BMI is Not the Gold Standard

It is mind blowing to me that our society still uses BMI as the obesity marker. Just the other day an ObGyn told a client of mine that she was overweight and needed to watch what she ate the rest of her pregnancy. This woman is about 30 weeks, has lived an active lifestyle, and does not eat garbage. According to her doctor, her BMI was too high.
You can find you BMI here at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). According to the dudes in charge over there, I am borderline normal weight and overweight. Logan (owner of DEUCE Gym and my favorite person ever) is definitely in the overweight category, and Rich Froning is borderline overweight and obese.


Rich Froning has been The Fittest Man in the World for four years now and he looks like this…

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Logan played professional baseball, has an evolved practice in strength and conditioning, and looks like this…

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I’m not a professional athlete. I have a career in which my time in the gym is limited. I look like this…

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This BMI thing does not make any sense to me. In fact, it seems ass backwards. 
A few years ago, I started testing my Body Fat Percentage at various times throughout the year. During the past few years, I’ve been able to come up with my normal. I can fluctuate from 18-22% body fat. Definitely on the lower side, when my nutrition is dialed in.

According to this chart at, I’m fit dabbling in athletic.

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So, what the hell? 

Body Mass Index is a measure of body fat only based on the person’s height and weight. That’s weird. To me, there is a lot that happens between the height and weight that makes a personal healthy or not.

When measuring your Body Fat Percentage you are separate from fat mass and lean body mass (bones, muscles, hair, water). In my experience, the most accurate way to do this is through Body Spec Scan. There are other methods such as the Dunk Tank and Caliper Method. Read more about Body Fat Percentage here.


Overweight, Obesity, and Pregnancy?

Popular websites such as imply that a pregnant woman is obese when her BMI is above 30. During pregnancy, we unfortunately do not grow in height; only width. So, why the hell do we use the BMI to diagnose a woman as overweight or obese?

There are a SHIT TON (Texan for MORE THAN ENOUGH) of other ways to determine if a woman is overweight/obese. In fact, there are a SHIT TON of other ways to determine if a woman is just not healthy.


Blood Work

Body Fat Percentage Prior to Conception

Daily Lifestyle Choices



Pavlina in Pool






Warm Up / Activations


5 minutes of Belly Breathing

3 Rounds:

10 Tempo Squats

10 Good Mornings

10 Box Lower Downs (Each Leg)


Strength Focus

12 x 2 Deadlifts at 50-60% 1RM

*Rest 60s between efforts.

*No dropping from at the top.


Stamina / Cardio


Complete 6 Rounds for total time:

10 Russian KB Swings

8 Pull-ups (or Ring Rows)

200m Run

-Rest 2 min-

Possible Options

The run can always be a walk.

Rest can always be longer.

The idea here is to work hard for about 90 seconds to two mintues, and then rest.



Mindset Training

A Woman Births As She Lives


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