Michael & Michael: Was the Second Spartan Sprint as good as the first one?

This past weekend Michael Angel and I did our second Spartan Sprint together. Michael had struggled with his health a lot earlier this year. Our usual training together was much more spotty than the first time due to health and other important issues. We had signed up for the Concord Spartan Race shortly after doing the…

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Beginner’s Travel Workout for Hotel Rooms

Busy is the Lifestyle I know you are busy, we all are. Travelling though can really derail us. The combination of potential jet lag, hotel bed, hotel/restaurant food can completely throw us of our track. I know it because I have been there. Now I will admit there are times (especially visiting home in Germany) when…

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The Story Behind Michael Carrying Michael Through A Spartan Race

The Background This story started about 3 years ago. Michael Angel’s attendant called me one afternoon and wanted to set up an appointment with me for personal training. That is all I knew. I was wondering who this person was who had a personal attendant. I still chuckle sometimes at my reaction. Michael and I met…

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Empowering Women at Shape Up Fitness & Wellness Consulting

How Strong Can Women Be?

Are Women Weak? Uh oh, I did it, I touched a topic that is a pretty “touchy” one at its best. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and thankfully we have different tastes. This blog is not about beauty. I don’t care if you like to be thin, toned, more muscular, or on…

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Training for older athletes at Shape Up Fitness & Wellness Consulting

Fitness beyond 50

I have been reading Joel Friel’s book “Fast After 5: How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life”. Friel who has been known in the triathlon and bicycling scene for his books explores fitness from the perspective of an aged athlete. It made me think. So much of our motivation can be closely…

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Rotator Cuff – Shoulder Health – What You Can Do

A shoulder impingement is one of the most common diagnoses that is out there. It often means that we don’t know what is really going on. Diagnosing it is very tricky, and even an MRI often does not show the whole story. The rotator cuff consists of four muscles, the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis.…

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When Hopelessness Strikes

You are tired, you might feel like you have no energy. Your workouts suck, and you don’t feel like doing anything. You might have told yourself that you just need to get your act together and get over it. Despite all that, nothing happens, you are still there, in that seemingly dark, endless hole. Does…

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Having a hard time gaining lean muscle mass?

If your body type is similar to mine (lean, almost lanky) then you will have noticed one particular problem: Lean muscle mass is not easy to come by, quite the contrary: Every time you go out for a run you are jeopardizing the muscle mass you have already built up. Gaining Lean Muscle Mass as…

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Compounding Interest in Fitness

I have been reading about finances. Yep, I need to do more for retirement, I admit it. The term that keeps being beat upon over and over again is compounding interest. If you don’t know what compounding interest is, here is the definition: You get interest on your investment, the following year you will get…

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What is wrong with my willpower?

Not making your goals? I often hear from my personal training clients that they lack willpower to do this, to not do that, etc. Personally I have my own struggles with willpower, so I can relate! How often do you plan to do something and in the end it just does not happen or you fall…

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