Hi there, I’m Jonathan. On these pages though, I go by Ockham , as in the Ockham of Ockham’s Razor fame. If you know what that means already without having to look it up then you’ve come to the right place because you’re my soulmate. Well, probably not my soulmate but you share the same mindset.
For those of you who don’t feel like clicking the link, William of Ockham was a Franciscan Friar, philosopher, theologian and one of the great intellects of his time – which was a really long time ago in the 1300’s. He is famous for developing a methodological principal that came to be known as Ockham’s Razor which states:
Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.
Um yeah… Latin. Well, this translates roughly a number of ways but generally means that:
Keep it Simple Stupid
You may be wondering what the heck a ‘Razor’ has to do with anything. Just as a note of interest it’s because when using the principal you “shave away” unnecessary assumptions… but I digress.
I’m an engineer, and a lot of engineers have a tendency to overcomplicate things just because. But that’s not me. I got into engineering because I love to take complex things, understand how they work, and then simplify them. Why make things more complicated than they have to be? Ockham’s Razor.
Anyways, this Keep It Simple premise is something that I apply to a lot of different things in life and it’s a premise I like to apply to fitness. Fitness is one of those things that at face value seems like it should be simple – move more eat less get in shape. But, for a variety of reasons, it’s just not that simple. My goal is to cut through the complexity and make it simple again. If this is the way you think about things then again, it means that you’ve come to the right place, and you’re obviously real smart and good looking too.
Why a fitness blog?
I had a couple of health scares around five years ago that finally forced me to reassess my lifestyle and I didn’t like what I saw. I was overweight and out of shape. I ate a lot of crap and it had caught up with me. I contracted Lyme Disease in early April (which is miserable by itself) and two months later had a major digestive issue that turned out to be Diverticulitis which is also miserable.
After several visits with several specialists I was told that I needed to be on medication forever or make a drastic change if I ever wanted to be pain free again. I chose the change.
First, I needed to get my nutrition in order. I did a ton of research and started dialing things in. I really looked hard at my symptoms and my family history. I started seeing a pattern. In my large extended family I had many cousins, aunts, and uncles who had similar issues. In my relatives I saw a variety of ailments associated with inflammation. It was in many ways an epiphany.
I started to look at anti-inflammatory diets and immediately ran into a lot of differing opinions. If you have ever tried to look up a controversial subject online you know that it is hard to sort through the bro science and the real science. Well, after months of wandering around the desert of health diet and fitness websites I finally started figuring things out. I tested a bunch of things out and finally settled in on an anti-inflammatory diet that worked for me. Over the course of a month I started to feel better for the first time in a long time. I also started to lose weight and look better. I wasn’t in great shape, but I was better than I had been.
So, why MudFitness?
I remember it like it was yesterday. I saw a headline in a real paper newspaper and the picture featured a guy carrying a huge log on his back down a city street. I read the article and the guy was training for a Tough Mudder race which was a new thing at the time in the emerging field of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR). A race in the mud, over obstacles, and a beer handed to you in the end?
I thought to myself, ‘That’s nuts, and I love it!’
My diet was under control and I was finally feeling pretty good. I figured, I can do a race like this if I get myself into shape. So, I convinced a few buddies of mine to sign up for a race and spent the next year training so I’d be in shape to be able to do it. There is no better motivation than knowing you have to be in good shape if you want to finish an OCR. We ran the race and we all finished. It was a great experience. It was muddy and dirty and exhilarating all at the same time.
At least one of those guys who ran that first race with me still talks to me and we still run OCR’s together – Spartans, Bone Frogs, Tough Mudders – I love them all.
I’ve learned a lot over the years about gear, training, and strategy and have gotten in pretty good shape in the process. So, MudFitness combines two of my passions –OCR and Fitness.
What to expect from this Blog
Ever since turning my health around, I have been much more aware of my own level of fitness and I am constantly seeking out new ways to improve my fitness. As someone with a science background I focus much of my attention on evidence based fitness. Sometimes, there is something to be said for Bro Science, but just because it worked once for someone and everyone imitated doesn’t mean it will work for you. So, I prefer when there is a research paper or study attached to a new or old fitness principal.
You can expect a variety of articles on here on topics that interest me and hopefully you. These topics will be varied but will generally focus on things related to health, fitness, and OCR. I’ll be linking to a lot of outside sources but will also be producing original material that will serve as a way for me to educate others about what has worked for me with all of these topics.
In the interest of transparency, please note from time to time I will link to a product on Amazon via a referral link. This earns me a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I have used personally and that I believe will add value to readers.
Well that’s it. Have a look around. I hope you like what you see and if you have a question feel welcome to contact me.