Common questions from the readers...

Question: Do you still do personal training?

Answer: On a case-by-case basis, some.

Question: How much do you charge?

Answer: $100 an hour if you have interesting goals. A billion dollars an hour if you don't.

Question: I'm not where you are and would like to get a trainer. Any suggestions?

Answer:Yes. Here's a geographical trainer list of those I would trust you with (best one in each city):
Jesse Ward - Seattle, Washington -
Shaun Ryan - Tigard, Oregon
Kirk Murphy - Salem, Oregon -
Tony Jeffries - Monmouth, Oregon - (503) 838-2951

Question: You kind of make fun of everyone on your site. If I train with you, are you going to make fun of me the whole time?

Answer: No.

Question: If I ask a question in response to one of your articles, are you going to make fun of me in your answer?

Answer: Yes. Not definitively, but most likely.

Question: Are steam rooms okay?

Answer: Umm... I guess. They're not going to hurt you that badly if that's what you're asking. But there's also no benefit to sitting in a super hot room if that was part of the question too. It certainly won't help you lose any fat. That's for sure. Prolonged heat or humidity challenges your body's thermoregulation and this interrupts the body's ability to maintain a physiological steady state. When you can't maintain a steady state, it's your fat metabolism that suffers. And in addition to not losing any fat, if you're in there long enough to get your body temp up in the 35 degree Celsius range, the degradation of protein will probably be happening faster than the synthesis, so you'll lose lean body mass. But if you enjoy the way it feels, have at it. It certainly beats smoking.

Question: If I work out a ton, and then eventually stop, will my muscle turn into fat?

Answer: I cannot believe I'm being asked this question. I'd like to think it's a joke, but I got this one several times, so I'm afraid I'm going to be forced to treat this question seriously, as ridiculous as it is. No. No your muscle will not turn into fat. Muscle and fat are two entirely different substances. It's completely absurd to think that they could morph into each other.

Question: How do you explain why you get all fat when you stop working out?

Answer: Because you stop working out. If you never worked out in the first place, you'd be even fatter. Increasing the size of your fat stores actually happens slower upon detraining following a period of time where you were training. If you work out with weights, you increase your muscle mass. Increased muscle mass, even if it's not being used, increases your basal metabolism. Having a higher basal metabolism slows the rate at which you become fat upon detraining. So when you first stop working out, you won't put on fat as fast because you've got the added muscle burning a bunch of calories for you. But that muscle isn't going to last forever if you're not using it. After a few weeks, it will begin to atrophy. And when that happens, your basal metabolism declines in a parallel fashion. Then you start putting on fat a little quicker. But you probably won't lose all the muscle you built up. Just most. So technically, your basal metabolism is still slightly higher than if you never worked out. Thus, you having a history of working out, and then quitting, is better than you never working out at all.

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