The Three Pillars of Fitness: Strength Training

It’s Three Pillars of Fitness week. Yesterday I gave you the overview: don’t skimp on any one of these three key fitness categories – cardiovascular training, strength training, and flexibility training. Now, the deeper dives…today I’ll go with… Strength Training Otherwise known as: “The workout most likely to make you feel like an Official Badass…

Yoga isn’t just for pretzel twists. It’s for pretzel rods, too.

I’m going to cut to the chase this morning: Yoga – or some type of regular stretching routine – is basically essential for good health. Running is cool. But flexibility is key. I love all of the gadgets out there these days that help us figure out how many steps we’re taking, calories we’re burning,…

The Workout Toolkit, Part 3: “Go-To” Cardio Workouts

Situation: I need to do cardio and I’m brain-dead. That was me yesterday. I had planned a run, but just didn’t get out there when I should have. By 4 p.m., I was stuck. Tired. And uninspired. In these situations, I use my third workout tool: the no-brainer workout. (In case you’re new to Every48,…

In Defense of Spending Money on the Right Things

I have a gym membership. A really good gym membership to a place where you basically can’t go wrong. It looks like an Olympic training facility: four pools, multiple weight rooms and cardio rooms, tons of classes covering everything from Zumba to TRX to Pilates to weight training, cross training, triathlon training, and just about…

Major workout inspiration: Music that’s really hard to write.

Had a workout revelation last week during my 7-mile tempo run. I always run to music, and truth be told, my workout mix has gotten a bit rusty. It’s full of fun power-ballad stuff, danceable stuff, every-song-is-four-minutes-long stuff. But on Friday, during a particularly hard 7-mile run that absolutely had to get done because I…