New Workout: HIIT & Run!

If you’re not familiar with High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), you should really get acquainted. The general concept is pretty straight-forward: instead of a long, steady-state, endurance workout, alternate periods of high intensity (i.e., >80% of your recommended max heart rate) with periods of recovery (40-50% of your heart rate). Find …

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Southpaw and the Mythology of Boxing Movies

“A fighter knows only one way to work.” So says Billy Hope, Jake Gyllenhaal’s champion boxer in Southpaw. It’s a terrific movie, propelled by taut direction from Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), an Eminem-produced soundtrack, and anchored by great performances from Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, and Rachel McAdams. But like the boxer …

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Five Film Scores for your Workout Playlist

The earbud is a pretty important piece of workout equipment, right up there with protein supplement and those sleeveless shirts that are open all the way to the waist (seriously though, why bother at that point?). For me, a great playlist is the difference between slogging my way through an …

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Sugar is Sweet, and so is Aspartame, but they’re both bad for you

I wasn’t planning on writing another piece on nutrition science for a while, but then along came an artificially-sweet spider: New York Times published an op-ed called “The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar” and it blew up social media. Full disclosure, I shared it without reading it carefully, intending …

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Phoenix Comicon and the Joys of Being a Geek

Recently, everyone’s favorite nerd, Simon Pegg, drew some internet ire for some comments he made regarding geekdom: “Obviously I’m very much a self-confessed fan of science fiction and genre cinema but part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilised by our own …

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