The Hardest Part of Running

Looking out her front window, she saw something very unusual. It was a man wearing very short shorts, sneakers and a t-shirt. He was moving quickly. Not really walking and not running. “What is he doing?” she thought. She watched him disappear around the corner. A few minutes later, he was back. “This is really odd. I wonder if he […]

It’s Not How You Start. It’s How You Finish.

“You can observe a lot by watching.” – Yogi Berra I don’t like “average”. The typical, the common, the ordinary. No one has ever accused me of being “average” though. In fact, I was so disturbed with being identified as “average” that in the very first seminar I ever taught, the first slide was this: And it should you too. […]

What Makes a Workout a “Tough” Workout?

Simple. When an exercise routine is at or near your physical maximum, you’ll call it tough. It doesn’t matter what the exercises are or what kind of tools you use. All that matters is one thing: intensity. I was teaching a few years ago about my concepts regarding tissue healing as well as exercise principles. As I presented some of […]

Three Basic Components Every Good Workout Should Have

Somethings are supposed to be good even when they’re bad. Like a cold beer on a hot day or sex just about anytime. Well, lousy sex isn’t so hot no matter when it happens and I don’t care how cold Lonestar beer is, it’s just not very good. And you know what else is bad when it’s bad? Poorly designed […]

Question from a Reader: What Are the Best Exercises for Ab Toning?

The question for today comes from a reader who wants to know about ab toning: Hi Doug, I don’t believe I have ever seen a discussion of the vertical (flexed/extended) leg raise for ab toning. I have spinal stenosis and find it and planks the most back friendly for core strength. Your thoughts? Thanks, Bob (not his real name) Thanks […]

What’s The Point of Working Out?

There’s a difference between how long you live (lifespan) and how well you live (healthspan). The International Health, Racquet, and Sports Club Association’s (IHRSA) survey of its members revealed that the number one reason women exercised was weight control and for men it was to increase muscle tone. But, they failed to share the average age of the survey respondents. […]