“It’s a bunch of violent, mean motherfuckers that aren’t kind or gentle in any way.” “Westside was a cult.” “They were the crazies.” The name Westside Barbell evokes images of rattling chains and monstrous dudes bleeding while they max out, but to the average powerlifter the gym is still pretty...Read more
Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.
After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men’s Health, VICE, and Popular Science.
Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?
Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.
At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training.
His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.
MY LATEST REVIEWS
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“It’s a bunch of violent, mean motherfuckers that aren’t kind or gentle in any way.” “Westside was a cult.” “They...
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