Our fitness is a serious piece of being a Well-Balanced person. Being fit and healthy has positive impacts on the areas of our lives. Our minds are more clear, we can work harder and we can enjoy life more fully when it comes to play time.
Recently, while on vacation, I wanted to find a good workout routine that I could use on the road with no weights or special equipment. I enlisted the help of Christy Erb who is personal fitness trainer and specializes in home fitness. If you do this workout to muscle failure for each exercise and then repeat, it should take about 20 – 25 minutes. Although this is not the ultimate workout, it is something that can be performed in a hotel room or guest bedroom. Believe it or not, the next day a I was a little sore in a couple of areas that I had been neglecting.
Big thanks to Christy for her time. If you’d like to check out more from her, check out christyerb.com.
As a way to provide some inspiration to Mama and myself, we signed up to run a half marathon at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. For those of you who don’t know, a half marathon is 13.1 miles. Mama and I ran together for the past few months getting ready for the race. It wasn’t that I needed to train to complete the race. It was a matter of the goal of my time. In fact, in addition to my shorter runs through the week, I ran a half marathon every Sunday morning in training.
Then, a week and a half before the race, I tore my calf muscle while working on a ladder. It was very painful. So for the next ten days, I didn’t run on it all. I only stretched it and iced it, hoping it would heal by the big day.
On the morning of the race, it felt fine. I stretched it out and it looked like it was a go. I got dressed, hopped on the shuttle, but when I stepped off the bus…POW! (Yeah, that’s what it felt like.) It was bad. It felt like an ice pick in my calf.
[I put this article together to chronicle my experiences in my transition to barefoot running and explain some of the struggles and highlights. It’s interesting that through all the posts on this site, there are some things that seem insignificant to me, but that I get numerous comments and questions on. Although the focus of UncleLex.com is primarily Life Navigation and Life Balance, I decided to use this site as the vehicle to describe my journey into the world of barefoot running. Rather than trying to answer some of these questions one line at a time on Twitter or two paragraphs at a time on Facebook, I felt it would be easiest to lay it out on one article. Realize, before you read further, I am not a doctor, physical therapist or certified trainer. Nor am I a world class runner. I’m just an active guy who loves to experiment with different techniques and workouts. This is just my story, so take it for what it’s worth and then do your own research.] [click to continue…]
Thanks for tolerating my absence over the past couple of weeks. The Christmas holiday is time where I do two things. First, I try to spend as much time with my family as I can. My daughter lives two states away and my brother is from the other side of the country, so I treasure the time I get to spend with them and the rest of my family. Second, it’s a time of reflection, where I look back to examine where I’ve achieved and where I fell short. Then I look forward to set goals and objectives for myself, both personally and professionally. I plan on sharing some of those with you in the near future. This is all part of the Life Navigation, which is a central theme to what I share and teach.
As we kick off 2012, I’d like to start off with another central theme which I continually use: Life Balance. This is one of the biggest problems men (and women) have in their pursuits to becoming a better person. Balancing life is the most common issue I have observed which keeps people from achieving their potential. In fact, let me go so far as to say, that the unbalanced life is what sends more people into the ditch of life than anything else. [click to continue…]
Sometimes it's the little things that seperate those who finish and those who fall out.
You’ve been working hard, watching what you eat and staying dedicated to your fitness program, but you’ve hit a wall. Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle mass or achieve a different fitness milestone, you’ve found that you are at a sticking point. Anybody who has seriously pursued a fitness goal has been there. It might be time to take a step back and relook your strategy. It may be that there is a hidden piece you haven’t recognized. Here are six hidden culprits which may be keeping you from achieving the success you desire. [click to continue…]
For those of you who have been reading here, you know fitness is important to me. However, in my recent pursuit of mass and muscle, I let my body fat percentage (bf%) go unchecked. So, I decided it was time to cut my bf% back down to a respectable level. At first, I lost a few pounds, but then I hit a major wall. The scales didn’t budge and neither did the tape measure. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong, so I started down the weight-loss checklist.
When you're done maxing on bench, re-rack your weights
Hopefully, you are carving out some time to build a stronger body. If that means you are working out in a gym, I’d like to share with you the unwritten rules that are universal in almost every gym around the world. You will rarely see any of these rules actually posted, but trust me, they are there. Are you wondering why people are looking at you like they don’t like you for no reason? It’s possible you are violating one or more of these rules. (This applies if you are in a real gym, not some Foo-Foo Feng Shei gym.) If you want to enhance your overall gym-rat experience, follow these rules of Gym Etiquette. [click to continue…]
In your daily workout, you may have found that you’re not seeing the results you want. Maybe you’ve hit a plateau. Or you’re bored with your workout. Having spent most of my adult life working out, I’d like to share with you some of the things I have learned over the years. Although I am writing about a weight lifting workout, with little modification, you can apply these to just about any type of workout. Notice I didn’t title this 8 Easy Steps or 8 Simple Steps. These steps are simple to understand, but not quite as simple to follow. But, if you want to ramp up your workout and see some results, read on. [click to continue…]