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Creative Sitting: How to improve flexibility AND eliminate chronic pain!

There shouldn’t be any doubt nowadays that prolonged bouts of sitting just aint good for you. As our culture becomes increasingly sedentary, we spend more time in chairs. The toll that chair sitting takes can include chronic joint pain, fatigue, poor breathing patterns, disc herniations, and poor posture. The solution… Floor sitting! Abandon your chair … Continue reading

Brachiation: A Lost Art in Fitness

Brachiate (Intransitive Verb): : to progress by swinging from hold to hold by the arms Over the last few years i’ve developed an incredible fascination for crawling patterns and brachiation for fitness, and the benefits therein for adults. The fact is that crawling and brachiating is HARD for adults mainly because we stopped doing it … Continue reading

Exuberant Animal Training Certification

For those of you that have been reading my blog for a while may have noticed that i have a huge bias towards play-based movement. Although training is valuable and has it’s place, play is a missed component of movement practice. Play transforms us, can take us to a flow-like state, and can transform us … Continue reading

Got Legs? Some Thoughts on Lower Body Function That You May Not Know About

Helio Gracie, father of Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, once said (paraphrased) that youth and vitality was in the legs. He was right. When we lose strength, endurance, balance and mobility in the lower body, we lose our independence. This is especially important as we get older and our naturally-aging body starts to decline in function. Continuing … Continue reading

Fitbusters #1-Reebok EasyTone

Josh Leeger (Leegertrained.com) and i have started a new video-log series we call “Fitbusters”. It’s essentially a way to help you MYTH BUST all the health and fitness gadgetry, gizmos, supplements, etc that comes out. And really, it’s just a part of our everyday coffee table conversation that we should have been filming a long … Continue reading

Do personal trainers work out?

This is a common question that pops its head up now and again from gym regulars and fitness side-liners alike: Do personal trainers actually work out? And what keeps them motivated to move? I can tell you that many personal trainers DO NOT actually work out. This may come as a shock to some, but … Continue reading

Lombardi and The Recession

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. ” -Vince Lombardi Before the anti-marxists come down on me for presenting some socialistic ideals, i’d like to say that this recession has surfaced a problem that this country has been fighting … Continue reading

Tao in fitness: 4 simple tips for seeking enlightenment in health

1) Harmonious action: seek first to take away what you don’t need before adding more It is not uncommon to always be looking to add more of what we think we need instead of taking away what we don’t need. Adding more into a system that isn’t balanced to begin with throws us off balance, … Continue reading

The hand, the needle and the thread: Unlocking one’s true movement potential

The hand, our intention The needle, our breath The thread, our movement path That sew the body’s movement potential together If one does not have an intention, a goal or direction, in mind, then one’s vision is clouded, leaving stagnation and frustration in seeking true movement potential. The needle, one’s breath, is the guide that … Continue reading

Jack’s Gym: A Story of Physical Culture

5am. I awake, rouse myself from my slumber, and wait for my good friend Josh to arrive at my house to embark on a journey 70 miles to the south of San Francisco. The destination: a small place called “Jack’s Gym”. We stopped for coffee along the way at 7am. After sitting in our car … Continue reading

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