

Doctors tell us that an appropriate mix of resting heart rate, blood pressure, and body composition indicates health.

I am six feet tall.

One year ago today I weighed 175lbs, nearly had four pack abs, looked good at the pool, did just enough cardio to negatively impact my kettlebell work, and my blood pressure was in the pre-hypertension range of with a systolic pressure from 120 to 139 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure from 80 to 89 mm Hg, and my resting heart rate was 62.

Today I weight 202lbs.  I have two pack abs, more love handle than I would like, my back and shoulders are the only parts of me that look good at the pool, do virtually no cardio, my blood pressure is 110 over 72, and my resting heart rate is 57.

What does this mean?

For me, as a scientific sample of one, a structured strength template has made me less healthy according to society, more healthy according to Doctors, stronger than I have ever been in my life, and greatly improved my overall quality of life.


Heart OHP

The only thing that would make this picture better was if the heart was doing a military press.