The Slight Edge…One of the BEST Books I’ve Ever Read

I don’t get overly hyped about many things…and I’m very judicious about things I recommend.  But with that being said…

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If I could recommend just one modern-day book for you to read, in almost any situation it would be The Slight Edge written by Jeff Olson.

Whether health & fitness, business, relationships, or just life in general, it’s simply an incredible book…one that will help you understand what leads to success vs failure, despite the endeavor.

Once I completed my college education (which I stretched out as long as I could – ha), I began reading quite voraciously…and I still do in spurts.  Point being, I’ve read a LOT of books.  And practically all of these are of the non-fiction variety.  More specifically, I tend to read things that might help me become a better person…so whether it’s self-help, productivity, business, etc. I’ll probably enjoy it…or already have.

With that being said, these days it takes something really special about a book to make me excited about it to the point where I wanna tell others about it.  So when Pete from my small group at church showed up with a stack of these to hand out to us, I admittedly thought “oh that’s very nice of him, but I’m sure this is gonna turn out to be another mediocre book rehashing the same ol’ stuff.”  But I was wrong.

The Slight Edge points out that the line between failure and success is a very fine one, indeed.  Having had my share of both, I’ve found that to be the case in my life, too, when looking back in retrospect.

In closing, if you’re someone who struggles with up and downs in the exercise/nutrition part of your life, I’d consider this book a must read.  And for that matter, if you struggle with up and downs in any part of your life (who doesn’t?!) then you should also read The Slight Edge.

It’s not a “Rah, rah, you can do it!” kind of book.  Instead, it takes a practical, no-nonsense look at how to succeed (or fail) at anything by making the smallest changes.

Your friend in fitness,

Dr Clay


My Latest Article – The Best Exercise for a Smaller Waist

Best Exercise for Smaller Waist

Just like the headline says, my latest article (the first in a couple years) is LIVE over at  In fact, it was posted this past Monday.  The repairs on were just completed today, however…so this is my first chance to let ya know ;)

The caption they give it pretty much sums up the topic of the article – “These five vacuum exercises will narrow and tighten your waist by training the transverse abdominis.”

As you’ll read in the article, when I say ‘narrower waist’ I’m talking about front-to-back, not left-to-right.  The width of your waist left-to-right is determined by body fat and genetics.

However, if you tend to have a distended abdomen (aka Pot Belly), then you’ll really dig the article.

Or even if, like me, you have a tendency to relax your midsection, allowing your belly to stick out a bit, then you’ll enjoy finding the fix to that in this article.

Lastly, if you have back pain, I’d also highly recommend the article.  That’s because training the TVA (transverse abdominis) has been shown to often help those with back pain.  (Note: back pain suffers tend to have a weak, hypotonic TVA that doesn’t contract when it should…thus it fails to stabilize the spine as it should.)

Anyway, hope you enjoy the article :)

Your friend in fitness,

Dr Clay



You Can Call it a Comeback

“Don’t call it a comeback…I’ve been here for years” rapped LL Cool J in his song Momma Said Knock You Out.  In my case, however, the term comeback is quite warranted…given that I took a break from pretty much everything for almost two years.

For now I won’t bore you with the details of my sabbatical; I’ll save that for whenever I get around to writing my autobiography.  But I will say that I’m excited to be back!

It’s kinda hard to believe that almost two full years passed since my last update here at  Given that amount of time away, I’m sure you unbookmarked this site, stopped checking in, and probably forgot about little ol me altogether…and I wouldn’t blame ya.

However, go ahead and (re)bookmark, add it to your favorites, tie a string around your finger, or whatever you wanna do to make it easy to swing by here regularly.  I’ll do my best to make it worth your while.

Till next time…Peace :)

LA Cool Clay


Ep67: the Problem with All or None Thinking and Comparing Yourself

In this episode I discuss how life is NOT all or none…meaning, just because you can’t do something perfectly, in an ALL OUT manner, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Likewise, don’t compare yourself to anyone else, including your former self, or what you used to be able to do. Simply do the best you can at this point in time…like I’m doing with BMX racing – as you’ll see I’m not very good, but I’m trying! ;)


Dr Clay’s Psycho Babble VLOG…your head is NOT a weapon, football players!

I’ve been meaning to resurrect my video blog…after all, I’ve got a LOT to talk about!  While watching the Alabama vs LSU football game tonight, my desire to (lovingly) rant pushed me over the edge.  Enjoy my Psycho Babble.