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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Perspective and Significance: My 10th Mudder

I’ve written about several Mudders before, and I’ll probably do it again. My tenth Tough Mudder was special. For those that aren’t aware, people who do more than one Mudder are called Legionnaires. There are different colored headbands for each level. You get a green headband for completing two, blue …

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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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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Action, mystery, twists, confusion, explosions. These things make a good Mission Impossible movie. I remember seeing the first movie and being so confused with the plot, it wasn’t until I watched movie years later that I finally figured it all out. The sequel had the opposite problem, there was no …

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