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In the Zone – #4 Black Mountain, Kentucky

In the Zone Black Mountain Kentucky Elevation 4,145ft Summit Date: 11/25/12   I kept driving and driving, the darkness had overtaken everything and the steady hum of the car on the highway was gently lulling me to sleep. So far in one day I had driven from before sunrise to after sunset, and was still going. I stopped for […]

Americans Exercising More, But Still Getting Fatter

“More people are running, biking and walking in communities across America, but the added exercise has done little to curb the nation’s obesity epidemic, new research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington has found. Exercise levels across the nation rose between 2001 and 2009, according to the study, […]

Time Crunch – #3 Spruce Knob, West Virginia

Time Crunch Spruce Knob, West Virginia Elevation 4,862 Summit Date 11/24/12 After the mad dash up and down Hoye-Crest, I jumped back in the car speeding off toward West Virginia’s high point Spruce Knob. This would be the highest peak yet. However the time crunch hit.  I had two hours and fifteen minutes of driving with […]

Adaptive Cooking and Opportunistic Eating

Eating is a main component of our health, but an area where people often struggle. Rather than thriving in our modern world people suffer eating highly processed, unhealthy, and unsatisfying food. In this day and age we have access to an incredible variety of healthy foods all year long, and easy way to prepare them. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Your Mind Is Your Gym: Your Brain Is All the Equipment You Need

I recently taught a workshop for MovNat and was inspired by one of my participants. We normally get a group of motivated, intelligent, and creative people taking our workshops, but this man was truly inspiring. At 61 years old he can do pull ups, jump, balance, and run. He inspired me because of his mental toughness and the tenacity with […]

A Weak Foundation: How to Screen Your Ankles, Improve Performance, and Decrease Injury

No one would’ve opened this article if I called it, “screening your ankles and increasing your mobility.” However the truth is the ankle may be the most ignored joint next to the wrist in terms of athletic performance, flexibility, and injury prevention.Speaking in terms of a structural integrity, the base is the single most important factor. […]

How to Keep Your Life Out of Your Workouts

How often do you hear, or worse yet use, the expression “I don’t have time to work out today.” The truth is most of us are very busy, some to the point of holding multiple jobs, having families, and juggling many other responsibilities, but we have to critically evaluate ourselves and our time management. Recently I […]

Learn the Deadlift and Fix it Forever

Establishing Your Drive Train: Screening and Correcting the Hip Hinge Everyone has the same basic movement patterns – we habitually pick objects up off the floor, squat, sit up, and perform countless other patterns. These patterns are manifested in many different ways from daily activity to specific training, such as deadlifting heavy loads to build strength. […]

Consistent Hard Effort Over Time: The Only Guaranteed Method of Success

I work in a unique setting. I manage and coach a CrossFit within a YMCA, so I am exposed to what is known here as “hardcore” athletes (the CrossFit athletes) and also our health seekers. A health seeker is your average person looking to get fit but really doesn’t know anything. Both crowds are extremely different […]

Use Your Head to Save Your Neck: 4 Ways You’re Causing Neck Injury

There is a disturbing trend within the nation in the fitness industry and CrossFit community. There are a growing number of neck injuries, strains, and pain. People keep asking, “How do I fix my neck pain?” My answer is, “Don’t even get neck pain.” There is a direct correlation between poor form and posture and increased injury rates. […]