Category Archives: Stretch & Strengthen

Quick Book Review: Body for Life by Bill Phillips (Recipe: Baked Chicken Meatballs)

So, I read this book awhile ago. Shawn, my running buddy, let me borrow it. It really got me into strength training again. The book is centered around a a 12-week nutrition and exercise program; however, I was reading it for the … Continue reading

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The T-Spine (Recipe: Balsamic Portobello Burgers)

The Thoracic Spine. AKA the T-Spine. This body part is often overlooked but it is fundamental for supporting and stabilizing the body. What is the T-Spine? The T-spine is the upper and mid-back region, including everything between the shoulder blades. It consists … Continue reading

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Strike 2 for Ken. (Recipe: Easy Summer Shrimp Boil)

So, Ken is the personal trainer. Strike 1 was him telling me I looked like hell during our 5th training session (I didn’t count when he couldn’t remember my name during the 4th training session as a strike.) Today was … Continue reading

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A Short Anatomy Lesson (Recipe: Spring Wild Rice Bowl)

Let’s have a brief anatomy lesson on the midsection because the first step to sculpting strong abs is understanding how they work. There are four groups of midsection muscles: External Obliques: They lie atop the internal obliques and help you … Continue reading

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I Hired a Personal Trainer. (Recipe: Quick Coq au Vin)

Yep. I did it. And now the t-shirt slogan I saw on FB the other day totally fits: Everything hurts and I’m dying. I have debated for months about whether or not I should hire a personal trainer. I am … Continue reading

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Having Muscle Cramps This Summer?

Did you know that nighttime leg spasms are twice as common in the warm months as in the winter, new research in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found? And frequent exercisers are especially at risk due to post-workout muscle tightness. When … Continue reading

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Review: CW-X Stabilyx Running Sports Bra

Last time I posted about trying a sports bra, a couple of people recommended the Juno. Well, it is on its way! In the meantime, I had ordered the CW-X Stabilyx Running Sports Bra. I am fairly impressed. I wish … Continue reading

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Pectoralis Minor Muscle. Ouch. (Recipe: Rigatoni with Asparagus and Shiitake Mushrooms)

Yesterday I went to see Bob at All Sport Muscle Therapy. First, he checked for any muscle imbalances and found that my body is very balanced! Hooray! This is fantastic news! Especially because I have been running a lot this … Continue reading

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Muscle Soreness: Myths vs. Facts (Recipe: Roasted Herbed New Potatoes)

There are a lot of myths out there about muscle soreness. This article I read tried to clear some of those up. Myth #1: DOMS is caused by the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles. The verdict: Not true. During … Continue reading

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The Art of Pacing (Recipe: Monkey Bread Muffins)

Recent research published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise highlights that most marathoners aren’t very good at pacing the 26.2-mile distance. The study analyzed 91,929 race performances in 14 U.S. marathons in 2011, comparing runners’ times at the half-marathon … Continue reading

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