Start where you are at. A lesson I’m re-learning.

I have never needed to be the best.  I remember taking debate in high school and doing really well.  My partner and I won novice state.  I enjoyed it.  But I hated that others in my class would get overly excited when they found evidence against my case.  When during the in class tournament it was [...]

Notes on being a bad ass: women and weights pt. 1

Women typically don’t lift weights.  Okay let’s be real, American’s don’t typically exercise…  but often women who do are afraid of weights.  And by weights I don’t mean 2-3 lb pink dumbbells.  I am often told this is due to a fear of becoming “bulky” and “manly.” This is an idea I want to spend [...]

Ms. New Booty

Some people remember when they heard Elvis or the Beatles for the first time.  For me, it was Sir Mix A lot.  Not because of his musical genius but due to his profound love of big booties.  When this song came out I was being teased in school with the charming nick name “Buffalo butt.”  This [...]

Scary new things

I’ve always said I don’t like being comfortable.  The thought process being that it is usually upon getting outside of one’s comfort zone that you are able to grow.  But the truth is; doing new stuff can be pretty terrifying. I don’t like to be the new guy.  It’s hard to “put yourself out there” [...]

go small or stay home

When I first started getting serious about exercise I worked out everyday, as much as I could find time for. When I began to see changes in my body I was hooked. But eventually this changes slowed and I hit a plateau.  I tried everything I could think of; new exercises, more intensity, longer stretching: [...]

take it outside

It’s summertime!  And if you’re like me you are sick and tired of being cooped up indoors with all the snow we had this winter.  So take your booty out of the gym and do something different.  It will keep you motivated and maybe you’ll have some fun.  Here are some ideas to get you [...]

But I don’t wanna…

Let me be clear in saying I have been fat my entire life.  I have occasionally lost weight only gain it again.  My peak athletic performances until recently were pretty embarrassing.  The highlights include making a lay up in a jr high basketball game only to realize during my personal celebratory gestures that I made it on [...]

Interval Training

Good news and bad news… The good news is research tells us that you can see greater calorie burn and more significant increases in metabolic rate by spending LESS time exercising.  Amazing right? The bad news is, you have to work a lot harder in the shorter amount of time. But on my worst day [...]

Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred

It’s fitting that I would first review 30 day shred.  At this point it is an oldie but goodie in my dvd repertoire.  30 day shred was probably my first experience with a fitness dvd that left me feeling really worked out! Jillian combines light weights with cardio and abdominal moves which are timed and [...]