Getting My Groove Back

BJ UCP Half Marathon Shirt 2013

Last year, I worked pretty hard to train for a half-marathon. I hurt my hip (#StupidBursitis) in late July, kept trying to power through it in August, and finally went to the doctor and was sidelined by September. It sucked because I was only a month or so away from my race. I had already registered, though, so I did go pick up my shirt as a consolation prize. I had paid for it, after all.

But I’m better now, a bit smarter, and I’m planning on running the race this year. This year, I won’t just pay for the shirt. I’ll earn it, too. Continue reading

I’m Writing a Weight-Loss Book. And I Need Your Help.

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One of the best things about writing for this blog is when I get an email, Facebook message, or tweet about how my story inspired someone to lose weight of their own. Over the past year, more messages like that have made their way to me than I ever expected. I mean, I started this blog to try to help people, but the reality of someone saying “You helped me” is actually pretty surreal…and humbling.  Continue reading

Is Virtual Reality the Future of Fitness?


This post is sponsored by Les Mills and Reebok to promote their Immersive Fitness program. The opinions and commentary are all mine.

When I was contacted about writing a post for this program, I had no idea what it was about, so I watched the video above to try to find some answers. Afterward, I still had no idea what was going on. But as I read into it, I learned that it is about doing group fitness classes in front of gigantic screens meant to simulate different environments. The speculative-fiction-author side of me latched onto this idea immediately, and I had to ask myself does the future of the fitness industry lie in virtual and augmented reality? Continue reading

Staying Active While on Vacation

Walking Bridge

Last week, my wife and I took a short trip, just a few days to get away and spend some time together. For us, trip-taking is about two things: eating good food and earning that food. We like to try as many local restaurants as we can find/afford, but we also like to head back home without an additional 15 pounds of pants-stuffing.

So we try to stay active while we’re vacationing. And no, I don’t mean like hitting the hotel’s fitness center and sweating it out on the same kinds of isolation machines, ellipticals, and treadmills that we could be using at home.

I mean, doing things that still feel like a vacation from our everyday lives, only the kind that keep us moving and in-shape. Once you start vacationing like this, I promise you’ll never look at lounging around a kid-infested hotel pool the same way again.  Continue reading

30-Minute Bodyweight Workout – Tony Stark

Tony Stark Workout

A while back, one of my friends asked me to make a bodyweight workout routine for him that would take 30 minutes and that he could do at home with no extra equipment, and this is what I came up with.

I designed this workout to be done three times a week–for instance, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday–as a supplement to whatever else you do. If you’re a runner or a cyclist or some other kind of cardio bunny like me, this is especially important.

Because of the nature of cardiovascular exercise, we must keep up with some kind of strength training to prevent muscle deterioration. In addition, this routine was devised to be fun and dynamic, working your whole body and keeping you moving. You won’t have to worry about standing in one place and pumping out set after set of reps with this one. It’ll keep your heart rate high, and you will always be moving to something new.

Just like the man it’s named after–Tony Stark, everyone’s favorite genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. Continue reading