Stuff to Read While You’re Stuck at Home Not Wearing Pants: 5/8/20

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We fucking did it!

My wife and I packed our shit (and Julian) into our car last Saturday night and took off for Florida early Sunday morning. It took us three hours on the dot to get from Boston to NYC.

And then we went 55 MPH across the GW Bridge (when normally a Hobbit walking to Mordor is faster)

In all we drove eleven hours on the first leg with a pitstop in Fayetteville, NC for a sleep break. We were up early again Monday morning and on the road by 7 AM to complete the last nine hour leg to Jensen Beach.

We arrived at 4:15 PM and Lisa was in the hot tub by 4:45 (not exaggerating).

Not to downplay anything, but if (and this is a BIG if) there’s a silver lining to any part of this pandemic it’s that traveling on the highways has never been more pleasant.

As I type these words I’m sitting poolside with my chill, deep house mix playing and Julian out cold taking his nap. We’re still doing the respectful thing and practicing good social distancing hygiene, but damn it’s waaaaaay easier to do with a pool (and a Grandma) in the mix.





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Two weeks ago my wife (@drlewisconsulting ) was like, and I’m paraphrasing here (but not really): . “Fuck this shit, why don’t we drive down to my mom’s place instead of being packed in our city apartment for the foreseeable future?” . The prospect of a yard, swimming pool, and a GRANDMA was just too enticing. . We’d been quarantining aggressively for several weeks (outside of some grocery store pit stops) and after talking through everyone’s comfort level we packed the car and drove from Boston to Jensen Beach, Florida this past Sunday and Monday. . The sole drawback was leaving a well equipped gym in lieu of performing poolside workouts for the next several weeks. . Okay, poolside workouts aren’t THAT much of a drawback. . We raided CORE prior to leaving to bring some bands, KBs, and other portable miscellany with us.. . (You can catch a glimpse of the full arsenal in my stories). . This morning marked Day #1. Lisa and I set up shop and away we went. . Here’s a nifty single leg hybrid movement I had us perform. It’s sorta a cross between a split squat and a RDL. . I don’t know what to call it, but it torches your glutes and hamstrings. . KEY COACHING CUES: . 1️⃣ Keep the KB close to the body and start with a forward lean. . 2️⃣ Stay low on the transition; the idea is to hinge back on the working leg. Another way to think of it is a “rocking” motion back, not a (full) squat up. . 3️⃣ Maintain aggressive brace with abdominals throughout (the anterior placement of the KB will help with that…😉). . Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Dynamic Lifestyle Podcast w/ Chris & Eric Martinez

Here’s a quick 15-20 minute episode I did with Chris & Eric Martinez of the Dynamic Lifestyle Podcast


Four Challenges Boston Fitness Businesses Face in Surviving COVID-19 – Tessa Yannone

This isn’t just a Boston thing.

I’m sure all of my colleagues across the USA (and world) can commiserate with this article. Shout-out to my good friends Steve & Lindsay Bergeron of AMP Fitness who helped contribute to this article.

The Positive Impact of Strength Training for High-School & College Athletes – Matthew Ibrahim

Speaking personally, I started lifting weights because I wanted Nicole Kot to notice me in 8th grade.

She never did.

Thankfully, as this article more poignantly points out: I got much, much more out of the process.

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  • Daniel

    Good solid picks. I'd like to recommend one for those in the PT game. It's called The Go-Giver. It's not specifically about training, but it's more of a general mindset book about how those with a mindset of abundance do better than those with an outcome-based outlook. It can be pretty powerful just to tweak things in your own head like that.

    May 11, 2020 at 6:06 am | Reply to this comment

  • Crishna

    The podcast was very helpful. I am also trying bodyweight strength training at home during this Coronavirus lockdown here in India. Hope I don't lose my gains.

    May 12, 2020 at 1:50 am | Reply to this comment

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