Category: Fitness & Nutrition

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Attending the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1) Course

I attended the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course (CF-L1) this past weekend and wanted to share my experience. I won’t know whether I passed the test when I post this [edit 8/27/2018–I passed]. I feel like I did, but regardless, I got so much out of this weekend. It was a...

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What’s Wrong With Protein as a Processed Food

What’s the value in consuming protein shakes and protein bars? To get more protein in our diets, you say. We all know by now that we need to focus on getting more protein if we want to feel satiated and lose fat, build muscle and strengthen our immune systems. What...

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The Fitness Industry Has the Energy Systems All Wrong

The title may be a bit of an overstatement, but research (that’s not so new) shows more clearly how our energy systems work together…and THAT changes how we should train. Like most trainers (and those interested in metabolism or taking high school biology), I learned we have three energy systems...

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Finding one in the many

I meditate. It’s not how you likely imagine. Tradition, television, and many books and apps show us images of serene, silent people in lotus positions. We see that meditation is about cultivating stillness, a quiet mind, a union of body and spirit seeking to limit external distractions and internal dialogue....

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Age Better With Power Exercise

As an older adult, you’ll see benefits from training for power more than strength. What is “power”? Power is explosive strength training; it’s when you move weight fast. Jumping, punching, or simply a fast bicep curl is training for power rather than strength. Power exercise develops strength but also functional...

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5 Reasons to Love the Sun

In our fear of cancer many of us have begun to avoid sun exposure entirely or slather ourselves and our kids with sunscreen. Experts are beginning to suspect some of our chronic conditions are caused by or exacerbated by this. One recent randomized trial — with those using and others...