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...]

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...]

Does the menstrual cycle impair training performance?

In the course of my research for my presentation at the Structured Training Seminar in NYC next week (check it out here), I came across a surprising thing. Surprising because it is one of those soundbites you hear repeated frequently enough, yet I had never really sat down and researched the answer. You often hear: "Women can't perform as well during their menstrual cycle. … [Read more...]

Welcome to World Athletics

This week has meant so much to me that it is really hard to sit down and just "write about what I learned".  There was so much complexity, simplicity, epiphanies, comfort, excitement, wonder, understanding stuffed in it, that I have to just kind of let it flow out if I can hope to share what a week of being around some of the best coaches and olympic level athletes in the world … [Read more...]

The Mistake You’re Not Learning From

We hear these kinds of phrases all the time: "Learn from your mistakes" "It was a learning experience" "I am ok, because I learned something from it". Totally true. In fact it will be true for the rest of your life. But part of progress is making different mistakes. New ones. Not repeating the same ones. Progress is fighting new battles. I was sitting around … [Read more...]

12 Tips From My 2012

Come on, I gotta do some kind of New Year post to keep up with every other trainer blogger. :D But seriously, here's 12 tips ranging from potentially life-changing to trivial, depending on how brilliant you feel I am. Feel free to let me know if I've totally saved your sanity somehow and/or improved your quality of life through my insightfulness. Or you can buy me … [Read more...]

What You SHOULD Know About Plateaus

I have had this post bouncing around in my head since last week, and if I don't get it out I'm gonna go crazy. Occasionally at work (the prison), I am assigned to construction watch. This is great for me  because it means babysitting two non-inmate maintenance guys = I can catch up on reading!!! I print out some Alan Aragon Research Reviews, grab a highlighter and get paid to … [Read more...]

Food-for-Thought Before Starting a Diet or Weight Loss Plan

I sincerely sympathize with people who struggle with their diet. Having known the confusion of bouncing from one fad to another, getting your hopes up when you hear of a new "method", feeling the rush of losing 5 lbs (water weight dear) and then having the hunger and frustration set in. The thoughts that you should be stronger than this. That willpower is all it takes. The … [Read more...]

Beyond Brawn Bites: Part 1

In these couple blog posts coming up, I would like to share quotes from different reading material I have been working my way through, that resonated with me personally in my learning process. Everybody "clicks" with different things at different times and as one of my friends pointed out "often how something affects you is a matter of when you are ready to hear it". I have … [Read more...]