Month: May 2008

- Pumping Irony -

PUMPING IRONY: Formless Function

My Friday workout felt hasty and ill-conceived, sort of a circuit-training approach without the “training” part, as I wandered from treadmill to ab-cruncher to lat pull-down to chest press, etc., etc. — all crammed into about 60 minutes of low-energy grunting (I really need 90 minutes to do this right). Part of the problem was... Read more »

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I rode my bicycle to work this morning, even though I chose to wear the inexplicable sneaker-khakis combo (see “If the Shoe Fits” below) previously designed for walking. So, that means I’m destined for the dreaded treadmill tonight at the gym. Walking builds bone density, after all, and if I don’t hoof it to work,... Read more »

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OK, so I promised that I would report on last night’s workout — specifically focusing on my 10 goals for the evening. Overall, my goal-oriented approach took time away from stuff I would normally do (I so missed brutalizing myself on that lat pull-down machine….), but it also cajoled me into other arguably constructive —... Read more »

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Everybody in the fitness biz talks about hitting plateaus in your workout regimen, times when you don’t seem to be progressing toward your goals and, thus, need to change your routine. I manage to avoid plateaus not by changing my routine, but by refusing to set any goals. Now, I know this can be a... Read more »

Mind Your Manners!

You know the type — those annoying people who talk during yoga class and never wipe down the cardio machines. But are you one of them? Maybe it’s time to review the basics of health-club etiquette.

- Nutrition -

The Clean-Eats Pantry

Stocking your kitchen with healthy, easy staples is the best way to guard against regrettable food compromises. Here are some items worth building into your grocery list, plus expert tips on how you can use them to make mealtime magic — fast.