Exercises & Routines

Complexes for Fat Loss, Strength Retention, and Heart Health

In business, you need to run away from “get rich quick” schemes. Similarly, nearly all the promises in the fitness world fall short. Some are useless. Some are damaging. Many work, but they take WAY longer than promised before you get results (at least for most people). You may have heard about “complexes” – catchy name, but it’s really...
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Dieting & Food

What Is Carb Loading and When Should I Carbo Load?

It was September 21, 2013.  I was about 6 hours into the Spartan World Championship Beast, in Killington VT. I was bonking. No, not the fun kind.  Here I mean bonking as in “hitting the wall”, an unfortunate experience many endurance athletes experience. What was going on?  I’d done this event twice before.  Each was a slightly different (easier)...
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Mental

Am I An Athlete?

I am not an athlete.  I train hard, I do my best in events to get in the top 10% of my age group, but I am not a “competitor” who has a shot at winning in anything.  I am athletic (actually, way more athletic now in my 40s than I was in high school).  But am I an...
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Training Tips

Technical Proficiency and Failure Training – How To Know When It’s Safe To Push To Failure

I just read a great article by Charles Staley that adds a whole new dimension to evaluating your experience level with lifting weights.  I’ve written in the past about how to rank yourself from Newbie to Pro but his take is refreshing and simple. The context here is about how close to failure you should go when weight lifting....
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Exercises & Routines

How To Create Your Own Complexes

Now that you have the basic idea of complexes , you can create your own pretty easily unless you’ve got the creativity of a pebble. Over time, you’ll find that you settle on a few different ones as your go-to complexes. Personally, the ones I do that I like the best come from Dan John so I appreciate...
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Training Tips

How To Protect Your Ring While Lifting

For years I’ve just been taking my wedding ring off when I lift.  I don’t want it scratched up by the bar.  Given that this (lifting) is something I want to do the rest of my life, and this (my ring) is something I want to last till death, that seemed like the only solution. But it’s a pain...
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