Effective Supplements: Creatine and Beta Alanine

Effective Supplements: Creatine and Beta Alanine

Effective supplements help to improve your athletic performance, and it is important to know which to use. Many products provide no proven benefits. Two exceptions are creatine and bet alanine.

Let’s try swimming again: The dating pool

Let’s try swimming again: The dating pool

So, now my latest dating blunder is affecting the day for three people — five, if you include his parents. This 30-something man-child literally told me to text his parents to find out what I should do with him; they actually didn’t do anything to help, so three is a better count.

The privilege of beauty: Who benefits?
The privilege of beauty: Who benefits?

It’s a pretty well established standard across time and place that human beauty is underpinned by symmetry, clarity, and proportion. However, beyond that, the standards vary wildly from culture to culture. And culture is dependent upon both place and time.

Suggested Products: Yellow Tinted Lenses

Yellow tinted lenses look yellow, because they are allowing red and green light to enter your eyes. How do they do this? By absorbing blue. This is why they help you maintain a proper circadian rhythm: They prevent the stimulation of light sensitive photoreceptors.

Square Foot Gardening: Perfectly efficient system

The style of gardening that fascinates me most is Square Foot Gardening. The ease, simplicity, versatility, economy, and variety of this process impresses me. It minimizes the money, equipment, soil, water, physical work, and time required to successfully grow food.

Love, a Happily Single Introvert

Dear Happily Partnered Extrovert: I love you, and I want our friendship to continue flourishing. But as an introvert there’s something I need you to understand, and I’m going to force you this one time to fully acknowledge what I’m saying to you. If you refuse, I’ll stop spending time with you.

Kundalini Yoga reminds us to stop and breathe

My first class of Kundalini yoga incorporated practically no poses. Yoga is a practice going back thousands of years, and it has many levels. The “exercise” part of yoga is level three. Most American students skip Yama and Niyama, jumping willy nilly right into Asana. This wasn’t even an option in this Kundalini class.

Killer Gene Mutations: Folic Acid is a MTHFR

Not long ago my sister had a miscarriage. It was upsetting in and of itself, because that kind of news is terrible; however, there was more. This was her fifth miscarriage. What does this have to do with Folic Acid?

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Cortisol increases body fat and inflammation

Practically anything can become a stressor in the right conditions, and fight or flight is our only biological response to stress. Some triggers of cortisol and stress include conflict, worry, alcohol and drug consumption. As much as possible, protect yourself from stress.

Getting past the VD hump: Avoid being in the 90%

Okay, I admit it: That title was clickbait. The VD in question here is Valentine’s Day, and the 90% refers to the number of new gym members who stop going by February 14. Gyms bank on this. Gyms oversell their capacity, specifically because they know you have only a 10% chance of showing up.

Solstice Yoga embraces darkness

Solstice Yoga is a yoga dance rave party created by Jaimis Huff. It takes pace in Charlotte, NC, and was recently hosted at Catawba Brewing Company. Sostice seeks to encourage us to examine and embrace our inner darkness to help with healing, which is the process of building strength and character.

Forging gains through progressive overload

Beginning the grueling process of forging gains I started the long process of forging gains through progressive overload in 1994 at age 18. In the fall of 2018 I was watching a series on Netflix about the Celts, and how they weren’t at all the barbarians described to...

Suggested Gear: Body Helix – Elbow Helix

I have had really great results using the Elbow Helix by Body Helix. It gives very consistent, firm support without feeling constricting. It holds its shape, and it fits true to size. It doesn’t smell strange after use, and is made to withstand lots of use.

Eccentric Effort & Compression Heal Injuries

It might be counterintuitive, but your muscles are stronger when they get longer under tension (eccentric effort). Something else that is helpful for both reducing pain from injuries and speeding recovery is compression therapy. By putting the two together, you can improve your healing.

Suggested Reading: Fitness Fundamentals, vol. 1: 8 Essential Patterns

I wrote the Fitness Fundamentals collection of books to help people who are not already familiar with creating programs for healthy lifestyles. Over the course of these 10 short books, I explain in clear and simple terms how and why to design plans for personal fitness and holistic wellness.

Ripped Abs are a result of clean eating

Ripped Abs and Beauty There’ve been many signifiers of fitness and beauty over the years. You can see this by looking at art from around the world and the way people are portrayed in photographs, paintings and sculptures throughout history. Some cultures...

#TakeHotterSelfies: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

How does Dysmorphic Disorder affect me? Last night I was going through old selfies to measure my fitness progress. And some of those selfies were really, really truly fantastic. But with Dysmorphic Disorder, you really can't see that about yourself. So I'm going to...

Welcome to the INTEGRE8T Wellness Blog!

Welcome to the INTEGRE8T Wellness blog! Here you’ll find dozens of articles I’ve written about a wide range of topics. There are entries about exercise, fitness, wellness, nutrition, and personal stories. I hope they help inform you as you continue on your process of self improvement.

Blog Mission

I want to provide helpful information for workouts, recipes, personal stories, philosophy and position statements, interviews with content experts, and other ideas. I also have a lifetime of observations concerning body image, self esteem, goal setting, and perseverance. If you ever want some inspiration, I have a page just for that as well. The idea is that the posts on this site will be practical, inspirational, personal, conversational, and educational.

The INTEGRE8T System

I am a strong advocate of taking a wholistic approach to wellness. The eight patterns of fitness are Breath, Hydration, Nutrition, Strength, Conditioning, Flexibility, Focus, and Rest; however, these look primarily at the physical body. We are more complex than that, so many of my vlog posts will address the eight modalities of wellness. These address the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Psychological, Social, Sexual, Spiritual, and Financial components of our lives, which are intrinsically connected to each other like a web. Plucking one part of the web creates reverberations throughout the whole.

I will sometimes include thoughts about my favorite topics. These pressing concerns will generally focus on arts and culture; dance and theatre; language, poetry and fiction; personal stories; The Kitty Consortium; diamonds; aesthetics; chocolate; and, most importantly, Janet Jackson.


Jack Kirven is a mobile personal trainer in Charlotte, NC. He is the owner of INTEGRE8T Wellness.

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