Bloomberg New York Soda Ban, A Better Idea

I must applaud mayor Michael Bloomberg on bringing attention to this important issue! Although Im not in favor of his proposed ban, it will undoubtedly start all kinds of constructive discussions on this important issue. I think we can reduce the nations consumption of sugary beverages without this sort of ban by making sure they have healthy choices and the necessary information to find them. As I mention in my website, the #1 easiest way to lose weight is to eat your calories rather than drink them! Reducing peoples consumption of these nutritional hand grenades is a great way to attack our...

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Interval Training, Fastest Way to Sixpack Abs?

A lot of people are promoting interval training. Are you just wasting your time with old fashion walking, biking, and swimming? You'd think so from listening to everyone. Is interval training the best way to quickly lose that 20lbs of fat to get ripped abs? "In the fitness class of life, attendance is 80% of your grade." Scooby Werkstatt Well meaning, highly motivated people wanting to whip themselves into shape fast find this fact out the hard way every January.  With their new years resolutions in hand they do too much, too fast and end up injured and then hang...

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Solving America’s Obesity Problem

Revenue-neutral suggestions for solving America's obesity epidemic. Lets start by looking at why we have this problem in the first place.  Our obesity is caused by a combination of social, cultural, and political factors.  I'm not a doctor, nutritionist, or sociologist - I'm an engineer.  I'm good at analyzing problems and coming up with solutions. First thing we need is data -  we need to find a similar country that does not have an obesity problem and then examine the differences to see what our problem might be here in the USA.   I have seen a fair amount of the...

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Difference Between SLDL and RDL

I am amazed that people spend so much time and energy arguing about the difference between these two exercises - The stiff legged dead lift and the romanian dead lift.  Personally, I dont like either exercise which is why I made up my own variant of these exercises which I call the SDL or Scooby Dead Lift.  Although Mark Rippetoe is the acknowledged expert on strength training, many people still disagree with his definitions of these two exercises.  Before I describe the SDL and why I like it so much, lets talk about the RDL and the SLDL.   The...

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Is walking to school dangerous or healthy?

Your child is 40,000 times more likely to get diabetes from obesity than they are to be abducted and murdered. We as Americans are loving our kids to death. It starts with baby strollers. What's wrong with a baby stroller? It starts a lifelong trend of inactivity. I just spent two weeks backpacking in Peru and the last day it hit me, I had not seen a single fat Peruvian nor a single baby carriage. Infants are carried in a pack and any child capable of walking walks on their own two feet! In America, its quite common to see...

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Bodybuilding is not just for bodybuilders!

Many people brush off bodybuilding because they think its just about posing on stage, its not! Bodybuilding makes your everyday life more enjoyable by giving you strength ot do the activities you want to do -without injury. Paddling a canoe or kayak is a great example, its a simple and enjoyable activity that millions enjoy. Although its simple, it requires strength and conditioning. If someone who is not fit tries it, they are going to get sore, injured, or both. Paddling a canoe or kayak requires a very strong core and shoulders. I did 4hrs of sea kayaking in lake...

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Best breakfast cereal in the world

Here in Peru I found the healthiest, highest protein, least processed breakfast cereal in the world, its puffed quinoa cereal! Its puffed like rice crispies which gives it a great crunchy texture. I sure wish someone would import this cereal into USA! Here is the nutritional info for quinoa, compare this to any American cereal, it even is better than my beloved oatmeal when it comes to protein. Quinoa: 100 g serving (more than most people would eat) 368 calories 14g protein 64g carbs 6g fat 7g fiber Edit: Just found you can buy this cereal right here in the...

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Fear of losing muscle during vacation

How silly would it be to wash and polish your Ferrari every morning but never drive it? Sounds ridiculous but many people do the equivent with their bodies! Many people go to the gym an hour a day, three to five days a week but are afraid to go play soccer, go for a nice long bike ride, or do a week of backpacking for fear of losing muscle - ask yourself, what are those muscles for if you never use them outside them gym? As I say on my philosophy page, I believe that bodybuilding is an important part...

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Hotel workouts and high altitude training

High altitude is very humbling. Im in pretty darn good cardio shape having just completed my 200 mile bike race and with my triathlon training but high altitude is kicking my butt. Ive done ski altitudes but never exerted over 8,000 feet before. My first day at 10,000 made me feel about 90 years old. Going up stairs which normally is nothing became a big project. After 24hrs at 10,000 feet doing stairs is easier but still noticably more difficult than at sea level. No wonder so many endurance athletes train at altitude, I can feel my circulatory system becoming...

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Backpacking as Cross Training

I am really excited because tomorrow I am heading off for two weeks of backpacking and biking in the Andes mountains of South America returning on the 21st of May.  As you know I do a lot of endurance sports, cycling and triathlons.  My next big race of the year is in June and its a half Ironman and this high altitude backpacking and biking trip is the perfect cross-training conditioning for that event! Here I am in the backyard after packing making sure the pack isnt too heavy.  This one backpack is my entire luggage for the 2 week trip -...

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