What Competitive Swimmers Can Do to Stay Motivated All Season Long

The swim season is a long, long haul. For many fast age group swimmers there is no season—it’s non-stop from September to August, with a week or two to recover, catch up on socializing, and prepare for another monster season.With the length of the season it’s natural that there are going to be some serious dips in motivation. Sustaining that kind of focus and discipline for the seemingly endless swim practices is hard. I get it. Been there, done that....more

5 Proven Ways to Get Motivated to Workout

Getting the motivation to workout can be tough for most people. (Who am I kidding—everyone struggles with it in some measure.) We are programmed for the path of least resistance, and that path generally includes comfortable pants, a cold beer, and a pizza that is just above room temperature.Here are five powerful ways that you can unleash some heavy-duty workout motivation on yourself in order to get to the gym and beat on it like it owes you money:...more

3 Things That Happen When You Start Using a Workout Log Book

There’s not many things more fulfilling than getting in good shape. Whether that means you are sending yourself to the Olympics, or breaking an hour for a 10k run for the first time, the feeling is the same. Simply awesome.And no matter how grand or modest our ambitions in the gym there is one tool that can universally help in getting us there.Here are just a few of the awesome things that start to happen when you track your workouts in a training journal.1. You get more consistent with your workouts....more

5 Best Exercise & Fitness Accessories

Whether you are into running, walking, going to the gym or practicing any other activity, there are many fitness accessories that improve our daily routines. ...more

5 Things for Making the Most of Your Training Log Book

The workout journal is one of the most powerful weapons athletes and gym-goers can unleash in order to get more from their training.The benefits of using a log book have been proven and are well known: it will help you stay motivated, keep you accountable, and better plan and chart progression and improvement.Here are some tips for how to make the most of your workout log book so that you can maximize the results for time spent writing out your sessions in the gym....more

3 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Bench Press

The bench press is perhaps the most popular exercise in the weight room. It’s a test of brute strength, will, and power, and it is very often the barometer by which athletes, gymgoers and casual lifters measure their upper body strength. And yet, for it’s popularity, a surprising number of people I work with at the gym continue to struggle with it. From a lack of consistency in training the exercise, to technical errors, we can all stand to level up our bench press a little bit....more

The Benefits of Getting in Shape with Battle Ropes

When it comes to pound-for-pound effectiveness, there is little out there that is as awesome for getting in killer shape than a set of battle ropes.Forget the bulky and super expensive treadmill or erg machine, or an over-priced spin bike. All you really need to get a devastating workout is a set of sturdy, shipyard-worthy ropes.Here’s more about how this old-school will give you some serious new school results.1. Battle ropes encourage a balanced strength and conditioning approach....more

3 Things That Happen When You Use a Workout Log

It’s low tech, it’s one of the cheapest tools for better performance, and most athletes and gymgoers aren’t doing it. It’s the simple act of tracking and monitoring your workouts, of sitting down for a couple moments at the end of each of your sessions in the gym and writing out what you did....more

Me and my little shadow

I was looking through our family photo albums when my son plopped himself into my lap. (Full disclosure: I love that he still does that.) He was about three years old in that particular album and as we looked through the photos and I told him stories, I realized how much time he spent following me around. If I was in the kitchen, he was there. If I went into the laundry room, he was there. If I went on any chore, he was there. I recall wondering if my privacy and sanity were ever going to return....more