February 13, 2019

Get (and Stick) with the Program!

I can tell a lot about your fitness program by the first thing you do when you come into the gym. If it doesn’t include a warm-up, you’re either following no program at all or you’ve chosen to neglect this extremely important part of a training program. If the first exercise you do after not warming up is biceps curls, you’re either following no program at all or are following the most poorly designed program ever.  (“Yo, it’s arm day, bro!”) If you have nothing in […]
February 5, 2019

Create a Vocabulary for Success

I look forward to the new year and the resolutions it brings.  Although I think it is important to establish and reestablish goals throughout the year, there is just something special about the first of January (or sixth of February) that adds to the excitement of setting a new goal for myself. Statistically speaking, I’m not the only one to feel this way, as 45% of all Americans resolve to better their lives this time of year.  To be honest, though, I don’t know why […]
February 1, 2019

Build Up Your Legs with Cardio?! Go Take a Hike! No, Really, Go Take a Hike!

I owe someone an apology.  Actually, I owe something an apology. By and large, I’m an endurance athlete.  I’ve benefited greatly, physically and mentally, from running, specifically.  But for years I’ve been bad-mouthing running (and other aerobic, or “cardio”, activities).  Well, maybe bad-mouthing is too strong of a word, but I’ve certainly underappreciated it.  And for that, running, I’m sorry. I’ve always (or as long as I’ve been in this industry) known cardio training to decrease . . . Fatigue Stress and anxiety Depression Heart […]
January 9, 2019

The Sleepaway Pill: Lose Fat While You Sleep . . . Kinda

If I had a pill that would help you lose fat while you slept, would you take it?  Here’s how it works. Ultimately, all you have to do is take one tablet every night right before going to bed.  Although modifying your diet and beginning an exercise program will expedite fat loss, you don’t have to do either.  But, for the pill to work, you must take it on a completely empty stomach.  To ensure the tablet’s efficacy, you mustn’t eat three hours before taking […]
December 21, 2018

When a Poor Plan’s Better Than a Good Plan

While warming up for my training session the other day, an acquaintance of my walked by.  Having seen him lifting earlier, I commented that his form was looking good.  He said he appreciated that because he’d not been in for two weeks. He shared that in order for him to get his entire workout in during the week he’d have to get to the gym at five.  I told him I could empathize. Albeit slowly, I’ve had to learn to change my thinking from all […]
December 10, 2018

Plug the Time Leaks, Find the Time Gifts

In a recent visit to my local YMCA, I passed a large group of parents, each of them on their smartphones, waiting for their kids to get out of a martial arts class.  I wonder, how many of them have ever said, “I don’t have time to exercise.”? Have you ever said it?  Have you ever said it while on your smartphone seated in a gym?! For the majority of apparently healthy adults, exercise isn’t an issue of time, it’s priority.  If exercise and the […]