Birthday Challenges

The traditional birthday challenge, a wonderful physical exhausting event (or series of events) to celebrate your new age.  Age is just a number, a number which plays a vital role in what exactly I am doing every year come June 9th.  This last week my number happened to roll over to 28.  For the last five years I have been creating my own birthday challenges.  They have ranged from one single thing (2600 mountain climbers) to a day filled with various activities including eating, socializing, climbing and everything in between.  However, whatever the challenge may be it will always revolve around the age you are turning.  This year was a change of pace from the norm, as my friend and fellow coach, Sam, was kind enough to take time out of his schedule to come up with and complete a birthday challenge for my 28th.  For those of you that know Sam, he is a very energetic, creative and fun loving dude.  Once he jumped on board and took my birthday challenge by the reins I knew I was in for some good old fashion child like fun.  Continue reading

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Cardio Training Drawbacks

jogging[1]Just so we are clear, if you didn’t already know I do not recommend excessive amounts of cardiovascular training.  It is one thing if you truly enjoy running but it is a completely different matter if you are going on long runs to get in shape.  I understand that some of you love running, competing in Triathlons, and biking hours on end.   By all means continue to do these races and go jogging if and only if that is your passion.  Do not continue to partake in a long duration cardio type training if you are looking for a way to get in shape.  The fact is, excessive cardio training can be un-healthy.  If you are just trying to be healthy (more on that subject and being fit vs. being healthy in a future post) and loose weight well you will get more bang for your buck with short duration full body high intensity training (such as rock climbing on a lot of hard routes in a very short time frame).     Continue reading

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