Hands down, there is nothing more annoying or uncomfortable than a part of your body in chronic pain, especially your back. For years, I blamed my back pain on the scoliosis (curvature of the spine) that I have. No kidding, on every single “leg day,” I prepared myself for pain that would stick around the rest of my day like an unbearable headache. Without fail, at some point during my leg workout, I knew I’d feel a sharp stab in my low back that my SO and training partner Robby and I dubbed a “tweak.” A few reps into our workout, typically during squats, we would ask each other, “You got the tweak yet?” More bizarre? Robby felt it, too, and he doesn’t even have scoliosis! Interesting.Read More
October is a wonderful time of year at the beach. The weather is perfect. The water is beautiful. The only possible downside is that the days are getting shorter.
With earlier sunsets, we all find ourselves using artificial light a little more each day. So, now is the time of year that we need to be aware of our exposure to blue light.Read More
I know how controversial this is but I'm going to say it anyway;
Take some time off.
It's Labor Day weekend, it's the perfect time for it. And you, yes, even you, deserve it. Let me say it differently; you need to take time off for your health and fitness.Read More
One of the simplest and most effective strategies for improving health and fitness is improving the quality of your sleep. We say it all the time. But have you truly paid attention to how long and how well you sleep?Read More
We may have not known it at the time but most of us grew up with the best personal trainer we'll ever have: MOM! She dispensed health and fitness wisdom freely (and probably unknowingly) throughout our formative years. However, if, like most kids, you let mom's wisdom go in one ear and out the other, here is a recap of the five most useful fitness tips from mom.Read More
We want all of our clients to keep track of their numbers so that they know they are making progress. How much more can you squat? How much faster is your 800m run time? These are great benchmarks to track your fitness.
One, even more, important benchmark is the quantity (and quality) of your sleep. Without a strong recovery strategy, those other numbers likely will not improve.Read More
You know those days. You're cruising through town and somehow you seem to hit green at every traffic light. Life is good and it feels like nothing can stop you.
That's what I want your training to feel like.Read More
I recently received a text from my sister saying that her doctor recommended she try switching to a Paleo type diet and pick up a beginning level CrossFit style workout. She thought maybe I had some sort of unseen influence on her physician.
While I'd like to take credit for her doc's advice, I would even more like to believe that the medical community is finally embracing the ideas that CrossFit has championed from day one (see "Elite Fitness in 100 words" above). CrossFit started out as the outlier...the underground workout that spread by word of mouth. Now it has become mainstream. Although Coach Gassman still relishes the role of outsider looking to change the world of fitness.Read More