Posts Tagged ‘Fitness’

The Army Is Getting Smart

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Army toughens fitness test for first time in 30 years

Sounds like the Army is looking at what the soldiers actually need to do in the field and basing their fitness standards on those requirements. Hopefully these standards will be the same for men and women. Lowering the standards  for women is an insult to strong women and could place other soldiers in harm.


Jack LaLanne – RIP

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Jack LaLanne passed away the other day at the age of 96. I won’t summarize as it has been done multiple time the last couple of days, but over at they have a nice blog entry.  LaLanne did much for the world of fitness and his message boils done to this:

  • Eat good food, stop putting garbage into your body.
  • Exercise (Jack did strength training and some type of cardio, good combination)
  • Get plenty of sleep

I’ve said these are the keys to fitness too, glad to know I was on the right track

The Gorilla Pit

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

If you live in the Mentor, Ohio area and looking for a place to get into shape then checkout The Gorilla Pit. The Pit has some great coaches, Ty Phillips and Jay Ashman are just a couple of people at the Pt that will work with you to develop a fitness plan to meet your goals.

I’ve been following their programming on Facebook and their website and like what I see. I know where I wold be training if I lived in the area, The Gorilla Pit.

The Paleo Solution Video Introduction by Robb Wolf

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Robb Wolf over has posted a video over on his blog that provides an introduction to his upcoming book The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet. The book can be pre-ordered on both Amazon’s and Barnes and Noble’s websites.

The video provides a good overview on what the book is about, and why Wolf did some things the way he did in the book. I’m looking forward to release and will be reading it as soon as I get my hands on a copy. Watch for a review of the book shortly after that happens.

Tracy Anderson Must Be Stopped

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Tracy Anderson is personal fitness trainer and founder of the Tracy Anderson Method. Her workout routine is what I would spastic movements. Jump around frail your arms and legs, and charge people lots of money to do her method. Her claim to fame is having famous clients such as Madonna (who has since dropped Tracy)  and Gwyneth Paltrow, who has been diagnosed with osteopenia.

If anyone with even a basic knowledge of exercise and diet listens to Anderson they quickly come to the conclusion she doesn’t know what she is talking about. How would one come to such a conclusion? Easy when she says things such as:

  • Women shouldn’t life more then 3 pounds to avoid getting bulky
  • Using the treadmill without varying your routine (as in jump around in it as if you were having a seizure) will make you bulky
  • Prescribing diets that range in the 800 calories range

Brain St. Pierre has a nice blog post going a little more into Tracy Anderson and her health thoughts.

Now if Anderson was just following her own advice, I wouldn’t mind as much. The problem is Anderson is marketing her program and too many women follow her looking to get into shape. Doesn’t help with Anderson stating she has helped women lose 9 inches in 10 workouts (starvation is good for losing weight, especially muscle). I won’t say anything about these ladies, they are trying to get into shape and think they found the magic way to do so. I place the blame on Anderson.

Ladies, if you want to get into shape, here are some basic tips:

  • Eat real food, veggies, lean meat, some fruit and some nuts. Avoid sugar and even consider avoiding grains. Eat enough to support your activity level. Plenty of places on the Internet that can give you advice. I would suggest the Nutrition forum at the Crossfit site for asking advice.
  • Do some resistance training, i.e. lift some weights. Unless you have some really strange medical condition you will not get bulky.
  • Do some short, high intensity cardio work. Think high intensity type of training. 2 or 3 different exercises done at high rate for a short period of time.
  • Get plenty of sleep

I usually suggest people check out “The Primal Blueprint” by Mark Sisson, great introduction to health. Robb Wolf has “The Paleo Solution” coming out this fall, should be a good introduction book too.