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The Workplace

Every minute you complain about a nightmarish workplace and every minute that you play in the drama and every minute that you participate in workplace gossip is energy that fuels the nightmare. Wake up from the nightmare, don’t fuel it. You can’t replace the time and energy lost. – X Fitness ‘Soul’ series Workplace drama […]

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Gandhi

“…no matter what amount of work one has, one should find some time for exercise, just as one does for one’s meals. It is my humble opinion that, far from taking away from one’s capacity for work, it adds to it.” – Gandhi…man, even Gandhi found time to work out.

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Excuses Detox – The Fitness Secret

I am an expert on excuses because I have heard every one ever invented. July has been a banner month for excuses – from my team and from those who want to know what’s the best workout program to lose fat overnight and build muscle at warp-speed. The best workout program has 3 elements: It’s […]

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Fitness Soul of a Lifter

I Saw A Miracle This Week

Actually, two. I saw two miracles this week. My granddaughter Violet is 11 months old. Yesterday, she walked up to my 5 lb. barrel of protein powder. She grabbed the handle and deadlifted it. The barrel was empty but heavy is relative. On her second rep, she broke out in the biggest smile I have […]

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Nothing lasts without ideological consistency

Nothing lasts without ideological consistency. – from Soul of a Lifter seminar Long-term commitment to working out or anything else that you want to accomplish needs consistent beliefs in what you’re doing and how you do it. Winging it won’t work. Neither will casual beliefs. Hardcore beliefs are the motor that drives you. I’ve been […]

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Editorial – Defending cops

I have read and heard enough ignorant cop-bashing this week that’s prompted me to write a defence…here’s the reality. Speaking as an ex-cop: 1.     Sweeping generalizations about any group of people is evidence of high-level ignorance.   2.    Opinions are the backbone of a free-speaking society but opinions must be based on strong evidence to have any credibility. […]

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Wind sprints melt fat – part 2

 The psychology of wind sprints. Every football season starts the same way – I have to re-adjust attitudes toward wind sprints. Most rookies believe that wind sprints are punishment, ranking somewhere between actual torture and being forced to read a book. Mindset adjustment is the key – wind sprints are a huge benefit, the difference […]

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Fitness Soul of a Lifter

Wind sprints melt fat.

Wind sprints melt fat. Coaching football has taught me the secret exercise for fat loss – wind sprints. Intervals of sprinting mixed with jogging or walking. Running as fast as you can several time in a row with minimal rest. Wind sprints have become fashionable by other names like HIIT but wind sprints have been […]

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The psychology of the street brawl

The psychology of the public disturbance. I saw a street brawl Saturday night in on Division St. outside the gym. Looked like a hockey fight. Made me think of the 1960’s hit Eve of Destruction – “Hate your neighbor but don’t forget to say grace.”  I had to call the police because all three lanes […]

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Fat Gripz

This is not a paid commercial for Fat Gripz.  It’s an unsolicited, unpaid endorsement. A friend sent me two pairs of Fat Gripz to try out.  Amazing results. I decided to write about them. In the past, I have used sponges, towels, plastic coil, anything to make the bar wider because the benefits of wider grip […]