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The Declining Standard Of Fitness

The Declining Standard Of Fitness

This is a rant. 165 days. Five and a half months. That’s the minimum military service a Finnish male has to complete after his eighteenth birthday. The time spent in the service is almost a third less than what it was in the 1950s. Back then, the fine youth of the nation had to gear up for at least eight months. Although the length of the service has changed, one tradition never fades. Whenever the current group of young men…

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Why We Should Appreciate Our Bodies As They Are

Why We Should Appreciate Our Bodies As They Are

I will bet my left knee cap that as you’re reading this, there is something about your body that you’d like to change. That you don’t feel completely satisfied with how something in your body looks (belly fat), feels (spongy) or moves (tight, or constipated). We often think of this lack of satisfaction as a good thing. It provides the motivation to switch into our training gear. That little voice that urges us to make healthier decisions during meal times….

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Being Physically Resilient Makes Life Better

Being Physically Resilient Makes Life Better

Now here’s a word I love in every possible way. And probably more than any sensible person should love a specific set of alphabets aligned in a meaningful way. Despite the risk of sounding like a hardcore weirdo, here goes. I love the way it looks on a piece of paper (or on the screen), the way it resonates in my ears, the way it feels in my mouth when I say it out loud. Or even better, when I…

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Walk Away To Come Back Stronger Another Day

Walk Away To Come Back Stronger Another Day

Strength, power and cardiovascular fitness forms the foundation for longevity. And these qualities have to be constantly nurtured to stop them from crumbling. They need the integrity that comes from frequent practice. Yet there is a point of diminishing returns. A point of too much. Be it chasing some random ego-driven numbers with weights, running ourselves to the ground on the trails, or pushing that one extra set or rep when it clearly doesn’t matter. Strength, power and cardiovascular fitness…

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The Restorative Power of Nature

The Restorative Power of Nature

Worry not, I am not turning into a naturopathic charlatan recommending people to snort a combination of celery powder and dragon tears thought a cinnamon stick to cure a nasty case of donkey breath. But we can agree (as does science) that getting outside does something wonderful to us. Like with all the living things, being a human is better with a daily dose of outdoors. Staying focused on the drops of rain hitting our face as we navigate through…

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The Tax On Chasing High Performance

The Tax On Chasing High Performance

The greatest athletes at the peak of their careers are not necessarily healthier than an average punter. In fact, they might even be worse off because of the toll their sport is taking on the body. Leaning too heavily on performance will have a negative effect on health. And there’s a tax the high level athlete will eventually have to pay for their success. Similarly, the most aesthetics pleasing body is not always the healthiest. A six pack is not…

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How To Decide Your Next Training Goal, Part I: Overall Health Markers, Movement, Body Composition

How To Decide Your Next Training Goal, Part I: Overall Health Markers, Movement, Body Composition

This is Part I of a series of three. (Not unlike The Godfather).Part I: Overall health markers, movement, body compositionPart II: Are Your Strength And Conditioning Up To Standard?Part III: Measuring Fitness and Filling The Gaps To get clarity on what to focus on next in your training requires a thorough inspection of where you currently are. Let’s face it, most of us like to do things that we’re good at while ignoring the stuff that we suck doing. People…

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Spandex Not Compulsory – What is it about?

Spandex Not Compulsory – What is it about?

  Here’s the lowdown on Spandex Not Compulsory. (If you are new here, here’s a quick recap: book in progress, out soon). Who is it for? Who is it NOT for? Should you buy it? Does it come with elf stickers?  First, let me tell you who it is not for. It is not for those who adore spandex, fake-tan, counting calories and have the time to train more than Arnold did in the 70’s. Now that that’s out of…

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Introduction to Spandex Not Compulsory

Introduction to Spandex Not Compulsory

First, quick housekeeping: As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been pouring time into writing and editing my book. With everything else that goes on with getting a book out, it’s been overwhelming. Much more work than I anticipated. That combined with coaching people full time and enter the stealth mode with my blog posts as of late. 

The Case for Vigorous Movement – For Those Not Motivated by Pure Vanity

The Case for Vigorous Movement – For Those Not Motivated by Pure Vanity

This is the monster article I mentioned a while back. I got inspired to write it after reading this 52 page research, Role of Inactivity in Chronic Diseases: Evolutionary Insight and Pathophysiological Mechanisms. A real page-turner. And heavily referenced in this article. Here’s what to expect: Part I is about the benefits of participating in frequent vigorous movement, beyond of the “to look good on Instagram”. Yes, for most people a part of training motivation is the vanity aspect. That’s cool….

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