In-Your-Face Fitness

In-Your-Face Fitness

Gift ideas for the traveling health fanatic

3:30 PM EST, December 12, 2014

Gift ideas for the traveling health fanatic

As a globe-trotting health enthusiast, I know how hard it can be to find a useful gift for me. We're a somewhat picky bunch — when you live out of a suitcase, you don't have much choice.

Fitness: Exercise apps for your smartphone

May 19, 2012

Fitness: Exercise apps for your smartphone

Forget Angry Birds. Your smartphone can be a powerful tool for improving your overall fitness if you give it half a chance.

 L.A. brands have an inside track on sports clothing

7:00 PM EST, February 28, 2014

L.A. brands have an inside track on sports clothing

Given the sunny, body-conscious atmosphere of Los Angeles, it's no surprise to find a thriving field of locally based fitness-wear brands; many of the companies design and produce their lines from start to finish in the city. These new or growing collections, fashionable enough to work over time, range from high performance to high style, geared to lower-intensity, California-centric pastimes such as hiking, beach cycling and yoga.

In-Your-Face Fitness: Keeping your lower back pain-free

February 27, 2012

In-Your-Face Fitness: Keeping your lower back pain-free

On a recent ski trip, my best friend handed me a flask of cinnamon schnapps. He called it "courage in 100-proof form," and I needed it. I was perched at the edge of a cliff, looking at a 20-foot drop into thigh-deep powder.

In-Your-Face Fitness: Is there a right way for women to get ripped abs?

January 30, 2012

In-Your-Face Fitness: Is there a right way for women to get ripped abs?

There is something surreal about a former champion bodybuilder lifting up her shirt to show you her abs in the middle of a coffee shop.

In-Your-Face Fitness: SoulCycle's mix of cycling and upper-body workouts raises concerns

November 28, 2011

In-Your-Face Fitness: SoulCycle's mix of cycling and upper-body workouts raises concerns

I'm an outdoorsy type, and you won't get me on a stationary bike unless there are a few inches of snow on the ground. But I've pedaled my way through enough indoor-cycling classes to know that instructors need to be engaging and entertaining to keep you coming back.

In-Your-Face Fitness: Vanity can be a healthy asset

August 22, 2011

In-Your-Face Fitness: Vanity can be a healthy asset

You're so vain. You probably think this column is about you.

In-Your-Face Fitness: All you need is love

January 2, 2012

In-Your-Face Fitness: All you need is love

There is a word in fitness/health/weight loss marketing that is toxic. Sometimes it is blatant, other times implied. I hate this word. The word is "only."

In-Your-Face Fitness: The pull to exercise outdoors

October 31, 2011

In-Your-Face Fitness: The pull to exercise outdoors

On a recent beautiful and sunny day, I strolled into my local gym to lift some weights. The gym is near Nose Hill Park, which is one of the largest municipal parks in North America. It has majestic views of the city of Calgary and the Rocky Mountains, which can be seen from endless miles of paths and trails.

In-Your-Face Fitness: A few dents in those cellulite theories

October 3, 2011

In-Your-Face Fitness: A few dents in those cellulite theories

In July 2010, there was an end-of-days-type hailstorm in Calgary, and my little Acura got hammered. Now I drive a car that looks like it has cellulite.

In-Your-Face Fitness: How to build come-hither biceps

September 19, 2011

In-Your-Face Fitness: How to build come-hither biceps

I am not a jealous man, so my blood pressure did not skyrocket the other day when my wife told me this: "There was this one guy in high school who used to wear T-shirts that showed off his pipes and I drooled over him."

Drummer Neil Peart's body is finely tuned instrument

July 25, 2011

In-Your-Face Fitness

Drummer Neil Peart's body is finely tuned instrument

Cue Simpsons-Comic-Book-Store-Guy voice: Best. Band. Ever!

In-Your-Face-Fitness: High-intensity training burns more calories

September 5, 2011

In-Your-Face-Fitness: High-intensity training burns more calories

Welcome to another exciting installment of Fun With Math!

Want a superhero physique? Here's how

June 27, 2011

In-Your-Face Fitness

Want a superhero physique? Here's how

Perhaps you've been to the multiplex to see Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern save the universe from the evil Parallax or to witness Chris Hemsworth's Thor hurl his magical hammer at invading Frost Giants.

An injured ACL isn't a death knell for athletes anymore

July 11, 2011

In-Your-Face Fitness

An injured ACL isn't a death knell for athletes anymore

Most athletic types would rather spend a month watching "Teletubbies" while reading Snooki's blog than suffer an injury. And when it comes to getting hurt, the knee is one of the worst things you can damage.

The myth of ripped muscles and calorie burns

May 16, 2011

In-Your-Face Fitness

The myth of ripped muscles and calorie burns

Whenever I hear about some amazing way to boost resting metabolism, my male-bovine-droppings detector goes berserk. Take the perennially popular one stating that 1 pound of muscle burns an extra 50 calories a day while at rest — so if you gain 10 pounds of muscle, your resting metabolic rate (RMR) soars by an extra 500 calories each day.

Well, about that 10K goal …

June 13, 2011

In-Your-Face Fitness

Well, about that 10K goal …

I picked a bad race for a personal best attempt.

Holistic nutrition is weak on science, strong on selling supplements

December 20, 2010

In-your-face fitness: holistic nutrition

Holistic nutrition is weak on science, strong on selling supplements

"Holistic nutrition." You may not know the term, but you've surely heard its claims. Among other things, holistic nutritionists (or HNs, as they call themselves) may teach that fluoride and pesticides are lethal, that most diseases and detrimental behaviors are diet-related and that many people would benefit from taking numerous supplements. I've read plenty of articles by HNs in which they assert that they are disparaged by mainstream medicine and warn you not to trust modern medicine.

The weary road to a 10K milestone

May 30, 2011

In-Your-Face Fitness

The weary road to a 10K milestone

This is all Jack LaLanne's fault.

Not motivated? Sign up for a race

May 2, 2011

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Not motivated? Sign up for a race

Forrest Gump discovered his passion for running on the spur of the moment, when a bunch of Alabama bullies were chasing him and his leg braces broke off. But for most of us, developing a commitment to running, cycling or some other form of exercise requires dedication, planning and intention.

Kettlebells work for Daniel Baldwin, but are they right for you?

April 18, 2011

In-Your-Face Fitness

Kettlebells work for Daniel Baldwin, but are they right for you?

For the past few weeks, I've been sporting big yellow bruises on my forearms. I blame actor Daniel Baldwin and his enthusiasm for kettlebells.

When to choose cosmetic surgery, and when not to

August 30, 2010

In-Your-Face Fitness

When to choose cosmetic surgery, and when not to

I don't have anything against cosmetic surgery.

The six-pack pursuit gets ripped

November 8, 2010

In-Your-Face Fitness

The six-pack pursuit gets ripped

Poor Gerard Butler.

Stress-reducing DVDs

December 14, 2009

Stress-reducing DVDs

A few people on your gift list probably need relaxation more than anything else.

For that fabulous sculpted body, the Bowflex makes a good coat rack

September 13, 2010

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For that fabulous sculpted body, the Bowflex makes a good coat rack

The people in the Bowflex commercials sure are pretty.

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