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How Heavy Do I Lift?

The weight should be so heavy that you can only move it 10 times in a row. (10 "reps" in gym-speak). If you can lift it for more than ten reps, it's not lifting weights any more; it's cardio. Cardio is good for you but we're talking about lifting for now.   That said, technically, there are many  set and rep ranges.  5 sets of 5 reps 4 sets of 15 reps 3 sets of 8 reps But you can get great results with three sets of 10 reps and it's easy to...

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Kb Jumps Around, Gets Fitter

  They say the older you get, things get taken from you. Unless, that is, you learn new modalities like soft tissue release and joint distraction. Then you can get older and be better at the same time. I found this out at Fuel Training Club, and I want to pass along the cool stuff I've learned.  In January 2014 I started training there 4-5x a week. Full disclosure of affiliation: we promote each other, so technically I am bias. But everything I'm writing here is true. It's intense lifting and cardio. Here...

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Mar 10 2014

Running Ramp-Up

Running is great.   Running too much too soon, will hurt you.   Literally everyone in the health and fitness industry agrees on this concept, which rarely happens!   If you didn’t run much this winter, here's a safe way to get back into it:   Try running for a 30-60 seconds, and then walk 30-60 seconds. Repeat for 10-20 minutes and reassess how you feel over the next two days. If you didn't injury yourself, then run again a bit further or with shorter walking sets.   The app "Couch to 5 k" might help you.   Obviously the idea is to...

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What I Learned About Fitness by Painting a Wall

To be a great coach, I have to relate to my clients. I don't struggle (much) with my fitness or nutrition anymore, so it's good to humbled in another arenas. It allows me to feel the frustration of learning, change, and set backs -- since that's part of transforming our health and bodies.   What better way to dish up some humble pie than getting my ass handed to me in a DIY project.     "What could be so difficult?" I thought.   Well, a lot apparently.   Here is what happened and why I think it was...

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Jan 23 2014

The Other Benefits of Exercise (not fat loss)

I have a fairly-new client who always talks about how great it feels to exercise. I've heard this before (and of course felt it) but this ENTIRE SESSION was spent me listening to him go on and on about how amazing he feels. I couldn't get a word in! At the end I quickly gave him some new homework, but he had already got what he needed out of me -- someone to say, "I know, I've felt that, keep doing what you're doing." Because in his world, no one is supporting...

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My Favourite Motivational Videos

I always tell my clients that I am not immune to struggle. I have my life (and health) pretty much figured out, but I need support from time to time, like anyone else. I sometimes watch motivational videos. They help me train harder, calm down, or they give me perspective. These videos are meaningful to me, and maybe they will spur you along today.   This is a classic. A paratrooper who took a beating, got low, but then made a huge body transformation thanks to an unlikely mentor: a pro wrestler gone...

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