December 5, 2017

About a year ago I decided to start a podcast as a way to give away DJ mixes for fitness classes.  I've decided to discontinue the podcast.  My reason for doing it was to share my indoor cycling and yoga mixes with my students and with other instructors.  Nobody took a...

November 22, 2017

Over the years I’ve seen plenty of fitness trends come and go.  Tae Bo anyone?  The fitness industry is always looking for the next trend to sell to the masses who want a quick, easy, and, perhaps most importantly, sexy and entertaining fix.  Since I mentioned Tae Bo,...

September 26, 2017

Recently, I’ve been noticing a resurgence in interest in vegetarianism.  I’m guessing that a major driver of the interest has been that new vegetarian-promoting documentaries have been popping up on Netflix and other streaming video sites.  I’ve been noticing more and...

April 25, 2017

1. TRAINING -(Progressive) overload

Muscle growth occurs when muscle fibers are broken down and then rebuild themselves a little bit bigger and stronger in case a similar type of damaging stress re-occurs.Practically speaking, this means you need to continually overload...

April 10, 2017

Oftentimes, excuses for not exercising center around gyms.  “I don’t have money for a gym”, “there isn’t a gym anywhere near work or home”, or simply “I hate gyms”, are all common complaints.  Don’t let concerns about gyms hold you back!  You can get your workout anywh...

January 15, 2017

Some of the most common questions I receive from trainees revolve around repetitions and weights.  They want to know many repetitions to perform and how much weight to use.  As with most aspects of training, the answer depends on your goals.

The fewer reps you can...

January 12, 2017

After training for a while we all tend to fall into ruts of always using the same favorite exercises.  Those favorite exercises are usually those that are effective and seem to work with our natural bodily movements – those that suit our bodies well.  There is nothing...

December 13, 2016

Keeping a fitness journal is a simple, but often-overlooked, tool for making continual progress while staying highly motivated.  It’s a secret of elite athletes that, since implementing it myself, I have found extremely valuable.  By keeping track of the aspects of you...

October 15, 2016

Greetings!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I created a podcast to share music for working out or just relaxing.

I’ve got two episodes up now at

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/djoctathorpe

One is an indoor cycling mix and one is a yoga mix.  Check ‘em out!

For any in...

October 9, 2016

Greetings!  Thanks for visiting.  This site/blog has been a long time coming.  If you know me or have been following me for any length of time, you know that I

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