A client of mine recently said “Once the weather warms up, then I’ll start walking more.” They had struggled to reach their walking goal for the week. The cloudy, chilly days made walks unappealing. And, like many people, their mood and energy dipped in the winter. I said to this client “You know winter is … Continue reading “Winter is Coming Again (The Myth of Perfect Conditions)”
He was frustrated and confused. Jason (I’m using a fictional name for this individual) came in with low back pain after exercising. Jason was in his 50’s and decided he finally wanted to get fit. He excitedly hired a trainer and began a weight training program. But then he started having low back pain. It … Continue reading “What if you can’t do the “perfect” exercise to get fit?”
Getting and staying fit can be tough. And we have limited time and energy. So how should we allocate our precious resources of energy and time? We can use the analogy of big rocks. Focusing on big rocks helps us get results, rather than get distracted and confused by minor or irrelevant things. It is … Continue reading “The Real “Secret” to Getting and Staying Fit”
We hear lots of narratives about stretching before lifting. Some lifters insist on stretching before training. Others claim that it hurts performance. But what does the research say? Behm et all did a systematic review of research on the effects stretching.1 They looked at the effect of stretching pre-exercise on strength. They examined other variables … Continue reading “Does Stretching Pre-Workout Decrease Strength?”
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