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  • The Mental Game: American Ninja Warrior Finals

    The Mental Game: American Ninja Warrior Finals

    Five years, six seasons, nonstop training. I’d overcome dislocations, sprains, and tendonitis for more than three years. And I made it! I made it to the ninth season of “American Ninja Warrior” finals course in Las Vegas. Continue reading
  • Ramp Up Your Fitness Routine to Prepare for Thanksgiving

    Ramp Up Your Fitness Routine to Prepare for Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a time to sit back and enjoy some time with family, friends and of course food. Well, this tradition sure does conflict with your fitness goals heading into the holiday season. Let’s take a look how you can do some “damage control” heading into the week of Thanksgiving. Continue reading
  • Functional Fitness for Firefighting

    Functional Fitness for Firefighting

    I have been in the fire service for the past 15 years, and I can remember to this day exactly how I trained to start my career. The first thing I had to do was get into the fire academy, and in doing so I had to go through a physical agility test. This test consisted of climbing 6 flights of stairs while carrying hose on your shoulder. Once at the top you had to pull a rolled hose up the 6 stories, then put it down and go back down the 6 flights of stairs. Once you got back to the bottom you had to hit a sled with a sledgehammer until it moved about 10 feet. Continue reading
  • Never say “I can’t”

    Never say “I can’t”

    It was the second night at Daytona International Speedway for the filming of “American Ninja Warrior,” season nine. I had made it through five treacherous obstacles in the qualifying course and was on to the second round and the city finals. Continue reading
  • Which Type of Strength Training Is Best For You?

    Which Type of Strength Training Is Best For You?

    When it comes to “lifting” weights there is a common concern and question we get all the time. Depending on what an individual’s goals are, they are typically trying to tone up or gain size and mass. When somebody wants to “tone up” they are looking to become leaner while somebody who wants to increase size and mass are looking to achieve hypertrophy (overall size increase of a muscle). In this article, we are going to look into each definition first, then we can decide which option is best for you and your goals. Continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter – Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge – The Finals

    Mind Over Matter – Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge – The Finals

    This was the moment an athlete dreams of, the moment you train constantly for, the moment to prove yourself. The finals of Season 2 of the TV series “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” were here to determine the best of the best and which team had enough grit, teamwork, strength, and endurance to take home the grand prize of $250,000 for Season 2. Continue reading
  • Set A Realistic Goal to Ditch Intimidation

    Set A Realistic Goal to Ditch Intimidation

    "That's impressive!" That’s what people would say about my diet and training regimen when I competed 2 years in the bikini division of physique competitions. That compliment usually was followed by, "I could never live like that." Continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter – Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge – Semifinals

    Mind Over Matter – Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge – Semifinals

    With two first-place finishes, I felt really good stepping into the semifinal round of the Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge. My team was getting faster, stronger and working better together with each race. Continue reading
  • Surviving Your First Obstacle Course Race

    Surviving Your First Obstacle Course Race

    I bet your friend talked you into signing up for your first obstacle course race. Congratulations! But perhaps apprehension is starting to overtake your excitement by now? No fear, I’m here to help! You’re probably not worried about crushing the competition and just want to make it out in one piece, right? So here are some survival steps. Continue reading
  • Turn Missteps into Learning Lessons | Spartan Championships

    Turn Missteps into Learning Lessons | Spartan Championships

    Two weeks before the Spartan U.S. Championship Series in West Virginia (Last weekend of August), I started suffering plantar aching in both feet and sharp pain in my right heel. When I attended the course preview the night before the big race, I wavered on whether to race or not. I felt even more torn because the course was gorgeous —long and not too hilly. Before going to bed that night, I decided to assess my discomfort after my warm-up in the morning. On race day, I taped up both plantar regions for the warm-up. The pump up music was playing in the festival area, the mountains were beautiful and my foot felt OK. With the atmosphere, excitement, my adrenaline pumping and no real pain in my foot (just some general aching in both) I decided I was going to race. Continue reading

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