I Like You, But You’re Crazy.

I needed to make room in my garage for a snow-blower so after many years of faithful service, I listed my big ol' training tire (which I fondly knew as "Exhibit A") on craigslist this morning as a "free, but YOU need to haul it away" deal. Several people responded within the first 90 mins. Tonight, … Continue reading I Like You, But You’re Crazy.

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CARdio: A Simple Analogy

One of the questions I'm asked most often has to do with "cardio" (which I always have to put in finger quotes when speaking, even on the phone.) It seems people use the term "cardio" to refer to one of two things: 1) ones' cardiovascular system (heart, lungs and blood vessels) or 2) the specific … Continue reading CARdio: A Simple Analogy

Building The Ultimate Home Gym

If you were in my 'inner-circle' way back when, you may remember my original, 14-page Home Gym Guide, circa 2006. It was a short-list of essential training equipment I'd recommend to my in-home personal training clients. I wrote it for two simple reasons (in no particular order): 1) They'd need equipment to work out on … Continue reading Building The Ultimate Home Gym

Self-Myofascial Release: A Simple Analogy

If you've seen people rolling around on hard foam cylinders or tennis balls grimacing in pain but have never tried it yourself, you're missing out on the most amazing discomfort known as self-myofascial release (SMR). If you haven't see (or tried) it, where have you been for the last 5-10 years?!?!? I'm about to give … Continue reading Self-Myofascial Release: A Simple Analogy

Rack ’em, Don’t Drop ’em

A quickie today inspired by THIS POST at my favorite (non-fitness-related) blog, List Of The Day, here's a 'warning sign' I have in my home gym/office/Iron Maiden museum - because the dumping of one's weights does little to amuse me.

Better Than A Poke In The Eye With A Sharp Stick?

During my regular basketball game this week, I went up for a rebound and came down with a finger (not my own) in my eye. Feeling it was more than just a minor poke, I went home to ice it for awhile. A couple hours later (and after some quick one-eyed research on the interwebz), … Continue reading Better Than A Poke In The Eye With A Sharp Stick?

Dip-Sh*ts At The Gym

Years back, I trained at a well known gym in Chicago that was a magnet for freak-shows of all sorts. I was a member, so that alone should speak volumes. Every story I could tell you about the 'old days' would seem even more ridiculous and unbelievable than the last (including the time I had … Continue reading Dip-Sh*ts At The Gym

In The Beginning…

I stumbled across an interview I did with Men's Fitness magazine fitness editor Sean Hyson a couple years back and got to (re)thinking about my earliest experiences with exercise/fitness. I rode my bike everywhere and was a generally active kid, I s'pose. Of course, my video game options were limited to a Pong "system" and … Continue reading In The Beginning…

What Are You… Chicken?

Why did the Monsanto-farmed chicken cross the road? Because it missed a dose of antibiotics while it was stuck in a coop with 40,000 other chickens. While on his way to the vet he had a minor altercation with another chicken who wasn't looking where it was going and MAYBE, JUST MAYBE THIS CHICKEN WAS … Continue reading What Are You… Chicken?