Miguel’s Musings & Things to Read – 9.1.14

Good morning! Or rather, hope your sleep was well enough to get you going for the rest of your day.

One thing I’ve been keeping track of very recently are my sleep levels, the amount of sleep I get, along with what times I actually sleep.

Sleep Tracking


Hopefully this is not like your sleep schedule.

With this in mind, I’d like to divulge a few links and interesting readings that I’ve come across on how I can reduce stress levels, get to sleep faster, and what effects coffee has on your body.

All About Coffee: Is It Good For Us? Or a Disease Waiting to Happen? by Brian St. Pierre

In this post by Brian St. Pierre, the good and the bad of coffee are weighed, which provides some valuable insight and research findings in a very non-biased way.

Sleep Aids by Examine.com

Whenever I hear any of my clients talking about feeling groggy or tired, I understand the reasons could be multi-factorial. However, when it comes down to it, sleep can be a great equalizer in terms of getting energy “back” with regards to recovery. The folks at Examine.com have a page on “sleep supplements”, along with a greater guide seen with their Stack Guides product.

Examine.com Stack Supplement Guides



An Unusual Cure for Not Enough Sleep by ScientificAmerican.com

The placebo effect is well documented, and sleep quality is no stranger to it. This article divulges how our sleep habits may be affected by our own interpretation of how well we slept. Interesting, because I always think my sleep habits are awful. Maybe I can think my sleeping problems away… Regardless, it is an interesting article that got me to thinking!


As always,

Keep it funky.


Miguel’s Musings & Things to Read – 8.25.14

This past weekend I had the opportunity to jump on a bus and go to Beantown. It was totally spur of the moment and I felt like I had a great time connecting with all of my Bostonian friends while I was up there. Many thanks to all who I had the chance to spend time with.

My buddy Angel and I take a serious picture while Greg Robins talks about powerlifting!

With this said, here are some things to read to start off your week:

There are many different “camps” of nutritional diets to follow, and John does a great job of detailing the differences and similarities between many of the “fad” diets prevalent today.

Spot reduction is the idea that if you perform a dedicated exercise, you will be able to reduce the fat that is visible in that muscle group. I think Jordan goes over the details in a very conversational tone that will allow anyone to understand the ideas surrounding this myth, so give it a quick read for that info.

This is a great post that details many sentiments that come along with strength training for women. If you or anyone you know has any issues with “getting too muscular”, this is definitely worth the read. As always,

Keep it funky.