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Thirty Days on a Whole-Food Plant Based Diet

Not long ago I reviewed Dr Michael Greger’s book How Not to Die, and at the end of the review I said I was  sufficiently convinced to give up eating animal products for a month and document the results. The month came and went, and the results are in. Want to know how it went? Read on to find out. Spoiler – I successfully managed not to die!

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Fitness Test Lab Kettlebell Buyers Guide

The Complete Kettlebell Buyers Guide

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The Complete Kettlebell Buyers Guide

So you’ve decided to buy a kettlebell. Fantastic! Kettlebells have become a popular fitness tool over the last decade, and for good reason. They’re versatile, efficient, and cost effective.

I’ve learned through trial and error that kettlebells are not all created equally. It’s important to consider several factors when choosing a kettlebell, which is why I put together this guide to answer common questions. I want to help you choose the right kettlebell for your needs, and once you’ve gone through this guide you’ll have all the information necessary to make an informed choice.

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Overcoming back pain with Foundation Training

The Absolute Best Exercise for Back Pain Relief

Foundation Training - the absolute best exercise for back pain relief

I’ve dealt with lower back pain on and off for several years, but it was never painful enough for me to seek a long term solution. In March of 2016, I discovered kettlebells and started training heavily with them. As I have a tendency to do, I trained too hard too soon and severely injured my back. This was the point where I started getting serious about a long term back pain remedy. I discovered Foundation Training three years earlier after a previous and less severe back injury, but I was never consistent with it. After the most recent injury I picked up Foundation Training again to see if I could finally achieve long term back pain relief by integrating the training into my daily exercise regimen. In summary, it worked.

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Kettlebell Movement Review & Interview

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In case this is the first article of mine you’ve ever read, you should know I’m a big fan of kettlebells due to their effectiveness as a fitness tool. Last year I did a massive comparison review of several major kettlebell brands, and in that review I suggested Kettlebell Movement as a resource for instruction in basic kettlebell exercises. I discovered them when I was searching for information as a kettlebell newbie and I found the simple yet concise instruction provided to be extremely helpful.

In addition to the basic instruction, Kettlebell Movement offers an online Kettlebell Gym that provides advanced instruction and access to hundreds of kettlebell-specific workouts. Since I recommended them as a resource, I figured I should dig deeper to see what the online gym is all about.

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Simply Fit Board Review – Functional or Fad?

Simply Fit Board Review by Fitness Test Lab

The Simply Fit Board is one of the hottest selling fitness products available at the time I write this. Everyone wants one of these things, and it seems like every store is getting in on the act. I knew it was a hot commodity when I even saw them for sale in Home Depot!

My wife was intrigued by it, so we bought one for her to use. She graciously let me borrow it for a lab test, so let’s find out if it lives up to the hype, shall we? Read More…

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Six Tips to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Let's Do This!

At long last, 2016 is over and done with. Let us never speak of it again!

Onward to January 2017, the time of year when many people (maybe you?) are planning on making New Year’s Resolutions. Perhaps you want to start a new exercise program to get in shape. Maybe you want to lose some weight. Or maybe you want to make some lifestyle changes. All of these things are great, but research shows that just 8% of people who make resolutions actually see them through to completion. I’ll readily admit I’ve had my share of unmet goals over the years, but failure can be a great teacher if one is willing to do some honest self examination. I have examined, and I have learned. I’ve come away with six basic principles I follow in order to ensure I meet a goal, and I hope they help you too.

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