How Grains Are Killing You Slowly

Last post we look at why you should eat grains, here is the other side of the argument showing why you may want to avoid them.   When I check out at the grocery store with a cart devoid of any processed foods or heart healthy whole grain products, I get occasional odd glances. When my kids […]

Should you avoid grains?

Today this article is highlighted to give the argument in favor of grains. Come back tomorrow to read an equally well written article on why you should not eat grains. Educate yourself on both sides of the equation before jumping to conclusions if eating any grains are right for you. Should you avoid grains? by RYAN […]

5 Simple Steps to Guaranteed Results in the Gym and in Life

You go the gym and you’re not getting the results you want. Don’t worry – there are some simple steps that have been proven to make your time more effective and get you going in the right direction. None of these tactics are magic or will turn you into an overnight fitness guru, but they will all […]

Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation

Sitting has become the way many people experience life. As Erwan Le Corre ( says, we live in a movement impoverished society. Movement is no longer mandatory rather an option and the scary truth is many people are not moving much at all. If you spend 8 hours sleep, 8 hours at work (desk job), […]
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Treating Upper Cross Syndrome for Dummies (Part 2)

This is the follow up for Part 1 Identifying Upper Cross Syndrome from last week. Treating Upper Cross Syndrome for Dummies (Part 2) Written by Michele Vieux So, what can be done to prevent or fix the Upper Cross Syndrome (UCS) problem many of you seem to be coming down with? According to physical therapy […]

An Intentional Life

Are you living an intentional life, are you focused, and striving towards your goals, or drifting in the flow? Do you wake with a sense of purpose, direction, and know why you are here? Finding your purpose even in small tasks will help you to live a healthy, happier, and more productive life. Take time […]

Into the snowstorm – #2 Hoye Crest, Maryland

Into the Snowstorm Hoye Crest, Maryland Elevation 3360 Summit Date 11/24/12 In Pennsylvania I took as many pictures as possible before the Olympus freeze proof camera lens became froze over. There was nothing wrong with the camera, the moisture in the air gathered on the surface of the camera and quickly froze. That shows you how […]
The Role of Carbohydrates in Recovery

Active Versus Passive Recovery

Last week we had a huge response to the “ARE YOU RESTING OR ARE YOUR RECOVERING” article. This included several questions on where can I get more details on active recovery, what intensity is allowed during active recovery, and how do I program that into my workouts? This is a great article that includes many […]
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Critical Learning: How to Read and Respond to Fitness Info on the Internet

I was reminded by a video shared on Facebook how important it is to never lose your critical eye. You should question everything, including YouTube videos, fitness articles, and even your coach’s advice. Most of the content generated on the web and the coaches teaching you are genuinely trying to get it right and help out, […]

Why Fear of Discomfort Might Be Ruining Your Life

By Leo Babauta Think about the major problems in your life — from anxiety to lack of regular exercise to a bad diet to procrastination and more. Pretty much every one of these problems is caused by a fear of discomfort. Discomfort isn’t intense pain, but just the feeling you get when you’re out of your […]
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Energy Bars Are Not Snacks

We are constantly bombarded with energy bars, protein bars, energy drinks, and other supplements. But there is a huge misunderstanding of what an energy bar actually is and when we should actually eat it. People often have a romanticized image of sports nutrition and what is “healthy.” But the bottom line is that energy bars are food. That’s […]

Get Off the Pavement!!!

Article by Weldon JohnsonPeople, get off the pavement!!! If you’re constantly injured or bored with your running, you probably can cure your problem by running on trails. The majority of us grow up running on roads, and think trails running isn’t for us, but trust me, if a kid who grows up running on exhaust […]
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Identifying Upper Cross Syndrome for Dummies (Part 1)

Identifying Upper Cross Syndrome for Dummies (Part 1) Written by Michele Vieux Do you know where your traps are? What about your trapezius? If you are shaking your head “no”, then chances are you are also activating your upper traps – that muscle we use to shrug our shoulders when we don’t know the answer […]
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Starting With a Whirlwind – #1 Mount Davis, Pennsylvania

Starting with a Whirlwind Mount Davis, Pennsylvania Elevation: 3,213ft Date: 11/24/12 I have always dreamed big, and when I start things it’s often with a bang, so this was no exception. We traveled as a family up to New York to visit family near Binghamton for Thanksgiving. The plan was to drive home on Saturday […]

Five Best Reasons to Workout in the Morning…and NOT After Work

Author: Raza Imam Most Americans are sleep (and nutrient) deprived… it’s just a part of the daily hustle and bustle of daily life. We work long days and usually spend time “unwinding” after work, which typically involves watching television and eating junk food. Every now and then we get the urge to start a new diet, […]


Rest vs Recovery is a topic that is not often addressed yet is critically important. Whole9 nailed this one on the head and show you the difference between resting and actually recovering. Read the full article to find out the difference between the two, and how to maximize your recovery between workouts. The difference between […]

50 States, 50 Peaks, and 1 Big Adventure

50 States, 50 Peaks, and 1 Big Adventure The idea of an adventure, exploring the outdoors, and pushing physical limitations has been part of what has defined me. For me hiking to the top of all 50 States represents a chance to not only achieve a challenging goal, but set a platform in which I hope […]

Fitness and Health Are Not the Same

Fitness and health are not the same exact thing; unfortunately this mistake is made too often. Fitness is a component of health. This past weekend I worked at the Virginia Beach Rock N Roll Half Marathon. Two distinct situations caused for alarm. First a person died during the half marathon after they collapsed, and were […]

Top 11 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition

There is a lot of misinformation circling around in mainstream nutrition.I have listed the worst examples in this article, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.Here are the top 11 biggest lies, myths and misconceptions of mainstream nutrition. 1. Eggs Are Unhealthy There’s one thing that nutrition professionals have had remarkable success […]

Have Some Standards – Learn the Big 3 Lifts

Beast Skills author Jim discusses the three big lifts and the difference between movement standards and movement form. This is something everyone needs to understand. Nothing I say in this post is revolutionary. Nothing I say here is all that new. But what I will cover in this post needs to be repeated time and […]