Depression is epidemic, right along with diabetes type 2. We can make educated guesses as to why, but that’s not the point of this post. My oldest son (16 years old) was diagnosed with depressive disorder this past year. First thing the doctor did was put him on daily medication. He also had us consult a dietitian who wanted him to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. My son took the meds for aContinue Reading


Crossfit open 2019 is done. Were you there? If not, plan for October! It’s a terrific opportunity to test your fitness, find your weaknesses, be part of a team, and make your teen kids do things with you. I’m really proud to have completed every workout in CrossFit Open 2019. The scoring is nearly final although a few video reviews may still change the numbers a bit. The work outs were as varied as youContinue Reading


We wrapped up our third Crossfit Open 2019 work out this Saturday, 19.3. This was such a tough work out that even the scaled version was impossible for many people to do. We had a third option at our box. 19.3 Was Ridiculous This work out was a significant jump in ability from the first two. It wasn’t just a next step, challenging us to improve or gut it out. This was more of aContinue Reading

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Since I foresee posts in the next month mostly about the CrossFit Open, I wanted to get this in now. March 5, 2019 will be my one-year anniversary of starting CrossFit. It may seem odd to you that a personal trainer who has been certified and re-certified for years, trained hundreds of clients one-on-one and in small groups, and studied and experimented with dozens of different training models should be paying for another coach toContinue Reading

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After a lot of years training adults of all abilities and ages, I’ve learned one thing really well: few adults like high-intensity exercise. As a trainer, I know high intensity is the best bang for your buck: a few short and intense work outs each week are going to get you fitter faster than more frequent moderate work outs. You can find plenty of science online that explains the advantages of high-intensity interval training (HIIT)Continue Reading

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It’s the beginning of the year. You want to change things. You want to improve your health and fitness. What’s the first step? Lock yourself into a gym membership. If you spend the money, you’ll HAVE to go, right? Committing your future self to better choices than your present self is a strategy we have all tried. It doesn’t work. I know this from my own experience. And I actually LOVE exercise. I joined globogymsContinue Reading