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Racin’!

This past weekend  I did something I never thought I would do.   I ran a 5k race. Specifically, the Color Run.   What I liked about this race is that speed and endurance aren’t important. It’s all about having fun. Which was good for me, because let’s just say I didn’t exactly train for […] Read more…

Just buy the f*cking pants.

Some new things are on the horizon for me. Things that I said I would NEVER do. Like Crossfit and running races and buying bigger pants. Instead of saying the cliché, I’ll just leave this here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENyymZ1yqa0 (I freakin’ LOVED that movie as a kid.) So Crossfit. I bought a two-month coupon because I need […] Read more…

Not so fast: Is my metabolism making me fat?

When the scale won’t budge it’s easy to chalk it up to a slow metabolism. What about that guy who lives off doughnuts and never seems to gain a pound? He must have a fast metabolism, right? Well, not exactly. The answer is a little complicated, but the good news is that even if you […] Read more…

Ahem…

Um, I’m alive. Writing the intro to a post after you’ve been away for oh, five months, is kind of awkward. Let’s just pretend we’re the kind of friends who can go a year without talking and then pick up again like no time has passed at all. So what’s been going on lately? I […] Read more…

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Arguably the hardest thing a person can do is change. In many cases, I am skeptical of one’s capability to erase a deeply seeded habit or mentality. Same thing goes with adopting new practices. But it’s possible. And I know this because I’ve seen it. Not often, but often enough. In myself, I have seen […] Read more…

Fitness & Friends

One of the most satisfying feelings for me is making a real connection with another human being. On par with that is the sense of belonging, laughing, helping other people, and making a difference. A very big reason why I lead a free boot camp class every Sunday is because it helps me experience these […] Read more…

Summertime and the living’s easy.

I’m a fan of a metaphors. Daydreaming while I was driving home from the gym, it occurred to me that I’m in the summer years of my life. The newness and naivete of spring have passed, and the age of summer with its sun-soaked revelry and earthly abundance is well in progress. To me, being […] Read more…

Should you correct a stranger’s form at the gym?

Wow. Excuse me while I clean up the dust bunnies and cobwebs that have collected here during my absense. In the meantime, here’s a story from today. Earlier at the gym I did a back workout, followed by a cardio finisher (specifically the one found here). I was in the bathroom right before I was […] Read more…

Reader Q&A: To Crunch or Not to Crunch?

I was having a few drinks with friends on Saturday night when Joe asked me why I don’t do more crunches in boot camp. Some arguing and drunken finger pointing ensued. He didn’t believe me when I said that crunches were a waste of time for building ABZ and strengthening your core. So I decided to […] Read more…