September 6, 2018

Want more mobility? Move…

I have always had really tight hamstrings. Like drum tight. The only time I ever remember feeling flexible was when I was about 15-16. Back then I did Taekwando. For those who aren’t familiar with this martial art form, it originated in Korea and grew very popular here in the 1980’s. The style involves quite a bit of kicking, front-kicks, side-kicks, roundhouse kicks, all-sorts-of-kicks. Taekwando can teach a kid a lot of great stuff such as discipline and focus. But one thing for sure that it improves is flexibility. We spent a ton of time stretching our leg muscles so […]
September 6, 2018

How Functional Fitness Changed Everything

Have  you ever heard of “functional fitness”? I learned about it the hard way… through injury and frustration. I’ve tried all sorts of methods to get and stay in shape and nearly every approach that I tried left me injured and frustrated. What I really wanted was to look fit and lean… to feel strong, confident, and capable… and to be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor by doing all the activities that I love to do. Ultimately, I wanted my hard work to pay off in some way that made me happy and more fulfilled outside of […]
September 6, 2018

Is there a method to this madness?

I’ve designed our workouts to follow a plan and a pattern that I’ve found can help us to cover all the various aspects of the functional fitness continuum and optimize the development of our functional fitness. We include 10 distinct components of the Functional Fitness continuum. They are: Strength Power Muscular Endurance Aerobic Capactiy Anaerobic Capacity Flexibility Speed Agility Coordination Balance All of them are important. Neglecting any one area will almost inevitably result in, if not an injury, imbalance and disfunction. Each of our daily workouts involves most of this continuum. When you train consistently throughout the week, you’ll […]
June 21, 2018

“What Stands In the Way Becomes the Way…”

As our MidStrong project has started to gain momentum, it is always an inspiration to witness the enthusiasm of our new members! They are excited about getting started, about starting out down a new path that will lead them toward something they’ve dreamt of for years. For some, the entire experience is new to them. It’s fresh. And they can’t help but to share their enthusiasm. It’s just awesome! But, it won’t last. Never does. I’m sorry for my cynicism. But sadly, all that excitement and enthusiasm will inevitably wane. Worse, something else will creep in to take its place… […]
June 21, 2018

“He is a wise man…”

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus Almost exactly thirty years ago, when I was a senior in college, I completed a 465 lb squat. That’s my all-time PR (personal record). It might seem like a lot of weight. But, in the world of powerlifting and strength training that I inhabited it wasn’t impressive. The football players who I trained and other weightlifters on the Army Strength and Powerlifting teams routinely put up far more weight than that. Many of the powerlifters […]
June 21, 2018

Ever been “muckled”?

My first memory of a knee injury was playing a pre-practice game of “muckle” with my 12 year old football teammates. “Muckle” involves one player running with the football, evading a gaggle of his pals as best he can for as long as his endurance and agility hold out. The others savagely pursue him, determined to “muckle” him, tackling him as hard and violently as possible, whereupon the lucky ball carrier surrenders the ball to the boy who “muckled” him who takes off with it, the pack in hot pursuit. It’s a miracle that more boys weren’t seriously mangled. But, […]