There are a lot of rad things about modern day society. I can watch YouTube on my cellphone. I can get in a tin can that takes me from one part of New York City to another. I can watch Mad Men on DVD whenever I want. Hells to the yeah.
Muscles. Boy they’re awesome. Not only do they give us shape and make us hot, but they totally help our bones get around and do stuff. And while you’re no doubt already training your muscles to be stronger (and/or bigger), and you’re no doubt already stretching diligently to maintain optimal muscle length, let us consider the importance of soft tissue quality.
Well friends, we find ourselves at an interesting moment in fitness history. The lifestyle of the average American is more sedentary than ever. Consequently health and fitness attributes from mobility to strength to body composition are at an all time low for inactive people.
As loyal readers know, there are some sketchy ass “personal trainers” out there. These trainers get their certification online in a weekend, spout out scientifically inaccurate information, choose dangerous, ineffective, and/or inappropriate exercises for their clients, and spend more time looking at their biceps in the mirror than watching their clients.
Alright friends, get ready for a serving of Loftiss Love. While pursuing a life of health and hotness, (or “living the dream” as they say), one should dress the part. Enjoy some do’s and don’t’s from everyone’s favorite fashionista/ host/ dancer/ Wonder Woman Emily Loftiss!
Ready for this bomb? Are you ready? Are you excited? Ready?
There is a growing movement among smarty pants types that talent, as we have traditionally conceived it, doesn’t actually exist. The Talent Code, by Daniel Coyle, is an exploration of why certain places seem to be hotbeds of talent and why our old model of talent as “divine spark” may be outdated.
Osmotic Superhydration…. now THAT’S science-y!! What does it mean? According to Dr. Stuart McGill, one of the world’s foremost back researchers on back health and function, your spine swells with fluid while you sleep. Dr. McGill recommends avoiding stretching your back first thing in the morning, particularly for those with back pain. If at all possible, …
Sometimes, you just don’t feel like it. It happens. I’m friggin’ obsessed with all things training and nutrition and sometimes even I don’t feel like it. We all know what it’s like. Should you find yourself feeling a little “wah wah” lazy-pants, remember you will still be serving your goals even if you go and have a “punch in, punch out” workout. (Although I can’t find the exact article, in the interest of giving credit where it’s due, I believe I got this concept from the Warrior Poet King of Strength and Conditioning Dan John).
Because this blog is read far and wide (at least that’s what Google tells me) and because there are only so many hours in the day, it pains me to say I’m not going to be able to personally guide each reader’s fitness pursuits. And since I’m a believer in the value of some outside help on the path to health and hotness, it’s worth taking a moment to look at some quick ways to decide if your potential trainer is qualified to make your dreams come true, or if they’d be better suited making fries at McDonald’s.