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An essay for a better life

For all of the careening at terminal velocity and the gut wrenching, inverted circles that might take place, Skydiving has, for the most part, proven to be safe. The law of percentages, not to mention a thorough pre-jump check list, allows even the perpetually grounded humans a feeling of flight while safely touching them back on the ground from where they began. Uncomfortably shaken up perhaps, on the edge of fear for sure, a bit worn out and uncomfortable from going fist-to-cuffs with gravity, but nevertheless, returned safely. Unchanged, except for the ear to ear smile, the transcendence of spirit and the itch to go again, maybe even to go bigger. Skydiving for the first time can teach us a...

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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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