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Random Musings about Fitness Wear

I’ve had a lot of time to think about fitness wear. I’ve been buying it and wearing it daily for close to 30 years. Heck, I’ve been wearing workout gear since my mid teens when playing sports in high school and college. Back then, “fitness gear” was an old t shirt and some joggers, or those sweat pants with elastic at the bottom. But I had these cool Nike swoop leather sneakers… white with a red swoop.   That started my addiction.  I’ve gone through lots of different fads and phases. I was a runner for many years in the 70’s and 80’s, so in addition to my cool Nikes, I had short shorts…the shorter the better. Next was the […]

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Unlocking Hip Tightness

File under: Hip flexors are a big deal. Whether you are an Average Joe fitness enthusiast, or one of my dedicated golfing clients, we all share a common lifestyle fault; we live in a time of excessive sitting. We sit for work. We sit at home watching TV. We drive our kids everywhere, and sit watching their sports or plays or music performances. We sit at the beach, in the movies, at dinner….. and it all adds up. For many people, excessive sitting leads to back and hip pain. So, what do we do? We stretch, right? The problem is, while many people are knowledgeable enough to stretch their hamstrings or thighs, they often miss the “key” to releasing the […]

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Chronic Pain Stinks – Lessons Learned from 18 months of Pain and Dysfunction

Chronic pain stinks. Whether it’s fibromyalgia, IBS, migraines, plantar fasciitis or back pain, if you’ve experienced the unrelenting nature of chronic pain, you understand. I’ve been dealing with 18 months of chronic back and hip pain for the first time in my life.  Some days I can’t walk. Some nights I can’t sleep. I had to give up golf. I’m on hiatus from the gym.  Some days I feel great and then…. BOOM, it’s back.  I’m losing my mind.  But I’m lucky.  Unlike many people with chronic pain, I have lots of resources. I’m a trainer.  I know a great group of PT’s, MD’s, strength coaches, massage therapists, chiropractors and acupuncturists. They are all here to help.  I have the […]

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Important Things You Need to Know Before You Pick Up the Game of Golf

I love golf……. The beautiful landscape of the course……. The mental and physical challenge of accurately hitting a teeny tiny white ball…… The camaraderie of my golf partners…… The feeling of success when you play a hole just right……. Laughing, celebrating, reminiscing about great golf shots…… I love golf……. But, at the same time, I worry when I hear people say they want to start golfing to have “something fun to do in their later years”…… OH HELL NO!!  Do you know what you are getting yourself into? Are you prepared for the humiliation and frustration of hitting a ball sideways in front of an audience? Do you understand the excessive costs and time it takes to be a half-decent […]

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5 Easily Fixable Golf Fitness Mistakes

Golf can be a long lasting, enjoyable recreational sport if you can stay healthy enough to play well and without pain.  But many golfers find their game deteriorates with age and they often have annoying pain during or after golf.  Neither of these things need to be a given. With some common sense and a few golf fitness rules, you can greatly improve your performance and enjoyment of the game. If you are not a golfer, pass this along, or, consider how these sensible tips can be applied to your favorite workout or sport? Here’s my top 5 golf fitness mistakes, and how to fix them, to get you started on the right note for the  golf season: Skipping a […]

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Are You Breathing Correctly?

Are you breathing? Well, of course you are. Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this post. But….. are you breathing fully? Are your breaths 100% efficient?  Are you using the correct diaphragmatic and core muscles to enhance respiration? Or are you using your shoulders, back and neck to breathe? Most likely you have never considered these questions because breathing is an autonomic activity. In other words, it is something that is automatically regulated by your brain, and that is lucky for all of us. Imagine if we had to think about each breath! We’d be incapacitated. And yet, that’s what I am asking you to do in this blog…..think about your breathing.  This scares some people. It can be a bit […]

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5 Lessons I Learned from My Month as a Couch Potato

Trainers can never truly understand the barriers their clients may be facing when trying to adhere to an exercise program. We trainers tend to eat well and exercise a lot, so these habits are ingrained in us. That’s the main reason we do what we do for work… we love to exercise and eat well. But not everyone else does, and many of our clients are among this group when they first come to us for help. Of course, the only way a trainer can fully understand the challenges that non-exercisers have is if the trainer happens to have experienced it as well.  Lucky me! I recently had a month of couch potato-ism and wanted to share my learnings and […]

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The Top 5 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight Faster

Not a day goes by that I am not asked this question by a friend, an acquaintance or a client (and I even sometimes ask myself this question in my own head!) Why can’t I lose weight faster? We see ads, infomercials and testimonials that claim to have the secret to losing 15-30 pounds quick and easy. Whether it’s Medi-fast, Nutrisystem and Marie Osmond, the Hollywood diet, or some silly cleanse, they all purport to “melt fat without deprivation or exercise”. It’s easy to get lulled in to their BS. But, it’s just that. BS. There is no such thing as quick and easy weight loss ( ie fat loss). There may be quick ways, but they ain’t easy. There […]

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The Importance of Gut Health

Today I have a guest post from nutritionist Samantha Olivier of ripped.me. While the subject of digestion, aka “Gut Health”, may not be on your “Top Ten Interests” list, it should be. There is a direct connection between your digestive tract and your physical and mental health. We have all known people whose digestive system wreaks havoc when they are under stress.  Not to mention those horrible digestive conditions….. constipation…. diarrhea…. abdominal pain…. bloating. These conditions can affect all of us. And with more and more research demonstrating how a healthy gut corresponds to your overall health, it’s time to clean up our eating.  If You are what you eat, what are YOU? Yes, you are what you eat. Over […]

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Hi! I’m Injury- 5 Top Tips for Reducing Injury Risk and Improving Outcomes

Hi! I’m Injury. I hope you’re not well. I know you weren’t expecting me, but do you mind if I stop by for a few weeks, or maybe months.. oh…what the heck… while I’m asking…maybe a year? This is the conversation I have been mulling around in my head for several weeks as I contemplated writing this blog. Injuries never ask if it’s OK if they pop in. Sometimes they are unexpected and shocking, but other times we create them ourselves with poor training, no exercise or risk taking behaviors.  Injuries can last days, weeks, months, or, if not taken care of properly…years. Yes, injuries can lurk in the background as small annoyances for years, IF you don’t take care […]

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