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apps that work

Posted by Chad on August 26, 2011 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (3)

A few of my clients are app users.  Here is an app or two that I like and reasons why!


My Fitness Pal.   My clients like it for a number of reasons.  First, it helps them keep track of what they are comsuming.  I know that there are folks out there who feel like you don't need to do this, if you eat Paleolithic.  I disagree.  Folks need to understand how much food they are consuming.  We are a country of "too much" so some need to remember how much a portion of (you name it) really is.


This app also allows you to keep track of your expenditure of energy via movement (exercise).  By tracking what they do, some folks like to see what they have accomplished.  Tracking consumption, with expenditure, helps them see what could happen over the long haul...especially if the hormones are out of whack!  Add in the fact that I get to see what they are doing holds them accountable--to me first, then they hold themselves accountable later.


Lose it!   This one is just like the one above.  Though this one we've been able to find a way for clients to send me in a file their food consumption!  How great it is that it's free too!!



Fooducate!      I just found this one, and have not used it a lot yet. It looks promising though.  I like the idea of being able to scan an item and see what healthier choices exist.  The healthiest choice probably doesn't have a barcode on the label, however, for some people eating fresh foods are a luxury or so beyond overwhelming they don't know what to do when they see them...sad, yes, but true.


Baby steps.  With this app, one can pick up a box of whatever crap it is, and this app throws out maybe 5 different healthier options.  Sounds good to me.  I will post more on this later after I use it more.


Mapmyride!     This one is great for recording a workout for your run, walk, or hike.  You can use it to help with your food consumption as well, but I don't use it for that.  Share your workout run or ride with the public or just with friends.  Seems to be ok so far.  I've used it as sort of a GPS for my rides, and it works just fine!


I know, it's tough to use new technology when all I keep saying is keep it "ancestral" right?  Well, these can help you be both healthier and ancestral at the same time!  Find a route, DO IT, and show me your food consumption as well!



think tank at work...

Posted by Chad on August 10, 2011 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

If you have followed me over the years, this link will bring you nothing you haven't heard.  What it does show you is that the movement is real...just like the food we are supposed to eat!


I highly regret missing this event in SCal this past weekend.  Lots of pioneers of the movement were there.  Though, some of the REAL pioneers are no longer with us.  Some folks from the early 1900's, 50's and 70's who told the powers that be that they were wrong--they were the ones we should have listened to before.


Well, now we have another chance!!  Second chances rarely happen on this magnitude.  I hope we all listen now.  Or else we will rely on nothing but fabricated goods, including food, to keep us alive.  I don't want that!


In case someone is not listening...this is NOT the eat nothing but meat diet.  This is eat real food.  Period.  Fat is good for you, as is protein, as are limited carbs (debates will go on forever on this one.)


Eat some real food!!  Oh, and move like nature intended us too!  Have fun while you are at it!

to Person Fitness Trainers everywhere

Posted by Chad on August 5, 2011 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

First rule:  Do no harm.


Second rule:  Before you give someone an exercise, know the physics driving it.



Third rule:  If you are spending an hour on "one body part," and it's not for therapuetic reasons, you are more than likely cheating the client of their money and time.  If there is therapy for muscle fire for that body part, maybe...look into TMR, ART, PRRT for those avenues.  The body is like a sailboat, with everything connected.  The "core" is THE ENITRE BODY.


Fourth rule:  Keep learning.  If you don't, you become stale, as will your clients.


Fifth rule:  Pick things up off the floor, put them over your head, squat and carry.  Those comprise the premise to most  workouts.  Everything else is window dressing.


These are just some basics I keep in mind as I have my clients workout and play.  There are others I will talk about later.


Be safe in this heat.  Train if you must, but be sensible.



the evolution of how we eat...

Posted by Chad on July 19, 2011 at 4:01 PM Comments comments (0)

Ok.  it's HOT here in NC, and everywhere else in the US right now.  Let's take a minute and think about how that affects our eating habits.


I will first start with a personal story about my grandparents.  My father's parents, didn't have air conditioning in the house.  My memories of going to see them in the summers were of sitting outside, under a shade tree or carport shelter or both.  Sometimes stringing beans, peeling potatoes, shucking corn, or doing something in the heat, albeit slowly!


Knowing that meals, of any kind, would be served in such sweltering conditions, do you think we over ate?  Hell no!  We ate just enough to call it a meal, and then it was cold dishes of some kind.  Fruit, fruit salads, lukewarm veggies, and maybe a meat that had been allowed to cool down.  This went on until I was a bit older.  Then came the AC window unit.


We would stay inside a little bit more.  As the unit was in the living room, it cooled down part of the house so staying inside to eat wasn't such a cookfest; yes a pun.  I don't remember how many units they eventually had in the house before...THEN came central air conditioning!!  What did we do?  We stayed inside, out of the heat!!   What did we eat?  EVERYTHING!  And a lot of it.


So does A/C and the light bulb have something to do with our eating patterns over the last 100 years?  You betcha!  Think about your own experiences growing up, or think about turning the A/C off for a day or two when it's in the high 80's, and see what you feel like eating.  I bet it would change?  Do you?  Give it a try...though maybe not this week!!




empty soda cups...

Posted by Chad on July 8, 2011 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (12)

...and cigarette butts.


What trips my trigger?  Walking around the parking lots and outdoor parks in the area.  Nothing but butts.  Whatever happened to taking your trash with you, and yes cig butts are trash.  I hat seeing someone throw their cig butt out the car window.  Where do they think it's going?  To "fairy land?"  Hate it.


Another thing...cups from fast food chains in the trash bin at the gym.  Hmmm, one can say there will always be an issue with health when you see these at the GYM!  What did that person think before they came in..."I think I will hydrate with a refreshing soda, or maybe since I am going to the gym, a diet soda...yep, that's just what I need."

Are you serious?

The falacies of health are astounding, and the last place we need to look is a food guide pyramid or suggesstions from a government that has their hands in the "cookie jar" of so many companies that make a buck if they say "eat this."


n=1.  Keep a food journal for a month or two, and see how you FEEL when you eat what you eat.  Control your caloric intake.  EAT REAL FOOD!!


Tell the truth to others.  Spread the word of how eating real food will start you down the road to better health!!  GO!


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!



the last day!

Posted by Chad on June 30, 2011 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Today is the last day of the first half of 2011.

Are you where you want to be????????????????????

If not, you have 182 days to make some goals, and reach some goals!!



anxiety, food, and movement

Posted by Chad on June 14, 2011 at 7:01 AM Comments comments (0)

"Anxiety disorders are the protoypical disorder of the modern world, where our hunter-gatherer brains are trying to manage remembering 50 passwords, the threat of H1N1 and terrorism, kidnapping and car accidents.

In the Nature paper, the authors used human and animal genetic data (emphasizing the gene expression studies rather than the specific gene studies) plus some controlled animal trials to dig up the most likely genes that might give you a predisposition to be more anxious than usual. Not surprisingly, they found a lot of genes that were active in the hippocampus, related to stress hormone response and GABA transmission. Other genes, such as polymorphisms in the dopamine system, are also obvious, and the "grand unified theory" supporting evidence is that many of these genes are also suspected to be awry in bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depressive disorders."

The above quote is by Dr. Emily Deans.  You can read more here:


What is happeneing is that more conclusive evidence is coming forth that our brains are being warped by consuming the wrong things, and lack of movement that result in an inflammed state of the body.  This sucks!  I've written about this in the past:


Sometimes the path of least resistance just doesn't work, or else these problems wouldn't exist.  It is HARD to make one do what is necessary for improved health, mentally and physically.  What is doing one made the other better??  IT DOES!!  Improve yourself, and your family!





another nutrition blunder

Posted by Chad on June 5, 2011 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

From yahoo, yet another "nutritional tidbit" which I have to take to task...

1.  Eat a good breakfast?  Maybe.  If you wake up hungry, eat a good breakfast.  Whole grains DO NOT have to be a part of it every day.  In fact, most days, don't worry about them.

2.  Eat seasonally.  Correct!  I call it the century lifestyle...if it can't be produced or grown or killed within 100 miles, don't eat it!

3.  Shop at the right time.  Yep.  Get to know your grocer, produce man, meat lady, fish monger, etc.  Get to know when the freshest is going to arrive!

4.  Avoid picking.  Well, sort of.  If you know a meal is coming around, and you are wanting to lose some inches, don't pick at food before meal time.  The whole "grazing" idea is gone.  So will your inches too, if you don't graze.

5.  Savor your treat!  YES!  If you are going to waste your food intake on something sweet, it better be worth it.  AND it better not be a lot!!!!

6.  Add spices to make dishes better.  YES!  The restorative properties and good taste of lots of spices and herbs are well known.  Instead of sugar and syrup, add these instead...MUCH better for you!!

7.  Eat fish twice a week.  SURE!  Fish is a staple of this planet.  Go for it.  If your ancestors lived in an area where fish was prevalent, and the waters are clean (enough), and the fish are wild caught.  Eat 'em up!

8.  Stop when you are full.  By all means, please stop.  We eat too much as it is.  Guys, forget trying to "bulk up" at eat as if there was just enough for you to keep, and barely build some muscle.  The more food you ingest, the more likely it is a disease will come your way.

9.  Get your kids involved in eating healthy.  I don't know about you, but having to work for a living cuts down on my time with my kid.  Why not spend quality time teaching and allowing your kids to learn how to cook with fresh ingredients, and fend for themselves when they move out!  Actually, how many kids know where there food comes from?  French fries are a vegetable...I don't THINK SO!!

10.  Eat the rainbow.  Eating a variety of veggies and fruits is just fine, as long as they fall in line with your pH balance.  No matter what you eat, make sure it agrees with your body!

Wow.  An article from Yahoo that I mostly agree with.  Will wonders never cease. 



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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