Hey there everyone-
It’s been a long while since I’ve posted on here, I’ve been a little bit busy… (nursing school, getting married, career change, etc.)
But I didn’t forget about you all! And I definitely didn’t forget about fitness.
One thing that has helped me stay reasonably fit during this very busy time in my life has been attempting to follow the brief but VERY intense ‘Workout of the Day’ (aka ‘WOD’) workouts posted on the Crossfit.com main site.
(‘Attempting’ is the operative word here! Many times I have to change the reps or exercises to make these workouts even possible for me.)
The workouts can be pretty ridiculous. . . . → Read More: Crossfit For The Beginner – Podcast
How to Get Ripped, QUICK – A Story From My 10 Day Meditation Retreat
I recently spent 10 days doing a solitary meditation retreat. I had a little hut to live in, brought plenty of food, some simple workout equipment (homemade pullup bar, training sandbag, and some dumbells), a couple good meditation books, and plenty of determination.
I would be doing simple sitting meditation, basically paying attention to my breathing, for over 8 hours a day, every day for the next 10 days.
[The yurt (hut) I was staying in was much like this one, with an ocean view. photo: . . . → Read More: How to Get Ripped, QUICK – A Story From My 10 Day Meditation Retreat
How to Make a Homemade Chin Up Bar for Under $5
If there is one home workout equipment essential, it’s the chin up/pullup bar.
You can buy a door-frame mounted pullup bar for around $30. But in this economy, what if you don’t even want to spend THAT much?
[Here's a reminder that summer is just around the corner. photo: Homemade Workout Manifesto (get it for free when you ‘like’ my facebook page):
Let’s take a look at one way to make . . . → Read More: How to Make a Homemade Chin Up Bar for Under $5
Is Working Out While Sick a Bad Idea?
Everyone around me had been getting sick for the past month. I thought I had dodged it by some stroke of good luck, good hygiene, and paranoia-inspired raw garlic ingestion.
[As the picture says, people, if you're sick - keep it to yourself! photo: tobyotter]
I was wrong. I got sick.
So it’s been a few days of headaches, coughing, and feeling pretty crappy.
On the upside, I have gotten to watch around a dozen great movies.
(like this ridiculous chase scene from the 1971 classic, French Connection.)
(Some quick trivia: this scene was filmed in NYC and aside . . . → Read More: Is Working Out While Sick a Bad Idea?
How to Dunk If You’re Under 6 Feet Tall
Yes, it’s time to talk about one of the most exciting moves in sports – the slam dunk, and it’s time to answer that age-old question – “How to jump higher?”
[She won't improve your vertical jump, but she still belongs in this post. photo: . . . → Read More: How to Dunk If You’re Under 6 Feet Tall
How Many Reps to Build Muscle?
Well, just like any other important question, the answer depends on who you ask!
[Palm trees and snow? Wintertime here in California is a trip. One day it's 80 degrees at the beach, the next day, this! Photo: Starting Strength, you would get a chart like this:
. . . → Read More: How Many Reps to Build Muscle?
An Arm and Chest Exercise that Gives You Ripped Abs
Just a quick post today. I wanted to share a new arm, ab, and chest exercise that you can use to warm up OR as a workout in itself. Check it out…
[You had better bring your 'A' game to even think about approaching this woman. Wow! what a pose... pic: . . . → Read More: An Arm and Chest Exercise that Gives You Ripped Abs
It’s time for that yearly tradition – dust of your deep fryer, prime up your keg taps, open up that 55 gallon drum of ranch dressing, and get ready for the Super Bowl!
[A casual Steelers fan, enjoying a relaxing pre-Superbowl stroll. photo: AthleanX.
Check it out (and scroll down for some ideas on . . . → Read More: Super Bowl Halftime 10 Minute Workout
A legend died today – Jack LaLanne, age 96.
Mr. LaLanne was truly ‘fit for life,’ and a true pioneer in home workouts, bringing fitness right into millions of grateful Americans’ living rooms.
[Here is Mr. LaLanne at age 90, just hanging out. photo: here for an impressive list), including:
Age 41: 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes
Age 62: Swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater, handcuffed (!), shackled(!!) and towing a 1,000-pound boat(!!!).
Age 70: Again, handcuffed and shackled, towed 70 boats in the Long Beach Harbor from the Queen’s Way Bridge . . . → Read More: RIP Jack LaLanne
As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m experimenting with a few workouts and diet strategies to lose that holiday weight and get back into fighting shape.
Here is a 20 minute workout I did today that hits the body from all angles, building upper body strength, lower body explosiveness, and excellent cardiovascular conditioning.
Check it out…
[After a long, stressful holiday season , Santa relaxes with Mrs. Claus back at headquarters. photo: rotator cuff exercises, then do a . . . → Read More: A Fat-Burning, Muscle-Building 20 Minute Workout – No Gym Required!