Baby, It’s Cold Outside

If you’ve been following my previous blog posts, you know I’ve been working on curing myself of exercise induced mouth breathing. Taking a cue from author Patrick McKeown, and his book Oxygen Advantage, I’ve been actively training to keep my trap shut and nose breath while I train.As I noted in a previous post, one of the immediate benefits of this style of training is its inherent self regulation. This week the weather has been less than conducive for running. It’s either been pouring rain or too damned cold. The sun was finally shining today, but cold temperatures and my sinuses… Read More »

Nasal Wog

In case you were wondering, I’m still running. Well, sort of. I’m not sure if many would recognize what I’m doing as “running” but it’s the beginning of what will become running – eventually.Three times a week I walk from the gym down to the east end of the Rotary Trail. I run/walk for fifteen minutes then turn around and run/walk back. My one rule is that I have to breathe through my nose the entire time.It’s harder than it sounds, at least for me. I generally manage to cover two miles in those 30 minutes. I run until I… Read More »

Into the Woods

Now that I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m a mouth breather. I’ve begun to implement a plan to correct and improve upon my situation. In a previous post, I mentioned that I was running again. The problem is that my running, for now, requires mouth breathing, which is over breathing which lowers CO2 tolerance which encourages moth breathing…I tell you, these vicious cycles are everywhere. It’s downright…vicious…Enter the hike. I can walk at a pace that allows me to keep my mouth shut over the course of the entire walk (hiking sounds tougher, though, doesn’t it?). Overtime… Read More »

Mouth Breather

In my last blog post I mentioned that I was starting to run again. And run I have. After about eight weeks of training I recently ran a 5k and logged what I feel, for me, was a very good pace. I finished the race at just over 33 minutes, logging a fairly consistent 10:33/mile pace.At about six weeks into my training I discovered a new piece of information that has radically changed my approach – I don’t breathe too good. I’m a mouth breather and according to Patrick McKoewn, author of The Oxygen Advantage that can lead to a whole… Read More »

Starting All Over Again…Again

A few weeks ago I started running – again. We, my staff and I, decided that as a way to boost community around the gym we needed a shared goal and, for some reason, it was decided that a 5k was the perfect solution.It should be noted that while at one time I was a runner, my last official run was the Warrior Dash I ran six years ago.Six years is a long time. When I started I, naively, thought it was the best way to get fit and made it a regular part of my routine for the first… Read More »

Fixing What’s Wrong with the Fitness Industry

Hey there, If you’re a part of my gym or have been on this list for any length of time, you know I’m a huge promoter of my good friend and fellow movement enthusiast, Chip Conrad. Chip really is my brother from another mother. Over the past few years we’ve gone from hosting him and his workshops here at Agoge Fitness Systems to hosting workshops together all across the country. Chip and I combined are the force that spearheads Mental Meat Heads. One of the many things that we try to promote thorugh Mental Meat Heads is something that we… Read More »

The Brazilian Get Up Test

Hey there, Back while I was in Sacramento for Mental Meat Heads 7 we discussed the importance of getting down onto the ground and then getting back up again. Dan even built a fun little warm up that involved nothing more than getting down and then getting back up again. Only he found ways to increase the challenge each time. Ask me about it in the gym, I’ll be more than happy to share it with you. The inspiration for this came from a recent Brazilian study. The gist of which is that in populations between 51 and 80 predictions… Read More »

Mo’ Better Lifting

Don’t look to set PRs in the gym, set them on the platform. That’s very much a competitor’s outlook on training but it holds merit for all trainees. A big mistake I see happening in the gym is seeking out big numbers – now. I get it. We all want progress. We all want to get stronger. Moving more weight evinces that progress, so why not lift the heaviest weights we can handle? The case is made here in an exploration of what we mean by “handle.” Most often “handle” is interpreted to mean complete the lift, i.e. move the… Read More »

What’s this for?

So, it happened again the other day. A new client casually hanging on the suspension trainer asked, innocently enough, “What’s this for?” Her sister who has trained with me off and on for a number of years laughed and said, “Careful. That’s a dangerous question.” For my part I just looked at her with what I hoped was a bemused expression as I tried, yet again, to come up with the best response to this question. I get this sort of thing all the time, usually from people new to me or my gym. The second most common question is,… Read More »

Rafe Kelley

Meet Rafe Kelley. Rafe is already a known entity in the parkour community. If you haven’t seen them already check out his videos on his channel Rafe Kelley. Also search “TreeRunner” it’s one of the most beautiful things you’ll see all day. In this interview we talk play, parkour, dogs, parenting and anything else that happened to pop into our heads. Enjoy. To learn more about Rafe and his work check out his website: http://evolvemoveplay.com/ To listen to the interview GO HERE. To watch, click below. [leadplayer_vid id=”53691078CF421″]To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Waldorf Pentathlon, 2014

I took a few days last week to participate, once again, in the Southeastern Waldorf Pentathlon. I served as a chaperone last year and this year as a judge. Last year was the last one for the Hall girls. I had attended both Madeline and Bronwyn’s events, but it wasn’t until Thalia’s pentathlon, when I was present for both days, that I came to understand the entirety of this event and how powerful it is for those in attendance. I wrote about my experience last year and you can read the blog, HERE. Given how thoroughly I was taken by… Read More »

Charles Levine

Meet Mental Meat Head Charles Levine. Charlie lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio. Professionally he’s a group fitness instructor specializing in boot camp style fitness. Additionally he’s an aikido-ka with over 14 years of experience under his belt. Listen in as we discuss training, martial arts and how the two crossover and support each other. For audio, CLICK HERE. To watch the video, click below. [leadplayer_vid id=”5332E51E1B395″] Mental Meat Heads Interviews are talks with the cutting edge thinkers and doers of the health and fitness industry. For more about Charlie check him out at 513fit.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/513fit/157…037559?ref=br_tf. To our perfect… Read More »