Exercise

Accountability drives lifestyle changes for fitness and health

I’m always on the lookout for a new “To Do” type of app that will help me remember to do certain tasks that I’m trying to turn into behaviors. I’ve been successful with a few behavior changes, like working out regularly, but others just don’t seem to stick (like working on my book). The latest…

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Squatting every day

I’m in my 4th cycle of the Cube Method. So far, I’ve had gains and PRs each cycle. But, my gains on Deadlift and Bench have been greater than my Squat. My squat has always given me trouble. Maybe I overthink it, I don’t k now. So, I’m trying something new this cycle: Squatting every…

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The Cube Method

Cube Method book cover

The Cube Method is a training program created by Brandon Lilly. He’s a competitive powerlifter with a 2204 total (826.5 squat, 573 bench, 804.5 Deadlift). It is a 9-week program, consisting of 3 separate training sessions per 3 week block (per movement). The 4th training day each week is for assistance work/bodybuilding style work to…

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What to Look for in a CrossFit Box

Recently, a friend asked me how she could find a good CrossFit box. She wants to try CrossFit for the first time, but she doesn’t know what to look for and doesn’t want to end up choosing the wrong box or trainer. So, I put together a short list of the things that I think…

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How to Prepare for Your First CrossFit Session

This is a followup from a previous post that I wrote: So you want to try CrossFit? Check that out for a few tips and links to useful resources. You will see examples of the workouts (WODs), which gives you an idea of the types of exercises and lifts you will be doing. But, this post is…

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Where Is Your Redline?

Are you familiar with the concept of the “redline“? It refers to the maximum engine speed, usually measured by the RPM (revolutions per minute), at which an engine can be operated without causing damage. Human beings have that redline too, but it varies from individual to individual, and it has a lot to do with…

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Why Less Cardio Will Do More

Less is more, especially when it comes to cardio. Cardiovascular health? Now that is a good thing to achieve. I’m not saying that working on that is a bad thing. Far from it. What I’m saying is that the “chronic cardio” that has been pushed for so many decades isn’t a great way to achieve…

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Clean and Jerk Training and Technique Videos

The Clean & Jerk is an explosive Olympic lift that pretty much works your entire body (e.g., core muscles, legs, shoulders), since it combines elements of the Deadlift, Front Squat, Overhead Squat, and Military Press (just the lockout portion). Note: It is not intended to be an “arm exercise”. You should not be pressing the weight…

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