What I learned about hard work at a Biohacker conference

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A Whole9 guest post by Skyler Tanner, an Efficient Exercise Master Trainer with an MS in Exercise Science. In October of 2014, I had the opportunity to represent the sister company to Efficient Exercise, ARXfit, at the 2nd annual Biohackers conference in Pasadena, California. I wish I could tell you all about who spoke and what they had to say, but I was hustling as the “Science Guy” for the salesmen at the ARX booth. While there I was texting with Dallas something smarmy about some … [Read more...]

The 1-2-3 Heart Rate Monitoring Training Approach

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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. Overall, I find heart rate monitors useful but annoying. Most people who buy them use them only as a speedometer, which completely defeats the purpose. Another annoyance stems from the total anal controlling behaviors that develop when an athlete starts training with a … [Read more...]

The Mental Side of Fitness

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A Whole9 guest post by Kate Galliett, creator of Fit for Real Life and The Unbreakable Body, an online strength and mobility program. There’s more than one road to Rome. You can select a traditional weight lifting program. You can choose a bodybuilding program. You can choose a bodyweight-only training program. The most important thing is that you select a program that you enjoy and are excited about. Once you’ve selected a program to take you to your “Rome” (whether it be a deadlift PR, a … [Read more...]

Why Organic Matters

Why Organic Matters

A Whole9 guest post by Dr Sult, medical doctor, medical educator, inspirational speaker & the author of Just Be Well: A Book For Seekers of Vibrant Health. Step One: Go Organic It’s hard to eat healthy. Strike that: it’s hard to know HOW to eat healthy. First, people are advised to eat a diet that contains plenty of fruits and vegetables. Okay, done. But as we understand more about pesticides and other chemicals used in produce to make it look model-fresh and enhance its shelf life, we … [Read more...]

Building Core Strength

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This is 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. There are three main reasons that most people would find building core strength to be desirable: athletic performance, prevention or relief of back pain, and vanity. Let’s suppose that you are motivated by all three of these factors, prioritized in an order decided by what motivates you most as an individual. For … [Read more...]

What Should I Eat Post-Workout?

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A Whole9 guest post by Steph Gaudreau, creator of Stupid Easy Paleo and author of The Paleo Athlete and The Performance Paleo Cookbook. When asked to list their nutrition strategy, most athletes rattle off a list of pills, powders and potions. Luckily, performance-seekers of the Whole9/Paleo/real food crowd have a better handle on things. They know that eating nutrient-dense food helps decrease the inflammation incurred from training, fuels athletic pursuits and is key to overall recovery. And … [Read more...]

After Detoxification: What To Do Next?

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A Whole9 guest post by Dr Sult, medical doctor, medical educator, inspirational speaker & the author of Just Be Well: A Book For Seekers of Vibrant Health. This article is the third in a series on detox. Read part 1 here and part 2 here. Have you ever been on a weight loss diet, stuck to it faithfully, exercised like a maniac, and saw the pounds melt away? Unfortunately, if you’re like most people, once you return to eating and exercising (or not) as usual, you regain the weight, and … [Read more...]

Create Long-Term, Sustainable Behaviour Change with a Positive Feedback Loop

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A Whole9 guest post by James Murphy, amateur-adventurer and curious thinker, currently living in New Zealand. Thinking about the future can motivate you to creatively imagine who you can become. You get to choose.  This gives you a chance to try new things, declare new goals, and change your life. It’s inspiring. Often when we do this, we come up with something big, something hard to achieve. Losing 10kg, deadlifting 3x our bodyweight, running a marathon, or changing the world. When we … [Read more...]

Does Exercise Help Your Brain?

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A Whole9 guest post by Emily Deans M.D., a board certified psychiatrist with a practice in Massachusetts and a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Exercise. Some people love it, some hate it, some thrive on it, and some do it while gritting teeth. I think that most people, however, have had the experience where a bout of exercise almost immediately lifts the spirits. We know that regular exercise is good for all aspects of general health, and that people who … [Read more...]

3 Things You Should Know & Do But Probably Don’t

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Whole9 guest post by Coach Rut, who participates in the sport of weightlifting and is the current Kansas State Champion and the 2006, 2013 and 2014 National Master Champion at 94kg. During the week between Christmas and the New Year a very talented athlete started coming into the gym to workout twice per day.  This represented a doubling of her current training baseline and I saw the train wreck coming.  Sure enough the next week she succumbed to the influenza that had engulfed our … [Read more...]