HIIT TRAINING: Yes or No?

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I get asked about HIIT training A LOT. ( Also known as High Intensity Interval Training.) There seems to be a new study that shows up every month or so talking about how it can save you time plus keep you fit. Over the past two decades this type of training modality has become all the rage. It has been the subject of many studies ranging from reducing obesity to helping to stabilize blood sugars.  HIIT training is basically physical activity that has brief intermittent burst of very intense activity, followed by a period of rest or lower intensity exercise. HIIT can be performed using weights or as a cardiovascular workout. An example of a strength training workout using HIIT Training may look like this: SquatsPushupsLungesPullupsPlanks Repeat all above for…
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THE DEADLIFT

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Like Aragorn returning to Minas Tirith with his armies of dead men in tow, this popular category returns to smite the forces of darkness led by Sauron…I mean de-conditioning, pain, and/or dysfunction. ​ Why is the Deadlift a KoE?  Simply put, it comprises a host of actions involved with one of the primary movement patterns.  Bending forward at the middle of our body is something we are designed to do.  Picking up dropped keys or a shiny quarter, lifting a cooler out of your pickup or emptying the dishwasher, there are a lot of actions we perform during the day which necessitate some measure of bending forward.   Can you pick up a quarter without bending down?  Sure, but it’s a little more complicated and you’ll look a little funny.  One…
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Travel Workout in Denver

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This last week I was in Denver visiting family, friends and going to my 20th high school reunion. Anyone that knows me knows that I am a planner and that I love to have a schedule and for it to be full. My grand plan for this visit turned out to be over-scheduled and even disrupted by altitude! Unfortunately, I did not get to do everything on my plan.  This included my running schedule. Since I grew up in Denver I never appreciated how thin the air is. Coming from Spokane which is at 1,843 feet above sea level (to be exact) to Denver which every one knows is the mile high city was a little bit of a shock to my system. I had headaches everyday and higher fatigue…
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THE BEST LAID PLANS

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Last summer, when I started running and getting more serious about getting strong enough to run, I used a daily planner to help keep me on track. I think I got this idea from another fitness blogger so nothing really original there. I laid out a plan that I would follow every week and would log daily what I had accomplished. It helped me to see what was working and, sometimes more importantly, what was not. This became incredibly useful when I got gluten/soy poisoned in late summer. Like Superman’s Kryptonite, I crumble when these two substances get to me. First, the migraines start followed by an unrelenting fatigue. It takes about six weeks for everything to clear up and feel human but then another six before my superpowers return…
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The GOBLET SQUAT

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Every so often, I get asked as to what the ‘best’ exercise is to do.  In many of these hypothetical (or not) situations, time for exercising is in short supply.  Other times, It’s just a matter of making some addition to a workout regimen already in place.   This can mean that it’s possible for there to be more than one “King” depending upon your specific needs or desires.  In general each royal movement will provide benefit for a majority of its subjects.    This month, the Ruler of All Gyms will be, the Goblet Squat, using a kettlebell.   Requirements:  The bodyweight of one human person (self) One kettlebell of any challenging weight.  25lbs is a good start for most people. Squatting is one of the fundamental patterns of movement that…
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