Category Archives for Fundamentals

Is Running A Good Choice For You?

It’s easy enough. A pair of running shoes, some shorts, a loose fitting shirt and out the door you go on your way to a healthier, younger you. A lot of people run. They use running to cope with stress,

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Three Reasons I Like Elliptical Machines, Two Reasons I Don’t, and How I Use Them

I’m not a fan of “chronic cardio” – the endless running on a treadmill or cycling or stair climbing done under the illusion that it’s the best, and in some people’s

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Cardio is No Longer King

Cardio is the King of the Fitness Jungle. Rows and rows of cardio machines – ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, stair steppers, have a huge foot print in commerical gyms. Spin classes, Step Aerobics,

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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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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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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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Question about P90X

  “Recently, I’ve begun doing P90X. I’m 57 and a former distance runner who has stayed in relatively good shape, although I now have osteoporosis. I’m seeing good results from this new

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Why Exercise is the Ultimate Recycling Service

Once a week, I dump a large plastic bin full of paper, cardboard, bottles, and plastic into an even larger trash container and shuttle it out to the street. The City of Austin provides a great recycling

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Can You Get Fit In 12 Minutes A Week?

Dr. Doug McGuff, in his book “Body by Science: A Research Based Program to Get the Results You Want in Twelve Minutes a Week”, suggests that if you exercise once per week for about twelve total

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