6 Common Mistakes People Make Kettlebell Training

Whole9 guest post by Peter Hirsh, a nationally certified personal trainer and kettlebell instructor who has been teaching and training with kettlebells for over ten years I have written a few posts for Whole9 about getting started with kettlebells. Kettlebells are an excellent fitness tool and can provide benefits that few other fitness tools can. These benefits include building true core strength, increasing flexibility, and unifying the mind and body. They are also a great way to train all … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Add Movement to Daily Life

Whole9 guest post by Coach Rut, who has over a quarter century of fitness coaching experience and holds academic degrees in biology and physical education, and Master’s degrees in exercise physiology and sports biomechanics. If you read the reports and the statistics, most people aren’t really getting more fit or any healthier. On my 5:00 a.m. commute to work, I pass four big chain pharmacies, all with a waiting line at the druggist counter. In spite of even more evidence pointing to … [Read more...]

How Intentional Personal Growth Affected My Habit Changes

A Whole9 guest post by Kate Galliett, creator of Fit for Real Life and The Unbreakable Body, an online strength and mobility program If you want to create a habit change in your life that sticks, one crucial element is the belief that you can do it.  But what is “believing in yourself”? You can’t measure it. You can’t see it. There aren’t foods or supplements that give you more of it. Evolving your Self, or ‘personal growth’ as it’s called as one of the 9 factors here at Whole9, is virtually … [Read more...]

Teenagers, Sleep and Mental Health

A Whole9 guest post by Emily Deans M.D., a board certified psychiatrist with a practice in Massachusetts who teaches psychiatry at Harvard Medical School One of the reasons mental health problems can be so difficult and debilitating is that they tend to start when someone is quite young. Adolescence is a key developmental stage of the brain, which is not fully “adult” until the early 20s. Babies, children, and adolescents of all species need more sleep than their adult counterparts, mostly … [Read more...]

I Move, Therefore I Am

A Whole9 guest post by James Murphy, amateur-adventurer and curious thinker, currently living in New Zealand. It’s impossible to talk about health without discussing movement and the increasingly common sedentary behaviour of our species.  Most of us are not really moving a whole lot during the day. How closely does this resemble your daily routine? You lay down to sleep. You sit down for breakfast. You sit down in your car to commute to work where you again sit down for most of the day. … [Read more...]

The Benefits of High Intensity Training

A Whole9 guest post by Peter Hirsh, a nationally certified personal trainer and kettlebell instructor who has been teaching and training with kettlebells for over ten years Most people like to get their heart rate up when they exercise, and doing so brings about tremendous benefits. In many traditional gyms, an abundance of seated weight lifting machines and exercises has increased the demand for equipment dedicated to cardiovascular exercise. When you sit down to lift weights, the overall … [Read more...]

Slug, Striver or Integrator: Where Are You?

Whole9 guest post by Coach Rut, who has over a quarter century of fitness coaching experience and holds academic degrees in biology and physical education, and Master’s degrees in exercise physiology and sports biomechanics. Today I would like to put you in a box. As a fitness coach, I like to put you in a particular place on my fitness continuum. By placing you in a particular place on my continuum, I can do a better job of assisting your progress. I don’t ask too much at the wrong time and … [Read more...]

Dealing with Periods of Intense Stress (Part 2)

by Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole9 and a recent survivor of The Whole30 book t0ur Earlier this week in Part 1,  I talked about the irony of making myself less healthy while on the Whole30 book tour, promoting our healthy eating plan. Happily, however, I learned from my first experience (co-authoring and promoting It Starts With Food), and I find myself in a better (but still not awesome) place after our second book. I also reminded you that you don't have to embark upon a 14-city … [Read more...]

Dealing With Periods of Intense Stress (Part 1)

Part 1 of a 2-part series by Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole9 and recent survivor of The Whole30 Book Tour The Whole30 Book Tour has come to a close. WHEW. Duration: April 20 – May 26 Cities: 14 (New York twice) Flights: 20 Interviews: 31 Books Signed: >3,000 By any estimation, the tour was a smashing success! But I am tired. Oh, the irony of making yourself less healthy promoting your healthy lifestyle plan. About the third week of the tour, Whole9 co-founder Dallas … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Cultivate Meaningful Human Connection

A Whole9 guest post by Kate Galliett, creator of Fit for Real Life and The Unbreakable Body, an online strength and mobility program One hundred and fifty. Dunbar’s Number. Named after British anthropologist, Robin Dunbar, 150 is the suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. Compare the number 150 to how … [Read more...]