Renegade Total Body Exercise

This advanced exercise is so tough, after finishing a set, people in the gym might be thinking to themselves: “What kind of wo/man trains like this?”  Walking lunges. Double push-ups. Renegade rear delt raises. An optional burpee.  The “not-for-beginners” combination works legs, core, chest, and shoulders, (not to mention the cardiovascular output).

Training Tip: On exercises like this, rather than doing all of them in one spot, use the entire gym —it makes each rep feel more substantial, and each set a real accomplishment.

Music Credit:  Killer guitar loop is from Florence + the Machine’s  single, What Kind of Man. Pre-order the forthcoming album, entitled How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Deluxe) and get the track instantly.

SLEEP is for the STRONG

TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN may go down in history as the year we made a breakthrough in sleep, especially our discovery about how the brain uses sleep as an “offline maintenance mode” to catalog our short term memories, and hence why it’s so vital to health.  Arianna Huffington devoted her entire TED Talk to the topic.

We now know that just a 1 hour/per night sleep deficit substantially increases unwanted weight gain, the risk of high blood pressure, and rapid onset of type 2 diabetes.

We also know it’s not just how MUCH sleep we get, but the QUALITY of that sleep: deep, dark, cool sleep (with blackout shades) is linked to better outcomes and longer lifespan in breast cancer survivors—who affectionately call “having good sleep hygiene.”  But there are more practical applications… Continue reading SLEEP is for the STRONG

Why Music is So Important

The Grammys were last Sunday here in Los Angelesand Sam Smith totally killed it. (Congratulations Sam!) To the outside world, it probably looked like every other Hollywood awards show, with the lights, and the red carpet.

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