STRENGTH TRAINING It’s the medicine no one told you about, the cure for many modern-day diseases. It’s the prescription that provides power from within. It unites the body and brain in a dance of excitation and exhilaration. When the mind meets movement, it is set free from itself. It is a mental, physical and emotional … Continue reading MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE: Strength Training for Life, Longevity and Lasting Holistic Health
As our society continues a steady decline in movement, [i] muscle [ii] and mobility [iii] we can expect to see the rise of our modern-day epidemics: obesity, [iv] weakness, [v] mental illness [vi] and physical pain. [vii] MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE. Unfortunately, it’s clear that we’ve been skipping our daily dosages, [viii] along with those nutritious … Continue reading MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE: MOBILITY- Are You Moving Your Joints in Meaningful Ways for Life and Longevity?
The first MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE article stated: "You probably don’t know how to breathe and move well. It isn’t your fault.We escaped the food chain.We aren’t hunter-gatherers anymore." We don't have to hunt beasts, forage for food and migrate on long treacherous trips anymore. This great escape led to our modern era filled with creativity, … Continue reading MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE: Breathing to Help Posture, Restore Balance and Relieve Pain
2012 was a really hard year for me. Though I had been lifting weights since 2006 I let the daily discipline of physicality get away from me because my spirit was crushed. I let myself go. My outward appearance reflected some of the inner turmoil I was dealing with. Paralyzed inside, it was hard to … Continue reading Finding Meaning For Your Health And Fitness Journey
Reaching your true potential and getting the most out of your investment of time and energy in the gym starts with: learning and perfecting the rep, imploring progressive overload, understanding specificity and aligning your actions with your specific goals. Once you’ve laid that solid foundation and understand the key principles we discussed in part one … Continue reading THE PUZZLE PIECES OF PROPER EXERCISE PROGRAMMING (Part 2)
ARE YOU SIMPLY COUNTING REPS OR ARE YOU MAKING EACH REP COUNT? What is a rep? A repetition. This key component is so special, and so integral to strength training that it’s easy to overlook and completely take for granted. Why? Because it’s so “simple” it’s easy to gloss over. This cornerstone rep can be … Continue reading PERFECTING THE REP: The Crucial Building Block to Great Exercise
“The more I learn about health, the more I tend to focus my attention on a few simple factors that I think account for most of the health benefits of diet and lifestyle. Don’t smoke cigarettes or use alcohol excessively. Get regular physical activity. Eat whole foods. Get restorative sleep. Manage stress. And don’t eat … Continue reading Less Than 3% of Americans Meet These 4 Basic Health Standards: Are You One of Them?
Amidst the sea of a stormy life many waves of pain came crashing along. This particular wave carried a crushing thunder that can still be felt to this very day. Her name was Robin. She was the youngest of four siblings. She lived life on her own terms and dealt with many difficulties throughout her … Continue reading The Life I Couldn’t Save
As the antiquated saying goes, “training is an art and a science.” Unfortunately when you walk into a modern day gym today you’re more likely to meet Picasso than you are to see picture perfect form, proper technique, and intelligent exercise programming. The art of training answers the why and is highly individual to each … Continue reading FOUR KEY PRINCIPLES FOR MAXIMIZING YOUR GYM TIME AND RESULTS
See Spot Run. Or Try Really Hard and Not Get Anywhere... Spot awakens from a summer nap. Groggy and barely awake the furry canine notices a squirrel in the distance. Excitedly the dog darts towards the creature. Suddenly he is pulled back and choked. He rabidly persists but stays right where he is despite his … Continue reading LIMITING FACTORS: What’s Holding You Back From Your Goals?