re: NY Times Weight Training May Help to Ease or Prevent Depression

About a week or so ago I saw one of my clients post an article from the New York Times on Facebook entitled Weight Training May Help to Ease or Prevent Depression. The topic of this article talked about how weight training can help with depression citing some scientific studies.  I don’t need science to point this out because I’ve seen it with several of my personal training clients and I’ve lived it as well.

A while back I was depressed from a failed marriage.  The marriage therapist that we had gone to offered to help me continue to which case I told him where to go and how to get there (I didn’t think much of him). Sometimes professional help is needed, but just like not all personal trainers are created equal, not all therapists are created equal either.

Besides, he failed me already.  Instead of seeking professional help I googled how to cope with divorce.  

The very first thing it had said was “get in shape.”  Now I’ve been working in the fitness industry for about 15 years and was already in shape so I took it to the next level and started training to be a steel-bending strongman under the guidance of my first mentor.

Before that would happen, I had to sort out my head through what I like to call “Iron Therapy”.

Sometime ago punk rock legend and my celebrity look-alike Henry Rollins wrote an article called The Iron.

Henry Rollins

Yours truly

A well written and truthful article, I found myself agreeing with him and when that article by the New York Times came out and people started posting about it, I immediately thought of the Henry Rollins article and how it related to my own experiences.

Through the years, I have combined meditation, action, and the Iron into a single strength. I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. Time spent away from the Iron makes my mind degenerate. I wallow in a thick depression. My body shuts down my mind.

The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it’s impossible to turn back.

Yes!  Truth!

Every pharmaceutical drug before it hits the market has to be split tested against a placebo.  The reasoning for this is because the power of the mind can influence the body to make it better.  The placebo effect is a very real effect and I often times say that because of this “psychology can influence physiology”.  You can in some cases literally think yourself well.  And as the legendary Mighty Atom used to say, “Think you are strong and you are strong.”

On the opposite side of the coin is that physiology can influence psychology.  You see when you train there are a ton of feel-good hormones and stuff that flood your body, it can almost be euphoric which is part of the reason people feel addicted to training.  That and progress can be addicting as well.  Lifting a weight with ease that previously felt impossible gives you a confidence that you can’t really get anywhere else.

In addition to this, when you see the changes in your body that occur from weight training it makes you feel good about yourself.  When you feel good about yourself, you feel good.  Plain and simple.

And isn’t feeling good what we really want in the end?

If you want my help with this, activate the one-week trial membership by texting me at 973 476 5328.


Eric Moss is a world record holding professional strongman, author, speaker and personal trainer. In the tradition of the strongmen during the turn of the century, he performs feats of strength such as bending steel and breaking chains as part of a show and speaks on goal achievement for corporations, nonprofits, government as well as for schools and universities. His exclusive personal training studio is in Boonton Township New Jersey with Lewandowski Chiropractic and is close to Mountain Lakes, Denville, and Parsippany New Jersey.

Getting Results, Nutrition and Advice from Bobby Flay Fit

I enjoy cooking and recommend others learn to cook as well, particularly when going through a body transformation program.  For one thing, cooking gives you power because you are in control of what you put into your body which is very helpful for body transformation.  When you depend on others to cook for you, you are at the mercy of what they cook which may or may not be in line with what your goals are.

“But my mommy/wife/whoever doesn’t cook that so I can’t lose weight.”

Yes, I hear that excuse, and of the excuses I hear, this one probably annoys me the most because it is whining defers responsibility.  Well, maybe the one of “but I can’t give up xyz.”

You can, you have a choice.  You just choose to eat food that isn’t in line with your goals. I’m not here to judge you, just to guide you and if you want to achieve your body transformation goals…you’ll have to eat like an adult.  If you aren’t going to do that…stop whining. </rant>

Recently I picked up The Bobby Flay Fit book (which I do recommend).  The way I see it, I want my family to eat well and having good tasting healthful recipes can pay dividends long term.  Pick a recipe, practice it with the intent of mastering it, eventually you’ll have a delicious healthful dish that your daughter turns down in favor of chicken nuggets that are shaped like dinosaurs.

Now, first, the recipes in the book aren’t going to help you lose weight, but they aren’t bad for you either, well at least not by reasonable standards.  I see it as a good way of maintaining your results after you’ve achieved them so that you can maintain it over the long term…which is what you really want isn’t it?

Of the recipes I’ve made, 2 out of 3 were successes.  The rest have a lot of ingredients that I didn’t have readily available.  So I guess the recipes are good, but some of the fitness advice I take a bit of issue with.

Here is a piece of advice I take issue with;

Once you’ve hit a groove, mix things up. Not only can doing the same thing day in and day out get boring, but your body needs to be challenged in new ways or it can become used to a workout. There’s no better feeling than being sore from a new workout and knowing you’re flexing new muscles.

Uhm, no. Admittedly, this is an opinion of mine but there is no better feeling than actually hitting a new personal record and accomplishing a goal. That’s the part that lets you know that what you are doing is actually working, not being sore.

And the way you do that is you fluctuate the intensity (percentage of your max weight), your sets and your reps…not your exercise selection. Do something similar, but not the same. There are many different ways to do this.

You probably won’t be sore, but that’s not a bad thing because soreness is not an indicator of progress.  It’s just soreness.  Progress is in actually getting closer to your goal, and it’s measurable.

Second, and this part is fact, you won’t be flexing “new muscles”.  You already have all the muscles you’ll ever have and in fact already have muscles capable of lifting a car.  They just don’t know it yet.  Gaining muscle is actually developing muscle fibers that are already there and you can train them faster but doing it the smart way.

If you need help with this and you happen to be anywhere near Boonton Township, give my personal training one week trial membership a go. We will know quickly whether or not we are a good fit to work together.  Text me at 973 476 5328.


Eric Moss is a world record holding professional strongman, author, speaker and personal trainer. In the tradition of the strongmen during the turn of the century, he performs feats of strength such as bending steel and breaking chains as part of a show and speaks on goal achievement for corporations, nonprofits, government as well as for schools and universities. His exclusive personal training studio is in Boonton Township New Jersey with Lewandowski Chiropractic and is close to Mountain Lakes, Denville, and Parsippany New Jersey.

Avengers Infinity War and the “secret” behind superhero physiques.

So this past weekend I finally got a chance to go out and see Avengers Infinite War.  Don’t worry I won’t spoil it, but I do recommend you watch all of the movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe before checking it out.

Now having watched it gave me a chance to discuss it with some of my clients and of the topics to come up was the topic of casting.  I think everyone was cast very well…with the exception of Black Widow and that’s mainly because she’s supposed to be a Russian agent, but doesn’t have a Russian accent.

In this discussion, came up the topic of the physiques behind the characters, notably Thor and Captain America.  When they were cast, they weren’t well-known actors.  Chris Hemsworth (Thor) had Star Trek to his credit, even though his part was short, and Chris Evans (Captain America) had Fantastic 4, which wasn’t very successful.

Basically, they were a blank slate.  They were a fresh start that could make or break the actor’s career.  The big names in their origin movies were supporting cast members.  In Thor, it was Natalie Portman.  In Captain America, it was Tommy Lee Jones and Hugo Weaving.

And following the origin stories were sequels and cameos that I’m sure were written into the contracts.  For Captain America, there were 3 movies as the leading role, plus 3 appearances in Avengers.  For Thor, there were 3 movies as the leading role, plus 3 appearances in Avengers, and a cameo in Dr. Strange.

And there are more movies to come.

But the original’s success was hinged on the actor’s physiques, which brings me to the main point of this article.

A multimillion-dollar movie career is one heck of a motivating force to get in shape.  Add to that the guidance and support system of having a personal trainer, plus nutritionist etc. and that is where their success comes from, though I can’t deny that there is a high likeliness of PEDS as well as there is always risk of this whenever money is on the line.

When people say to me “The only time I have is in the morning, but I just can’t get up.” I know it’s not completely true.  They just don’t have the same mindset.  If they were offered a million dollars to wake up at 5:30am I guarantee they won’t hit the snooze.

Now, I know you likely won’t be offered a multimillion-dollar picture deal but that doesn’t mean that a fit, powerful, capable superhero physique isn’t worth pursuing.  Life is simply better when you are all around strong, lean and healthy.

And maybe you won’t reach the levels that they do…naturally.  But with the right guidance and support system in place, you’ll surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.  If you are unsure of what to do, that’s what I’m here to teach.

If you would like to try out my program to see if I’m right for you, send me a text at 973 476 5328.  I’ll get you set up on your trial membership which includes, a movement analysis session/intro session, 3 personal training sessions done in a relaxed group environment and a goal assessment interview.  It doesn’t cost anything and the only thing you have to lose is weakness and body fat.

Do it now, because success likes speed.


Eric Moss is a world record holding professional strongman, author, speaker and personal trainer. In the tradition of the strongmen during the turn of the century, he performs feats of strength such as bending steel and breaking chains as part of a show and speaks on goal achievement for corporations, nonprofits, government as well as for schools and universities. His exclusive personal training studio is in Boonton Township New Jersey with Lewandowski Chiropractic and is close to Mountain Lakes, Denville, and Parsippany New Jersey.