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How to use a treadmill to get back in shape

17th May 2017

Reader question: Looking for a good treadmill workout so I can get back into shape before I run the track outside. Hope to be doing a 1.5 mile run without embarrassing myself too much. Thanks for the question. First, be careful with sprinting on treadmills. Second, don’t do too much jogging – running fast is […]

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Anyone ever done Whole30 program/diet?

1st May 2016

I did it / am doing it (on day 29 of 30) in preparation for a hard core workout/diet plan I wanted to do in preparation for some longer runs and bike rides I want to do working up to a triathlon and found the results to be great. just curious if anyone has done […]

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Pros and Cons of super sets, alternate sets, pyramiding up, pyramiding down

27th March 2013

Reader question: While working out today at my gym. A guy asked me why was I using such heavy weights while working out wit supersets (A superset is taking two movements, and doing consecutive sets without rest, alternating the movement. Like bench press for 5 reps, then immediately doing squats for 5 reps). After getting […]

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Train calves, abs, back twice a week, everything else once?

8th October 2012

This article is clearly for bodybuilders but you have to think it would apply to any athlete who trains hard, especially if they isolate muscles with say a barbell or dumbbell curl for the biceps. It basically says allow 5-7 days for muscle recovery. Whenever you do train your back, here are some cool variations […]

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Functional Movement Systems

26th December 2011

The New York Times talks about Functional Movement Systems and how the Atlanta Falcons suffer fewer injuries than team who don’t use the same strategy.

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Core exercises with spine safety in mind (disc health)

20th June 2011

This article has theoretical explanations and embedded youtube videos of the exercises. The basic idea is to keep spinal flexion to a minimum: The first issue that needs to be addressed is spinal flexion. Research by Dr. McGill shows that repeated spinal flexion is detrimental to the intervertebral discs. (1) The strategy of rolling out […]

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Vegetables that get more or less pesticides + a workout system

24th April 2011

Two good articles I want to share: Veggies = This one has me thinking I should be washing my strawberries in dish detergent (well a water / detergent solution with heavy rinsing involved). Exercise = This one talks about complexes focusing on max strength, explosive strength, and speed strength.

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Fun core exercises

6th February 2011

Some different core exercises here for replacing old fashioned crunches with more modern stuff. I’m not saying never go old school but do always seek variety…

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Are you a slave to your body?

24th January 2011

Or can you do what you want when you want? Are you happy? Can you smile? Will you be this happy and healthy when you’re 90 years old? How will you feel at 95? Ready to start living?

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Jack LaLanne dies at 96

24th January 2011

Fitness guru Jack LaLanne, who inspired television viewers to trim down and pump iron decades before exercise became a national obsession, has died at age 96. His agent Rick Hersh says LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California‚Äôs central coast. He said, “The only […]

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