Category Archives for Fundamentals

Why Just Running To Stay In Shape Is a Mistake

  “Well, yeah I do. I get in at least three days a week of about 30 minutes of jogging and sometimes I’ll do some push ups or maybe some squats. That’s pretty good isn’t it?”

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One Simple Change in Your Exercise Routine That Melts Fat

Picture this: You are 5’6″ tall and weigh 40 pounds more than you should. You desperately need to lose weight, but every time you walk up a flight of stairs or try jogging around the block,

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Common Target Heart Rate Calculation Could Be Off By 30 BPM

  People all over the world guess every day when they calculate their target heart rate for exercise. The formula is on every stair stepper, cycle, treadmill and elliptical trainer in every home or

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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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