Da Gainz

During lunch* my friends asked me, “Aren’t you gonna get fat from all the donuts?”  I simply replied, “It’s all about the gainz.”

*Note – We often debate and solve many of the ills of society such as the ranking of the best eats including the “premium fast food” category.

What are da gainz?


As part of the CrossFit family (e.g., cult)… I’ve tried all kinds of exercise and training (Normal people would call this “dieting” but this term has negative connotations (denying yourself of nutrients) and does not exist when one enters Super Beast Mode.  This blog is all about positivity.  I will never tell anyone to “Never Give Up” but rather “Fight On” because the former phrase implies that impossible odds are against you.

While I am a doctor (Well, a “fake one” – PhD – Piled, Higher and Deeper in Chemical Engineering), I am not a medical one so my statements are based on empirical observations and reading books/Interwebs.  YMMV.

What physical characteristics can be attributed to youth?  If the Fountain of Youth is what leads to immortality (e.g., health), what do we need?

  1. Strength: Look at every professional sport, age is a factor!  As we get older, we lose muscle mass so, in general, the younger athlete will be stronger.  That’s why you don’t see many 40-yr olds competing in the Olympics or the World Cup.
  2. Flexibility: Remember how bendy you were as a kid?  It’s super apparent in guys and doing the “splits.”  Look how young the Olympic gymnasts are!  However, ever notice how some old yogis look so fabulous?

Astute readers will notice that I did not mention heavy cardio/running endurance?  It can be done when you’re over 100!  But I bet he can’t come close to carrying/moving boxes like someone younger.

Which brings me to… the Stages of Weightlifting:

  1. To lose weight!
  2. To get cut.  (Yes, lifting heavy weight overhead will require you to stabilize your core so that what gets you that six-pack!)
  3. To impress girls.
  4. To impress guys. (Yes, 3&4 are inter-changeable for your own needs. Easier/more concise to explain as I’m coming from a heterosexual male perspective.  Also, I doubt I will ever graduate to Stage 4!)

In terms of training (Paleo, Mediterranean, etc), I would say that moving away from processed foods (Tip: Read the label on your bread.  The big difference between bread and cake is really sugar.  I noticed this while spending a few hundred hours learning pastry at a French culinary school.) and too much sugar is what is causing a lot of our health problems.  I believe that diabetes is the cause of other factors, such as heart disease which ultimately take most of the credits for mortality rates.  🙁

This gets to the other part of the blog.  In addition to the primary quest of finding good donuts, I’m going to practice and develop unprocessed/homemade/healthier donut recipes!  Luckily, a have a whole gym of victims, err… tasters for my creations!  (I don’t have a sweet tooth… potato chips and the Teenage Ninja Turtle diet are my weakness.  My gym eats a lot of donuts… which is surprising since they are super ripped people.  Go figure.)

Additionally, a strong body is useless without an equally strong mind and fighting spirit…

In order to win, you must be willing to lose.  My joke is… “Don’t go for a Laos, or settle for a Thai, when you can go for a Nguyen.” 

It’s just a play on words (I know quite a few awesome Laotian and Thai folks).  First, to gain muscle mass, you are actually breaking down muscle tissue to get stronger.  If you ever wondered why all the guys in martial arts flick practice kicking bamboo, it’s because they are causing small microfractures in their bones that heal giving more bone density.  If you keep rubbing your skin, a scab will eventually form that will make your skin tougher.  All in all, stress makes us stronger!

For every gain/success we see, there is a backstory of numerous losses/failures that we don’t see.

In donut philosophy terms, without the hole, we wouldn’t be surrounded by the great taste!  So focus on da gainz (your goals) in life… and failures are just the means to help you get there!

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