There are a lot of times when the group is just plain wrong. Years ago it was accepted to bind women's feet. All kinds of corruption, government sanctioned bigotry and even murder still exist. That's an extreme example but how extreme does a practice have to be before we put our cultural foot down?Read More
I can start anything, I've done that a thousand times. I have unfinished and ill-advised projects, workout plans and business ventures piled sky high. What I didn't have was any idea where I was going.Read More
There's a thought in Buddhism, Judaism, almost all the -isms and philosophies, in fact, that goes something like "wash the dishes to wash the dishes". It means stay in the moment, notice what you're doing, feel the water, smell the air and be really present. It's easy to drift off and rush through things to get to that cup of tea when you're doneRead More
The best instructors I had had forgotten more than I'll ever know. Yet I rarely noticed their depth of knowledge because that's not what they were trying to teach me. Knowing the technical details of a thing hardly ever makes you better at doing something. It's the application of the basic principles to the situation that make you better at doing that thing.Read More
Ah, spring. The fresh air, the warming temperatures, all that sunshine. Must be time to start running again.
If this sounds like you, if you're that person who's put off "getting back in shape" until now and thinks running will do the trick, let's think through this together, shall we?Read More
You're a couple of months into your new fitness program. You are making great progress and are super happy because this is the longest you've been able to stick to a program. In fact, you are so excited that you decide to post a selfie to your favorite social media site and....oh, snap....here come all the comments.
"You're going to hurt your back/shoulder/knee"Read More
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
It’s important to have standards.
For your business dealings, your dating choices and, yes, your movement.
We are big believers in movement standards. What constitutes a squat, press, handstand, pushup? Without standards, there really is no movement.
Same goes for that part of your life called working out. There's suffering involved (or should be, at least occasionally). On long or especially intense workouts considerable suffering. If done right enough suffering to even make you think about quitting. But guess what? It can always be worse.Read More
You may think you should put the donut down because it’s going to pack the pounds on. You know, “once on the lips, forever on the hips.”
And, yes, there is truth there but there’s a more compelling reason to forgo the sugary treat: keeping your brain in top condition. And I’m not talking about having a super-high, diabetic or pre-diabetic glucose level. Even a slightly elevated blood glucose level can effect memory.Read More
I started studying martial arts at the ripe age of 30. I know 30 is still pretty wet behind the ears, relative to where I am now at the youthful age of 47.
My point is I never did Martial Arts as a kid, much as I secretly wanted to. I was shy.Read More
Few things bother me more than looking back on a situation and feeling like I could’ve done more or should’ve done something differently. I’m not just referring to “I could’ve studied more for a test,” or “I should’ve turned down that last drink.”Read More
Hands sweaty. Heart racing. If I could sum up all of my thoughts the morning of my very first WOD into one word, I would easily choose intimidation. A few things I knew about CrossFit prior to arriving: Heavy weights, ‘crazy’ lifts and odd equipment like rings and ropes. I was so intimidated I couldn’t even see straight.Read More