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maybe not??

Posted by Chad on January 27, 2012 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (13)

This page is taken from a book from the late 1800's.  This book I have referenced before:

So, would the movements above be listed as "contraindicated" these days?  Would you see them in the gym?  I doubt it.  But why?  If you are capable of doing these movements without pain, why not go for it?  Now,notice I didn't say to do them constantly, or with heavy weight...but do the movement if it feels good!

Movement.  Mobility.  Now we are getting somewhere.


numbers to think about

Posted by Chad on November 28, 2011 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (2)

It is post Thanksgiving week.  Is the feast of excess calorie (energy) input behind us?  Not by a long shot!  Since weight management and exercise go hand in hand, I thought I'd give you two numbers to think about.


1.  225,000.  That number, is the number of crunches one would have to do to lose ONE pound of fat!  Are crunches the best bang for your buck exercise you can do to lose weight, or get closer to the proverbial "6 pack"??  Uh, no.  If you want to know how to lose weight, ask me to send you a recent article I put together for my clients.


2.  Thirty-five.  That number, is the number of pounds of MUSCLE lost between the ages of 30 and 60.  Now THAT is staggering.  You want to know the exercises to do to keep your muscle, in turn burning excess calories (energy)??  Ask me to send you the recent article I put together for my clients!

Strength training, in the end, is more important than "cardio."  I am not saying that steady state exercise is not good for you, it can be.  Just know that to keep you furnace burning efficiently, you gotta strength train, no question about it.  The idea that the two, cardio and strength, should be separate is also a myth.  Ask me why!!  Please!!


Now, cut out the sugar, the excess helpings, and lift a weight or two.


learn from our past?

Posted by Chad on November 4, 2011 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I found this page from a book several years ago around the time I started to question our workout beliefs cemented in bodybuilding routines.

Yes, today the book would be titled "Athletic Sports for Adolescents" and I think we know that drinking cold water does not equal death!  Otherwise, the exercises shown above are that of gymnastics, right?  Why have we gotten away from that?  Who told us that 3 sets of 10 was the magic remedy?


Remember, I am one that thinks that everything works...all types of training.  However, in our training I think we need to remember that climbing, jumping, pulling, pushing, and playing are most important.


Find some time to move this weekend...even if it's in the cold!


Raleigh Ancestral Fitness!

Posted by Chad on November 4, 2011 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Raleigh Ancestral Fitness is having a meetup Saturday at 10am at Lake Lynn!

Bring yourself, some water, and apparently warm attire!!

Newly established offerings!

Posted by Chad on October 20, 2011 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (13)

Hi!  I hope Autumn weather where you are has been kind.  Kind enough to let you stay outside in your active pursuits!

In the coming cooler months, things change.  People don't spend as much time outside.  People begin to hibernate, and with that, comes inactivity.  To help get you through these times, I am offering some new ways to stay true to your ancestral being...being active and nutritionally sound.

Listed to the left is my "schedule of fees."  Here,  you will see my new offerings of:

Program Design--I will design an activity/workout program for you for the next 4 weeks, taking into account a questionnaire and consultation to determine your needs.

Nutritional Analysis--By sending me your food log, or diary, for the next 4 weeks, I will help you stay the course, and improve your course, of sound nutritional choices for YOU!  After these 4 weeks, we will have a 15 minute consulation geared towards small changes, or big changes, you will have to make to improve your nutrition.

These can be used simultaneously, or not, depending on your needs.  Please let me know what I can do to help you, or a loved one, effect change for the better!

what a long strange trip it's been...

Posted by Chad on October 11, 2011 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (15)

You know, last week was a week where I was looking forward to checking my task-fitness level.  Could I ride 70 miles a day and feel good at the end.  Could I feel good at the end of day 3, 5, etc.?  I answered that question with a resounding YES!

I also was wondering how I would feel with the change in my eating patterns over the last few years.  I havne't done this ride in 6 years, since then I have cut out most wheat and sugar.  For you endurance athletes, you know what this carbo loading!  It meant no powerade or gatorade, pasta, rice, bread, etc.  You might ask, how does one do that on an endurance trip?  Well, it wasn't easy, as I had to take my own snacks on the road.  I lived on apples and peanut butter, with an ocassional homemade cookie, with some elecrtolyte drink from Hammer Nutrition.  'Twas all I needed during the day, then a great dinner of fish, meat, and veggies at night.

What I noticed on the ride:

1.  Too many overwight cyclists.  Watching this just goes to show that calories in vs. calories out is not the be all and end all of weight loss.  One would think that if you trained for this event, and RODE in this event, you would lose weight.  Didn't happen for about half of these riders.

2.  Why?  Because they would swill sugary drinks and crackers and bananas and oreos and whatever they could get their hands on.  I didn't see ALL of their dinners at night, but I can venture to say they carbo "loaded" most nights when ther were already as loaded as they needed to be.

3.  So, even though there were some overweight cyclists, I was amazed at what they could do!  I could only imagine how they would do if they were 30 pounds lighter.

4.  Same goes for the older cyclists.  I was amazed at the 70+ year olds who could ride through, and like the wind!  It was fun watching them!

5.  Speaking of fun watching, and inspirational.  There was a blind woman riding, and a paraplegic.  If you don't think you can get out and find time to exercise and move, remember that I would watch these folks ride every day and manage their challenges which were more than just your usual "I just don't have time.........."  KUDOS to them!!!

Being off the grid for a week was fun.  I got back to my circadian rhythms where you go to bed at dark, and woke with the sun.  You worked for your food, and I, among others, had a blast!!  I look forward to the next time I can take a week off and do this ride.  Maybe others can join me next time.  (Well, not that 1000 of us weren't enough!!)

Get out.  Pick something to do, and do it.  For fun.


what is fitness?

Posted by Chad on September 30, 2011 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Think about the definiiton for a moment, please.  What comes to mind?


Now, here is what I think.  Fitness is the ability to do a task.  That is it.  Fitness does not equal health, and health does not equal fitness...altogether.  Does one have to be farely healthy to be able to do 10 pull ups, or run a half marathon, or drag a kettlebell attached to a rope 100 feet?  Sure!  However, just because one can do those things does not mean everything is "healthy" on the inside.  What else helps with that aspect?  Nutrition, sleep, mobility, etc.


Fitness equals what you want to do in a given month, a given year.  What is your goal?  Pick an activity and train for IT.  If you pick a number, say, 50 pounds to lose, what happens after that?  Most of the time if you reach that goal, complacency sets in.  Ask yourself, what is next?  Train for an event.  An activity to accomplish.  THIS is what helps you keep the weight off, BY staying fit.


Me, like I mentioned before I am training for a week long bike ride.

It's almost time!  What I will do is post how things are going, giving you updates on how I do, what I eat, etc.  Hopefully things will go well!

Go outside and have some fun moving...PLEASE!



watch a 3 year old run!!

Posted by Chad on July 1, 2011 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

No mistake, THAT'S how humans are supposed to run.  The more I watch my 3 year old play, the more clear it becomes.  That health and fitness is more than just climbing on a treadmill, or throwing some weights around to look "buff."


My wife brought our son into the gym this morning to play.  Yes, play, in the gym.  He swang on a low bar (he can't quite pull himself up yet) and he bounced on the bosu ball, and jumped for what he thought was "a long way."  He grabbed two dumbells and started pressing them over his head, then wanted to race from one wall to the other.  He finished off by doing some push ups, leg raises, and climbed up the incline bench and stood there--on top of the world!!


Sound like fun to you?  YEAH!!  Me too.  So why do we go through this "routine" all the time?  I know, one must do something similar to see if there is improvement.  Well, true.  If you start off with 20 push ups, at some point in the future, I hope you can do 50.  In the meantime, over the next 2-4 weeks, why don't you just play a little.  Pick a lift and practice it.  Pick a dive-bomber push up, and practice.  Grab a kettlebell, and do some swings before you run, then do some more swings, just for the hell of it.  THEN find a goal, and work towards it over the next 2-3 months.


Me?  I am cycling across the state again this year, for the first time in 5 years!  Oh, and I haven't ridden my bike hardly at all this year!  Time to get crackin!


Have fun with your work out...I mean PLAYTIME!



Total Motion Release=a symmetrical existance!

Posted by Chad on May 31, 2011 at 11:32 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the last couple of years, I have learned more and more about, and have been working with my clients on, Total Motion Release.

Tom developed his idea and turned it, over years of research, into a great use of several exercises that create symmetry in human movement.  In utilizing TMR, I have seen several folks have pain relief, and create instant improved strength in an affected area, just by training the "good" or unaffected side in a unilateral exercise.

If you have any questions, let me know, or check out Tom's website link above.

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tornado onslaught

Posted by Chad on April 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently in the south, there have been numerous tornado touchdowns that have caused damage and loss of life.  Now, it is very hard to survive a tree falling down on top of them, but can you fend for yourself and your family?  That is the question.


Do you know the necessary steps to be prepared in case of emergency weather?  Can you move, saw, cut, broken limbs and trees that may stand in the way of surviving tornadic activity?  If not, what are the limitations--strength, mobility, preparedness?  The next question to ask is, what do you do about those limitations?  Hope they never come up--the time you think this, is the time they will come knockin' on your door.

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My heart goes out to families in my neighborhood who lost homes, and even moreso to those who have lost loved ones.  It's been a terrible couple of weeks, and the summer has jsut started.  Hurricane season is up next.  Are you ready?

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Gather the tools to make yourself ready.  Mobility and mindful conditioning...above is your motivation...