Fitness

New Year’s resolutions and Parkinson’s Law

I’m going to go ahead and tell you right now, don’t make a New Year’s resolution. Seriously, why do it? You know you’re not going to follow through with it, so why set yourself up for failure. And do you know why you and millions of other people will not achieve their 2021 New Year’s

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If I were Santa

One of the things I enjoy about the Christmas season is all of the holiday movies. All of the movies have different types of Santa’s. Some are traditional looking, some are young, some are really big and some are thin. If I were to play Santa in a movie, what would that look like? Would

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Save Yourself First

The airlines have it right when it comes to self care. When the plane hits turbulence, masks deploy. You put your own mask on before helping others. Any other way and you won’t be able to help someone. Likewise, putting your health and fitness (your engine) on the back burner will leave you sputtering. At

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6 Winter Workout Tips

It was cold, I was tired, and I was ready to get the workout over with before I even started it. I set up all my equipment, started the clock, and began my workout. No practicing the movements, I just started going. The workout started out well and then I got to handstand push ups.

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Favorite Moments from No Excuses CrossFit

No Excuses CrossFit is celebrating 12 years as an affiliate this week. During that time we have had nearly 3,000 people workout at No Excuses either as members, drop-ins, or for competitions. I’ve been with the gym for 11 of years as either a member, coach, manager, or owner. Here are some of my favorite

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The Year to be Thankful

If there was ever a year to be thankful, it’s definitely 2020. Despite all of the hardships that we have faced this year, I always tried to remind myself of the good things in life. When the gym was forced to shut down in March, I didn’t know if it would ever re-open again. Luckily,

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Lessons Learned in 2020

When I became owner of No Excuses CrossFit a few years ago, I felt like I had not earned my stripes. The gym was successful and I didn’t have to endure many of the tough months and years that most business owners face when starting a business. Then 2020 came and let’s just say those

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What’s your operating capacity?

One of the things I enjoy about personal training is making a connection with the client. We often do this in between sets of their workout as we chat. You get to know the person better — likes, dislikes, routine, family life, etc. That’s how a personal training client and I started talking about operating

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Strong Leaves Weather the Storm

Last week we all felt the effects of Tropical Storm Zeta. We either were awakened in the middle of the night from heavy winds, woke up to trees down near our home, or some people even lost power for several hours. But the next morning when I went outside my house and saw all of

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Let Loose Of The Halloween Candy

We all have things we are proud of in our life. Whether it’s some kind of achievement, promotion, or recognition. I once did the CrossFit workout ‘Grace’, which is 30 clean and jerks with 135 pounds, in 1:24. That’s a pretty legit time. I’ve also eaten a 10-ounce bag of Reece’s Pieces in one sitting.

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At The End Of A Season It’s Time To Re-Evaluate

The Atlanta Braves are out of the Major League Baseball playoffs after falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series on Sunday. It was a great season for the Braves despite everything that went on this year. From the season being delayed to playing just 65 regular season games. The Braves

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Don’t chase the post-workout feeling

If you have been CrossFitting for a while, you’ve probably had this happened to you. You just completed a workout and you fall to the ground as time expires. You are breathing really hard and you can feel your heart in your chest-thumping up and down. You’re drenched in sweat and your arms and legs

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The Benefits of Olympic Weightlifting

There is never any absolute way of doing things in the fitness industry, specifically in exercise selection. However, there are certain exercises that pack more of a punch and accomplish a lot of things in one movement. The Olympic lifts are some of those movements. They teach us about coordination, balance, stability, and they cover

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Don’t go alone

Three good cyclists will always beat one great cyclist to the top of the hill. Going up that hill alone is harder. The whole way you have the wind in your face pushing you back. You have no time to rest. The only thing you can rely on is your legs and they’re starting to

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Has a kettlebell changed your life?

I know it sounds kind of odd, but has a kettlebell changed your life? Has a rower made you a better person? Did a barbell make you go to the gym? The answer to all three questions is probably the same — No. No, a kettlebell didn’t change your life and a rower didn’t make

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