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The Talent Code

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exploration of why certain places seem to be hotbeds of talent and why our old model of talent as “divine spark” may be outdated.

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It’s Swollen When You Wake Up In The Morning

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, …

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“Punch In, Punch Out” Workouts

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).

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How to Find Love (And By Love I Mean A Competent Trainer)

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.

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America: Land of the Free, Home of the Overweight

According to a report published last fall by the Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development, by 2020 75% of America will be overweight or obese. … By 2020, 75% of America will be overweight or obese. I like to laugh and have fun. I like to be silly. But I can’t find the humor in this. …

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Walking: It’s More Practical Than Tumbling Everywhere

Walking is a pretty fundamental human movement.  Particularly for those who don’t want to jump, skip, run or tumble as their only methods of getting around.  And while it certainly has its limitation as “exercise,” it can still be employed smartly to help you achieve your health and hotness goals.

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Tracy Anderson- She Says Some Wack Shit

In the world of fitness, there is room for disagreement and intelligent discourse among reasonable educated people.  The human body is complicated and the reality is there is still a lot we don’t know about how the body responds to training and nutrition.  I think the hallmarks of a good fitness professional are an aversion to dogma, a ravenous intellectual curiosity for continued education, and a genuine burning desire to provide the best service and information to their clients (and blog readers).

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Functional Training Is Not a Fad

The fitness industry is a breeding ground for weird fads.  Some come and go (usually the ones that suck, thank goodness) but some stay around and change the way we look at exercise.

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“But I Wanna Get Rid Of These Lovehandles!!!”

Let us consider this term: spot specific reduction.  Spot specific reduction means burning fat on a specific site of the body.  Here’s the thing; it doesn’t exist.  Wah wah. When you are burning more calories than you are taking in, your body will pull the fat stores from where ever it likes in order to …