Why Your Personal Trainer is Full of it – and what you can do about it

If you’ve been to the gym in the last 10 years you’ve undoubtedly seen countless patrons slaving away doing hundreds of crunches, triceps kickbacks, and as many different “thigh sculpting” contortions as you can think of, possibly all while standing on a Bosu ball on top of a balance board while strapped to the wall by elastic bands. In my experience most of these strange permutations of exercise are inspired by someone’s personal trainer/fitness trainer/health and wellness coach or by an article published in any random men’s health or fitness magazine written by one of the aforementioned “fitness experts”. They throw around terms like “functional fitness” and “core strength” and my favorite… “toning”. Of course these guys must know what they’re talking about… look at them – they’re ripped! They also have certifications! Yup, you heard that right. They are officially certified by accrediting bodies which obviously settle for no less than the most up-to-date, cutting-edge science to support these amazing core-strengthening, arm flab-toning, six pack-chiseling methods. Or maybe not. Continue reading

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Pad Thai

Pad Thai

When I saw the recipe for Vegetarian Pad Thai on Frugal Feeding, the first thing I thought was, “that would be great with some steak!” I finally got a chance to make this last night, and I had enough ingredients to make it again for lunch today. I made a few modifications, and here is my resulting version. I am not a huge fan of the peanut butter, so I skipped that, although I’m sure it’s delicious. There were a few other changes, most notably using coconut oil to fry instead of sesame oil, which i added as a flavoring at the end. I apologize for the blurry pictures; all I had was my cell phone. Continue reading