24 September '15
Of the 408 national parks in the United States, only 127 charge an entry fee. But on Saturday, September 26th, 2015, they’re all free to celebrate National Public Lands Day. It’s more than an opportunity to see your public lands at no charge, it’s also the largest national opportunity to volunteer alongside an estimated 175,000+ others to help maintain, repair and clean up a park near you. Sponsored sites are all over the U.S., and you can find one near you here. Bonus: all volunteers receive a free day pass to a national park to use in the future!
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22 September '15
So far, I haven’t found anything that rivals the Reebok All Terrain Super’s ability to drain water and remain lightweight through the constant mud baths obstacle course racing subjects them to, all while maintaining reasonably good grip in the slop. The knock against them we’ve heard (our own pair is still in long term testing) is durability, so the new Kevlar enhanced All Terrain Extreme edition should make heavy users happy.
Featuring a similar look, the same grippy tread pattern with toe spikes and rope grabbing instep, the Extreme model adds more than just Kevlar reinforcements. There’s also a whittled down lacing eyelet section and external heel cup band. The Kevlar is positioned solidly around the toes, then mottled across the rest of the upper in varying densities. That pattern allows the material to continue to breathe well and drain water, but likely hold up to additional scuffs and scrapes. Step through for more images and details…
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02 August '15
A good, healthy recovery drink, gel or food product is hard to find. There are plenty of tasty items, but most are filled with chemicals, preservatives and other things not generally found in my kitchen. It’s the tradeoff for convenience. So when I found Fuel for Fire’s Fruit+Protein packs, it was like the clouds parted and a choir sang around the mini fridge.
What makes them special is the ultra clean ingredients list: Puréed fruit, water, whey protein isolate, natural flavors and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The biggest ommission isn’t just that there’s a lack of preservatives, but a lack of phosphoric acid in particular. Phosphoric acid is what’s found in most colas to give them that refreshing “bite”, but it’s also found in many ready-to-drink (RTD) protein drinks as a preservative. Unfortunately, its consumption is also linked to lower bone density, and in most protein drinks and gels using it that I’ve tried, it tends to leave a bit of a harsh flavor finish.
Even without it, the vitamin C likely helps keep it fresh, and the product has a 12-month shelf life without refrigeration. With a street price between $3 and $4, they’re inline with most grab ‘n’ go recovery products. Check out the label and other flavors below…
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24 July '15
Jerky is one of the easiest (and tastiest) protein snacks around, but the options are generally rife with nitrates, nitrites, sodium and other chemicals. That, plus questionable meat sources, mean a seemingly healthy snack could simply be a delivery vehicle for potentially unhealthy additives.
Fortunately, there are all-natural options free of questionable preservatives. The latest is Think Jerky, a startup focused on using only real food ingredients blended with herbs and spices to flavor family-farmed grass fed beef and free range turkey. And those blends are developed by reknowned chefs Laurent Gras (Food & Wine best new chef), Matt Troost (Baconfest champion), and Gale Gand (2x James Beard Award winner).
Chomp down for video and ingredients lists…
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18 July '15
Obstacle course racing is a fine challenge, but for the advanced athlete it’s more of a physical confirmation that their self-imposed and often self-created training plans worked. Or didn’t. But it’s often not the complete intellectual, emotional and mental challenge that we’re hoping for. And sometimes longing for in this day and age.
Enter the new Spartan Race Agoge, which picks up where their Death Race left off and in many ways improves upon it.
In ancient Greece, the Agoge was a requirement of being a male citizen of Sparta. It was a long process of training in fighting, military arts, physical toughness and intellectual prowess, all in order to create a strong, loyal army to protect Sparta. It became so prestigious that families from neighboring areas would send their sons to participate, too.
Rather than throwing participants into an uncertain path with no instruction, as the Death Race (and even the current Spartan and other OCR events do), the Agoge is structured as more of an intense, all-encompassing training course…
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21 May '15
I’ve done Spartan and Warrior Dash Races, but the latest promo video from Tough Mudder has a few of us looking in their direction. Enjoy, then get ready as we ramp things back up here at Crashfit to help you get in shape for your first (or fiftieth) obstacle course race or mud run. Stay tuned…
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17 August '11
University of Queensland researchers in Australia studied life expectancies versus TV consumption and determined that, on average, every hour of television watched after age 25 cut about 22 minutes from the expected lifespan.
To be fair, the study only provides an observational correlation, but it tracked 11,000 participants, so it was a fairly large sample. The findings are not that the TV itself shortens your life. Rather, it’s simply that people who watched six or more hours of television per day lived, on average, 4.8 years shorter. The study noted that the increased mortality rate was comparable to that of other major chronic disease risk factors such as physical inactivity and obesity.
From here, it’s up to us to make our own assumptions. Hours in front of the TV limits the amount of time we’re physically active. It likely also increases the chances we’re snacking on crappy foods. And, presumably, you’re sitting while you’re watching all that telly, which is even worse, making these exercises even more important.
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31 July '11
We take a lot of family road trips. Despite an often significant amount of our minivan’s aft section being dedicated to coolers and food bins, there are times when we just need to grab a quick bite. As you can imagine, it’s a challenge finding fast food that’s nutritious and palatable.
Subway seems to be an undiscovered treasure web it comes to breakfast. There’s never a line in the morning and it’s cheap. Sure, we’re not talking about free range eggs or organic meats here, but when you’re on the road, compromises are made.
Fortunately, Subway’s Sunrise Melt breakfast sandwich isn’t much of a compromise. It’s their highest protein breakfast sandwich and it’s only $3.75*. You get your choice of bread, but the scrambled egg is shaped like a tortilla, which holds all the meat and cheese quite nicely on its own, as demonstrated above, so you can ditch the carb heavy grains. Oh, and you can load the b’fast sammies up with all their vegetables just like the regular subs.
The monstrosity you see above is a 6″ Sunrise Melt with double egg and meat (ham, turkey & bacon) and it cost $4.75. I think the kid working there may have mis-rung that one, but it’s still likely to be under six bucks. And I was full for hours. Hit “more” for it’s nutrition by the numbers…
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06 July '11
Some of my computer work takes a while to open and save, and sometimes images I’m uploading to my other site, Bikerumor.com, take a while to transfer. During both, my computer’s preoccupied and I’m stuck waiting.
Likely, your job has similar “obstacles” to a free flowing work stream. Rather than sit idly by, then get out of your seat and do a couple exercises. You just got paid to exercise.
If the Air Squat shown above would make you look like a cubicle prairie dog gone mad, click through for a few discreet but powerfully effective exercises you can do in your cubicle in less than one minute.
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02 July '11
Saw this sign at RiverScape Metro park in Dayton, OH. Makes you think…if it’s not good enough for the birds, why are we eating it?
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15 June '11
How to make healthy eating and exercise easy: Make a list of the things two main goals you want to accomplish.
Make it short, simple and clearly defined, like “No grains or sugar” or “Only eat vegetables, fruit and meat” or “Do 20 pushups every morning.”
By writing it out, you’ve made the decision to do it and put it in no uncertain terms. From there, all you have to do is follow your list. For exercise, use that smartphone and set a reminder at the time of day you want to do the exercise (first thing in the morning pretty much guarantees it won’t get pushed off the day’s plate), and if necessary, set a second reminder for the night before to lay out your workout clothes. Set the reminder to repeat every day.
This same concept is used by some very smart people to get more of the important stuff done each day, and there’s nothing more important than your health. I bet in a matter of days, you have it memorized and in just a week or two, it becomes automatic. Congratulations, you just made a major healthy lifestyle change by writing a couple of sentences.
Want to see a couple simple ways to keep your list in front of you? Click ‘more’…
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12 June '11
First, the Corn Processors fire off ads mocking the intelligence of those who slight High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Sugar Growers blast back with ads highlighting the manufactured, chemical nature of HFCS in a very unappetizing manner (Remember the school play where a kid says “I’m high fructose corn syrup and I’m chemically altered”? I couldn’t find a link).
Then, the Corn Refiners Association asked the FDA’s permission to allow HFCS to be labeled “corn sugar” and began advertising that moniker before receiving approval. Now, the sugar industry has sued to stop the commercials, claiming false advertising and damages for lost profits and corrective advertising.
Does any of it matter? No. Avoid both. The only winner in this battle is the lawyers. Why? Click ‘more’ for the bullet points…