The Marathon Approach

Say we line up for a 26.2 mile marathon. You decide you’re going to get ahead by all-out sprinting from the start. What happens? You break down, get injured, or just burn out. The folks who paced the race for the long term, they eventually pass you. Many of us approach fitness just this way, like a sprint rather than a marathon. People drawn to our thing are often “Hard Chargers” and predisposed to push too hard, too quickly. Plus, workouts are addictive physically and mentally. So, it’…

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Beauty in Failing

We are all often apprehensive to attempt new things like a handstand, a cartwheel, moving up from the level 1/2 classes or trying their first class. There’s no good reason to be scared. In fact, the best thing for you is to be happy to try and fail. Crossfit has a concept that you expand your capabilities by failing at the margins of your experience. In other words, you only get better by trying new things and failing. You try again and eventually you’ll succeed. Many of…

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The Laboratory

As a coach, I’m often asked “Should I do xyz?” Or, “Will abc stretch help?” A good percentage of the time, I answer, “I don’t know. Why don’t you try it and see if it makes a difference?  Experiment with it.” So, that’s the simple idea in this post. Try new things in fitness or in life. See how it goes. Ideas: Try life without TV for a month. (Did it. Love it. Still do it.) Increase or decrease your workouts per week. Try mega-doses of…

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New Year's Resolutions

I hate New Year’s resolutions.  I don’t do them and I usually have to hold my tongue when I hear them.  External influences make us feel badly about a month of holiday gluttony. So, we resolve to hit it hard. For a few days, weeks or months it lasts and then back to the same ol’ bad habits mentally and physically. Like a “yo-yo diet,” resolutions are an enabler to avoid real life changes. How about a different approach? Resolve to avoid a “yo-yo life.” To illustrate, in…

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Think 'Houston Street Mall'

In 1991, a committee of three San Antonio public interests formed a cooperative venture to revitalize Houston St and several other downtown areas.  They had seen the decline of Houston St from its perch as the preeminent retail destination in the 1950s to a ghost town in the 1980s.  What the TriParty Project (as it was named) did was add “lipstick to the pig” to parts of downtown.  We added fancy textures, some art, fixed curbs and added some pedestrian access to the Riverwalk.  All nice.  More improvements came to…

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