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Stretching?

Why You Should Stop Stretching at the Gym Above is a pretty convincing argument for avoiding stretching before workout. For those who don't feel like reading the whole thing here's the TL;DR- Warming up-Yes. Getting the blood flowing through a dynamic warm up helps...

The Best Diet

Let's get this out of the way early- there is no such thing as a perfect "diet". Let's go a step further- remove "diet" from your vocabulary. "Diet" has bad connotations. Like some kind of regimented, draconian, tortuous program that leaves little margin for error and...

What Is Fitness?

The first time I saw this question was in 2006. I was browsing around looking for some kind of fitness program. Something different. I had been doing the gym thing for some time but I was still overweight and I had an inkling that there was more to being fit than...

Mental Game Part III

In our continuing series about the mental aspects of health and fitness I wanted to cover a subject I have been considering a lot lately and that is SACRIFICE. It is not lost on me that every time we step into the box we are sacrificing every other thing we could be...

10/8/2018 Update

    So I started out a few weeks ago all gung-ho to get into the September Challenge and get back to working out but it didn't quite work out the way I had envisioned it. I made a lot of excuses for myself and basically chumped out. Instead of practicing what I...

September Challenge Update 9/18/18

Excuses We all have them. I have found myself making a lot of them lately. When we started this challenge I was highly motivated to start getting back to my old self and I hit a lot of roadblocks and I let it slow me down. The exact thing I preach against all the...

September Challenge Update 9/10/18

Hierarchy for Fitness The above pyramid shows the approach to athletic development and is also a good guideline for fat loss. It all starts with nutrition. Unless you are under say 25, you can't outwork a bad diet. If your nutrition is off you will not see maximum...

September Challenge

We are doing a body composition challenge this month starting today and ending Sept. 28th. I am going to be using this blog to keep A record and to keep myself accountable. I will update at least once a week and add a photo to see if theres any improvements or...

Monday Musings- Testing Your Fitness

  We are constantly talking about "Prove your Fitness", testing our fitness, increasing our fitness, etc. Why? There's a few reasons. First, after you have been around a while, lost a few pounds and not feeling like your going to die each time after each workout, its...

Food, fasting and frosted flakes…

Hello again, Ion family! John here. I hope you all had a great Christmas and that you are looking forward to the New Year. I know many of us got a head start on the whole resolution thing by signing up for the “Body Comp Challenge” last week. That’s actually why...