Managing the stress of trying to get fitter: part 1

Stress is, anything that has an influence you and your body, within your self and through your environment. You can see how broad the word "stress" is then. “I am stressed” is usually said as a negative statement. But in the context of exercise “I am stressed” is physically, the point. The point of exercise is to stress you out. Stress your skeletal structure though … [Read more...]

You don’t need to love your body, you need to own it

Once upon when I was 21, I sublaxed (partial dislocation) both knees right after the other. That day, the right one was already bandaged, and I was hobbling around on the left, watching a soccer game with friends. There were a lot of people around me, and I was standing still and very unsteadily, unable to move with any sort of ease. I was all wobbly, constantly in danger of … [Read more...]

Malnutrition masquerading as health; a modern problem.

There is one thing going wrong with what's happening day to day in peoples eating habits in modern societies, that I will risk speaking out quite adamantly on. My intention is not to criticize anyone's choice of actions for their health, but to describe a problem I see. It would be impossible for me to know all the circumstances under which someone makes their health choices, … [Read more...]

A woman can never be as strong as a man could be; physical safety starts with physical strength

Read the title carefully. This is not a post about whether there exists a woman that "could" beat a man, in some way. Of course there is. A big woman, a small man.... but even then, research is not in her favor. This post is strictly a discussion of the inequalities apparent when discussing differences in physical strength between men and women.  I do not aim to discuss … [Read more...]

Exercise is learning. The most basic kind.

A couple years ago when visiting World Athletics (now Altis) in Arizona, I asked Dan Pfaff how long it would take someone to develop physically at a basic level (in the context of the sport he coaches at an Olympic level, track and field). In other words, generally speaking, if you took someone with no consistent physical training, and trained them to be physically … [Read more...]

Uncertainty is certain: reducing stress through acceptance of fact

There are lots of facts in this world. They are recorded diligently by scientists in very field imaginable. Science is the collecting of facts through arduous and specific processes improved on over time; what can be known is kept on record and updated. What is not "known" continues to be sought. This is an arduous process, as we all know. The common complaint that "science … [Read more...]

“Moderate and balance” your attitude and expectations, not your actions

“Moderation includes extremes” - Unknown (I can’t remember if I made that up, or I read it somewhere, but either way I can’t find a source. If no one finds one, I’ll take credit eventually. If someone knows, please aware me.) There are two sides of the discussion about what “balance” in diet, training and getting fitter/healthier means. On one side its: “It takes … [Read more...]

On body awareness, body image, and the use for shame

Reading Oliver Sack’s “A Leg To Stand On” was a bit surreal for me. In it, he describes the strange and unexpected event in his life of losing his leg. Not losing it physically, but mentally. Through injury, and nerve damage his leg "went dead" to him. He experienced thinking of his leg as not his own, but as a foreign object tethered to him through an uncontrollable … [Read more...]

New Years; upload a mental virus, rather than crafting a resolution (aka a promise to yourself you don’t keep)

I like New Years celebrations, and I don't mind the ritual of New Year resolutions either, per se. But I agree that simply deciding on a new goal or action because it is "a new year" doesn't pan out well for most people. We all know the drill; the large majority of us will fail at keeping our New Years resolutions. I have a bit of a different twist on the idea of using the … [Read more...]

What I am dying to tell my clients about training…..that’s not about training

Over the past several months, I've had the pleasure of communicating and training several clients who went through stressful life changes and events. Often, training took a backseat and talking took a frontseat. I learned to listen better because of what they shared, and saw what they needed beyond just exercise prescriptions, better technique or sets and reps. There's much … [Read more...]