The Goal Is To Sit

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Have you ever been frustrated by a perceived notion of lack of progress? What if there were another way to think about the whole issue?

We often have conversations with EFL members regarding progress during which a person may say it took them X months or years just to get to this point, which they may regard as less than ideal. Often we look back through their programs and assessments so they are reminded where they started, and can see for ...

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Health or Performance?

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I don’t know what it is about this time of year but we’ve been getting a host of people coming to us with injuries sustained while lifting elsewhere. But I’m not talking competitive athletes. These are regular people just looking to become healthier and more fit. So why do they end up doing things that are detrimental to their health?

In part maybe because all of us have been constantly marketed to with the idea that to become healthier and fit ...

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health ->function->fitness

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Have you ever tweaked your back or knee trying hit a certain goal?Yeah, me too.

Back while living in Japan my calligraphy teacher, then in his 70s, once chided a friend who was a very serious karate practitioner to keep the bigger picture of life & family in mind and not get so obsessed with karate that it would impact other areas of her life. Impressively he did so in the presence of her karate teacher, who was also his student ...

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Principles

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As he was warming up and doing his mobility yesterday Nate Green, who is now authoring and editing a book for fitness professionals with Precision Nutrition, told me of a conversation he had with another of PN’s coaches regarding how we can better help people who get stuck in the process of trying various trends only to fail and start over. At the root of this issue is the reality that we the public are bombarded with marketing claims for ...

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Basics Bear Repeating

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It’s been far too long since writing, but a recent article in Men’s Health UK provides some impetus. Having a toddler, a busy family life, and running a gym that keeps getting busier will keep one busy enough that in order to not fall into the Busy Trap some things must fall by the wayside.

Men’s Health asked me some questions regarding whether full-body or split programs are better for most people. Here is my answer.

Parts of ...

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Four Weeks, Two Languages, Practice, and Progress.

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This week we feature an article by EFL coach Blaine Brignell.

 

Preface.
In the month of July, a good friend of a current client visited our gym from Guadalajara, Mexico. I had the pleasure of training him, and was faced with an interesting situation: He is a 76 year-old man who spoke minimal English (and my grasp of Spanish is tenuous at best) and had spent the past few decades as a math teacher. In the course of four weeks he ...

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20,000 Feet, 100 Miles, 13 Hours

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“Damn…” I thought, that will be one long day in the saddle. Yet the challenge of training EFL member Alex for the Cascade Cream Puff, a 100 Mile mountain bike race was intriguing. The Cream Puff is known for the brutality of the climbs, difficult terrain, and hot August temps. This year’s race looked to be an especially tough course that consisted of two laps around a 50 mile course. Each loop had about 10,000 feet of climbing, which should ...

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Patience Presence Practice

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  • Patience
  • Presence
  • Practice

These three words were the response to a question on what advice Michael Pollan has for anyone looking to improve their cooking skills. At first I was surprised, but also thought that would be a great answer to the same question as applied to losing fat, getting stronger, and many other health issues.

Pollan was in Portland doing a speaking event in support of his latest book “Cooked”, which on the surface is about cooking but is really about us, and ...

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The Balance

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“Musculoskeletal pain is a lifestyle issue.”  – leading physical therapist Dr. Shirley Sahrmann

There are many ways to interpret that statement, and many lessons can be drawn from it. Of all the people that come to EFL I estimate that 90% come because they are experiencing some sort of pain or discomfort that negatively affects their life. The other 10% have body composition or performance related goals but tend to also have some movement-related limitations be it chronically tight upper back ...

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Lower Stress for Better Results

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As the holiday season rapidly approaches there is no better time to talk about managing stress to improve health. Recently a number of events and research has come together that help illustrate the concept of how in general lowering stress input, be it from training, work, or personal life will benefit you. I’ll go into how nutrition, and exercise volume, intensity, and frequency can all play positive or potentially negative roles in health and fitness.

But first what is stress as ...

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