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Under the Covers: Eat & Run by Scott Jurek

Welcome to Under the Covers, an on-going series of book reviews to enrich the way we think, move, eat and connect.

 

In my Under the Covers book series, I will rate each book based on its “Life Wisdom” value (from 1 to 5 wise owls). I will review books that inspire, motivate and teach life lessons. Some of our greatest wisdom comes from those whose journeys may be quite different from our own.

When we escape into their world, we can learn from their trials, tactics, and courage. Through their wisdom, we add to our own.

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A Big Fitness Oversight

You have to train boredom if you want to be FIT.

No matter your choice of exercise, it always includes a silent partner. Boredom. You can fight it, resist it, change it up. You can increase intensity, change the view, or wear neon shoes. At some point you just have to become friends with repetition. Read more

Hangin’ It Up Feels Great

Inversion tables are worth your money.

A multiple purpose tool worthy of taking up valuable space. Read more

The Sexy Muscle

Go for the curves you want, not the ones you don't.

I think shoulders are the most beautiful part of a FIT body. Read more

ABsolutely Core Crazed- Part VI

Core Lore & Skitz Core Secrets

View previous posts in this series, ABsolutely Core Crazed.

If you have been following this series, then you have a lot to keep you busy for awhile working toward those ripped abs! More importantly, you will be making the trunk of your body stable and strong. Strong arms and legs are great but without a strong center structure from which those limbs sprout from, you are inviting injury and fatigue.

As I said in Part I, if you work your core for no other reason than to prevent back problems, that’s a good enough reason.

When it comes to core work, here is what I DON’T recommend: Read more

ABsolutely Core Crazed- Part V

Planks reveal the truth about your core strength.

View previous posts in this series, ABsolutely Core Crazed.

You wouldn’t think that an exercise where you stay perfectly still could make so many body parts stronger.  There are many versions of the plank, many I will illustrate here. In a nutshell, you straighten your body like a board and hold it there.

This simple exercise works your entire core, back, quads, ankles, arms, shoulders, butt, and brain.  A stationary pose that looks so easy can be downright torturous!  It’s a hoot to see big, strong guys drop to their knees in agony when I challenge them in a plank contest.  I haven’t lost one yet!

If you promise to try these plank variations to improve your core strength, I’ll share a few of my secrets to holding a plank longer in my final post of this series next week.  Then make sure and write me when you challenge Hercules at the gym and win!

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ABsolutely Core Crazed- Part IV

Stability balls and stand up abs challenge the entire body.

View previous posts in this series, ABsolutely Core Crazed.

There is no end to the usefulness of a stability ball.  This is one fitness device that has stood the test of time and for good reason.  My favorite uses are for stretching and core work.  So let’s get rolling! Read more

Cheap Man’s Massage

Is it sinful to dislike going to spas?

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against spoiling myself. I’m also a very touchy, feely person so it isn’t the professional hands of strangers that bothers me.  

If I need “body work” done due to an injury or pain, I will definitely go and reap the benefit.  I have been to 2 experienced massage therapists who’s hands worked miracles on my back and overtrained quad muscles.

Here’s why spas aren’t my forte. Read more

ABsolutely Core Crazed- Part III

Using weighted balls

View previous posts in this series, ABsolutely Core Crazed.

A weighted ball, from 2 to 8 pounds, is an excellent tool to make core strength training more challenging.  It adds weight to the exercise but also involves balance and coordination.  I suggest using a regular weighted ball with no handles except for the last exercise listed where I recommend a heavier ball with handles. Read more

America’s Mind Plague- Excuse Revolution!

Which plague is holding you back?

View Part I of this 2 part series, America’s Mind Plague- Excuses.

“I’m too busy.”

If being healthy is your priority, then time isn’t an issue. Time for other tasks is the challenge. If you don’t have time to work out, look at your priorities first before addressing anything else. Be honest. Only grief will come from a false priority list. Read more