November 11, 2019

9 Things Basic Training Taught Me About Fitness

One of the greatest opportunities I’ve been afforded in my life was to serve my country in the Army National Guard.  And I’m reminded of this each Veterans Day. Having served makes me no less grateful and appreciative of those that served long before me or are currently serving both domestically and abroad.  If anything, it makes me even MORE grateful and appreciative of what they’ve done and continue to do. To this day, I’m still receiving the benefits of having served in the military, […]
October 18, 2019

You Hate Exercise? I Bet You Hate Soup, Too.

What do soup and exercise have in common?  On the surface, it may seem like nothing.  And after we dig a little deeper . . . maybe still nothing. When my wife and I began dating (because we’re still dating), she made the statement, “I hate soup.”  Really?  ALL soup?! I’ve done no fact checking, but I’m pretty sure there are no less than a bajillion different types of soup.  So for her to say she hates soup is a pretty generalized statement. I, too, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 one 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?! […]
May 23, 2018

Maybe the Opposite of Harder is Different

“You can’t do what you did to get here if you want to get there!” – Coach Martin Rooney I’m working with a new coaching client.  We met last week for our bi-weekly assessments, i.e., weight and circumference measurements.  More than occasionally, clients will preface our measurements with phrases such as, “I had a bad week” or “The numbers aren’t gonna be good.” First off, that’s just what they are—numbers.  Or more “scientifically”, data.  Taking measurements, or assessing, simply allows us to see what’s working […]