Years ago, and by years I mean 25 years ago, I was a somewhat accomplished equestrian. I rode, trained, and showed horses in a number of disciplines: hunter/jumper, dressage, fox-hunting, and simple pleasure riding. If you aren’t familiar with the intricacies of training horses for simple riding or competition, you might be shocked at the subtleties that their training involves. Everything from their behavior in the barn to how they […]
“OMG! I just started this new death bootcamp where you run in circles while they shoot at you with real bullets and I started their diet where you only eat spiders and kale and I lost 45 lbs of fat and am in the best shape of my life! You’ve got to try this!”Maybe this sounds familiar to you. Not word for word of course, but we all have that […]
Powerlifters shouldn’t do cardio. Long distance runners should avoid heavy lifting. All explosive athletes should be doing plyometrics, snatches, and cleans. To get fit in all areas of fitness, you should train by doing everything. Most of us know that the above statements are bombastic nonsense. However, depending on where you are in the training cycle they can be partly true (which is why a lot of people believe them). […]
Happy New Year! My kids, my friends, and my clients have been asking me about my New Year’s resolutions for about a week now and instead, I’ve been thinking about other things. Mostly on purpose because I’m kind of lazy and although I know I need change in my life, I don’t really want to deal with the difficulty of it all. Because as we all know, change is very […]
For the record, this is one of those “learn from my mistakes” type articles. Ie, don’t be like me. Pain. For some of us, it’s a constant song playing in the back of our head. For others, it’s a seldom heard, but piercing scream. And then there are those who have both, way too often and deafening. For those of us in middle age and beyond, pain can become […]
Winning at Fitness or Competing for Fun? How Motivation Is the Most Important Part of the Fitness Puzzle.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don’t. Despite the first part of that statement, I am the latter. I don’t believe that we all are either all in or all out on most things we so, our spectrum of choices just tilts us in one direction or the other. In the context […]
Earlier this week, I was researching the topic of “cardiovascular exercise vs high intensity interval training”. I simply wanted to show that old school, long steady distance training had a great deal of benefits for both the performance focused athlete and the casual exerciser. Instead, I found a whole lot of contradictory information. Here’s the problem: I know, as a coach of athletes of all different stripes, that if you […]