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We’ve had a couple cloudy, rainy days here in South Florida.  Thankfully it all cleared up today.  The sun came out as I went out to run and jump.  🙂

Also, I’m not sure, but some lady may have taken my picture.  Awkward.

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I decided to change this because I personally hated the other one.  After I posted it, I just couldn’t stand it.  I since chose to re-write it in a different, more readable form.  At least that’s my opinion.

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1.  Personal Trainers

It seems logical to believe that personal trainers would be the best source of health and fitness information.  Sadly, this is often not true, but it can be.  Allow me to elaborate. View full article »

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The fitness world is a fascinating place.  It’s a lot like the wild west.  There is little regulation, and a lot of people like to overstep their boundaries.

On one end of the spectrum, you have personal trainers.  Although education isn’t the only factor in producing results, you should still scrutinize your trainer’s education.  Frankly, what they don’t know could potentially debilitate you.  The Exercise Science PhD who heads up our vocational school Fitness Institute International is also an expert witness in fitness-based court battles.  He has had to testify against a lot of trainers who have made uneducated mistakes.  Some of these mistakes resulted in permanent injury to the client.

We don’t say that to scare you.  We say it because it’s true.  Did you know there are personal training certifications you can take online?  Tyler decided to research them and see just how rigorous they were.  He was shocked by what he found. View full article »

My first single-arm, plyometric, clapping push-up!  Oh, and literally every other lift went up as well.  It was a very good day.  🙂 View full article »

Gluten-free, lactose-free pizza 🙂

This is something Lisa came up with.  First, we made them gluten-free because both of us are gluten intolerant.  I know it sounds crazy to some people, but we have both experimented with it.  We both took a couple weeks off of eating wheat products, then we tried eating them again.  After eating them again, we felt terrible within thirty minutes.  We’re not 100% sure of the gluten being the causal factor, but it seems to be a plausible conclusion.  We’ve tried it a couple other times with the same results.  Because of that, we avoid it.

Why lactose-free?  Because Tyler inherited some lousy levels of lactase (the enzyme that digests lactose) from his dad.

On the bright side, despite our funky food intolerances, we made some great pizza.  Lisa was the mastermind behind it.  🙂 View full article »

Well, despite the regression on the cleans, I’d have to say this was a good session.  Everything else went up.

Also, I think the regression on the cleans was largely due to my back still being sore.  Oh well.  Life goes on.
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Our body doesn’t store many carbohydrates.  In fact, you only have something like 100 grams of them in your liver and 300 grams of them in your muscles whenever your carbohydrate stores are full.

If you exercise for a while, you’re going to deplete a lot of those carbohydrate stores.  In addition to that, when you resistance train you create small levels of “micro-trauma” in the muscle fibers themselves.  As a result of those two facts, at the end of your workout you’re somewhat carbohydrate depleted, and you have some muscle fibers that need repair.  You need to eat carbohydrates and protein to fix these two problems. View full article »

This was the most volume I’ve used for pushing for a very long time.  As a result, my pushing musculature fatigued a lot as the workout progressed… which was the point.  🙂 View full article »

This came to my attention from a fellow blogger.  I’d never heard of this company before, and I’m not in a position to attack their character.  They may be nice guys with good intentions.  However, the science behind what they claim to be a “breakthrough” is no breakthrough at all.  Dietitians have understood this for a very long time.

Essentially, they have created a new sports drink that is starch based.  I’m cool with that.  I’m all for people eating more starch and less sugar.  Starch takes more time to digest and therefore makes a less significant impact on your blood sugar levels.  However, my point of contention is that their marketing/science is deceptive.  You could save your money and just eat some rice, beans, corn, or any other starch.  Scientifically, you’d get the same amount of benefit. View full article »

Ok.  I added a couple more exercises, and this wasn’t easy at all.  I hope it feels better next time because I got to the beginning stages of nausea.

Oh well.  It was still fun.  🙂 View full article »

Unplug

Often, when looking around me, I find I am surrounded by a world that is consumed with technology.  I am by no means against technology and just like everything else, I think it has its place.  What I miss are the days when I don’t have to let everyone know exactly where I am every second of the day and I don’t have to have my cell phone glued to my side in case I might miss a call… oh my.  Even when we’re in conversations or at work, the cell phone goes off and we have to give an immediate response to the text or answer the phone call otherwise the world might end, right?  If you think back, there was a time when the cell phone didn’t exist and everything was ok.  You could only get ahold of someone if they were home, which was more often than now a days.  I don’t exactly want to be back in that time because I do like my cell phone, but I wish it was more common to just unplug. View full article »

Well, 25 sets of ten reps later, I can feel the soreness coming tomorrow.  At the same time, it felt good to get out some of my frustration at recently losing muscle mass.

The decision to do this was largely based on a recent article in one of the journals that we receive from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  My NSCA certified friends may have read it.   Basically, a couple Exercise Science PhDs from Taiwan wrote about how to create muscle growth.  While sharing everything they said in its entirety is beyond the scope of this blog, they proposed a new theory on how muscle grows. View full article »

While watching The Biggest Loser and Fat Chefs, I made a fairly obvious observation with not-so-obvious implications.  Although I’m sometimes not too excited about the extreme measures these shows use (like yelling at people while they do stationary bike intervals until they fall off from exhaustion).  Often, these people don’t know what their weight is until the trainer asks them to get on the scale.

Why on earth wouldn’t these people want to know what their weight is?  The truth hurts.  Sometimes, it hurts really bad.  We all mess up and have to pay for those failures/setbacks.  However, the worst thing we can possibly do is ignore the truth.  It is our compass in all things.  If truth becomes your enemy, then you’re on the wrong side of the war. View full article »

Today was finally a cardio day (or at least as cardio as I currently get).  I’ve scaled these back a little to make room for the more muscle-gain intensive workouts.  I’m tracking my resting heart rate to see just how little cardio I can get away with.  It keeps Lisa from getting worried if my heart rate stays below 60 beats per minute.  I was at 53 on Sunday afternoon.

Anyway, here are the plyometrics and running I did.  Also, I had a pretty spiffy revelation about plyometrics for people with ACL injuries (John, I mean you.  🙂  ) View full article »