Stretch Armstrong: Active vs. Passive Flexibility

Are you flexible? Maybe you can do the full splits, forwards AND backwards, ooooh! Impressive. Here’s a question: Can you stand and raise your leg past hip height? No? Well then, my friend, you are a great example of why passive flexibility doesn’t mean much in real life functionality. Passive flexibility is what most people… read more

Rest: How much, when, and what type?

Rest. It’s a term many serious athletes come to hate. Training gets addicting for many athletes, but too much training will take a toll on even the most healthiest of bodies. Everyone needs rest, no matter the level of the athlete. Rest is crucial for recovery, as exercise/training actually damages the body (in both good… read more

Cutting Weight for Competitions

Without fail, every time a martial arts tournament is around the corner, at least a few people ask me what the best way to cut weight or what to day pre/day of competition. I always give the same answer: “You’re too late.” Waiting until the last 2 weeks to figure out how to cut several… read more

Shoes that fit aren’t just for Cinderella stories

I love using things until they die. Sometimes I use them even after they’ve lost all ability for their original purpose, like using old bath towels for bath/kitchen mats. I do enjoy scouring the second-hand Facebook page to see if I can snag any items I need at a primo price, as well as appreciate… read more

Comfort Travel Hacks

I miss the days before airport security wasn’t so….strict. It was easy to sneak onto first class. All it took was waiting to be the one of the last ones to board, and then confidently sitting down in an empty cushy seat. Bring your beverage of choice from outside the security gate onto the airplane… read more

The Reality of My Reoccurring Nightmare

I went to the hospital to get what I call a “check up x-ray” of my back. This is something I’ve been putting off for years, though I knew it should be done more frequently. The last time I took a picture of my lumbar spine was in 2009, so five years without any imaging… read more

The “Vacation Diet”

I went on a diet recently. It required me to eat to my heart’s content for 24 days straight. Roasts, fried chicken, barbecues, seafood, ice cream, pies, pasta, cookies, fruits, cheese, veggies, bread, jerky…anything. The only “exercise” I actually did was a 10-minute hill sprint session immediately followed by a nap on the grass under… read more

Too Much of a Good Thing

I’m in a suburb of beautiful Auckland, New Zealand, a brisk 11 degrees Celsius right now. There is not a single cloud in the sky, and the slight breeze is very welcomed by the cat that is curled up next to me on the porch. I’m sitting in a wooden lounge chair made by a… read more