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Matching Behaviors to Goals: The Right Road to Training and Recovery

Who doesn’t love an evening at a jazz club in the village?  Several years ago I visited Jules Bistro in the East Village to see a friend’s jazz combo swing the night away. At the end of the night, I decided to indulge my inner people watcher, and walk back to Penn. Hang a left at Broadway and I’d make it there eventually, right? I was in a people-watching trance until I reached the Federal Reserve and realized:

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How to Walk Like a Boss: Walking Toward a Healthier Life

Recently, the Franchise Mark Fisher, shared a couple quick observations on why walking is so awesome. You can find that short but awesome article here if you haven’t already read it… In this article, Mark alludes to the wonderful benefits of walking as it relates to health. I could not agree more with him. In fact, He and …

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The Power of Breathing, Part 2: What is Theoretically Optimal, And The Nervous System/Brain-Stress Connection

Part 2 of a now 4-part series  (Due to the breadth of this topic, this has been made into a 4 part series instead of 3)
In the first article of this series, we discussed some of the philosophical realities of why optimal breathing might be a “magic” potion when dealing with stressors. Today, I’m going to dig way deeper into the specifics of this philosophy by exploring the nervous system/brain-stress connection. First though, I’d like to make a comment or two on the idea of “optimality,” a qualification towards human anatomical commonalities and differences.

Class Review: Barry’s Bootcamp

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Class Review: Barry’s Bootcamp

by Ninja Master Mark Fisher
As loyal readers and Ninjas know, we’re kind of obsessed with getting better at MFF.  We read a fuck ton of books, blogs, and websites, we go to weekend seminars, and we have long, geeky conversations where we use science-y terms like “reciprocal inhibition,” “stretch shortening cycle,” and “dragon semen.”  

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I’m a Lover, Not a Hater

Few things in life are black and white.  And certainly in the fitness industry, there are few, if any, absolutes.  A training protocol that packs muscle on one person seems to do nothing for another.  In spite of what the Taubes crowd thinks, some people do great on a high carb, low fat, 80’s style diet.  …