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 »

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 »

12 Rules for Life

Jordan Peterson has become somewhat of a controversial figure in our world today.He is an author and clinical psychologist who teaches at the University of Toronto. He first received notoriety for a political stance he took against a piece of Canadian legislation that would mandate language in regards to transgender individuals. Because of that stance he was invited on the Joe Rogan podcast where I first heard him. He has since created his own podcast, been back on Joe’s show several times, and, after the publication of his latest book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, been interviewed… Read More »

Happy New Year!

It’s Jan 2nd and by now your inbox, your Instagram feed, and your Facebook wall should be full of “experts” with less than two decades of real life experience telling you all the things you need to know in order to have a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2017.Only here’s the thing. They can’t tell you anything you don’t already know. It’s okay. I get it and I’ve fallen for this sort of thing plenty of times myself and will probably fall for it again before all is said and done. It’s an easy play, especially this time of year. New… Read More »

#Noshirtnoshoesnoshame

I’ve noticed this new thing in my Facebook feed lately. Friends of mine, specifically female friends of the yogic persuasion, have been posting pictures of themselves in various yoga poses wearing naught but a sports bra and yoga pants. It’s all part of an Instagram project started by two yogis, Thea Pueschel and Melissa Scott, set to run July 1st through the 10th. It’s entitled #noshirtnoshoesnoshame and its purpose is to combat the pervasive body shaming our culture indulges in. At first blush I was like, “Hooray!” I mean, who doesn’t want more female bodies adorning their Facebook feed? It’s… Read More »

Pretty is as Pretty Does

Hey there, I’ve had this conversation a couple times over the past few days and I thought maybe it was time I had it with you. The gist of it is as follows: The primary motivation for most people coming into the gym is — make me pretty. Both men and women approach exercise with the primary goal, spoken or unspoken, of making themselves more attractive. Young people want to be sexually viable and to attract a mate. Older people if they have mates, want to maintain what they have and, if they’ve lost one, want to maximize their chances… Read More »

An Open Letter to the Renaissance Hotel Valet

This past weekend my wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at the Renaissance hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. My wife, Samantha, was driving and as she was turning our vehicle over to the valet an exchange took place that I was not privy to and thus must unfortunately register my opinion here and after the fact. As Samantha was gathering her things the valet commented on the shortness of her skirt and asked that she alert him as to when she was getting out so that he might turn his back and thus not risk any “exposure” on her… 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 »

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 »

Zao Jun’s Kitchen

Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the laps of our cooks. — Lin Yutang In Chinese mythology, Zao Jun is the kitchen god.The importance of the kitchen in Chinese culture is evident in Zao Jun’s yearly duty to report to the Jade Emperor, Yu Huang, on the goings on of each household. The Jade Emperor rewards good deeds with good fortune and misdeeds with ill in the coming year. As the kitchen was seen as the center of every home, Zao Jun was well informed, indeed. Now I’m not Chinese and the idea of… Read More »

Cameron Conaway: Part 2

We’re back! Cameron and I sit down for Part 2 of our interview and boy, do we get at it. No subject is taboo. We discuss human trafficking, father issues, writing, and solving the world’s problems. To listen CLICK HERE! To download, right click and “Save As.” To watch on YouTube, click below. [leadplayer_vid id=”53187540AC84E”] For more on Cameron check out the Good Men Project http://goodmenproject.com. To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »