Trends or Truth

Fads might by fine for fashion, but your body deserves better

By Brandon Harrison
April 17, 2014 12:31 PM |
Maybe the thing you remember most about the 1990s is Friends. Or maybe you remember it as the era when we were constantly tempted with promises of "no-fat" and "low-fat." Today, walking the aisles of any grocery store you'll still spot all sorts of bright, bold labels proclaiming "Fat Free!" or "Low Fat!" as a result of that era's research ... [Read]

Building Blocks

While you are what you eat, not everything you eat is the same

By Brandon Harrison
April 3, 2014 8:30 AM |
There's some conventional wisdom about diet: Calories control your weight, macronutrients control your body compensation, and micronutrients control your health. By now, everyone knows weight loss and weight gain are simply a matter of calories in versus calories out. Eat more than you need to gain, eat less to lose. Macronutrients, on the other hand, control what that weight ... [Read]

The Fitness Five

Some commonsense guidelines will help you navigate the path to your workout goals

By Brandon Harrison
March 20, 2014 7:03 AM |
Consider that you go about your day thinking, "This is how I do that, and this is how I do this." It works, you feel it, and you don't look completely lost. But then there's a person -- someone you don't expect, most of the time -- who says something along the lines of, "Why don't you try leaning ... [Read]

A Love Letter to Carbs

It's a challenging relationship, but it's one that can work wonders with a willingness to walk away when needed

By Brandon Harrison
March 6, 2014 7:55 AM |
Dear Carbohydrates, I was just sitting around thinking about you the other day and wanted to write. I know it's been a while. I have been pretty good, but it seems like I can't go a day without seeing you around. Every restaurant I go to reminds me how much everyone loves you -- it's what everyone starts every ... [Read]

Harder, Better, Older

Getting past your peak calls for more gym dedication, not permission to coast to the finish line

By Brandon Harrison
February 13, 2014 8:04 AM |
I'll be up front: I'm not old by any stretch. At 25, I'm only a short seven years into my adult life, legally speaking. I still do things most young guys are able to do in the gym: lift an unnecessary amount of weight, recover after a single day, and enjoy a high level of elasticity to help avoid ... [Read]

T Time

Anabolic steroid use -- testosterone, in particular -- carries both scare tactics and sound warnings

By Brandon Harrison
January 30, 2014 6:49 AM |
It's not much of a secret these days. To get to the size and strength level of many professional athletes, PED's are necessary. An acronym that encompasses a large selection of pharmaceuticals, PED stands for "Performance Enhancing Drugs." The most popular PED is the anabolic steroid, testosterone. The government labeled testosterone and other anabolic steroids as controlled substances in ... [Read]

I see it every day in the gym. The flat bench press and curl stations have lines forming — sometimes out the door. Set after set of barbell bench, 21s curls. Some get so involved in those two types of movements that their shoulders are pulled forward permanently, creating a hunchback that would make Quasimodo look like he's standing up ... [Read]

5 Rules for Your Gym Regimen

When you're walking through a gym's doors the first few times, form good habits from the start

By Brandon Harrison
January 9, 2014 1:24 PM |
Lose weight. Save money. These are the most popular New Year's resolutions. And, amusingly enough, a gym membership doesn't accomplish either. That doesn't stop herds of new members from flocking to the gym in hopes of ridding themselves of the pounds they gained throughout the holiday season. There are, however, five simple steps you can take to ensure you fit ... [Read]

Sometimes change occurs in the most innocuous of ways. Like, say, at a big gay dinner where a couple of friendly, fit gay strangers extol a diet -- a way of life, in fact -- that, after the booze has fully evaporated from your system the following day, remains lodged in your short-term memory. Stubbornly lodged. To the point ... [Read]

30 Minute Upper Body Workout

by Brandon Harrison
December 21, 2013 3:45 PM |
With the average person working more hours, long commutes, and social commitments that seem to overrun your calendar, it can be difficult, if not seemingly impossible, to fit in a substantial workout. I’ve struggled with this myself. I've worked, tested, reworked, and developed this short workout designed to give you the best minute-for-minute burn. You’ll leave sweating and pumped. Upper ... [Read]

Get A Life

Moving into a healthier lifestyle doesn't demand an end to every indulgence, but as the saying goes, moderation is key

By Brandon Harrison
Photo by Todd Franson
November 21, 2013 4:39 AM |
Over the last few months, I've been getting the same question from a few people. "Can you help get me back in shape? I want to be back to the weight I was 10 years ago. I'll do anything you need me to do." Typically, a pause follows. Then comes the list of bad habits they want to keep ... [Read]

Fit to Be Linked 11/18/13

Posted by Brandon Harrison
November 18, 2013 11:27 AM |
The V-Sit is a gymnastic movement that is a goal of many body weight exercise enthusiasts. Here is a wonderful tutorial video that contains the first progression step: the L-Sit. [YouTube] A new nutrition tracking app that I was pointed towards recently: Cron-O-Meter. It's free to sign-up, and lets you set goals for just about every single nutrient out there: ... [Read]

The squat is the most mistrusted, complicated exercise you will see in a gym this side of CrossFit. You hinge at just about every possible joint in your body during a squat -- ankles, knees, hips, elbows and shoulders all helping in the movement. Never mind the core stability and spine position required. Intimidated yet? You should be. You should ... [Read]

Gym Jitters

While a gym might be intimidating, the anxieties are all your own

By Brandon Harrison
November 7, 2013 10:17 AM |
I know the drill. I've gone through it. You wonder how many people are going to be there. You wonder how big the people are who go there. You wonder how fit and trim the person on the treadmill or bike next to you is going to be – and how they might size you up. It intensifies the entire ... [Read]

Fit to Be Linked - Oct. 28, 2013

Posted by Brandon Harrison
October 28, 2013 12:02 PM |
I find it pretty interesting that the gym, part of a small local chain, in the expensive part of town has both nicer equipment and less people than gyms in other areas. Seemingly against the stereotypes of the affluent residents -- more money and free time to spend on a gym -- I’ve now found a place to go after ... [Read]