Category Archives: Fitness

Universal Gym Truths

No two gyms are exactly alike, but some things are true wherever you go.  A few of those things: Incorrectly racked weights. No matter how well the weights are labeled and their proper locations are marked, some asshole will put them back in the wrong place. Clearly, the 25 lb. dumbbells don’t go between the… Read More »

BMI sucks. Use the Beast Index™

Roughly speaking, the Body Mass Index (BMI) is a relative measure of body mass to height.  Originally developed in the mid-19th century, BMI is an attempt to quantify an individual’s tissue mass and then categorize that person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on that value. There is plenty of criticism of BMI as… Read More »

Embracing injury as opportunity

After seven or so years in the sport, I finally suffered my first real running-related injury this past Spring. On or about Easter Sunday, I partially ruptured the peroneal tendon in my right ankle. It was an overuse injury brought on by (surprise!) trying to do too much too quickly. In a blow to my recovery prospects, I self-diagnosed… Read More »

Fitness Focus: Recovery and Renewal

Every so often, every athlete needs time to recover and renew.  For me, that time is now. It’s been an eventful nine or so months since I tried to get this blog rolling.  I suffered my first real injury, finished grad school, recoverd from my injury, started a new career, bought a condo, moved, and did countless other… Read More »