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. You take one tablet every night right before going to bed.  That’s it. 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 the pill.  If you […]
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.  But because he was having difficulty getting in at five, he was missing his workouts.  I told him […]
December 10, 2018

Plug the Time Leaks, Find the Time Gifts

At 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 an issue of priority.  If exercise and the subsequent […]
November 22, 2018

Have My Pumpkin Pie and Eat It Too?! How I’m Gonna Enjoy My Thanksgiving Without [Completely] Sacrificing My Goals

I’m gonna refrain from searching the Internet this morning.  But if I did, how many Thanksgiving-themed fitness and nutrition articles might I find?  Well, whatever that number is, I’m adding one more. I had a coach once tell me no what cares what I do [for my fitness and nutrition].  People wanna know what they need to do.  I get where he’s coming from, but why do I often get asked about what I eat and do for exercise by people if they don’t care?! […]