My good friend CC had been bugging me for ages to check out his Aikido dojo. I had dragged my feet for months - independent almost to a fault, I've always preferred working out on my own. Group training sometimes reminds me of cult behavior, and any class can be held back by the weakest member, so … [Read more...] about The Aikido Dojo – Does It Still Have Its Mojo?
Back in February, I wrote about Reebok making ridiculous claims about their Toning shoes. But I'm a lone voice in the darkness, and I expected the foolishness to continue unabated. All you usually need to get away with lying is a good legal department (and maybe some lobbyists on the side). But … [Read more...] about Reebok Toning Shoes: Nonsense, And Now They Have To Pay A Huge Fine
When I arrived at the gym last Tuesday, I found Dr. Delts trying to get on a Swiss ball. Something fishy is going on here, I thought. He usually scorns such equipment in favor of more metallic, manly gear. But at times he'll try almost anything. "Hey! What's going on?" I asked. "I know, I … [Read more...] about Doctor Delts vs. the Swiss Ball – A Fitness Smackdown
A new guy just began coming to the gym, and wow, does he stand out. His upper body is very big and muscular, almost no fat, and covered with random peculiar tattoos. He is tanned, possibly due to not wearing shirts much. He probably wouldn't have worn shirts at all here, except that gym … [Read more...] about Mystery Exercise Man Is All Upper Body
Doctor Delts and I exercise together a lot, always pushing each other to do better, but neither of us cares too much for running. Long slow distance, marathon prep and the like, just takes too much time for my taste, and I worry about repetitive strain injuries. Delts' main concern is the prospect … [Read more...] about Doctor Delts Fights Crime By Jogging
Recently Delts and I began doing a new exercise. You take a fairly heavy medicine ball and play catch with your partner, moving quickly. It's great for reflexes and gets your heart rate up rapidly. If that sounds like too much, you can just start with a lighter ball, and go at a more comfortable … [Read more...] about New Exercise Saves the Day