Why Do We Put Off Doing What We Ought to Do…So Often?

OK, this is a bit embarrassing. I have a stack of papers sitting in a black, cardboard “filing” box. The box is hidden under the left hand side of my desk . This box is a “temporary”

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Why Does My Knee Hurt On An Elliptical Machine?

  A client once asked me, “You know, I don’t get why my knee hurts when I’m using an elliptical machine. I thought those things were supposed to be low impact, right? So, what’s

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Swiss Balls and Iron: Do They Mix?

A friend of mine asked me to look over his training routine a while ago so I met up with him at his gym and walked through the drills he was doing. His main goal was “body shaping” –

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Do Sore Muscles Mean A Good Workout?

One year for our wedding anniversary, Ellen and I went to Aspen, Colorado. It was in the fall. The weather was fantastic. Bright blue, sunny skies, crisp mornings, warm afternoons. So, all of this awesome

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What a Toddler Can Teach You About Back Pain

Toddlers do something naturally that people with back pain (and some without pain) have a very hard time doing correctly. Squatting. And it’s cousin, bending and lifting. When you watch a youngster

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ATTENTION WOMEN: How Much Fat is Enough?

Yeah, guys can read this too. But for women, it’s critical. In the first three months of every year, the media slams us with images of women in bikinis who look like they just squeaked through puberty.

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A Primer on Priming from a World Class Runner

I’ve talked about and taught the importance of priming – using movement to loosen the body, warm up the joints, tendons, muscles, and ligaments (as opposed tostatic stretching) prior to training

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The Paradox Of Body Image

  People exercise or “workout” for lots of reasons. I conducted a survey s few years ago and found there were five main reasons: Positive health (to have a healthy body) Strength and

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Is This the New Cigarette?

If you watch the AMC show, MadMen, you’ve probably noticed that in nearly every scene, someone is smoking. Back then, in the 50’s and 60’s, it was cool to smoke. Hip. Gave you something

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