Senior Memory Improves With High-Intensity Exercise

Granny and gramps get smarter when they go hardcore at the gym. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. What’s true, though, is that McMaster University researchers have found that high-intensity workouts give older adults a measurable memory boost. But if they want the benefits, they’ll need to go hard. Intensity is critical, according to… Continue reading Senior Memory Improves With High-Intensity Exercise

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A Workout To Embrace Challenges!

Needed a good workout today and these toys were a big help. More on that in a bit. Challenging week in the intellectual, emotional and spiritual areas of my life. My fitness in those three pillars has been put to the test this entire year. This week, it feels like I’ve regained some of my… Continue reading A Workout To Embrace Challenges!

Podcast: Know Stuff – The Gastrocnemius

This episode is a fresh edition of “Know Stuff,” the series that brings you the stuff you need to know about health, fitness, nutrition and performance topics in a way that you might actually enjoy! In this episode, we’re talking about the gastrocnemius. This muscle is often overlooked until it becomes a pain! Find out… Continue reading Podcast: Know Stuff – The Gastrocnemius

Smell Sweaty After the Gym? Soon Your Clothes May Solve the Problem

Are you this guy while you workout or afterwards? Soon, science may be able to give you clothes that prevent you from smelling “not so fresh.” Or even downright gross. Of course, it’s not just exercise that does it. Hot summer weather, stressful situations, yard work or a tough day on the job can leave… Continue reading Smell Sweaty After the Gym? Soon Your Clothes May Solve the Problem

Cardio For Those Who Hate Cardio

If you know me, you know I hate cardio. Really hate it. Clarification – I hate “traditional” cardio. Long, boring, steady state, make-me-wanna-stab-myself cardio. I also despise “stupid” cardio. You know, burpees, mountain climbers and all that crap. Just dumb. But I like how cardio makes my body feel and how it keeps my heart… Continue reading Cardio For Those Who Hate Cardio

Podcast: Essential Laws of Strength, Fitness and Performance #1 – More is Not Better, Better is Better!

Today, I’m sharing the first of my “Essential Laws of Strength, Fitness and Performance.” These didn’t happen by accident. These Essential Laws were developed through observation and analysis, careful review of my work and that of others and trial and error. Law #1 may be the most important one to remember. Join me as I… Continue reading Podcast: Essential Laws of Strength, Fitness and Performance #1 – More is Not Better, Better is Better!

5 Surefire Ways To Be a Crappy Coach Or Trainer

As an observer of the fitness profession, as well as fitness professionals, it looks to me like there are plenty of fitness coaches – strength coaches, youth fitness coaches, personal trainers and coaches all over our field – who are trying to be terrible. Maybe they’re really not, but it sure as heck looks that… Continue reading 5 Surefire Ways To Be a Crappy Coach Or Trainer

Attention, Connection And FUN Offer Psychosocial Benefits to Obese Kids

For many years, there has been debate about which kinds of programs offer the highest psychosocial benefits to kids – physical fitness programs or those geared toward art, music and relaxed social interaction. With youth depression, anxiety and obesity on the rise, this debate is now both timely and time-sensitive. Now, a study from the… Continue reading Attention, Connection And FUN Offer Psychosocial Benefits to Obese Kids

Upper and Lower Body Weakness Associated With Depression and Anxiety

Physical fitness is associated with a number of key health outcomes, including heart disease, cognition, mortality, and an overall feeling of well-being. A new study from Singapore now links physical performance with mental health and emotions, suggesting that weak upper and lower body fitness can cause more serious depression and anxiety in midlife women. Results… Continue reading Upper and Lower Body Weakness Associated With Depression and Anxiety