How To Take Massive Action On Your Fitness Goals

3 Things I’ve Learned About Taking Action on Your Health and Fitness Goals

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The whole point of this blog is to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. I like to write, but I don’t write this blog because it makes me feel good. I write it to help you. And quite honestly, I’m still surprised that there are people out there who enjoy reading this, and that I actually have subscribers. I’m certainly not the most brilliant person out in the fitness world. But if I do have one thing going for me – that I hope comes through in my content – and it’s that I care. I really, truly want to help you succeed. That’s why I do this.

And so, today, I’m going to have a little heart-to-heart, Sifferman-style. You see, when I’m not on the Internet – out in “real life” – people would probably describe me as a somewhat reserved person. By nature, I’m usually a man of few words, but I tend to get a lot more blabby when you put a keyboard in front of me.

Not today.

Today, I’m going to tell you a few things I’ve learned so that you can begin to take more action on your health and fitness goals this year. I’ve found that this knowledge, while very simple, can make all the difference. And so, rather than giving you 101 tips to take action, I thought I’d just focus on three of the biggies so that, hopefully, you can internalize them. So, here they are.
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Earth Runners Minimalist Sandals Review – First Impressions

My First Impressions of the Earth Runners Minimalist Huarché Sandals for (Almost) Barefoot Running, Walking, Hiking, and More!

Not too long ago, Mike from Earth Runners contacted me to see if I would review some of his minimalist sandals. I said sure. So, he sent me a pair of their Circadian X model with a leather bedding, conductive inserts, and leather laces – plus a set of Tabi Wool Socks since I mentioned it’s starting to get cold up here in New England.

Earth Runners Review - tabi wool socksThey arrived a few days later and I started putting them through the paces. Mike asked me if I could write something up before the holidays. And I said that I could offer my “first impressions” since I’d prefer more time to thoroughly evaluate a new set of footwear before writing a comprehensive review. So, here’s what I learned over the past two months or so.

-When they arrived, the instructions were very clear and it was easy to adjust the laces to fit properly. The locking buckle was easy-peasy. So, no problems in that department.

-I noticed that there was a short break-in period. And by that, I mean that my feet were achy within 15 minutes of standing in them. I wasn’t too surprised since I rarely wear footwear in the warmer months. I also noticed that in the beginning, my heels had a tendency to slide inward on the sandal – almost coming off – whether barefoot or wearing the socks. This was only an issue for a few days.

-The first full day that I wore them out and about town, I ended up going on an unexpected hike in the rain (that’s how we roll). It was soaking wet, and we were hiking through dirt, stone, and lot’s of leaves. I learned that when the Earth Runners get wet, the leather footbed – while normally quite comfortable – gets very slippery, especially on non-flat grades. I’m not sure which was worse in this regard, the Earth Runners or Xero Shoes I reviewed in the past. But regardless, these are not the most secure sandal for wet hikes on varied terrain and grades. I’ve only tried a few different pairs of huarché sandals, but I suspect that this is a pretty common issue with this style of footwear.
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9 Fitness Tips For Brand New Parents

How To Stay Fit When You Have a New Baby In The House

I got a message the other day from a regular reader who was wondering if I had any advice for those who want to stay healthy and active with a newborn baby in the house. As you can see in the screenshot below, I gave him 3 tips in exactly 140 characters.

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But you didn’t think I’d leave him hanging like that? Not ol’ blabbermouth, John! You see, I’ve got a few kiddos of my own, and I know that a few bullet points delivered in less than 140 characters may not exactly cut it. So today, I’m going to expand a little bit on those responses.

Granted, my advice will vary from person to person – and this post is mostly geared for new Dads – but here is some general advice that will apply to most new parents.
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Interview with the TACFIT Firefighters about Pull-up Training

Learn How Top-Level Firefighting Fitness Pros Integrate Pull-up Training Into Their Fitness Programs in this Interview with Christian Carson and Ryan Provencher

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Ryan Provencher

If you’re a firefighter, or if you’re employed in another physically-demanding profession, then do yourself a favor and get to know Christian Carson and Ryan Provencher. Not only are they professional firefighters, but they also have extensive fitness backgrounds, too.

These guys are literally at the forefront of tactical fitness, and particularly when it comes to firefighters, which is obviously a profession where fitness matters. And even if you’re not in a profession like this, but you still want elite-level fitness, then you’ll certainly benefit from following their work. They are truly top-level coaches who are influencing the future of precision fitness.

And today, I’ve got another great interview with both of them (see links below for our first interview together), except this time it’s all about pull-up training. Now, the pull-up exercise is obviously only one small aspect of firefighter fitness training, but I wanted to hear how Ryan and Christian employ it in their programs alongside the rest of their vigorous physical training and preparation.

Like all of us, firefighters have unique fitness needs, one of which is a state of constant readiness. This means that their training needs to help them stay healthy, injury-free, and be able to recover quickly, among other things. In other words, they need to attain and maintain a high level of fitness with a low risk of problems. And these two smoke eaters know exactly how to do just that.

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Christian Carson

During our interview, some of the topics we cover include…

  • How to prepare for a firefighter physical fitness test
  • Beginner and advanced level pull-up training tips for those with physically-demanding jobs
  • One technique tip that will help you focus on recruiting your major muscle groups, instead of letting your smaller muscle groups fatigue prematurely
  • How to activate your core, hips, and legs to turn the pull-up into a full body exercise for maximum strength recruitment
  • Their go-to workout for increasing their pull-up numbers in 12 weeks
  • 5 strategies they use to break through a plateau
  • A workout protocol to temporarily boost pullup results and get a big spike in your numbers
  • How to make the pull-up exercise much easier by augmenting your workouts with another key training tool
  • The straight truth on kipping pull-ups and how to use them wisely
  • Cutting-edge recovery methods to make sure you stay healthy and are able to perform at your best
  • And much more!

So, if you have a physically-demanding job or you’re in a position where you need to prepare for a Physical Fitness Test, and you’d like to bring up your pull-up numbers so that you can perform your job to the best of your ability, check out this interview with the TACFIT firefighters.
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3 Old-School Strategies to Enjoy The Holidays and Stay Lean Into The New Year


Three Unconventional Strategies To Enjoy the Holidays Without Packing On The Pounds – Even if You Occasionally “Stuff Your Face”

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Every once in awhile, usually around the holidays while I’m eating something delicious at a social event, I receive a comment like this one:

It must be nice being able to eat all of that and not get fat.

So they say with a playfully-despising look. Or, maybe it’s a well-intentioned, “are you really going to eat ALL of that?”

Why, yes. Yes, I am. Oh, and would you be a dear and pass the butter, please? Thanks.

Seriously, that kind of conversation has happened more than a few times over the years. And get this. Despite my seemingly “binge-like behavior” as it may be described by the casual observer, I’m still healthy, fit, and lean. And that doesn’t change over the holidays. So, yes. It is possible to “stuff your face” and still not get fat. And in this short article, I will show you how to do it.

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