Wanting it!

Let’s talk for a moment about “wanting it,” and for the sake of clarity we will say that “it” is health and fitness, strength, weightloss, or a similar goal. A lot of people tell me all the time how bad they “want it.” Everyone wants something. If wanting it was all it took then there’d…

Training outside the Box

I’m training to complete this year’s CrossFit Open. My real goal though is to make a run all way through to 2014’s CrossFit Games in L.A. There are some holes in my game that need shoring up and as a trainer I know there’s just not enough time to add the necessary skills and muscle…

Shore up your Shoulders

I am a man and one of the hallmarks of a man’s physique is broad well defined shoulders. As a personal trainer it’s important that I look the part. My body serves as a billboard; advertising my own skill and expertise. How can my clients take me seriously if I don’t look like I take…

Some Training Advice for Obstacle Racing

I am not a professional Obstacle Racer. I’m not even an experienced one; Saturday’s event was my first. I am however an expert on physical fitness and a professional trainer. The Georgia Spartan Sprint contained 18 obstacles space along 5 miles of cross-country terrain, forests, and creeks. Each was designed as a test of both…

Work Harder See Results

As a kid I remember watching Disney’s Ducktales every afternoon ad Saturday morning on TV. Uncle Scrooge would often tell his three nephews about what his daddy had told him before immigrating to America from Scotland. “Work smarter, not harder laddie!” Like most people I took this to mean use your brain. Being a prolific…

An Old, New Workout

Have you heard about that new workout? You know the one I’m talking about, the one from that guy on TV that did that thing. A friend of mine did and says it’s totally brutal; he pukes every time he does it so it must work. Does this sound familiar? Everywhere I turn these days…

Drink Water, Eat Fat and other Lessons from Biology

I’m 33 years old and one thing I’ve learned in that time is that you cannot cheat Mother Nature. You may get away with bending the rules for a while but sooner or later it always comes back to bite you. Our nation’s current obesity epidemic is a great example of this. Americans have spent…

Resolutions and Progress

Today is the first day of February. I can hardly believe that we’ve already left January behind us but it’s true. Since it’s the beginning of the month I thought we’d use a moment to take stock of where we are and the progress we’ve made so far this year. I didn’t make any resolutions…

Take it Outside

I have been a gym rat for most of my adult life. Outside of my time in the Marines most of my training took place inside concrete walls on rubber floor pads. I lined up with all the other fitness disciples to take my place on the treadmills and elliptical while watching movies and trying…

Barefoot Running, making the switch

Barefoot running is definitely catching on. Though it might be tempting to call this movement a fad or the next big thing the truth is this style of motion has been popular for the better part of fifteen years now; at least as far as it applies to modern shoes and sports. I remember buying…