Avoid Nerve Damage: Goal Line Balance

NFL trainers use sport specific exercises to strengthen stabilizers for goal line success

Ever wonder how NFL pro-athletes avoid injury? They practice sport specific training. But even those highly paid professionals have physical issues and anyone who typically practices some form of cardiovascular exercise has experienced it. One of the most prevalent issues that affect regular exercisers is the nagging numb tingly that occurs sometime in the middle of your workout. You try to shake it off and assume it’s a circulation issue, but there is another culprit at play here; nerve damage.

Nerve damage is a common sports injury that sometimes gets overlooked because it can be sporadic or only prevalent during the actual exercise and then may subside after.


The Physics of a Mindful Meditator

This weekend I was over at my friend John’s condo and he was showing me The Man Who Can Fly–Dean Potter. Dean potter is a phenomenal athlete, mostly known for his free ascents, base jumps and slack lining all over Yosemite National Park and Patagonia. In the video Potter base jumps in a bird like suit off a plank suspended probably thousands of feet into the air without knowing whether or not the flight suit will allow him to descend into a clearing far below. He does not hesitate at the end of the plank, he simply jumps.

What I loved about this video is that Dean Potter is so capable physically of allowing his mind to clearly focus on shutting his intuitive muscles down and allowing for the natural process of movement to occur. He is able to quiet his mind of what he should or should not be doing.

Fast forward today and I am reading an article in the NYTimes called Rethinking Sleep. The author talks about the importance of shutting down our mind in order to get a restful nights sleep. It’s not the hours you get, but the quality. Most people do not get the 8hrs their body requires in order to allow the body to recuperate physically and mentally.

“It seemed that, given a chance to be free of modern life, the body would naturally settle into a split sleep schedule. Subjects grew to like experiencing nighttime in a new way. Once they broke their conception of what form sleep should come in, they looked forward to the time in the middle of the night as a chance for deep thinking of all kinds, whether in the form of self-reflection, getting a jump on the next day or amorous activity.”

Dean Potter has the ability to shut down his intuitive active mind. We should all take this as a cue as to why exercise and conscious physical challenges are important to our sleep cycle which allows our brain to do more deep thinking, self reflection and the important rest it needs to recuperate our body for tomorrow.




Exercise Less, Lose Weight

Chatarunga dude. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get it done.

For a long time now, I’ve been touting the benefits of the weight loss trick “slow and steady wins the race.” Most of the time, in fact, I recommend doing no more than 20-30min of physical activity daily as a way to win the weight loss game. In short bursts of exercise–20-30min–you expend just enough to offset your daily intake by on average 300 calories. The odds are that you won’t increase the calories in your diet. You won’t even notice they are missing. If you expend more calories in one session of exercise, you may notice and feel fatigued and are therefore more prone to eating more calories to compensate from feeling tired.

The NYTimes this morning has a write up about a recent study published by the University of Copenhagen.



Instead of going to Neiman’s and spending $200 on La Mer, consider eating The Perfect Fall Lunch: tandoori tomato soup with fresh cilantro. Great skin is born from the inside out. Lycopene–found in tomatoes–is 100x more potent than vitamin E at reversing cellular damage. And with all that paddle boarding, running and riding you did this summer, your skin is going to need all the help it can get.

“The Perfect Fall Lunch”

Tandoori Tomato Soup with Fresh Cilantro

Heat: 2 cups Trader Joe’s Organic Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Add: 1 tbsp Tandoori Spice or more if you like spicy!

And…..Fresh Cilantro to taste



Holiday Prep

There are three optimum times of year to start getting fit: January–the start of the new year, April–start of the summer season, September–prep for holidays. This time of year is my favorite; the leaves are turning, the air is cool and crisp, there’s a new sense of starting fresh (think going-back-to-school) and we’re all getting prepped to see friends and family for holidays. I love to do comprehensive routines that tone and re-shape your body from all the fun eating and drinking you’ve been doing all summer long. I’m not one to fore-go a good party, so I have to get back to the core exercises my body knows and loves. Here are three great exercises to do every day to shape and tone your body in prep for the holidays. Combine it with cardio 5x per week and you body will stay stunning–even after the pumpkin pie.

Spiderman Pushup: x10 each leg






Split Lunges: x10 each leg






Lean-To Twists: x10 each direction



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