Ryan Hall: Transformation From Marathoner to Strength Trainer

Ryan Hall's story is an interesting illustration of the argument about too much cardio interfering with strength and muscle gains. He is the Boston Marathon American record holder, where he ran the fastest marathon time ever by an American. It is not the American record for the marathon because Boston is not a ratified course … Continue reading Ryan Hall: Transformation From Marathoner to Strength Trainer

Country Bike Ride and Visit to Chitactac-Adams County Park

A nice rural ride of about an hour one way takes me to Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park. This was historically the village of Chitactac, the dwelling site of members of the Ohlone tribe of Native Americans for more than a thousand years. It was later the site of the one room Adams schoolhouse, which was … Continue reading Country Bike Ride and Visit to Chitactac-Adams County Park

Training the Senses: Freedom From Compulsions

Day to day challenges like fighting off indulgence in junk food and having the discipline to exercise regularly provide plenty of opportunities for working on our willpower, the importance of which I reviewed here. This is a key aspect of training our brains so we can live free from compulsions. For this reason, Eknath Easwaran … Continue reading Training the Senses: Freedom From Compulsions

Beyond Impossible- Mimi Anderson’s Story

I recently read Mimi Anderson's fascinating and inspiring account of her ultramarathon achievements. The story is told in an interesting flashback fashion: The main narrative is recounting the 12 plus days of her attempt to set the Women's world record for running the length of Great Britain from north to south, from John O'Groats in … Continue reading Beyond Impossible- Mimi Anderson’s Story

Is Cardio Useless Or Harmful? Will It Make You Fat?

Lots of Cardio Makes Your Muscles Waste Away and Makes You Get Fat? Hmmm... what about "Ultramarathon Man" Dean Karnazes? The "Too Much Cardio is Harmful" Controversy I promised, in my recent post about shorter more intense┬átraining, to talk more about controversies over excess cardio. Much of the discussion is about too much volume of … Continue reading Is Cardio Useless Or Harmful? Will It Make You Fat?

A Nice Find- More on Heavyhands Pioneer Dr. Len Schwartz

I recently discovered a book I highly recommend: Strength Endurance: Reflections on the Legacy of Dr. Leonard Schwartz  by Chuck Huckaby, on Amazon. Like me, Chuck is a long time fan of the late Dr. Schwartz's work and the "heavyhands" approach of simultaneously exercising the upper and lower body with hand weights (which I described … Continue reading A Nice Find- More on Heavyhands Pioneer Dr. Len Schwartz