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In: You Optimized

Debunking Testosterone Replacement Therapy
March 15, 2019

If you want to shed fat and gain muscle, having your hormones optimized is an important, but non-crucial tactic.  But as a mono-treatment, it’s not very effective.  Or at least that’s what we see at Stark.  The most powerful tools to achieve your health and fitness goals remain the complex, drawn-out solutions:  exercise, nutrition and lifestyle.  And in my opinion, Testosterone Replacement is too big of a commitment for the hope of an aesthetic change, alone.  Here are a couple of before and after pics. 

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THE 11 TACTICS I USE TO NATURALLY BALANCE AND INCREASE MY TESTOSTERONE LEVELS
March 1, 2019

Most want a direct approach to abs: workout harder; eat less. But the industry’s dirty little secret (let’s keep it between you and I) is that it doesn’t work. Or, rather, it doesn’t work for very long. By that I mean you can apply those to changes to your life, and for a brief time, you’ll look your best. You may not feel your best, but hey. . . . how important is that?

Frankly, it’s the most important. Because how you feel is a more accurate reflection of your current state of health; and, it’s also an early indicator to your future state of fitness.

That’s why your hormones are so critical. Your chronological age is just a number; your hormonal age is a much more critical look at whether or not you’re aging like a fine wine or that smelly science experiment in the back of your fridge. The former is what this article is all about.

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The 15 Steps I Take to Optimize My Gut Health for Better Abs
November 12, 2018

There’s an intimate connection between gut health, looking better naked and performing at your best.  If your gut health is poor, you’re more likely to be overweight.  If it’s exceptional, you’re more likely to be fit.  So, find a way in which to achieve exceptional gut health!  Your skin will look healthier, you’ll be able to think more clearly, and you will be able to lose fat and add muscle to your desire.  Essentially, the quality of your digestion will impact the efficiency by which you absorb those expensive organic, grass-fed, free-range nutrients you’re buying at Whole Foods.

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Firebringer
June 20, 2018

What lights your way? We are all born with a blazing spirit of courage. It is not a spirit made to extinguish easily. We all have unique circumstances we face in our day-to-day. Some of those can be overwhelming and frightening; poor health, weight struggles or crippling disease, Courage is not the absence of these. It’s moving forward, doing what’s right; despite them. Look to the light.

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Synchronicity
June 12, 2018

Walk into the better days of tomorrow by looking at days past. 1939. Loud, violent German tanks storm into Poland. War…

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Sleep The Fat Away?
June 8, 2018

“Six hours for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool.” -Napoleon Bonaparte Were Napoleon’s sentiments correct? Was…

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Distill My Heart
June 7, 2018

Distill My Heart “Oh, that man should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! That we should,…

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The Examined Desire
June 6, 2018

THE EXAMINED DESIRE Her face launched a thousand ships… The Iliad is many things. It is central to Western Literature and its…

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The Examined Goal
June 1, 2018

It all appears so simple. Set a goal. Work hard. Achieve the goal. Create new goal.   You don’t have to…

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"Red Meat Increases the Risk of Dying"
May 24, 2018

Did that get your attention? If it did, you’re not alone. That was a headline from a leading publication in 2017. Panic. Terror. Cows breathe a sigh of relief. Is the headline true? It must be. The study says so. Not so fast. I’m sure you’ve seen headlines with the phrases, “increase risk of,” or “linked to.” Usually, those are from “observational studies.” Those studies have a place in the world of science, but how? Quick, read further and save the ribeyes! 

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