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Get stronger to go longer: Strength training for endurance athletes

In general, runners, bikers, triathletes and most endurance athletes tend to treat the free weight section of the gym like it’s a gluten filled cake on a hipster's birthday. Complete avoidance with the occasional snarky comment about getting too big or building useless muscles. Fortunately, we are at a point in the evolution of sport where we know that endurance athletes avoiding strength training and lifters avoiding aerobic conditioning is to their detriment. We now have the studies to back up the fact that strength training helps endurance athletes: Improve body composition (reduces fat, increased lean tissue) Increases muscular power which transfers to speed over the ground Increases movement efficiency and my personal favorite And helps to keep you injury...

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3 easy ways to awaken your inner genius

There are many factors that will cause an otherwise well running motor to have serious efficiency issues. The engine computer, acting in concert with the engine air flow sensor, electronic fuel injectors, and exhaust oxygen sensor, ensure that the motor is running exactly how it was meant to. When the ratio of oxygen to gas is correct then fuel efficiency is maxed out. If even one of these things is off, it begins to bog down the entire car. Engines weren’t meant to carry excess friction and when they begin too, the motor must work extra hard in order to maintain the same performance. How many things do we have in our life that bog us down mentally? Is your...

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The Evolution of Purpose

You know what I love to quit doing? Figuring out my purpose. The process is exhaustive and usually yields little results. The truth is, I have no idea what we’re doing here. Specifically, the human race I mean. Think about it; Seven billion bi-pods, endlessly running around, seeking the approval of other bi-pods, trying to “make ends meet,” whatever that means in the context of the universe; all of this while floating on this seemingly blue sphere in an endless black abyss. Could anyone really know? The universe being vast like it is, humans being complex like we are, it just seems crazy to think that one person or even one group of people could possibly hold all of the...

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It's what you don't do that holds you back

Black or white. Republican or democrat. CrossFitter or powerlifter. Runner or bodybuilder. Triathlete or weight lifter. Our society loves to put people in groups. As if it's ok to overlook the obvious, I.e we're all pink and squishy on the inside, we're all pursuing our own happiness and there are certainly many more things that unite us then separate us. Ignoring these uniting qualities isn't just ignorant it's robbing yourself of a more complete human experience. Ok, let me bring this conversation out of Washington D.C. and into your gym. I have personally been blessed with the abounding quality of being a hyperthymic AKA I possess an exuberant amount of energy to try a lot of new tasks, or as...

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The Iron Sanctuary

For many of us, the gym is not just a place that we frequent for January and half of February, nor is it just a place to go before weddings and warm vacations. It has nothing to do with trying to get healthier because we know we “should.” Rather it is a place of solitude. A sanctuary of sorts, where constant feedback takes place in the form of gross tonnage. Where iron therapy is provided in droves and problems are worked out long before they ever make it out of our mind. Individuals are empowered and communities are brought together under the premise of a single constant purpose. Forward progress. Diet isn’t a concept meant to struggle through for eight...

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