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Hey y’all it’s been a while but hopefully you’re of the deductive reasoning level that the title of this post makes obvious the reason why. Anyway, let’s get down to the real stuff.

Being sick is the worst for many reasons. Things hurt, it’s hard to sleep but also it’s hard to be awake, showering is a HUGE DEAL, TV is somehow more boring all of a sudden, food doesn’t taste good because it hurts to swallow and breathe, and you don’t feel like cooking so you live off of soup and sorbet. On top of this, days go by that you can’t work out. Can you? Because maybe, like a light workout, will make you feel better? Or at least not as guilty for eating cartons of sorbet? Read More

So, we all know how important I think it is to exercise, and maybe I do it a little too much, but whatever, 12 hours a week is NOT EVEN A PART TIME JOB, so it’s fine. However, I am aware that some people are not actually THAT into working out, even though they are maybe open to the IDEA of it. They, in fact, maybe, do not work out regularly at all. In an effort to convert those people, I have devised this very series, on which I would love their / your feedback.

The idea behind Workouts for People Who Don’t Workout is that all you have to do is wake up 30 minutes before you normally would, and you can basically roll out of bed and do this challenging yet unoffensive workout. The feedback I would like is whether this is unoffensive enough that when your alarm goes off 30 minutes earlier than you’re used to, you’re willing to get out of bed to do this. So, would you get out of bed for this? Read More

OMG you guys, SOCIETAL ISSUE POST!

Just kidding, I don’t have any opinions about society, or issues. But, this is a topic that’s greater than just the fitnessing world, and starts to get into squishy stuff like media, self-image, and confidence.

There are a lot of different reasons to go to the gym: working off stress, getting healthier, losing weight, bulking up, making friends, curing boredom, healing injuries, training for an athletic event, blah blah I’m bored. Anyway, most people go because they want to improve their physical appearance in some way. Which, trust me y’all, I GET IT. Losing 70 pounds was not a by-product of just wanting to get really good at box jumps. But, were I to take my own advice, then it would have been, because I would have set a series of fitness-related goals, rather than appearance-related goals. SPOILER ALERT this post is an extension of the Set Goals Y’all post. Cause, you know. Some thangs need saying. Read More

Let’s talk about fitness goals. You should have one.

I’M NOT LIKE, THAT INTO FITNESS

Not every goal has to be on the scale of completing an iron man or making the Olympic volleyball team. If you have one on that level, then you are awesome, and I am not sure why you are reading this blog, but maybe you can leave a message in the comments and direct us all to your way more hardcore blog. But, there are plenty of other goals, even on a weekly basis, that can help motivate you AND make you feel great about accomplishing them. Read More

OK I was gonna write about this cool movie I saw about the food manufacturing industry and how we should TRUST NO ONE but something compelled me to instead tell you all to shut the hell up.

Guys, you need to SHUT UP ABOUT YOUR SCHEDULE ALREADY.

Making time to work out is hard. I can appreciate / understand / empathize. We all are Very Busy and need to hurry up so we can get to work / class / that meeting / a PowerLunch / another conference call / tech rehearsal / our computer / Gawker / therapy / the airport / happy hour / The Real Housewives / band practice / some sports game / your wedding. It is very difficult to get all of this done, and where on earth are we going to find three hours, so we can get to the gym, warm up, do a workout, cool down, and then shower.

NOWHERE. WE ARE NOT GOING TO FIND THAT TIME ANYWHERE.

Here is where you are SO WRONG. Read More

Whether you’re new to fitnessing or a seasoned veteran, there is one thing you can count on: injuries are gonna happen.

PROBABLY NOT, I STRETCH AND STUFF

Well, stretching is great, you should do it after every workout. Not before — it’s not good to stretch when muscles are cold. That’s actually how a lot of injuries can happen. Before a workout you just need to warm-up, with some sort of cardio for 3 – 10 minutes (jump rope, rowing machine, bike, even just inchworms). But making sure you warm-up before and stretch after doesn’t mean you’re injury-proof. Read More

Oh, hey. Are you one of those people that are paranoid about bulking up too much, and just stick to cardio for your workout? Or worry that since you don’t have a lot of time at the gym, the amount you’re there is better spent adding to your total mileage on the elliptical? Well, congratulations. You’re an idiot. Only idiots do nothing but cardio.  Do you want to be an idiot? Is this a goal of yours? If so, I can recommend some great bands and movies for your enjoyment. However, if being an idiot was an accident you would like to correct, then let’s talk about some weights. Read More

Oh hey, is your resolution to burn off some fat? Yes, well, welcome to This Is What Everyone Wants Always.

Today we’re going to get all up on High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT.  This is not the thing you do when you want to blast your lats or get huge biceps. This is the thing you do to burn fat in the most efficient way possible. And don’t we just love efficiency. Yes, we do.

WHAT IS THIS THING.

HIIT is alternating between short intervals of very high intensity cardio and low intensity cardio. Read More

So now that we’ve established that exercising is a must, there are so many places to go from here.  I’m sure you have questions. Like, WHAT KIND DO I DO AND FOR HOW LONG AND HOW OFTEN AND WHAT ABOUT IF I’M BUSY AND WHY ISN’T IT WORKING I CAN’T SEE MY ABS.

Well, this is to answer, sort of, the first part of that.  There are a LOT of different kinds of exercise, but one of the most efficient is circuit training (and don’t we all love efficiency.)

I’m relatively new to circuit training, but ever since an injury has kept me from running, it’s pretty much all I do. And you guys, I am SO STRONG now. I will open that jar for you. Read More